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    Talk Like A Pirate Day! Plus, GRAND Social No. 272 link party for grandparents

    Talk Like a Pirate Day!

    Our favorite day of September is here! Well, tomorrow, Sept. 19, it's here.

    I'm talking Talk Like A Pirate Day! (Go full screen, matey!)


    So yo, ho, ho, grab your pirate name (mine: Gloria "Rum Drunk" Gribble) and your...

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    Saturday movie review: Wind River

    Moviegoers who like the Netflix series Longmire are sure to be intrigued by the film WIND RIVER as the two have much in common. Both are set in Wyoming, where the unforgiving terrain plays as much a part as the humans who live there and the plentiful Native American reservations throughout the region generate racial tensions many unfamiliar with Wyoming may not realize exist.

    Wind River

    In both the series and the movie, interaction between residents of a reservation and the "white" people living near the reservation is key to the story. Both have similar themes and characters (even a few of the same actors, as I mention below). Both have storylines highlighting the underlying distrust between Native Americans and townsfolk as well as the differences in how criminal justice is served — or not — on the rez and off. Characters of the series and the film include good guys and bad guys on both sides, folks who...

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    My week in a 2017 Jeep Compass Trailhawk 4X4: Where I went, what I loved, what I learned

    Jeep Compass Trailhawk test drive

    The Thursday before Labor Day, Rocky Mountain Redline fleet company provided me a 2017 Jeep Compass Trailhawk 4X4 for a week long test drive. Which meant I had the fun ride for the long holiday weekend... plus some.

    In the seven days I had the pleasure of driving the well-appointed, hardy and handsome (Laser Blue Pearl exterior) 4X4, I put it to the test on the road, at a reservoir, and running the everyday errands that make up the grandma lifestyle.

    Take a look:

    WHERE I WENT (plus a closer look at...

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    Retro '90s games your '80s and '90s kids will get a kick out of

    retro 90s games from Pressman Toy

    Long, long ago, in what now seems an alternate universe, I had three daughters living at home, three daughters attending elementary school. Computers in the classroom were new, our home computer even newer. Games on both were DOS-based. And they. were. awesome. Especially in the pixel-dazzled eyes of my daughters.

    At school, my girls and their friends clamored for computer time. Oregon Trail time, in particular. They so enjoyed attempting to survive the oft-deadly challenges of the trail west at school that we purchased the game — on 3.5-inch disk... or perhaps it was a 5.25-inch floppy — to play at home.

    My girls (and my husband) spent hours at the screen hunting, scavenging, escaping bears, and crossing rivers as they traversed the seemingly never-ending Oregon Trail. Sometimes successfully, sometimes...

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    Still praying! Plus, GRAND Social No. 271 link party for grandparents

    Still praying!

    Hurricane Irma

    As I write this, Hurricane Irma is still having her way with Florida and spots north that are in her destructive path. When she winds down — even if it turns out she wasn't as wild and strong as expected or forecast — there will certainly be a tremendous...

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    Happy Grandparents Day 2017!

    Wishing you a lovely day! You deserve it!

    happy grandparents day


    Saturday movie briefs: What I watched on my summer vacation

    Netflix original series

    Time's up!

    Seems only last week that I started my summer break from movie reviews and movie briefs, but by golly, it's already after Labor Day. Time to get back in the movie groove.

    I didn't go to the theater one single time this summer. I did, though, watch a few films on the big screen in my family room. A few fabulous series, too.

    Here's the skinny on what I...

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    Books, Brightly, and Grandparents of Children's Literature

    In celebration of Grandparents Day — which is this Sunday, Sept. 10 — I'd like to share with you a grand resource for grandparents that I just recently learned of.

    Brightly is a resource for parents, grandparents, and other folks dedicated to raising lifelong readers. The award-winning website, a partnership with Penguin Random House, launched in 2014 and features, as the Brightly site states, "book recommendations from all publishers for every age and stage, reading tips and insights, seasonal inspirations, author essays, contests, gift guides, and more."

    Brightly has some pretty great content specifically for grandparents, including the following piece, which I've received permission to share with you in part. Enjoy! And be sure to click for the complete article as well as others, all celebrating grandparents. For Grandparents Day and every day!

    By Tom Burns

    Grandparents aren’t just solid sources of extra dollars, hearty hugs, and embarrassing...

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