Jill Vanderwood's Blog

Hi, I'm Jill!

I'm the award-winning author of nine current children's and YA books, plus one adult book, so far.

My blog features some fun trivia about my books and information about my writing journey. It includes my Ask Grandma advice column and shares information about writing and self-publishing. This is also where you will receive a sneak peek of my future book projects. Read more about me

Watch Your Mouth! Using Offensive Language

August 14, 2019

Swearing and The Insulting, Harmful Way People Speak to Each Other

An I phone with an angry face--Using offensive language

Watch your Mouth!

This morning I was at the park, picking cherries, when I heard someone swearing and using profanities. The offensive language continued and I figured it was coming from the park restroom, where I could see a mop bucket by the door. This was a Parks and Recreation worker speaking this way, in a public park where preschoolers come with their parents.

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Being Older–A Surprisingly Joyful List of 25

July 14, 2019

Twenty-Five Reasons to Enjoy Being Older

I’m Only One Grandma

Jill Vanderwood at jillvanderwood.com

What could be better than getting a senior discount at movies, getting paid for staying home, and being able to drive like a grandma? Getting older definitely has it perks!

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I Found Santa Claus!

July 5, 2019
I Found Santa Claus! 1
Summertime Santa Bill and Mrs. Claus

Santa Bill and I went on a summer trip to Universal Studios. There are many characters walking around this land of movie and TV magic. One of these characters, that day was Santa Claus. He was wearing his traditional red, summer outfit.

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May I ask Who’s Calling?

June 24, 2019
Hands holding iPhones

The Phone Bandit

At times I may seem like the typical absent-minded grandmother. I have had the same hairdresser for years and we are very good friends. The only problem is that I have moved two hours away. When I’m in Salt Lake City I make an appointment for a haircut. We sit and chat and catch up on what’s going on with each other’s families. Terri was showing me pictures of her grandchildren, her husband, and her grown kids. Then we chatted and I paid her. She showed me the new colors of nail polish she had. Then I noticed that I had picked up the money I had already paid her. Shaking my head, wondering what I was thinking, I paid her again.

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Trust is the Key!

June 24, 2019
Close up of keys

Do you remember the first time your parents gave you a key to your house or apartment?

That was a big step! It meant that your parents trusted you. They trusted that you weren’t going to let someone else have that key. You weren’t going to invite strangers over, and you weren’t going to make a huge mess while they were at work. They were also trusting that you were grown up enough for that responsibility.

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No, Susan! You Don’t Have to Live this Way!

May 30, 2019
Desperate

The content of this article could be disturbing for younger viewers. Reader discretion is advised.

You might not be named Susan, but you know I’m talking to you!

We all share a story of falling in love! Unconditional love. We find a guy who has problems. We think we can change him. Fix him, right?

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