Friday, 28 August 2009 00:00
To celebrate Grandparents’ Day, which is September 13, a new book entitled The Art of Grandparenting, to be released by Nightengale Press,will be released. It is billed as “a funny, touching, informing, heartfelt collection of essays, stories, and how-tos from experienced grandparents.”
Local writer Carole Blake, of Jericho, is one of the book’s major contributors. Her essay, “Scary Grandma Stories”, is a humorous look at some of the nerve-wracking experiences that happened to her while on “Grandma Duty.”
She writes of the time when she was babysitting her 3-year-old grandson overnight in his Manhattan apartment while his mom was giving birth in the hospital to his baby brother and the 3-year-old decided to casually explore his high-rise building on his own.
Author of Help! My Face Has Fallen and It Can’t Get Up! (Amazon, 2007), Carole Blake has been a song lyricist for over 30 years. Several of her songs, from disco to country to children’s songs, have been recorded and released on various record labels. She was also a co-executive producer of the motion picture The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia, starring Dennis Quaid. She currently has a business (www.cbpoems.com) in which she writes special poems for parties and Bar Mitzvahs, as well as roasts, toasts and speeches.
According to Blake, expert grandparents, as well as those who soon hope to be, will want to carry The Art of Grandparenting everywhere. It is already being called the definitive reference for mastering this new, never-before-explored art form. Lessons learned from one’s own grandparents may no longer be relevant when it comes to dealing with new avenues of access that include, for example, text messaging, webcams, family websites, and cell phone cameras.
Radio host Valerie Connelly, who is the founder of and publisher at Nightengale Press, and a new grandmother herself, served as the editor for The Art of Grandparenting. She reports that pre-publication sales have been brisk.
“It’s the right book for the right time,” according to Connelly, “because there’s really no precedent for baby-boomer grandparents. Making these relationships work, truly is an art. It takes finesse, creativity, teamwork, a free spirit and nonjudgmental, unsolicited love.”
She invites experienced and new grandparents alike to join her for a “happening” exchange at www.TheArtOf
Grandparenting.com. Connelly points out that grandparenting today “is a whole lot more than just plunking kids down in front of the TV, or buying them rooms full of gifts. This book,” she says, “is filled to the brim with authenticity!” The Art of Grandparenting will be available at all online booksellers, including Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Also available at www.TheArtOfGrandparenting.com and www.nightengalepress.com ($19.95 + shipping and handling).