The Grandmother Club

What does it mean to be a Grandmother?

The actual, physical act of becoming a Grandmother was easy enough.  I did not have to do anything, really, other than support my daughter as she went through the labour.  The emotional act of becoming a Grandmother is another story.

I have many emotions, several of which conflict with each other.  During the labour and the birth, I was at once proud of my daughter and her husband, and fearful for her.  I had gone through the same type of hard, long, drawn-out labour that she’d gone through.  For some reason, I was never fearful for myself.  I was afraid for my daughter, for the exhaustion she was obviously experiencing.  I was surprised that I was more concerned for the welfare of my daughter than I was for the new baby!

Now, I have embarked on a new journey.  One which started, I suppose, when I first gave birth to my oldest daughter, who now has a child of her own.  What does it mean to be a Grandmother?  How does one go about acting like a Grandmother?  What does a Grandmother look like?  What name should I go by?

Many questions surface, with many emotions.  I want to explore these emotions as they occur.  Because, I really don’t think I am the only one who thinks this way, who feels these same things, and who have what I call identity issues.  You, reader, are invited to participate in this exploration, to help sort out the new role called Grandmother.

Welcome, to the Grandmother Club!


Posted by on 21 January 2013 in Grandmothers, Uncategorized


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Big Gramma

Big Gramma


I am fat. My body mass index (BMI) is 42 which qualifies me as morbidly obese. Not just fat, mind you, but obese. MORBIDLY obese. I am also no longer young, and older people have a more difficult time losing weight due to changes in metabolism and the way calories are burned.

But I have grandsons, and I have a plan. I want to be able to play with those kids, to walk around the park, and keep up with them. I don’t want them to think of me as fat. So, I have this nifty little app on my smartphone (remind me to talk about smartphones in the future) which helps me keep track of my calories and my exersize.

I have tried to concentrate on those (yuk) healthy green foods, and limit my processed foods and what I call the bad carbohydrates. I don’t eat a lot of bread, and pasta is not really on my preferred list. Those (and the apple fritters) are very processed and almost pure carbohydrates, and are on my naughty list. Red beans and potatoes are moderately okay simply because they come that way without any further modifications.

I hit the gym every morning after I work, but I only do about 15 minutes on the stationary bike or the elliptical. I just can’t do any more, and I almost feel guilty. Almost, but not quite, because it is still 15 minutes more than I did last month.

Night shift workers have a greater tendency to have diabetes and be morbidly obese. Those who have a prominent belly are at risk for metabolic syndrome. I realize this risk, this risk for debilitating illnesses, and I choose to do something about it. No — I can’t change to day shift. But my co-workers and I are meeting at the local gym and using the treadmills, ellipticals, bikes and the weight lifting machines. I am sore. I can barely make it up the stairs. My arms and shoulders hurt. But I will meet my friends at the gym and do it again. I would rather just sit down and knit my mitts, but I know this is best.

This will be yet another adventure worth writing about, don’t you think?



Updated March 2018 — I wrote the above four years ago, January 2014.  I still have a BMI of just over 40.  I did get it down below 40 long enough to have one hip replaced, and I have to get it back down so I can get my other hip replaced.  I’ve changed a few things since then, and my greatest success is when I follow the Trim Healthy Mama plan.  But I still have grandsons, and I still have a plan.


Gramma Nettie’s Toothpaste 2

Rationale for each separate ingredient

Disclaimer: contains affiliate links for which I may receive commission  Further disclaimer — I do not provide medical advise.  I relay what I personally do and information I found online for educational, informational and educational purposes.  Do your own research, and proceed at your own risk.  I cannot take responsibility for your choices.

Those recipes almost invariably used bentonite clay, baking soda, salt.  many DIY sites out there give a great reason for each individual item, which I shall do, as well.  And at the end of it all, I will give you the big-picture rationale and the recipe I use can be found on the first toothpaste blog.

