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    A taste of Ireland, plus GRAND Social No. 175 link party for grandparents

    A taste of Ireland

    Jim and I went to Ireland last Thursday—by way of Denver. 

    Okay, we didn't get to fully experience Ireland, but we did get a taste of the heritage, culture, and cuisine thanks to an invitation to the "Jump into Ireland" roadshow in Denver, presented by Tourism Ireland.

    jump into ireland

    During the special evening, my husband and I were treated to Irish...

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    Saturday movie review: The English Teacher

    Julianne Moore is quite an accomplished actress, as we all know, especially in the drama genre. She can also be pretty funny, though, which I realized after recently watching THE ENGLISH TEACHER.

    Moore stars with Greg Kinnear, Nathan Lane, Michael Angarano, and Lilly Collins (plus some other familiar faces) in this 2013 comedy, which never hit my radar at the time it hit the theaters but I serendipitously stumbled upon it on Netflix Streaming.

    The English Teacher movie

    Linda Sinclair (Moore) is a forty-something English teacher who has, pretty much

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    Rest in peace, Grandma Nina

    It's with a very heavy heart that I share the passing of one of the first grandma bloggers I met online, soon after I began blogging in 2009.

    Nina Knox was one of my first Grilled Grandmas. She was the consummate grandma, filled with grace and love. We shared blogging stories, tips, and ideas for quite some time, but in the past few years our connection faded. We were in some of the same blogging groups together, but never close.

    I knew from being in a shared Facebook group that Nina unexpectedly became quite ill when visiting Hawaii in May. She was hospitalized for quite some time, seemed to improve...

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    Serving up silliness

    My youngest grandson seems to be maturing far more quickly than I recall being the case with his two older brothers. At just over 15 months, Jak's been working diligently on mastering basic skills seemingly in hopes he'll be as independent as Bubby and Mac as soon as possible.

    Skills like feeding himself.

    Megan texts photos now and then of the goofy boy's progress. Most recently these:

    toddler eating yogurt

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    The ASUS MeMO Pad 7 LTE plus Intel's Skill Swap for grandparents and grandchildren

    Chances are your grandchildren know a whole lot more than you. At least about some high-tech gadgets and games and such.

    You know a whole lot more than them, though, on other skills. Things like handicrafts and cooking crafts, playing musical instruments and more.

    Considering the wealth of knowledge on their part and yours—albeit in different areas—how cool might it be to swap some of that knowledge, share those skills? Intel encourages grandparents to do exactly that by inviting a favorite youngster to swap skills between the generations.

    Intel created an invitation for such swapping, something they call a Family Skill Swap. It looks like this:

    Intel Family Skill Swap 

    Click on that graphic for a PDF version you can print and pass along to a grandchild or two...

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    A Brave Heart, plus GRAND Social No. 174 link party for grandparents

    A Brave Heart

    A Brave Heart film

    My husband and I watched an incredible documentary yesterday called A BRAVE HEART: THE LIZZIE VELASQUEZ STORY, courtesy a free, no-obligation screener from the filmmakers. It's the amazing, heartbreaking, inspiring...

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    Saturday movie review (and giveaway!): Love & Mercy

    Updated on Saturday, October 3, 2015 by Registered CommenterLisa Carpenter

    Most baby boomers grew up on the music of the Beach Boys. But few of us, I think, know the story behind singer-songwriter Brian Wilson other than that he took to his bed for several years at one point. The dramatic biography LOVE & MERCY delves into Wilson's genius, his madness, his years under the physical, financial and psychological control of a therapist, and his miraculous comeback to music—and life—thanks to a woman who never gave up on him and eventually became his second wife.

     Love & Mercy

    LOVE & MERCY (which I received free for review) tells the story of two pivotal periods in the life of Brian Wilson (with full cooperation of Brian Wilson and...

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    Here and now: September 24, 2015

    old-time clock and book 

    On my mind...

    Two things from my morning walk with my dogs yesterday:

    1. I've been having issues and fears related to tangles with stray dogs on our walks...

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