Make Friends Across Your Lifespan

Who Do You Surround Yourself With?

“Why did it happen, Deanna?” I recently asked my friend and colleague. I’m 92 and she’s 53 (or at least that’s what I said, and she didn’t correct me.) We’ve known each other and have been working together for only five years. During that time we have come to have deep respect for each other’s…

Grandparents! Sign Up to Write Your Stories

My granddaughter Jessica was the one who inspired me to write my stories. “What was life like when you were a boy, Grandpa Jerry?” she started asking me last year. “What were some favorite games you played with your friends? What did you spend your allowance on? What were your parents and grandparents like?” As…

Teaching Values to Grandchildren

The Grandest Love: Seeing Values in Action

2018 was a grand year! There were graduations and weddings and birthdays and promotions. So much to celebrate. And it was a scary year. There were concerns about aging and losing my independence. Thankfully, I passed my written driving test and renewed my driver’s license. But that was after flunking it the first time. Over…

Grandparents and Grandkids for Gun Law Reform

Grandparents and Grandchildren United to Change the Gun Laws

by Jerry Witkovsky I recently read two articles that have catapulted me to action. The first was from the Washington Post. It identifies seven gun laws that would have a powerful impact on reducing gun violence: red flag laws, relinquishment laws, assault weapons bans, high-capacity magazine bans, gun possession prohibitions for high-risk individuals, gun possession prohibitions for individuals with domestic violence…

Bookends Grandparents

  OUR GRANDPARENTS, OUR MEMORIES – CHOOSE TO CONNECT By Matej Silecky I have been working on a project that, it is safe to say, would not exist without the lifelong influence of all of my grandparents. The project, “Baba Babee Skazala” translates from Ukrainian to English as “Grandmother told Grandmother.” Basically, it consists of: oral…

Dan Chamberlin on Jerry Witkovsky Day

  Dan Chamberlin, Co-Chair of the Special Education Department and School Champion for the Grandparent program at Deerfield High School, joined Jerry Witkovsky, along with family and friends, when Mayor Rosenthal proclaimed “Jerry Witkovsky Day in the Village of Deerfield” last month. (See the Facebook Live Video of the event here.) Dan’s words: So, Jerry,…