3. Over 50 & Fabulous. Brady, the Therapy Dog. Grandmotherly Advice

This third episode of the Adventures with Grammy Podcast features three guests: Sharon Yost Rhodes, the guru behind the Facebook group, Over 50 and Fabulous; Kerrie Kleppin-Winn, author of Listen, Different is Good (One Dog’s Journey to Find His Superpower); and Raffaella DeSola, a grandmother on the go with her grandson, who offers us wisdom.

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2. Crabbing with Granddad, Chicken Fat Exercise Kids, Memories of My Grandmother

Episode 2 features interviews with author Amy Schisler, Scott Drayer and Celeste Morningside.

Segment 1: Amy Schisler writes inspirational women’s fiction for people of all ages. She has published two children’s books, Crabbing with Granddad and The Greatest Gift: A Fairy Tale about Following Your Dreams.

She has written numerous novels, including the award-winning Picture Me, Whispering Vines, and the Chincoteague Island Trilogy. A former librarian, she enjoys a busy life on the Eastern Shore of Maryland where she leads a women’s Bible study and volunteers in her parish church.

The recipient of numerous national literary awards, including the Illumination Award, LYRA award, Independent Publisher Book Award, International Digital Award, and The Golden Quill Award, the Foreward Indies Award, as well as honors from the Catholic Press Association and the Eric Hoffer Book Award, Ms. Schisler’s writing has been hailed “a verbal masterpiece of art” (author Alexa Jacobs) and “Everything you want in a book” (Amazon reviewer). Her books are available internationally, wherever books are sold, in print and eBook formats.

How to find her:


Twitter: @AmySchislerAuth
Facebook: @AmySchislerAuthor
Instagram: @AmySchislerAuthor

Segment 2: In 1963, President John F. Kennedy founded the President’s Council on Physical Fitness. He wanted to ensure the nation and especially the nation’s youth were healthy and fit. He enlisted the aid of author and composer Meredith Wilson to write a song that would inspire the youth to exercise. Wilson wrote the Chicken Fat Exercise Kids, a peppy, trombone-rich marching song. Robert Preston, the actor in The Music Man, recorded the lyrics.

Drayer bought the rights to produce an exercise video in the 1990s and recently turned the lyrics into a book.

You can find him at chickenfatkids.com

Instagram @chickenfatkids and Twitter @chickenfatkids

President Obama renamed the council the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition

Segment 3: Celeste Morningside, an author and community activist, shares memories of her grandmother who lived in Apalachicola, FL. You can find her at https://www.celestemorningside.com/

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1. The Official Launch Episode

We made our target launch date: January 7, 2021!

This first episode features three guests: children’s author, Mary E. Mahowald; a grandmother who takes her grandchildren on cross-country motor home road trip adventures (she also is my sister); and a grandmother who shares a memory of her grandparents from when she was a little girl.

Mary E. Mahowald has penned Frankie Drives a Freightliner. To learn more about Mary and her books, visit:


Linda Gross, Carolyn Berry’s sister, offers this sage advice: “Just enjoy. Nothing is more important than just enjoying yourself at that time, that moment, with those kids. That’s it!”

Suzanne Cabel’s grandmother was quite ill; learn why Suzanne’s grandfather gave her peppermint candy to eat while she visited her Grand MaMa.

If you have suggestions for guests, if you would like to be a guest, or if you have comments, please send an e-mail to carolyn@adventureswithgrammy.com.

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Merry Christmas, a Bonus Adventures with Grammy Podcast

This bonus Christmas podcast brings you childhood memories of Christmases past from eight of our listeners (in order): Mack Johnson, Janet Carswell, Joanny Perez, Nancy Miller, Robbin Widmeyer, Suzanne Cabel, Kari L. Wood and Theresa Crowley.

Music licensed from https://audiojungle.net/item/we-wish-you-a-merry-christmas/29405715. Author’s username: Xylote

Update to the Adventures with Grammy podcast

The Adventures with Grammy podcast is for grandparents who are on-the-go with their grandchildren. It is for grandparents who want loving relationships with their grandchildren and for parents who want their children to enjoy loving relationships across the generations.

This update reflects a few changes I have made to the podcast’s format since I first decided to launch it. Those changes are outlined below.

Each episode will feature guest interviews and three segments:

1. Children’s book reviews and/or interviews with children’s authors;

2. Fun activities to do at home with grandchildren and/or road trip adventures (day, weekend, or week-long) by geographic region; and

3. Memories of Our Grandparents and/or the grandparent experience


If you would like to be interviewed for any of the segments, or if you know someone who would like to be interviewed, please contact me at carolyn@adventureswithgrammy.com !


Children’s Books and Authors Do you know a children’s book author who would like to be a guest on the Adventures with Grammy podcast? If so, please contact me or ask the author to contact me. What is your favorite children’s book? Which books should I feature?

Fun Travel Adventures will focus on “stealth” learning and early career exploration … key components of academic success and big dreams. Each season will focus on fun, budget-friendly venues (adventures) within a specific region of the United States. Each adventure will highlight activities grandparents, grandchildren, and parents (if they choose to join in the fun) will enjoy!  We will begin on the east coast and travel westward. Fun activities at home include Granny Camp, making butter, and other fun in the kitchen or outdoors!


