Hip Granny

Hip Grannie: Quarantine Blues 

May 7, 2020 As I sit here staring at a blank screen on Day 23 (which seems like Day 365) of our city-wide quarantine, I am at a loss for words. Rylan and Amelia during a recent doorstep drop-off. T...

Hip Grannie: Welcome to the Teen Lounge

February 18, 2020 From toddlers to teens, children have a knack for growing up too fast. Years ago, my Aunt Kathy transformed a rarely used small room in her Winnetka, Illinois, home into what was called, “Th...

Hip Grannie: The Porcupine Years

November 18, 2019 Grandparents are cool — until the grandkids become teenagers. Just before our first grandchild, Rylan, was born, a veteran grandmother friend of mine told me, “Spend as much time as you can ...

Hip Grannie: Cliff Notes on Changing the World

October 1, 2019 How one book turned a family into a book club. One of the cool things about our family is that we are all good readers. Papa sets the standard in reading and seems to knock off a book a few ti...

Hip Grannie: Yes ma’am, and no, thank you!

July 3, 2019 “Thanks to Miss Polly, and a strict mother, thank-you notes became second nature.” What gives this grannie the most delight is watching her grandchildren take on the manners mantle. As a chi...

Grandparents’ Day

By Laura Claverie, 1.8.19 Papa and I recently attended our last Grandparents’ Day at St. George’s. To be clear: No one is leaving the school. Amelia is now in the fourth grade, the last year grandparents are i...

Grandparents offer Grandkids no limits on love!

By Laura Claverie, November 2018 When Papa and I became grandparents nearly twelve years ago, we developed a serious case of selective amnesia.  It was as if we suddenly forgot everything we knew about paren...

The Grannie Bench

by Laura Claverie, September 2018  Helping depression with Zimbabwe's grandmothers I recently viewed a fascinating TED Talk by Dr. Dixon Chibanda, a psychiatrist in Zimbabwe.  TED talks feature the best and b...

Mrs. Cambre’s New Orleans Family Tradition

Betty Cambre and her family. By Laura Claverie     For most grandmothers, Sunday is a time of leisure.  But not if you are Betty Cambre of River Ridge.  It is on these normally slow days that she is at her ...

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