Author Archive for Carol Covin

A grandma to two, delightful seven-year-olds, one from each of my two sons and their wives. I am the author of a book of essays, based on interviews with 40 mothers and grandmothers, "Who Gets to Name Grandma? The Wisdom of Mother and Grandmothers." Proceeds go to bring a promising cancer treatment to clinical trials. I blog daily at http://newgrandmas.com, on how things have changed since I raised my grandchildren, how to get started writing your autobiography and fun things to do with your grandchildren.

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Who Created the Lego Company?

Who Created the Lego Company?

Who Created the Lego Company? Ole Kirk Christiansen, a Danish carpenter, bought a woodworking shop in 1916. LEGO bricks (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Because of the Great Depression, the call for furniture and large projects dwindled in the 1930s. He turned to making wooden toys in 1932. In 1934, he named the company he had created Lego, a contraction […]

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Double or Add? Fun with Grandkids

Double or Add? Fun with Grandkids

Last day to get your FREE copy of Letters From Grandma: Before You Were Born for Amazon Kindle.  Double or Add? Fun with Grandkids Large Numbers  There is a fable that the inventor of chess was rewarded by his king with whatever he wanted. He asked that a grain of wheat (or rice, depending on which fable-tellers […]

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How Long Is the Mississippi River?

How Long Is the Mississippi River?

How Long Is the Mississippi River? Scatter plot. As long as my grandson has been willing to play around with graphs recently, we have been trying to come up with more things to graph. A scatter plot with trend line of baby age to height. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) After we graphed the number of letters […]

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When Did a Computer Finally Win a Chess Game Against a World Champion?

When Did a Computer Finally Win a Chess Game Against a World Champion?

When Did a Computer Finally Win a Chess Game Against a World Champion? Game: February 10, 1996. Match: May 11, 1997. The match-up between chess champions and computers goes back to Carnegie-Mellon, with a computer called ChipTest, later renamed Deep Thought, which first met Gary Kasparov in 1989. Garry Kasparov upon winning the World Chess Championship in 1985. (Photo […]

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