Yayagram: A 20th century phone switchboard for Telegram instant messages (CNET)

CNET: Yayagram: A 20th century phone switchboard for Telegram instant messages. “If you want to talk to your grandmother on messaging app Telegram and she doesn’t have a smartphone, she’ll need to get one. She’ll need to learn how to use iOS or Android. How to manage notifications. You could teach her all of that — or you could just build her a 1900s telephone switchboard that does nothing but send and receive Telegram messages.”

BuzzFeed News: Was It Selfish To See My Grandmother Before She Died?

BuzzFeed News: Was It Selfish To See My Grandmother Before She Died?. “My grandmother had dementia for years, but it was inconsistent. She remembered how to take care of herself, who every member of her family was when they called, the important facts about our lives, and the best gossip. But she forgot the things less fun to remember: finances, current events, deadly global pandemics. Instead, she spent her days wondering why she was so alone, why her family wasn’t visiting like they normally did, and why the caretaker helping her was wearing a mask and a transparent plastic visor.”

The City: Grandmas Keep Beloved Staten Island Restaurant Going, One Jar of Sauce at a Time

The City: Grandmas Keep Beloved Staten Island Restaurant Going, One Jar of Sauce at a Time. “When COVID-19 overtook New York City, restaurant owner Joe Scaravella didn’t think twice about closing Enoteca Maria, one of Staten Island’s most beloved eateries. He decided the chefs — a rotating posse of grandmas with roots from around the world — were too vulnerable. ‘They’re in their sixties, seventies, eighties,’ said Scaravella. ‘They can’t participate in this staying-open experiment.’ But after months of only serving meals to essential workers on weekends, some of the nonnas — Italian for ‘grandmothers’ — are finally back in the kitchen part-time.”

The Grandma Archives: Documenting the extraordinary lives of Edmonton matriarchs (CBC)

New-to-me, from the CBC: The Grandma Archives: Documenting the extraordinary lives of Edmonton matriarchs. “The story of [Louise] Perkins’s grandmother is one of many chronicled in the Grandma Archives, an Edmonton-based digital archive designed to preserve the stories of local grandmothers, mothers and matriarchs. The online catalogue features dozens of articles, photographs, letters, videos and audio files, each one using an ordinary object to represent important memories and pieces of family history.”

Polite Granny Wins the Internet

A very polite grandmother has gone viral for her courtesy to Google. “Google has thanked an 86-year-old British woman who proved old-fashioned manners have a place in the modern world when she typed ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ in an internet search.” Not too long ago I was at my Granny’s and I used Siri for a search. I said something snarky to Siri and Granny scolded me. Three cheers for polite grandmothers.