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The Good

Coconut Oil

  • I guess that studies show it is naturally antibacterial.  A good thing.  Some bloggers recommend spitting into the trash, avoid spitting the oil down the drain.  Here is a response to that particular question which resonates with my own thoughts, but she puts it so much better.
    • I understand the concern about spitting the oil down the drain, but I’ve never had any problems with that either. You really aren’t using a lot of toothpaste at once, so very little coconut oil is actually going down your drain. (A lot more is probably going there when you rinse out a dirty plate or something like that.)  — (Ariza, 2013-2017).

  • “Coconut oil contains lauric acid which is naturally antimicrobial” —  (An Ordinary Housewife, 2018)
  • It also acts as a binding agent for the paste.
  • According to Authority Dental, “Coconut Oil naturally fights the fungal infection candida in your mouth, … boost[ing] the microbiome in your gut.  [It] must be at 76 degrees to stay in liquid form.” —  (Bradshaw, 2018)
    • My personal experience is that the addition of the powders negates this tendency.  My paste stays soft and malleable.
  • Run hot water down the drain, and that should do the trick quite nicely.  I noticed some slowing down in my drains, but I’m sure it is because of my homemade soap.  I bought a drain cleaner.  Easy fix.

Essential Oils

  • Peppermint is tasty, and quite traditional in commercial products.
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    DoTerra’s OnGuard or YoungLiving’s Thieves’ oil are reportedly protective blends of cinnamon, clove, rosemary and one or two others.  Clove has been used in the dental field for a long time to quiet irritated nerves.  Dentist will place a paste at the bottom of a large filling, and that smell is the cloves.

  • Tea Tree Oil, aka melaleuca.  I personally don’t want to put this one in my mouth.  It smells awful, in my humble opinion.  I’m also not sure it is safe on mucus membranes, although others will argue the point.  For me, this is my personal opinion.
  • Authority Dental suggests using spices such as mint {This looks cool although I’ve not used it — yet}, cloves and cinnamon dried and powdered.  They may be abrasive, they may help remineralize teeth (Barlow, 2012).
  • I want to point out that you need to be careful with essential oils.  Some of even the most innocuous ones like Lavendar have been known to burn or cause irritation.  It is your responsibility to research proper uses of essential oils before using them. I do not recommend using essential oils, I only point out what I and others do.

Stevia, Xylitol, Erythritol

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  • Stevia is a plant in the RagWeed family, so caution to those with that allergy (RxList, 2018).
  • Xylitol is a wood sugar that bacteria absolutely love, but cannot digest.  Therefore they starve to death while their bellies are full.  Dentists began promoting xylitol products for about 10 years, now. According to, “it aids in the prevention of dental caries and reduces plaque formation” (, 2018)
  • Erythritol may have beneficial dental properties, too (De Cock P, 2016).
  • I added Pyure Brand sweetener.  It is a blend of Stevia and Erythritol.  Use half as much as you would sugar.

Bentonite clay


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  • It absorbs toxins, heavy metals and impurities.  Thus, the Food Renegade and others say to use only wood and glass, avoid metals which the clay will leach out. — (Wolford, 2018)
  • helps give toothpaste consistency.  May substitute kaolin clay which some claim is more beneficial.  This clay is also alkaline, some claim it binds to toxins, although there are no easily accesible studies to support or oppose that idea  —  (Ariza, 2013-2017).
  • It is alkaline which helps balance acidity, and is rich in minerals.  Authority Dental recommends — in italics — Avoid healing clays in toothpaste if you have metal fillings because it can lead to mercury leaching.  Authority Dental  My thought is who DOESN’T have metal fillings?  Use this information as you see fit, I can neither confirm nor deny this allegation (Bradshaw, 2018).


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  • At least one blogger insists on using filtered water because tap water contains flouride, chlorine and other “who knows what” additives. —  (Wolford, 2018).  This argument is moot, of course, if you have a well.
  • “Once you add water to a homemade natural product recipe, though, you are also introducing a source for bacterial growth to form”  — (Ariza, 2013-2017).  But, I thought the other ingredients were antibacterial?  Salt, in particular, is used as a preservative.  The jury is still out, as it’s only been a week since I’ve made mine.  I don’t expect it will spoil, though, but I will watch it to be sure.
    • Here is a comment from the author about Earthpaste and possible bacterial contamination.
      • Somebody just pointed out to me that Earthpaste, a popular non-fluoridated natural toothpaste has this ingredient list: Water, Redmond Clay, Real Salt, essential oils, and xylitol. They make no mention of any preservatives in their toothpaste either. I’d imagine they are also relying on the salt and the high pH of the clay to preserve it.  — (Ariza, 2013-2017).


