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“That Age Is Over Now”

By Anne Hellman July 3, 2020

I have fleeting, but specific, memories of my great-grandmother, Edna Hellman, or “Grandy,” as my father and everyone else called her.

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The Story of Rosa Puron

By Gina Barros June 12, 2020

The story of my great-grandmother, Rosa Puron Garcia, is really my father Domingo Barros’s story.

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On Invisible Pain

By Isabel Löfgren and Patricia Gouvêa June 4, 2020

Being a mother is something that tears through the skin, leaving deep scars. It means to inhabit one’s own history, while living outside oneself.

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By Rena Roderick May 21, 2020

“She was really my mother and she loved me to death, and I knew it because she would show me, I used to feel it, and she would give me anything that she had.”

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About Nana

By Ruth Lauer Manenti May 14, 2020

My grandmother, who I called Nana, was the best-dressed woman in all of Berlin, or so my mother used to say.

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Bell Tower for Hiroshima

By Benny Oyama May 7, 2020

My grandmother’s family was on the other side of the mountain when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima seventy-five years ago.

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I Never Met Jean Hellman

By Anne Hellman April 23, 2020

I have a grandmother I never got to meet. She was my father’s mother, Jean Hellman.

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Knowing Her Only Through Pictures

By David Kronfeld April 12, 2020

I never met my grandmother, whose name was Tillie (Chaya Taube) Green; she died when I was just a few weeks old.

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By Alice Twemlow March 26, 2020

A poem about the author's maternal grandmother, Florence Hooton, 1912-1988.

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Girl in Motion

By Jael Humphrey March 9, 2020

It was a big deal when my grandmother bought the land on Carver Road in the 1970s to build her dream home.

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My Grandmother Saved My Life

By Helen Raleigh March 4, 2020

I almost never made it into this world due to China’s notorious one-child policy.

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The Night Before My Gram Dies

By Libby Emmons March 2, 2020

When I was little she showed me how to dance in the kitchen. One knee raised, arms bent 90 degrees at the elbow...

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Grandmother Stories

By Rachel Stolzman February 28, 2020

A couple of months ago, while having lunch with my Dad, I reminded him that my great-grandmother, Sara, had come to America alone...

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Rita’s Story

By Tamara Backer Tepper  February 24, 2020

In August of 1936, my family, Mom, Dad, Nona, and I, were returning from Europe on the Conte di Savoia.

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Florence Carey

By Lauren McFarland February 12, 2020

My great-aunt Florence (Florence Carey) was born in 1907 and died at 96 in 2003. She was never married and not an actual grandmother...