EP – 80 The GaGa Sisterhood

Our conversation with Donne Davis

This week’s guest is Donne Davis. Donne started the GaGa Sisterhood group to bring inspiration, support, and tools to grandmothers worldwide. Donne became a grandmother in 2003, and for over nineteen years, she has been on a mission to connect with other grandmas and explore the evolving role of being a grandmother.

Donne and I start our conversation by discussing her experience in becoming a grandmother and its impact on her life. Donne explains that when the midwife held up her first granddaughter, Donne was GaGa for that grandchild and has been committed to her grandchildren ever since.

We also dive into how the role of being a grandmother and a grandfather has changed in a short time. Donne and I agree that loving and supporting our grandchildren starts with loving and supporting their parents. Both of us agree that the parents often get left out of the grandparent/ grandchild relationship equation.

Donne was motivated to write a book for grandmothers after realizing the relationship with the grandchild’s parents can present challenges in understanding each other’s perspectives. Her book is titled: “When Being a Grandma Isn’t So Grand: 4 Keys to L.O.V.E. your Grandchild’s Parents“.

Once you have listened to this conversation, please share it with a friend and especially a grandmother who would enjoy listening to this episode. Links to Donne’s website and different connections are listed below.

Be sure to leave Donne and me a comment below about what you enjoyed about this episode.

Links

Click HERE to be taken to Donne’s GaGa Sisterhood website. Donne sends out a monthly newsletter called the GaGazine, which you can subscribe to on her website’s homepage.

Click HERE to follow Donne on Instagram.

Click HERE to connect with Donne on Facebook.

Click HERE to connect with Donne on Twitter.

You can check out Donne on Pinterest by clicking HERE

Here is the link to my conversation with Kerry Byrne about her group, The Longdistance Grandparent, that Donne and I referenced.

Click HERE to learn more about the Moby Wrap

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EP – 68 Old Breed General – Bonus Show

Our conversation with Kim, Heather, and Amy about their Grandfather, Gen. Rupertus

This is a bonus episode. The episode is part two of my interview about Maj. General Rupertus, USMC. In this episode, Heather, Kim, and Amy join me to talk about their extraordinary grandfather. Amy and Don Brown‘s book about Major General Rupertus, Old Breed General, is now out and available for purchase. Not only is it now available for purchase, BUT it is in its second printing BEFORE the first run has been released.

After many years, Amy and her sister’s hard work has been rewarded by releasing their book about their grandfather. This episode is part of a two-part series about a passion for connecting to an ancestor and the desire to “fill in the blanks” in the Marine Corps and United States history.

We learn all about William H. Rupertus in this fun and informative conversation. Heather, Kim, and Amy take us on an exciting journey into their grandfather’s life. They share with us the fun times, the hard times, and their grandfather’s perseverance in this conversation. We learn firsthand from his loving granddaughters how he served his country, lost his first family in his country’s service, and then led the First Marine Division during the early years of the War in the Pacific.

If you haven’t heard the first episode, I strongly recommend that you go back and listen to it. Click Here for the link to that first episode (26). In the first episode, we spend a lot of time going over the sisters’ motivation to dive into their grandfather’s story and connect with him even though they never met him.

You can find many of the sisters’ helpful links to researching and documenting their grandfather’s experience in the first episode’s show notes (Click Here). Be sure to check out the links that we now have for book orders, Amy’s Author Page, and many other resources about an essential American Hero.

@MajGenRupertus – Twitter

Click HERE to be taken to Amy’s Author Page to learn more about Amy and the incredible work she is engaged in.

Amy’s Facebook group – Discovering My Grandfather MajorGen. William H. Rupertus, USMC

Click HERE to be taken to Don Brown’s Author Page to learn more about Don and the many projects that he has and is working on.