Memories of Our Grandparents


What stands out when you think of your grandparents? What makes (made) them special? If you would like to share your memories of your grandparents, send me an e-mail: carolyn@adventureswithgrammy.com. I then will contact you to set up a time to record your memories and let you know when memories of your grandparents will be shared!

We also will discuss issues and topics of interest to grandparents.

Season One will focus on travel adventures in the Mid-Atlantic region: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia.

Season Two will focus on the South Atlantic region: Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

Season Three will focus on the New England region: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Season Four will focus on the East North Central region: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

Season Five will focus on the East South Central region: Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

Season Six will focus on the West North Central region: Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Season Seven will focus on the West South Central region: Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Season Eight will focus on the North West Mountain region: Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.

Season Nine will focus on the South West Mountain region: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah.

Season Ten will focus on the Pacific region: Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington.

Our hope at Adventures with Grammy LLC is grandparents always will hold special places in their grandchildren’s hearts, and when grandparents are memories grandchildren, even those who were too young to remember each activity they enjoyed with their grandparents, always will remember how much their grandparents loved them.


An Introduction to the Adventures with Grammy Podcast

Welcome to the Adventures with Grammy Podcast.


A podcast for grandparents on-the-go with their grandkids!

I am your host, Carolyn Berry

This podcast is for grandparents who want to hold special places in their grandchildren’s hearts and for parents who want to ensure loving relationships across the generations.

I have six reasons for this project: Those reasons are my six grandchildren … Gavin, Cain, Channing, Hunter, Scarlett and Juliet. I want them to dream big!

I am an advocate for travel adventures because I believe these experiences provide children opportunities for “stealth” learning and early career exploration … key components of big dreams.

What do I mean my stealth learning? Learning that takes places when children least expect it! They learn about fractions when baking cookies. They learn about science when baking sourdough bread. They learn about history when visiting a park. The children don’t realize they are learning because they are not sitting at a desk! They are having fun … and the learning sticks.

When our children were young, my late husband and I took them on adventures. History came alive for them … they visited the White House and the Capitol; they saw the grist mill at Mount Vernon and money being printed at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. They learned history, geography and science.

I want to give my grandchildren those same experiences … and I want to help other grandparents do likewise.

How can we expect our grandchildren to dream big if we don’t help them know what is possible for their adult lives?

I am a retired high school teacher. I know first hand the importance of children having a vision for their future. Talking with children as young as five or six years old about their interests and showing them the real world will have a big impact on their education and career goals.

Research shows a direct correlation between high school graduation rates and students who begin to explore career options in earnest during middle school.

One of the adventures my grandchildren and I enjoyed was a visit to a chocolate factory. As we were leaving, one of my grandsons announced he planned to be a chocolatier when he grows up. Until that day he didn’t even know the word chocolatier, or that it was a career!

Another grandson told his brother as they were leaving Dave & Busters that he wanted to work there when he grew up. His brother retorted, “You don’t want to work there, you want to OWN it!”

Adventures definitely give children opportunities to DREAM BIG!

In addition to stealth learning and career exploration, the Adventures with Grammy podcast aims to help grandparents answer three important questions:

1. How do I ensure a special place in my grandchild’s heart?

2. Where can I take my grandchildren that is budget-friendly, fun and educational for all of us?

3. How can I ensure the good times we share will become long-lasting memories my grandchildren will cherish forever?

I have structured the podcasts as seasons. 

Each episode will feature guest interviews and three segments:

1. Children’s book reviews and/or interviews with children’s authors; 

2. Fun activities to do at home with grandchildren and/or road trip adventures (day, weekend, or week-long) by geographic region; and

3. Memories of Our Grandparents

We also will look at the grandparent experience. What is it like to be a grandparent in 2021? How has grandparenting changed since you were a child? How have grandparents changed? What are the expectations for today’s grandparents?

We will discuss the importance of the grandparent-grandchild relationship. What does the research say? How has COVID-19 impacted grandparenting?

How can grandparents influence a child’s education? Why is early career exploration important?

Each of the seasons will focus on a geographic region of the United States and will highlight fun, budget-friendly venues with activities grandparents and grandchildren and parent will enjoy.

We will begin on the east coast and travel westward …

Our hope at Adventures with Grammy LLC is grandparents always will hold special places in their grandchildren’s hearts, and when grandparents are memories grandchildren, even those who were too young to remember each activity they enjoyed with you, always will know how much you loved them.

To learn more, visit adventureswithgrammy.com.

I would appreciate your feedback. Send an e-mail to carolyn@adventureswithgrammy.com or send me a Tweet @grammyadventure.

I hope you enjoyed this introductory episode of the Adventures with Grammy podcast. Please subscribe and share the link with others who would enjoy listening to each week’s episode. By subscribing, you will receive a notice when I upload a new episode. We will begin a regular broadcast schedule January 2021.

Until then … enjoy the upcoming holidays and let your family know how much you love them!