EP – 96 Being a Role Model

Our conversation with James Lott, Jr.

Grandpa Jammie is back for another great conversation. In this conversation, we pick up where we left off the conversation we had on James’s YouTube channel, “Really! I’m a Grandparent.”

About a couple of months ago, James had me on his show talking about the importance of male role models. (That conversation is available by clicking on this link and the one below) In that conversation, we started diving into why it is important for grandfathers to step up and be good role models for their grandchildren. We discussed how children look to grandfathers as examples of how older men work and live.

This conversation continues that line of thought that grandfathers are needed to not only be examples but also help the grandchildren transition through the stages of development from young children to teens and then to young adults. James shares a powerful story of how his grandmother would share a drink with the grandchildren when they turned 21. The experience wasn’t about the drink but about reaching an age where his grandmother sat the grandchild down and discussed life, where the younger grandchild was heading, and what dreams they had.

After you have listened to this episode, please remember to like and subscribe to the show if you haven’t already. It would also be fantastic if you would share this podcast with a friend. Sharing is the best way to help me spread the word about the importance of grandfathers in the lives of their grandchildren and families.

Links

Click HERE to access JLJ Media on YouTube

Click HERE to watch my last conversation on “Really! I’m a Grandparent.”

Click HERE to follow James on Instagram

Click HERE to follow James on Facebook

Click HERE to support James on Buy Me a Coffee

Click HERE to check out JLJmedia’s Artist Shop

Click HERE to register for the week-long event that Grandparents Academy hosts from September 11-17.

Click on this link to learn more about Peekabond.

Click on this link to learn and sign up for Readeo.

Click Here to sign up for Grandparents 101. The first session is on Sept 8, so sign up today!

EP – 83 Authorpreneur Central

Our conversation with Nathan Andersen

The conversation is with the co-founder of Authorpreneur Central, Nathan Andersen, aka Anders Roseberg. In this conversation, we jump into Nathan’s varied and exciting background. Nathan is a self-taught individual when creating children’s books and other writing genres.

Nathan talks about living in Taiwan and creating a story and book for his daughter. He discusses his experience with finding a way to print the book. Nathan was bit by the creativity bug and soon created the second and third book in his library.

We discuss the different options for publishing books, from the print-on-demand model (Amazon model) to traditional publishing. Nathan goes into detail about the pros and cons of each publishing method.

I ask Nathan to detail his company’s service offerings and how people can engage with him and his team. It is incredible how many options are available to those of us who have a story or book within us to get that story out onto the digital and or physical world.

If you have a children’s book, novella, collection of poetry, short story, or novel, I challenge you to get your first draft finished and then start the process of editing and finding the best publishing option that fits your needs. There is a path forward for you with so many options available to aspiring authors.

If you have more questions about publishing, options, and services, please reach out to Nathan and his team. Nathan will give you great advice regardless of whether you move forward with Authorpreneur Central.

If you found this conversation informative and helpful, please share this conversation with a friend. Also, if you have not yet subscribed to the podcast, please like and subscribe to the show on your favorite podcast hosting site.

Links

Click HERE to visit the Authorpreneur Central website

Click HERE to visit Anders Roseberg’s website

Click HERE to connect with Anders Roseberg on Facebook

Click HERE to check out Anders Roseberg on Instagram

Click HERE to follow Anders on Twitter

Here is a great email address to reach out directly to Nathan: andersrosebergbooks@gmail.com

Click on this link to sign up for the Long Distant Grandparent webinar on June 1 and 2: https://kerrybyrne.kartra.com/page/webinar

Click on this link to learn more about Peekabond.

Click on this link to learn and sign up for Readeo.

EP – 69 Stories from Grandparents

Our conversation with Robin and Stephanie

This week’s conversation is with Robin and Stephanie from the podcast ‘Stories from Grandparents’. Robin and Stephanie discuss the concept for their podcast and how they have been learning and capturing interesting stories from everyday people. ‘Stories from Grandparents’ is unique in that Robin and Stephanie facilitate grandchildren interviewing their grandparents about different topics.

We also learn more about Robin and Stephanie’s exciting relationships with their grandparents. You will want to join us for this fun and fascinating conversation. If you are interested in being on their podcast and interviewing your grandparents or just sharing a funny story about one of your grandparents, click the link below and fill out their short questionnaire. It is straightforward, and Robin and Stephanie are extraordinary women you will enjoy getting to know.

Click HERE to be taken to the Stories from Grandparents website

Click HERE to be taken to the Stories from Grandparents Facebook page

Readeo

EP – 56 Traditions and Rituals

Our conversation about the importance of traditions and rituals with grandkids

This week’s episode is another conversation just between the two of us. In this conversation, we talk about the importance of traditions and rituals. We can use traditions and rituals to create stronger family bonds and bonds between grandfathers and grandchildren. Rituals are those details that are part of traditions. An example of a ritual is that grandma and the grandchildren ALWAYS work together to bake an apple pie for Thanksgiving dessert.

No matter your traditions and rituals in your family, be aware that these activities are essential to the grandchildren and the entire family. Grandchildren will learn about their family’s history and values through what you do with your traditions and rituals.

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Readeo

EP – 41 The Grand Project

My conversation with Kitty Janvirn

Kitty Janvirn is a young woman who took a school assignment, had a passion for history, and created a podcast to capture the story of her grandparents and other grandparents. In our conversation, we learn about her mother’s father, Paul Own who to Kitty, her brothers, and her cousins is simply known as Doc. We learn that Doc was the town Pharmacist and also enjoyed getting down on his hands and knees when the grandkids were over to play ‘Monster’ and chase them all about the house. (No doubt to grandma and mom’s chagrin when they were trying to get the kids to go to bed.)