Click on the image above to purchase your copy of Old Breed General

Below is an interview with Major General Rupertus

Interview with Major General Rupertus. Major General Rupertus’ remarks start at 17.39
The Rifleman’s Creed – Author Major General Rupertus
A young William Rupertus
1st Marine Div. Commander Gen. Rupertus is pointing out something on the map to the Army’s Gen. MacArthur, Maj. Gen. Chamberlain and Lt. Walter Krueger

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EP – 64 Being A Proactive Grandfather

Our conversation with Richard Eyre

In this conversation, we are joined by Richard Eyre. Richard and his wife Linda have been writing and speaking about values-based parenting for over 20 years. Richard has taken his experience and insight with parenting and created a great book about being a proactive grandfather. With over 34 grandchildren, Richard has had experience with building deep and meaningful relationships with grandchildren both near and far.

Our discussion talks about the four different types or versions of grandfathers and which one is most rewarding for the grandfather and the grandchildren. Those four types are:

  1. Disengaged
  2. Limited
  3. Supportive
  4. Proactive

Richard and I also discuss the different roles that grandfathers play in the lives of their grandchildren as those grandchildren grow and develop.

Ensure that you check out the links to Ricard’s book and website below. You are sure to enjoy and benefit from Richard’s resources to offer grandfathers and parents alike.

Links

Click HERE to be taken to Richard’s website, Values Parenting

Click HERE to view Richard’s book, Being a Proactive Grandfather

Click HERE to listen to the podcast episode for Leave Nothing Unsaid with Jody Noland

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EP – 62 Leave Nothing Unsaid

Our conversation with Jody Noland

Jody Noland joins us for this week’s conversation. I met Jody at Kent Julian’s Paid to Speak conference in September 2021. Jody is passionate about discussing the importance and intimacy of letter and note writing. Written letters and notes can be just one way that grandfathers can connect and encourage their grandchildren.

As an author, speaker, and coach, Jody Noland brings an infectious passion for writing words of encouragement. Her greatest joy comes from helping others leave nothing unsaid to the essential people in their lives.

In our conversation, you will learn firsthand the impact of writing a letter or a card on someone. Jody explains the impactful yet straightforward steps to writing a note that you need to know you see and appreciate. The process of writing an impactful letter is simple and can be broken down into three parts:

  1. Express your feelings for the individual.
  2. Highlight what is unique and special about the person. Affirm their most outstanding character qualities. Use a word picture, if possible, to illustrate.
  3. Describe your hopes, prayers, dreams for the recipient.

Jody has many valuable tools that you can find on her website to help get you started in writing meaningful letters and cards.

Once you have listened to this episode, please remember to share it with someone who would appreciate hearing about grandfathers’ vital role in the family.

Links

Click HERE to be taken to the Leave Nothing Unsaid website.

Click HERE to learn more about Jody.

Click HERE to be taken to Jody’s Facebook page. (Be sure to click on the “Follow” button to be kept up to date about what Jody is up to.)

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EP – 61 Serving and Bringing Out the Best In Others

Our conversation with Dave Wadsworth

In this week’s conversation, we are joined by Dave Wadsworth. I met Dave at Kent Julian’s Paid To Speak conference in Atlanta, GA. We immediately hit it off about life and, of course, cool grandpa stuff.

In this conversation, Dave and I discuss the joy that he and his wife shared when they found out they would become grandparents. Dave is currently building a lake on his property, where he plans to put a pontoon boat for the grandchildren to play on and swim around as they get older.

Dave talks about his passion for helping men live a life on fire and purpose so that they can be as fulfilled as possible. Dave hopes that men recognize that they have the power and love to share with their grandchildren, friends, and family by living a life on fire. As an “encourager,” Dave uses social media, especially TikTok, to reach out to thousands of followers to encourage and inspire people to live their lives with purpose and enthusiasm.

Dave was generous to share his number with us (812-499-5090), so if you want to connect with a cool grandpa and a heck of a nice guy, shoot Dave a text message. Let him know you heard him on The Cool Grandpa Podcast.

Remember to share this podcast with someone who needs to hear how significant the role of grandfather can be.

Links

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Click HERE for Dave’s website and check out his services

Click HERE to learn more about Dan Miller’s 48 Days community

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EP – 55 Space to grow and explore

Our conversation with Thal Dixon

Welcome back to another fun conversation with someone from my past. Thal Dixon is a good friend of mine from our High School days. Thal is sitting down with us to have a conversation about his interesting and entertaining Grandpa Penrod.

