Author Archives: Janai "Grandma Boom" Mestrovich

Janai Mestrovich

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Son Gifts me Blonde Wig for 68th Birthday

My son always hosts me for my birthday, usually in L.A. This year he chose Las Vegas, wanting to take me to see Cirque de Soleil which I’ve never previously experienced. Before the dinner and show, Darion,35, handed me a gift. When I opened it I was rather shocked to see a blonde wig. I’ve [...]

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Turned 68 with a New Hashtag and a Touch of Flair and Flare

Turned 68! WOW! Wanted to add to my Awesome Aging process and have some FLAIR (Webster says ‘flair’ means stylish and original). OK. Thanks to Renaissance Rose in Ashland I was able to try on some outlandish outfits and truly got to fill in the FLAIR! What fun!!! Looked up FLARE. One definition was that [...]

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Grant from Starseed Foundation Helping Area Pre-K and K Students

A warm hearted THANK YOU to Starseed Foundation for a much needed grant to The Conscious Living Foundation, non profit, tax exempt 501 (c)3 that allows children to receive supplies and books in the Self-Help Empowering Superkids program. In addition, another deep expression of gratitude for the acknowledgment from Starseed about the importance of this [...]

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Conversation with a Homeless Teen…..

“Why are you homeless?” I asked the young man – an older teen. His sad eyes looked down at the ground for a couple seconds before he responded. His clothes were very worn but he had a cleanliness about him. “I couldn’t take the abuse anymore. There was a lot of it – different kinds. [...]

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Research on Heart Health from Gratitude…..Do you have Baditude or Gooditude?

Paul Mills, a professor of family medicine and public health at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, conducted a study on the impact of gratitude on health. He found that the more grateful people were, the healthier they were: less depressed mood, slept better, more energy, lower levels of plaque on the [...]

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Pie Baking with Grandchildren Has Its Rewards….Like…. Eating Pie Dough!!

Once upon a spring break Grandma Boom, better known as ‘Booey’ to her grandchildren, asked them what they would like to do. They were so excited to make pies. “Apple” bellowed the grandson. “NO. I want blueberry!” insisted the granddaughter. Booey proceeded to follow through having forgotten how intense pie creating can be with three, [...]

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Honored to Receive Appreciation Award…..from International Pacific Northwest Women’s Festival

While I find it humbling to receive this award, it is a welcome encouragement. My four decade work with children, Empowering Superkids, was one of twelve women’s work making a positive ripple in the world nominated for the Pebble Rebel Award at the International Women’s Festival Pacific Northwest. I received a Certificate of Appreciation. The [...]

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NOISES OFF……Oregon Cabaret Cast Outdoes Itself….NOT TO BE MISSED!!!

It is one thing to say a play is awesome. But it is another whole realm of a category in experience to say a play is awe-inspiring and that I was aweSTRUCK watching it. Well, awestruck in-between layers of unstoppable laughter! The cast has accomplished what must have been at least slightly mind-blowing when first [...]

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Laughter……For the Heart and Soul, plus Calorie Loss

Loving the morning after an evening of boisterous laughter…..laughing so hard with endearing friends that my stomach hurt, my eyes were tearing and we were possibly a bit loud in the restaurant….hearty laughter fills up space! Then coming home and having sisterly laughter that continued on the fun tummy aching, tearing thread. What a great [...]

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Reflections of a Neighbor Who Died……

My Neighbor who died. She was a true, old-fashioned trustworthy neighbor for 26 years. The service for her passing from this life recalled her history in beautiful detail that gave deeper meaning to the making of who she was. Not just as a neighbor, a mom, wife, a grandmother…..but as a pillar of the community [...]

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