Kitty also shares tender stories about her father’s dad, Bob Janvirn. Bob is known to his grandchildren as Grandpa. We discuss how Kitty is being intentional with connecting and communicating with her Grandpa. We learn that Grandpa and that relationship has been very consistent over the years and how he enjoys working on technical and mechanical projects.

We get into the background of how and why Kitty started her project, The Grand Project. What is great about Kitty’s project is that she is not just collecting her family’s history but reaching out to other older people to gather their fascinating stories including the story of the first woman to play Little League Baseball.

Be sure to check out the links to Kitty’s projects below. Reach to her and let her know how much you enjoyed this conversation.

If you haven’t subscribed to the podcast, please subscribe and then share it with a friend.

Links

The Grand Project – Kitty’s website

The Grand Project – Kitty’s Instagram site

grandprojectpod@gmail.com – Kitty’s email. Reach out and say hello.

EP – 32 Returning Time

My conversation with Lauren Huff

Lauren Huff is returning time with her grandparents by showing curiosity and interest in their varied and exceptional lives. Lauren is a writer and businesswoman from the California Central Valley. She was fortunate that her grandparents, for the most part, lived close by, which resulted in a close and meaningful relationship. Lauren and I met in Dan Miller’s 48days Eagles community (see link below).

We get into the podcast by finding out about Lauren’s Papa, whose family immigrated from Sicily. We dive into Papa’s interest in history and how his family immigrated from Sicily into New Orleans and migrated to California. His family’s experience is similar to our past guest, Vinnie Tortorich’s family (Click HERE to be taken to Vinnie’s conversation). Lauren talks about how Papa’s stories would not change, but he adjusted the details based on her age and level of understanding.

Lauren also talks about her Grandpa Jerry and his woodworking shop, his love for ‘dad jokes,’ and how she spent a lot of time with him and her grandma, especially around the holidays while Lauren’s parents worked and she was out of school. We hear a funny story about how Lauren acted up as a young girl and then didn’t know how to react when her Grandpa was gently trying to discipline her.

Through all the time and effort that Lauren’s grandparents have poured into her, Lauren has developed the podcast, and blog centered on capturing her grandparent’s experiences. Lauren’s project is titled Returning Time. (See the link below) As I mentioned, the purpose behind Returning Time is to develop a family history that can be shared with other people regardless if they are grandparents or granddaughters, or grandsons. These stories are powerful and interesting conversations that bridge the gaps between generational experiences.

Links:

https://www.returningtime.com/

48 Days – Dan Miller

General Rupertus Part 1

General Rupertus Part 2

Vinnie’s conversation

EP – 28 Maj. General Rupertus Pt. 2

Welcome back! This is part 2 of my interview about Maj. General Rupertus, USMC. In this episode, Heather, Kim, and Amy join me to talk more about their extraordinary grandfather.

If you haven’t heard the first episode, I strongly recommend that you go back and listen to it. In fact, 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.

In this fun second episode, we learn all about William H. Rupertus. 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.

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). Still, I am also providing a few key weblinks and references below, such as the Rifleman’s Creed.

When you want to reach out to Amy or any of the sisters with information about the China Marines in the 1930s or about the First Marine Division during the War in the Pacific, or would like to follow the development of their book on their grandfather please connect with them at:

@MajGenRupertus – Twitter

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

Let Amy and her sisters know that you have listened to their fascinating story on The Cool Grandpa Podcast and what your favorite story of theirs is with regards to their research and passion for connecting with their grandfather.

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

EP – 26 Maj. General Rupertus Pt. 1

My conversation with Heather Bates, Kim Robinson, and Amy Peacock about researching their grandfather, Maj. General William Rupertus, USMC

In this episode, I talk with Heather, Kim, and Amy about the research and their drive to document and write about their grandfather, Major General William Rupertus, USMC.

This is part one of a two-part series. With this episode, the four of us dig into the methodology and research of their grandfather. In part two, we spend time going through the General’s life before joining the military and his life after joining the U.S. Marines. (William H. Rupertus on Wikipedia)

This is a great episode where we dive into the General’s life but focus on how the sisters came together to build out his life’s documented history. The sister’s discovered many interesting facts about his life, including finding out about a strong German community in the Washington D.C. area before the 20th Century.

What you will enjoy about this episode is learning about why family history is important and how the living family can grow closer to their grandparents and other ancestors who have passed away.

We also talk about how after their mother and father passed, there was a gap in knowing their own family history. Well, after you hear this episode, you will know that these sisters were not going to let that gap in their family history remain empty or misunderstood.

Below are the links that Heather, Kim, and Amy have provided as part of this episode. Many of these links will help with your own family history research.

Below is an interview with Major General Rupertus

Interview with Major General Rupertus. Major General Rupertus’ remarks start at 17.39

Resources for researching and writing about your relatives:

Self Publishing SchoolOn writing/publishing (tons of free advice and guides).

Hemingway Editor: The Hemingway App makes your writing bold and clear 

Dropbox: A great application that allows you to store and share documents, photos, media, etc. and share them with other people.

National Archives Request Military Service Records

National Archives Catalog

The U.S., Marine Corps Muster Rolls, 1798-1958

The U.S., Navy and Marine Corps Registries, 1814-1992

Speecify – Excellent application! Free! Turns any text into audio. A great way to process your research.

Fold Three – Browse military records, by Ancestry

Oral History Resources and Guidelines

How to do an oral history – from the Smithsonian

Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.

USMC Archives and History Division

Naval History and Heritage Command

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

@MajGenRupertus – Twitter

The Rifleman’s Creed – Author Major General Rupertus