  • add it to help inhibit formation of dangerous bacteria.  Using a mineral salt may help with remineralization of enamel.
  • It is alkaline, and if you use mineral salt like Himalayan it may also help remineralize teeth. — (Bradshaw, 2018).

Baking soda

  • a different sort of salt that neutralizes the acids in your mouth
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    “Remember:  it’s the acids from the bacteria that lead to cavities in the first place”  — (Ariza, 2013-2017).   It may also act as a preservative, although not so much for those bacteria who love alkaline environments.

  • For a discussion and a chart comparing abrasivity of different items, including that name-brand toothpaste I just finished using, check out Collective Evolution’s article (Martino, 2013)


  • Calcium powder

  • Use Calcium alone or with Magnesium.  This powder can also whiten. —  (Wolford, 2018)
  • helps build up calcium (bet you couldn’t guess that, right?)
  • if you can’t put your hands on calcium powder, you might consider grinding up some Tums antacids.  The main ingredient is Calcium Carbonate.


  • Trace Minerals

  • Weed ’em and Reap writes “Adding a boost of bio-available trace minerals will provide an array of extra minerals to your toothpaste” (Wolford, 2018)


  • Guar Gum

  • is a powder that helps to thicken toothpaste. It also helps keep the ingredients stable and homogeneous (well mixed). We recommend it as a texture enhancer, though be careful not to swallow any of it as it is not digested well — (Bradshaw, 2018).


  • Diatomaceous Earth

  • is basically powdered fossils of ancient marine life. It is not very hard. Yet the shape of the small particles are sharp, making it more abrasive than it would otherwise be. It also contains trace minerals that can contribute to the remineralization process — (Bradshaw, 2018).


  • Activated Charcoal

  • [It has] many applications, including teeth whitening. Be careful though, as it is highly abrasive and may even inhibit remineralization. More research needs to be done on this ingredient — (Bradshaw, 2018).


The Bad

  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

    • I guess that commercial toothpastes have Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.  I find this alarming, since I know it is in shampoo as a sudsing ingredient.  It irritates mucosa and causes canker sores in some people.  It is linked to organ- and neuro-toxicity (UmmYusuf, 2018).  Most homemade toothpaste, including this one, do not foam up.
    • It “can interfere with your taste buds by breaking up the phospholipids on your tongue.  It is also registered as an insecticide and might have toxic effects on marine life” —  (Bradshaw, 2018).
      • What?  Insecticide?  as in it kills insects?  As much as I don’t like this ingredient, I suspect it works much like your handmade soap works to kill insects — by the soapy sudsing action rather than chemically killing critters.


  • Triclosan in toothpaste?

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    This is something that was in handsoaps but is banned for fears of causing resistant bacteria.  Colgate still uses it in at least one toothpaste because they “convinced the government of the increased potential benefit” and there has not been enough in the way of impartial studies of use and overuse. — (Ariza, 2013-2017).  It’s been linked to cancers, neurological damage and disruption to the endocrine (hormone) system. — (UmmYusuf, 2018)

    • It is a known pesticide, according to Authority Dental.  It may cause antibiotic resistance, or breast, ovarian, prostate and testicular cancers (Bradshaw, 2018).


  • Glycerin

    • some say it coats the teeth preventing remineralization.  Most commercial pastes have this, including many natural products, although there don’t seem to be many studies to back up that claim   — (Ariza, 2013-2017), (Artistta, 2011).


