Grandma’s got her Green Skirt on

Gendered Language:  A review of past and current thinking. (The Long Read) Answering the questions: Why does grandma do so much of the family remembering? Why does grandma make such oblique requests? By asking my contributors about their grandmothers as well as their mothers and themselves, the timescale of my research spans the whole ofContinue reading “Grandma’s got her Green Skirt on”

Riddle: Why is Grandma Faraway like a Killer Whale?

Blog Post 11 Let’s talk about the Menopause. For most of us grandmas, it will be a dim and distant memory.  Our breeding phase is even longer ago, and some of us feel a little redundant now, especially when our families live independently far away. But in the paper this week, there was a headline:Continue reading “Riddle: Why is Grandma Faraway like a Killer Whale?”

Grandma Finds Herself in a Double Bind

Blog Post 10 In ‘Through the Looking Glass’ the gnat tells Alice about the bread-and-butterfly. With wings made from thin slices of bread and butter, its body is a crust and its head is made of a lump of sugar. It lives on weak tea with cream in it. Alice is perplexed at the difficulty.Continue reading “Grandma Finds Herself in a Double Bind”

Comics for 1960s Girls

Blog Post 9. Comics as they appeared in the 20th century newspapers, were cartoony and funny, hence the term Comic. (Comix are the underground version). They progressed into cartoon stories such as Tin-Tin, and Asterix. After the war there was a proliferation of weekly magazines in cartoon format. With the help of Google I can tellContinue reading “Comics for 1960s Girls”

New Pathways:

Blog Post Seven. The beginning of the Research. At the Ethnology and Folklore Department (Elphinstone Institute) of Aberdeen University, I have been looking at the experience of grandmothers today, especially those who live far away from their grandchildren. The methodology I am using is empirical, through interviews, and their subsequent analysis. My subject group areContinue reading “New Pathways:”