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Bennett and His Bubbe's Beau

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Wednesday, November 30, 2005
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"Listen To Bubby" | Session #4

Dear Bubby,

I don't know what to do. My life has gone down hill ever since I started 11th grade. First I went from private to public school and I hate the school I am at. My grades have dropped so much. My mother keeps telling me other kids love it, blah blah blah, but I try to tell her that I am not other kids. But she won't listen to me. It's like my opinion isn't important.

This year I have lost friends because they've gone their separate ways. I couldn't go see a concert because my teacher said I had to be in class. My mum won't let me date this guy I really like because of his family. I really like him and I have tried everything to convince her, but she won't listen. If it keeps going on like this I will be single forever.

Sometimes I feel I am more scared of my mum then I am of anything else. She is so protective and I am not allowed to go out or do anything. I can't even sleep over at friend's houses or walk into town. My parents say they just want to protect me but they don't know that the more they are "protecting" me the more they are pushing me away.

I am 16 now and when I finish grade 12 I am going to find a full-time job so I can earn enough money to move out and go to university. The only choice is to move out, which is what I am going to do.

I have no other choice. What is your opinion??

16 And So Many Problems

Dear 16 And So Many Problems,

Listen to Bubby's advice to you as an wmv file (windows media player) or mp3 file.

This was recorded just for you!
Friday, November 18, 2005
"Listen To Bubby" | Session #3

We live in a crazy world. Sometimes it can just bring you down. But is there a silver lining? Is there an optimistic spin on this seemingly crumbling cultural climate? Bubby seems to think so! And she's about to tell this next writer all about it.

Sshh... Let's listen in...

Dear Bubby,

It seems like every time we turn on the TV, there's a horrible thing to hear about. West Nile Virus, Avian Flu, the pandemic that I keep hearing about that will wipe out millions, floods, earthquakes and hurricanes.

I'm 21, and have been noticing this more and more. Is the world coming to an end, or is it simply that I am getting older and the woes of the world are becoming my own? The natural disasters of my youth seemed so small, so far away.

I have hobbies, a wonderful boyfriend and work, so it's not as though I dwell on these things full time, but sometimes they haunt me at night and make me very anxious... What's a girl to do?

Giving Myself an Ulcer

Dear Giving Myself an Ulcer,

Listen to Bubby's advice to you as an wmv file (windows media player) or mp3 file.

This was recorded just for you!
Thursday, November 17, 2005
"Listen To Bubby" | Session #2

Another day, another problem, another audio session with Bubby.

Dear Bubby,

Something has been bothering me lately. I have this friend, and lately at school he has started up a student government and now is trying to start up a newspaper. I try to be supportive, but I can't help but to resent it a bit. He and I are both smart, but he acts so arrogant. He is also materialistic, and changes the way he is to fit in. He is still my friend and I'd like to feel proud of him, but right now I am a little mad.

During a meeting of the Debate team, the coach said to him, "I am really going to use you this year, you are so dedicated." I could not stand it, I almost broke out in tears. He used to go to to meeting last year, but then he stopped, and did not start back up until the season was almost over. I went to almost every tournament, while he only went to two, plus I always stay after school.

It bothers me because he is he does things just to get the glory, while I do things because they matter to me. He gets the glory, and I feel bad about myself.

Should I tell my speech coach how I feel, or ignore it?

No Glory, No Problem?

Dear No Glory, No Problem,

Listen to Bubby's advice to you as an wmv file (windows media player) or mp3 file.

This was recorded just for you!
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
"Listen To Bubby" | Session #1

For those of you who have ever doubted whether this is a "real grandma"... your doubting days are over.

7 lucky letter writers will be hearing something that no one else on this blog has heard before -- Bubby's advice in audio format! That's right... Instead of typing out her advice, Bubby has made special audio recordings for her readers. Keep visiting over the next two weeks to hear them all.

Dear Miss Bubby, where do I begin?

Well, I am 15 years old, already, and I have never had a boyfriend. There, I said it.

I have eczema and always wonder if that had something to do with it. But you get over these things eventually. I am constantly wondering whether there is something wrong with me. It is better to have loved and lost then never to have loved at all... how true.

I used to have lots of friends so it never bothered me that I was unattractive. When someone was there for me I felt invincible. Now my friendships have expired, I don't know what happened... This is the age where people get lives, jobs, relationships...

I want to grow up, be my own person, and most of all, I don't want to be lonely anymore. But something is holding me back inside.

Please reply,

Dear Pathetic,

Listen to Bubby's advice to you as an wmv file (windows media player) or mp3 file.

This was recorded just for you!
Friday, November 11, 2005
The Oldest Blogger Is?...

A new article hit the AP wire this morning, and is now appearing across the nation in places like USA Today, and CNN. It's called, "Senior citizen bloggers defy stereotypes", written by Carla K Johnson. While we are strong supporters of this subject matter(obviously), we want to know... How did you miss us???

Bubby will be turning 90 next month, and that's newsworthy enough to appear in CNN, dontcha think? Well, we're not bitter. But as you're reading the article, think of us.

the granddaughters
Wednesday, November 9, 2005
Nu? Where are we?

Ever so sorry for the delay of posts. We're so happy our vanishing act hasn't stopped you from writing more letters to Bubby. Keep 'em coming! She's been feeling a bit under the weather lately so we've been taking a small break. However, we're going to be posting more and more "Update" letters from our readers. So-- if Bubby has shared some advice with you in the past, PLEASE write to us and let us know your story now. We'll share your letter on the blog. (P.S. Have you noticed you can now post comments under the letters?)

And thanks to everyone who has bought one of Bubby's t-shirts. This particular shirt has been the most popular, so if you want to be one of the cool kids, you definitely need to get one. And this, too. Thanks to Debrah Soloman for posting a real sweet review of the book on our page.

And now for today's update...
On June 24, we received a letter from a new graduate who called himself, "Waiting" (incidentally, the pseudonym 'Waiting' is by far THE most popular cover-up name we receive). This particular "Waiting" was an artist, and trying to figure out how to make the most of his career. Bubby advised, "If you want to get into the art world, you must concentrate on writing letters and submitting your portfolio to firms that are producing work that you want."

Well, we decided to hook "Waiting" up with a little link action of our own. A while after he sent his letter, he wrote back to us and shared the website for his art portfolio. We told him we'd share it with you all, and that's exactly what we're doing today. Go on, visit: He's talented, and he deserves today's spotlight.

Keep writing!
love, the granddaughters

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Bubby is our 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93 94 year old grandmother.
A few years ago we introduced her to the internet and we've been getting daily e-mails from her ever since. When she was 87, we began this website. We now believe she is the oldest blogger on the Internet.

Whether Bubby is reminding us that boyfriends do not substitute for warm jackets in the winter, or that it's better to receive a compliment than a brick, she always has something to say to her granddaughters.

Now with this new website, Bubby can finally share her wisdom with the rest of the world. And she's excited about it! (Which confuses us, because she used to say we were all she needed.)

Hopefully this will be as much fun for new readers as it will surely be for her. And if not, well, as Bubby says, it will all come out in the wash.

So, are you looking for advice on food, work, a broken heart, or the perfect bat mitzvah present?

But no dirty words allowed or you'll only get one matzah ball.

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I smell him from here
I'm gonna marry you
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Nerds go far
Political predictions
Sloppy spouse
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New York Times: Letter to the Editor (6.11.04)
Jerusalem Post: Feature article (7.2.04)
Interview for Akron, Ohio newspaper (aug.'04)
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