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Happier Days Are Here Again

Happier days are here again!

I feel as though a huge weight has been lifted from my heart. Pollyanna, you say? Maybe. But we have just come through some of the darkest days of my 75 years and I’m celebrating a little.

Vaccines and simple steps like wearing a mask are beating back COVID-19, at least for now. As of today’s count, over 553,000 Americans have died from the virus. We may surpass the death toll of the 1918 flu outbreak which I think would make COVID-19 the deadliest pandemic in American history.

“I think we should be talking about this moment and celebrating our narrow escape.”

Simultaneously, we weathered a coordinated movement to overthrow American democracy; the first, at least in modern times, so yes, I think we should be talking about this moment and celebrating our narrow escape. For that, we can thank the common sense and decency of the majority of Americans who elected new representation that reflects those values.  It was a close call and the future is unwritten.

I am also excited by this issue and truly hope you enjoy it. We start off with a salute to Carole King and the 50th anniversary of Tapestry (can you believe it’s been 50 years?). Enjoy some creative tablescaping with Pat Burns; learn the secrets of talking about climate change; being a financial facilitator for your grandkids; avoiding estrangement; learn how multi-generational living is sweeping the country; get inspired to help kids deal with cancer; meet a grumpy granddad; learn about blockchain and so much more!

happier daysWith my best to you and your family,

Christine Crosby aka Grandmere with Juniper and Poppy

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ted talk

How to shift your mindset and choose your future

When it comes to big life problems, we often stand at a crossroads: either believe we’re powerless against great change, or we rise to meet the challenge. In an urgent call to action, political strategist Tom Rivett-Carnac makes the case for adopting a mindset of “stubborn optimism” to confront climate change — or whatever crisis may come our way — and sustain the action needed to build a regenerative future. As he puts it: “Stubborn optimism can fill our lives with meaning and purpose.”


Tom Rivett-Carnac · Political strategist

A political strategist focused on creating a better future, Tom Rivett-Carnac works at the highest levels of business and government to find creative ways to accelerate solutions to the climate crisis.



Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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