On August 9 2017, Singapore celebrated its 52nd Birthday. One of the highlights was Grandma Mary's Guitar Solo at the National Day Parade – Singapore’s grandest annual event. 81-year-old Grandma Mary, as she is popularly known, is an internet sensation, having cut her own Latin Rock album. She started playing the guitar at 60, fulﬁlling a lifelong dream to learn the instrument.
Grandma Mary is one of the many golden grannies who made news this quarter.
These women illustrate that age is just a number, that old age can be looked at as teenage – when you can dare to dream and work to achieving those and that you never retire from your passion.
82-year-old Masako Wakamiya, from Japan was introduced as the oldest app developer at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference. Wakamiya's app, called Hinadan, is based on Doll Festival which celebrates the well-being of girls. The app is widely embraced by elderly women, who enjoy playing it with their daughters, nieces & grandchildren.
Punching the air and battling with large wooden sticks, this great-great grandmother from china is a martial arts pro. Zhang Hexian, 94, has been practicing her combat moves for nine decades. She can joust with men half her age, using a large stick-like weapon.
91-year old, Kimlan Jinakul, in Thailand has earned a college degree after spending more than 10 years studying for it and has received her diploma from the country’s king. “If we do not study, do not read, do not know, then we won’t be able to speak and make sense,” she says.
98-year-old V Nanammal of India, is recognized as the oldest yoga instructor in India, and the second oldest in the world. Around 600 students that learned yoga from her have become yoga instructors themselves.
Whether the spinners are here to stay or just a passing fad, only time will tell. For now, if you have a crazy fan of the toy at home, direct the interest into making - creating their own toys, and their curiosity into understanding the technique - physics behind it. Check our website for leads and links.
Zohra, an Afghan all-girl orchestra is Making Music (& news), against all odds.
What does one (30, in this case) do when one receives an invitation to perform at the World Economic Forum, in front of some top world leaders, corporate titans and the world media? Practice.
And what if one also receives advise for not practicing music and abuses even death threats for learning, continuing or performing music? Practice harder.
Young Afghan girls between 13-20 years, performed a concert at the closing of the World Economic Forum, Davos on 20 January 2017. Their story is one of courage, determination and inspiration. Share it with your tweens and teens.
We live in a busy, happening world in which News 24X7 is a norm, whether they matter to us or not. In this section, we reflect on 3 news pieces on money, mind and media, from last quarter that are of relevance to parents .
Be our guest contributor
If there is any news that inspired, disturbed or perplexed you/ your family, share with us. The news could be inspiring, incredible, wonderful or to alert parents, families. Email your perspective on the news (up to 300 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org with links to the sources.