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    Hooray for Handwriting Day! Plus, GRAND Social No. 240 link party for grandparents

    Hooray for Handwriting Day!

    Today, January 23, is John Hancock's birthday. Yes, the master of the stylish signature was born 280 years ago, on January 23, 1737.

    Forty years ago, on January 23, 1977, the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association — pencil and pen masters such as Bic, Pentel, Pilot and more — honored Hancock and his spectacular script by making his day of birth National Handwriting Day, a celebration of scribbles spectacular or sloppy.

    In honor of such, I invite you to read my one and only handwritten post here on Grandma's Briefs. Or, possibly more fun, take a gander at your own handwriting and what its dabbles and dots might mean:


    Hooray for handwriting! And hoping...

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    Saturday movie brief: Balm for bleak times


    When the day-to-day of life turns not so rosy, one of my favorite escapes is through films. Though not an all-out remedy for the blues or bleakness of any sort, personal or otherwise, movies certainly provide relief. For a little while, at least.

    Yesterday being the inauguration of our 45th president, I'm in the mood...

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    5 reasons I like to play games with my grandkids

    My grandmothers never played games with me. My daughters' grandmothers never played games with them, either.

    Considering the grandmas who came before me, the ones from whom I most learned what grandmothering looks like, I'm unsure how I became a game-playing grandma. But I am.

    And I love it. Here's why:


    I enjoy watching them learn.
    Kids learn so much from playing games. They improve motor skills and ...

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    Still time to Just Sing! Plus, GRAND Social No. 239 link party for grandparents

    Still time to Just Sing!

    The holidays have long been gone, the peak time for gift-giving has passed.

    Grandparents give gifts throughout the year, though, and are always on the lookout for goodies to give their grands.

    Just Sing from UbisoftWhich is why it's not too late to Just Sing. Well, to learn about Just Sing!

    See, long before the holidays, I received free for review the Ubisoft karoake game, Just Sing. It's for the XBox One. I planned to have my grandsons play, er, sing along with it when they visited in November and I'd publish a post on it soon after. In time for my grandparent friends to consider it for holiday giving to their grands.

    As my 2016 luck might have it, my <cuss> Xbox One wouldn't function correctly. My grandsons never got to Just Sing while here. Buuut... as my 2017 luck might have it, the Xbox One now functions properly (it all had to do with my modem needing an upgrade, not the Xbox, actually).

    So though my grandsons didn't get a chance to Just Sing, I have. And it's great fun that I must share with you — sans videos of my off-pitch attempts, of course — in hopes...

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    Saturday movie recommendations: Our post holiday viewing

    My husband and I recently discovered a few new streaming series to binge watch (Z Nation and The Crown at the top of the list) so we've spent less time on films of late. Which has severely narrowed my options for Saturday movie review posts.

    That said, we have watched a few movies in the past month or so worth recommending. Some on DVD or streaming, and one in the theater.

    Why recommend rather than review? Well, reviewing the first one just wouldn't be right as a review would surely reveal a major plot line that you must not know in order to fully appreciate the film. So I'll simply recommend it here versus review. The other two recommendations I've thrown in to make for a more meaty post. And because I liked them.

    My three recent movie recommendations, three movies to consider adding to your Hmmm... Maybe We Should Watch That list:

    COLLATERAL BEAUTY (in theaters)

    Collateral Beauty ...

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    Friday Fun Day: FTW Denver arcade and gastropub

    FTW Denver

    A self-proclaimed "reimagined arcade" recently opened in Denver, and I was fortunate enough to be on the guest list for the official grand opening of FTW Denver Wednesday night.

    FTW stands for "For The Win." FTW Denver, a 15,000-square-foot arcade, is just the third FTW in the country and a heavenly haven for game lovers of all ages.

    Imagine this:

    There are games, of course...

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    Phantom pains, er, plans

    grandparents and grandsons

    My oldest grandson, the kiddo in orange above, the one who converted me from mother to grandmother, is eight years old. Every January since Bubby was born, from his very first January to the one last year, I've flown to the desert to visit him — and eventually his brothers Mac and Jak, too, as they expanded the family in perfectly timed three-year increments one after the other.

    Most often, I made the 800 plus-mile trek from the mountains to the desert to care for the boys while Daddy attended an annual out-of-town conference and Mommy went along with. (Though last January's visit was related to our Disney GRAND Adventure.)

    I've gotten used to those January visits. Grew to expect those January...

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    Serendipitious snafu! Plus, GRAND Social No. 238 link party for grandparents

    Serendipitous snafu

    We've all been there, right? Feeling like we're different, that we don't fit in with the "normal" folk, that our inner drummer is pounding out a beat that seems a bit bonkers. At least in certain situations rife with certain expectations.

    Seems there's one flighty fella who knows what I mean — and has made the most of his identity crisis. As has the newfound buddy unruffled by the merry antics of a mixed-up magpie.


    A smile to start the week! And confirmation that sometimes...

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