Thal discusses how no matter where his family moved, his Grandpa and Grandma were a constant in his life. We even hear about how when Thal was going to school in Idaho he had his own room at his grandparent’s house. Thal also talks about the closeness that he had with his grandfather and how his grandfather allow Thal to grow and develop into the man he is today.

As we wrap up our conversation, we discuss Thal’s passion for poetry and writing children’s books. Thal shares how he was inspired as a young student in Hawaii by a classroom visitor who shared his poetry with Thal’s class. Today, Thal is going into classrooms to share his art and passion for writing.

Once you have listened to this conversation, be sure to like and share this podcast with a friend. Sharing with friends is the best way you can help to share this positive message about the influence of grandfathers.

Links

Thal’s Amazon author page

Thal’s “About Page”

Thal’s YouTube channel

Grumpy Publications Facebook Page

Grumpy Publications Website

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EP – 54 I Don’t Want to Turn 3

Our conversation with Gramps Jeffrey

Our conversation is with Gramps Jeffrey. Gramps Jeffrey is a children’s book author and grandfather of six. Gramps looks at the world through the lens of what has changed and evolved since he was a kid.

We discussed his book, I Don’t Want to Turn 3, and what inspired him to write this exciting and entertaining book. We talk about how important it is to read to our children and grandchildren. Reading is not simply a way of bonding with them, but it has also been documented to increase a child’s listening skills, build a varied vocabulary, and lengthen their attention span.

Let us know in the comments below what your Ah-Ha or big takeaway was from this conversation.

Be sure to check out Gramps Jeffrey’s website (link listed below) and his book.

Remember to like and share this conversation with a friend. Sharing is the best way to help support our message of the importance of grandfathers in the lives of their families.

Links

Gramps Jeffrey – Website

Gramps Jeffrey’s email address is: grampsjeffrey@gmail.com

“I Don’t Want to Turn 3” – Online purchasing options

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EP – 49 Service and Legacy

Our conversation with Sylvia Liu

Sylvia Liu, never met her grandfathers but they have had played an important role in the history of China, and most importantly, they have played a significant role in Syliva’s life through their example and influence on her mother and father. Sylvia sits down with us to discuss her grandfathers, her life as an environmental lawyer, and now as a children and young adult author.

Sylvia’s maternal grandfather was Lieutenant General Fan Hanjie. Lt. General Fan Hanjie was one of General Chiang Kai-shek’s generals and a member of the Nationist Chinese Government. As one of the key military leaders of China, Lt. General Fan Hanjie was awarded the U.S. Medal of Freedom with Silver Palm, which is the highest award that the U.S. presents to citizens and non-citizens who aided in the war effort.

Liu Yiguang, Sylvia’s grandfather on her father’s side of the family, was a Commander of Intelligence in Chiang Kai-Shek’s army. Liu Yiguang was responsible for the security and house arrest of Zhang Xueliang who was a general that kidnapped Chiang Kai-shek and forced him to sign an agreement with the Communist to halt the civil war and work together to fight the Japanese. Liu Yiguang would guard Zhang Xueliang for more than 25 years both in China and in Taiwan.

Me and Sylvia also dive into her background and upbringing including growing up in Caracas Venezuela before migrating to the United States. We discuss her professional life as an environmental lawyer for the U.S. Government and with several non-profit organizations. We also discuss her transition to being a child and young adult author with a new book, Manatee’s Best Friend, now available.

Links

Sylvia Liu’s Home Page

Sylvia’s blog about her grandfather Lt. General Fan Hanjie (Fan Hanjie (范漢傑) (1894-1976))

Sylvia’s book page (MANATEE’S BEST FRIEND, A MORNING WITH GRANDPA, etc.)

