Author Archives: Janai "Grandma Boom" Mestrovich

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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My Fault….How My Apology Brought Joy in Seconds….IN Traffic!

“I am SO sorry!” I quickly opened my car door, leaned out and put my hands into a kind of prayer position as I looked back to the VERY angry man in the car behind me who was raising both fists, waving them at me and honking his horn. My car was just ahead of [...]

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Living While Alive….Mom’s Visit Included Lunch at Restored ‘Ladies of the Night’ House

It was Mom’s last visit around 2003 to Oregon before she died. Ruthie B’s was a past ‘ladies of the night’ in early 1900′s house in Springfield I’d told her about. They served tea/lunch in a creative way. Hats, boas and scarves were made available to do dressups while having tea/lunch. Alice in Wonderland servers [...]

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Tree House Books KNOWS How to Make Magic at Lithia for Lunar New Year

Tree House Books in Ashland has something up their sleeves…. Feb. 11 was the Lunar New Year in the light of the full moon, lunar eclipse and a comet entertaining the heavens. Tree House Books orchestrated a photo shoot and Lantern Festival at Lithia Park, lower duck pond, to celebrate. In addition, this event launches [...]

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Experience: Best Teacher to Digest Lesson…..with Animal Crackers and Stress Skills for Young Children!

As we age we KNOW that experience is the best teacher. So WHY NOT use experience to help children know themselves and their inner world resources! Forty years of teaching children how the mind/body/emotions work together as a system has shown me children want to know for themeslves. Children love lessons that are FUN……like chewing [...]

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Aging with Passion for Empowering Superkids on the Planet

Awesome Aging means many things to me. One of the choices that exist is to be bored or even sedentary in aging. I refuse either. Passion fuels me and having a mission fills me. EMPOWERING SUPERKIDS to know themselves and tap their own inner world resources of mind/body/emotions. Teaching 23 kindergarten students today the difference [...]

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