  • Flouride

    • Several people argue against flouride in the water and in our toothpaste.  Heck, the commercial stuff has hazard warnings against swallowing.
    • Apparently prior to 1938 flouride was sold as rat poison, and is linked to lower IQ, weakened bones, thyroid suppression, decrease in metabolic funtion and even Alzheimers (which I don’t totally agree with.  I think it is more genetic — but that is for another post, if I remember) —  (Heather, Homemade Toothpaste and Oral Care Recipes, 2011)
    • In addition, fluoride has not been shown to actually reduce tooth decay  (UmmYusuf, 2018)
    • It seems that using the ingredients found in most homemade tooth products, you may not need this anyway.


  • Propylene Glycol

    • “is used as an emulsifier in commercial toothpaste. It is a known skin, eye, and lung irritant that may lead to toxicity issues in organs. Industrial grade versions of this mineral oil are used in antifreeze, paint, industrial enamel, and airplane de-icer” —  (Bradshaw, 2018).


  • Saccharin

  • “and other artificial sweeteners are commonly found in many commercial toothpastes. They are linked to all sorts of health issues including diabetes, obesity, cancer, and even the death of brain cells” —  (Bradshaw, 2018).


  • Hydrogen Peroxide

  • “is a popular ingredient in teeth whitening products—including [homemade] toothpaste. However, it is only effective when teeth are exposed for an extended period of time. It can also have a negative impact on gums and other oral tissue” —  (Bradshaw, 2018).


The Ugly


  • Whitening toothpastes  I think they are over-rated whether natural, non-gmo or commercial.  How does this whitening process work?
    • According to HowStuffWorks, food and coffee etc form a sort of film layer over the enamel, eventually working its way into the porous enamel.  They are essentially harmless, but unattractive.  Brushing removes some of it using abrasive stuff similar to using a green scrubber pad or Comet on your sink to remove stains.  Chemical reaction can take place using Hydrogen Peroxide which bleaches the teeth (Gordon, 2018).
    • “The media has done a good job of making whitening sound innocuous, but it’s not,” Dr. Ira Handschuh, a White Plains, N.Y., dentist, told ABC News.    According to the article, “Carbamide peroxide, the whitening agent in most bleaches, can irritate the gums, causing them to recede, making the teeth brittle, chalky and so thin as to be translucent at the edges when the product is overused”  (Heather, How to Whiten Teeth Naturally with Turmeric, 2015).


  • Turmeric
  • I feel I must caution those who are on blood thinners.  This is an NSAID, just like Ibuprofen is an NSAID.  It can thin blood if you ingest too much.  The amount in a pea-sized glob will probably not harm you, however you must do your own research and make your own decision here.  Consider this my disclaimer.
    • [It] may seem like a counter-intuitive whitening agent. It tends to stain everything it comes in contact with. But it has surprising whitening abilities, fights gingivitis, and has been used for oral health in India for literally thousands of years. Turmeric whitens quite well, despite only mild abrasiveness. It may also contribute to remineralization. However, it may be the hardest ingredient to adjust to, taste-wise.   (Bradshaw, 2018)

Specifically, rationale for not using baking soda

Baking soda … is not as safe as it looks. Baking soda works by oxidizing the stains present on the teeth enamel … is abrasive … and chronic use of it can cause damage to the enamel coating on the teeth. Thus, chronic use of baking soda can cause permanent damage to the teeth. In addition, those who have braces or wear permanent retainers should not use baking soda, as the brackets can fall off, leaving darker spots. — Burns DDS (Burns Family Dentistry, 2017)


  • Baking Soda itself does nothing to fight cavities, they say.  Although I disagree with using baking soda for tooth cleaning, I also disagree with this particular argument.  The simple act of neutralizing the acidic “byproducts” of bacteria — aka bacteria poo — this prevents weakening of enamel and decay to a certain extent.
  • It can cause dental erosion.  At least I was taught this when I was a Dental Assisstant many moons ago.  As I research evidence to back this up I found nothing.  Perhaps the culprit is more stiff toothbrushes and a heavy hand.  See the section on how to brush here (in the previous post). Although the abrasiveness of baking soda is quite low and toothpaste is much MUCH more abrasive, it can cause the gums to recede exposing the dentin which is then also eroded causing sensitive teeth.  Well, actually, using a stiff brush with a heavy hand can do the same thing.  Just be careful out there, okay?
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    Wounded Soldier

  • I guess it causes dental glue to come undone.  So, don’t use it with braces or semi-permanent retainers.
  • Baking soda is alkaline.  Bentonite Clay is alkaline.  Calcium is alkaline.  How much alkalinity do you actually need?  If creating an alkaline paste to neutralize the bacterial acidity is your goal, you certainly don’t need Baking Soda to achieve that goal!