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EP – 36 A Victorian Grandfather Teaches His Granddaughter the Love of Story Telling

My Conversation with Jeanne Willis

Children’s Author Jeanne Willis sits down with us for a fun conversation about her wonderful grandfather, Fredrick Willis. Fredrick was born in 1895 and was a Victorian who served in the Army in Africa as a Sapper (Army Engineer) during WWI. Jeanne talks about how her grandfather used to joke about losing his helmet while riding in a jeep in Africa. The result, according to Fedrick, was his head becoming burned and his hair falling out. Jeanne, always trying to help and show affection to her grandfather, created many homemade potions to try and restore her grandfather’s hair.

We talk about Jeanne’s early relationship years with her grandfather. Jeanne talks about walking about on stilts and signing Army songs that her grandfather taught her. Fredrick also used to walk to Jeanne’s school with a pocket of sweets to pick up Jeanne and her sister from school. Jeanne shares a wonderful story about capturing caterpillars with her grandfather and credits this experience as the basis of her love of metamorphosis. We also talk about how her grandfather and grandmother would encourage her early storytelling ventures at an early age, including Jeanne using an old typewriter and Jeanne’s sister doing the illustrations.

Jeanne and I talk about how her relationship evolved, including how she thinks that her grandfather missed the granddaughters being little girls. We talk about how we can internally break our grandparent’s hearts as our focus starts to turn from them to our friends and outside interests. Jeanne even went so far as to write her grandfather a heartfelt letter apologizing for growing up and not having the same relationship as when she was younger. We both talk about how children today can be more focused on the screens versus relationships with grandparents.

I ask Jeanne about writing children’s books and how she often has a grandfather character appear in the story without her planning on involving him. In particular, we discuss the fascinating book Stardust. In Stardust, the book is a bit more biographical in nature, where Jeanne’s sister at times received more of the attention, and Jeanne sometimes felt left out. However, in the book, as in life, granddad shares with the little girl about how we are all made of stardust, and we all shine in different ways.

As we wrap up our conversation, Jeanne talks about how her grandfather was her soulmate, mentor, and she wouldn’t have become a writer without him. Jeanne talks about how he is still with her and often bursts right into her writing.

Links:

Jeanne’s Website

Stardust – I highly recommend this book if you have little granddaughters.

EP – 35 A Case of Blue and the impact of a grandfather on a filmmaker

My conversation with Dana Glazer

This is a fun conversation with filmmaker Dana Glazer. We start our conversation by discussing how his grandfather would work with Dana over multiple summer visits to create homemade claymation stop-action movies. We explore how his grandfather nurtured Dana’s creativity and gift for filmmaking. The lessons learned about just diving in and making a project and learning along the way is something Dana has passed on to his children. Dana and I talk about his children’s projects, Blackhole Producers and No Pizza! No Cake! as well as how to encourage children’s creativity.

As Dana grew older, and created his production company called Dane-Gramp productions. This childhood creation with his grandfather manifested itself to become where his films are created, produced, and promoted. We dive into the history of how Dana’s movie A Case of Blue was developed. Dana also walks us through the relatively quick schedule to move from the story to casting, shooting, and then promotion.

Dana and I carefully talk about A Case of Blue because there is so much going on with this movie. We try very hard to give you an understanding of the movie while at the same time leaving a lot of the treasures of this movie to yet be discovered. We also talk about the lead actor, Stephen Schnetzer, and what a great job he does as a new retiree, Richard, who is faced with life-altering decisions and circumstances as well as a crisis.

We take a movement to have an enjoyable conversation about acting, actors, storytelling, and filmmaking. As part of that discussion, Dana talks about how good actors, like Stephen and Dustin Hoffman, in the film The Graduate, go into themselves to bring out the character and make the character external for the film or performance.

Dana and I wrap up our conversation with a heartwarming and funny story that Dana shared at his grandfather’s funeral. This is a fantastic conversation about grandfathers, becoming a storyteller and a filmmaker in part because of those early home movies made with his grandfather.

Links:

Blackhole Producers – Dana’s youngest son’s YouTube channel

No Pizza! No Cake – Georgia Glazer’s children’s book

A Case of Blue – Dana’s fantastic movie

Dane-Gramp Productions – Dana’s production company

Stephen Schnetzer – Stephen’s IMDB page