The Savvy Grandmother
The Savvy Grandmother Goes Global.  October 2009
In This Issue
Generation G News
The Best of The Rest
Binkies, Bottles, Buttons..
Savvy Is As Savvy Does
A Room With A View
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This newsletter is a first for this semi-computer-literate grandmother who has decided to enter the computer age with a bang.  Ever since I wrote "Generation G - Advice for Savvy Grandmothers Who Will Never Go Gray" I have wanted to send out a newsletter. Now I think I'm ready and am really excited about the opportunity to network with grandmothers from around the world.
I hope that you will enjoy my heart-felt attempt at communication and will find my efforts to be worthy of your attention and support. You may opt out at any time, but perhaps if you stay around for a while, we can learn together. 
Thus the first issue of the "savvy grandmother" newsletter that I hope will encourage, entice, delight, and exhort grandmothers, as well as women of the 21st century.  Who knows what avenues and information will be included. Surely it will be a learning experience for us all. 
Please feel free to forward this copy to anyone who might be interested in subscribing.  Also know that I am always open to suggestions, encouragement, advice, and/or correction, so let's get started. 
Be blessed as we walk this journey and learn together,
Marty Norman
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Updates on the book
Miracle of miracles, Generation G has now gone into its second printing!  A thousand thanks to all of you, my friends and supporters, who have made this possible.  I never expected to be blessed by so many friends and new friends through the publication of this book.  You women are amazing - hip, active, seasoned, alive - full of life and love. What a blessing to have a small glimpse into the lives of women who are making a difference in the world.  Along the way I have made an amazing discovery. Not only are grandmothers alive and well, but so are many talented writers who have an idea and a heart for a story. To you, I say "You go girl". I encourage you to seek after you dream. You never know how or where a door will open.  Don't give up - hang in there. My prayer is that each story will find the perfect vehicle for impacting lives and making a difference. You never know. 
Upcoming Appearances
October 17, 2009 Iron Sharpens Iron, Hartford Connecticut
Iron Sharpens Iron has been hosting an annual Men's Conference serving men of all ages since 2001. In 2009, Iron Sharpens Iron will launch a regional conference for New England Women. The goal is to encourage and inspire women (age 13 and older) with a first class, Christ Centered, affordable, one-day women's conference. With great thanksgiving the conference has invited me to be one of their presenters. I am humbled and blessed that the conference has been received with joy and is already sold out.  To learn more:
 book cover thumnailTHE BEST OF THE REST
Anyone can be a blogger.  At least that's what I'm told.  Just get a topic, write about it often, find some followers, lead an interesting life, and you're set.  Sure - easier said than done.
Recently I read two books about blogging and saw the movie "Julie and Julia."  Totally inspired by the concept I vowed to radically change my mindset and dedicate myself to what I love most - writing and grandchildren.  In the movie Julie vowed to blog daily and to make 524 recipes in 365 days. Now that's dedication. I figure if she can do it so can I. After all I have more years on board which hopefully means more wisdom and more experience....
Reading with grandhildrenBINKIES, BOTTLES, BUTTONS, AND BEAUS
(Grandmother Tips, Links, and Quotes to make a difference)
This  website allows you to read interactive books, play games and do activities with your grandchild in real time from anywhere in the world.
Grandchildren often find that their very favourite playmates are their grandparents. Grandkids have a way of bringing out the fun side of their parents' parents much to the delight of both generations. While there are many activities that grandparents and grandchildren can share cooking can be one of the most delicious!
The reason grandchildren and grandparents get along so well is that they have a common enemy.  ~Sam Levenson

Grandmas are moms with lots of frosting.  ~Author Unknown
When a child is born, so are grandmothers.  ~Judith Levy

A house needs a grandma in it.  ~Louisa May Alcott
A savvy grandmother is ... Barbara Bush
Barbara has raised five children and seventeen grandchildren.  She is one of only two women to be both wife and mother of US presidents, the other being Abigail Adams.  The Bushes moved 30 times over the years with Barbara pretty much raising the family while George was away. Barbara has authored a children's book, heads the Barbara Bush Foundation For Family Literacy, and established the White House Endowment Trust which helps restore the White House.  She is active, hip, seasoned, and has a great sense of humor.  Barbara is one savvy grandmother. 
A savvy grandmother is not ... Nora Walker (Sally Field's character on "Brothers and Sisters"
Nora is also a mother of five and has three grandchildren. Although fictional the series is promoted by ABC as the life of an ordinary family. Heaven knows her life is complicated, but in my estimation she doesn't act like any grandmother I know. In one episode she has a food fight with her husband's mistress.  In another. she describes her first sexual experience in the backseat of a car to her children. She wears low cut dresses, tells her mother to shut up at the dinner table, and has interfered in her children's lives to the point that they won't even answer the phone when she calls.  A fictional character, she tries to be hip, active, seasoned, and involved, but to in my estimation she misses the mark. 
Sometimes we get a glimpse of another's world by visiting their home. A home is a reflection of a woman's heart and her heart is the center of her spiritual home.  In this day and age of global information, if we can't visit a woman's home the next best thing is to visit her website. Thus the title a room with a view - a glimpse into the heart of some people I would like you to meet.
In this segment I would like to introduce you to my friend Wendy Saxton, a gifted writer with a heart for the hurting. To get a glimpse of her heart visit her websiste at
I met Wendy at the Christian Writer's Conference in Keller, Texas in 2005. A warm and engaging woman, we developed an instant friendship.  Wendy has an amazing story of healing and redemption which is chronicled in her book "The Jonah Chronicles to be released at the end of this month. This book is her story, a memoir of hope for the hopeless, a woman's fight for freedom from the effects of abuse, betrayal, and rejection.
Her website is a place for healing. In addition to meeting god it is a place of education and sharing.  In addition Wendy provides on-line support for grieving as well as information on Setting Boundaries, Sexual Abuse, Teenage Boundaries and more. Her ministry is called the Medicine Place. In her words,  "The Medicine Place is not an institution. It's the place in our hearts where the deepest wounds intersect with a loving God who can be trusted with the pain."
Recently she asked me to be a guest blogger writing about the issue of generational healing and how grandmothers can be effective healers in families.  To learn more about wendy go to  To read my article "Repairing The Breach" click on The Medicine Place, then click on blog.

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