My absolute personal favourite (Sarcasm Alert!) for any DIY home cleaning ingredient combination is baking soda and some sort of acid, usually vinegar or lemon.  They will tell you, in the case of teeth, that baking soda whitens teeth by polishing off the plaque, and that lemon juice acid reacts with plaque to whiten teeth.  HOWEVER … Baking soda is a base.  It reacts with the acid producing a somewhat neutralized combination that is more like carbonated salt water.  So, you combine the two and get what?  — Nothing!  You have just inactivated the active ingredient in both items, and neither do what you originally wanted them to!  That’s what the fizzing does when you drop lemon juice or vinegar into a pile of baking soda.  They are becoming nothing, useless.  Besides which, do you really want an acid applied to your teeth?  It is the acidic bacterial poo that causes the damage in the first place.


According to Authority Dental, remineralizing your teeth doesn’t actually heal cavities.  They make the distinction between actual painful holes in your teeth (which they call “cavities”) and the very start of decay at the enamel level (which they call “caries”).  However, cavities ARE caries.  The authors are right in that once the decay reaches the Dentin, there is little to do other than dig out the bad stuff and fill it in with something.  The best defense is a good offense.  Eat right, include calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, Zinc, Iron, Vitamins A, D, K (Bradshaw, 2018).


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Gramma Nettie’s Toothpaste 1

Why do I make toothpaste?


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I started brushing my teeth with oily dirt.

Well, bentonite clay, to be exact.  Which comes from the ground.  Dirt.

I had been using my daughter’s homemade concoction, which seemed to stop the minor toothache.  She was trying to make a home business work out, and I started buying some of those things she made that I could use for my family (which now consists of u

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s two old codgers).  The first couple of little jars came in 1/2 pint mason jars and were a little expensive, but I will do things like that to help out family as much as possible.  About every third month we would order two more jars, one for each of us.  I can’t stand sharing germs and you have to dip your brush into the paste, so simple solution is to provide individual personal jars.  We go through the exact same amount, so why not?

It had a gritty feel to it, not at all like commercial toothpaste, and it didn’t foam in the mouth.  It also was flavoured with orange essential oil, which didn’t taste right.  But, I reasoned to myself, my toothbrushing palate had been trained by years (and years and years and years if I’m to be honest) of commercial, white, heavy minty chemical-laden versions.  I really liked that her ingredients lable was only two lines long.  She said she could see that my teeth looked whiter after a few weeks of using the stuff.  Life was going great.  Mostly, though, I kept buying it because my minor toothache went away.

But then my dealer stopped supplying my habit.  My stash dried up.  Well, was used up, actually.  In point of fact, I had started using that commercial stuff again.  It felt like old home, even comforting in a way.  Oh, I worried about the chemical factory ingredients, but at least I was doing something, right?  wrong.  My minor toothache came back after about three months of withdrawal.  I had to learn how to make my own product, to start my own laboratory, to become my own cooker, dealer, supplier.  I was hooked, and I had to get my fix.  But, I am also (sometimes) cheap and I couldn’t see myself paying those outrageous prices to anybody other than my family.  So I did some research, found lots of recipes out there in WebLand.

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Now, I have to say that you do not NEED toothpaste of any kind for dental health.  Brushing your teeth with a soft brush and water on a regular basis, and flossing regularly and as needed gets the job done quite nicely.



And your saliva “helps buffer the pH…” — The Things We’ll Make (Ariza, 2013-2017).  But, homemade toothpaste has some remineralizing benefits that you may want.  This is the primary reason I started myself.

 In fact, if you’re using toothpaste mainly as a mean of removing plaque, you may be surprised to find that a review study done last year found that using a toothpaste when brushing didn’t provide any extra plaque removing abilities (Valkenburg C, 2016).    — The Things We’ll Make (Ariza, 2013-2017).

I will include here a description of the proper method of brushing and flossing, with or without paste.

While it is normally suggested that you brush your teeth multiple times a day, I think the most important thing is to have at least one thorough brushing session each day, preferably right before you go to bed. … I have a hard time going to sleep without getting in that all important thorough brushing session at night.

When doing a thorough brushing session, you want to make sure that you brush each tooth surface completely. You want to brush with small, circular motions following the contour of your gums, or guide an electric toothbrush to gently massage your teeth and gums at the gum line.

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Use a toothbrush with soft bristles. You should be brushing for at least 2 minutes, which is normally the programmed time for an “alarm” of sorts on electric toothbrushes.

After that thorough brushing session, it’s the ideal moment to floss between all teeth, and behind the last teeth in your mouth. You want to gently bring the floss down along the side of each tooth, gently pushing down past the gum line, and pulling up any trapped food debris and leftover plaque accumulation on your way back up.  — The Things We’ll Make (Ariza, 2013-2017).

DISCLAIMER: This post is meant to be informative only. It is not meant to diagnose or treat any medical condition. While I use this homemade toothpaste recipe myself, I also recognize that there are many dentists who will only approve of fluoridated toothpastes with the ADA seal. (The ADA will only place their seal on toothpastes with fluoride in them.) Keep that in mind when choosing what toothpaste to use. — adapted from The Things We’ll Make (Ariza, 2013-2017).


Contains affiliate links.  When you purchase using these links, I may get a small recompense.

My recipe is adapted from Weed em and reap blog (Wolford, 2018).  Her toothpaste uses filtered water, but I used my unaltered well water.  She also added baking soda which I left out for reasons listed above.  I didn’t have trace minerals so I left that out.  And I changed up the sweetener.  Other than that, it is exactly the same!


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  1. Heat water to hot.
  2. Put all other ingredients in the food processor, add the hot water and pulse until smooth (no more bumps).
  3. Store in a glass mason jar or a silicone squeeze tube for up to 3 months.


My experience with this is that the taste is okay.  The texture is smooth with no lumpy chunks, slightly gritty, and pasty like commercial stuff, but it is grey.

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rops Peppermint in my next batch.  It isn’t as oily as I originally thought.  I’d heard of oil pulling and couldn’t actually do it.  I don’t like overly greasy stuff in my mouth.  But this is not oily feeling.  I’ve been watching for that.

The first impression is grit and OnGuard.  It is not hard even in the dead of winter, because of the water and the clay worked up in the food processor into an emulsion, the same way the hand lotion is.  After about 30 seconds of gently brushing and another surprising feel developed.  It is a squeaky feel, somewhat astringent.  I like it as it feels clean.  I only use a pea-sized glob, and I spit excess down the drain.  I run hot water as I spit, and I don’t see it getting oily in the water, either.

With the next post, I will provide some rationale for each ingredient in toothpastes, the Good, the Bad, the Ugly.



Ariza, T. (2013-2017). Natural Homemade Toothpaste Recipes & Tips from a Dentist. Retrieved from Oh, the Things We’ll Make:

Watson, K. (2010). Thursday is Request Day — Apple, Fountain, Teeth, Bulldog. Retrieved from Graphics Fairy:

Wolford, D. (2018). Homemade Remineralizing & Whitening Toothpaste Recipe. Retrieved from Weed ’em & Reap: Urban Farming, Healthy Living:


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(+) Self-Publish Your Book and Sell it on Amazon and Elsewhere

So. When you get the stories of your family put together, then what? Here’s information about publishing your book for others to access.

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How to Make a Duct-Tape Wallet

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Where to Add Weight to a Pinewood Derby Car to Make it Go Faster

Because we may be recruited to assist in making these cars

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