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    Saturday
    Feb042017

    Saturday movie review: Dough

    The movie DOUGH is about Muslims. And Jews. And immigrants. And marijuana-infused baked goods. All hot topics in our current volatile (and often downright vile) political climate.

    Unlike political discussions on such hot-button immigration, race and religion matters, though, DOUGH leaves no sour taste for viewers.

    DOUGH movie

    While DOUGH touches on — embraces even — serious issues, the British comedy drama turned out to be quite sweet and digestible. Because of the story and honest performances more so than the bakery goodies featured throughout.

    The bare bones of the humorous and heartwarming plot: Nat Dayan (Jonathan Pryce), an aging Jewish bakery owner struggling to keep afloat his family business in London's East End reluctantly hires the troubled son of his Muslim cleaning woman, Safa (Natasha Gordon), an immigrant from Darfur. Ayyash ...

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    Wednesday
    Feb012017

    I say that shutting up is hard to do

    Dear Mr. Sedaka,

    You were so right. I know that it's true. Breaking up is hard to do. Especially for teens, when true love seems a fickle, heartbreaking foe.

    I do know how difficult breaking up can be. I've been there, done that. Long, long ago, admittedly one of the billions of boomers who once sang away heartbreak blues crooning along to your catchy, comforting tune.

    I'm decades removed from being a youngster longing for love. And in the years since breakups with beaus broke my heart, I've found something more difficult to do than breaking up, Mr. Sedaka. And that's shutting up.

    Trust me: It's waaaay harder to do than breaking up.

    I'm not talking about shutting up regarding social or personal injustice. No one should ...

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    Monday
    Jan302017

    Gem of a (borrowed) boy! Plus, GRAND Social No. 241 link party for grandparents

    Gem of a (borrowed) boy!

    Those of you who follow me on social media may know I spent the entire past weekend at Great Wolf Lodge indoor waterpark resort in Colorado Springs. I'll be sharing much more about the grand place for grandparent-grandkid vacations later on this week.

    Today, though, my first moment back on the blog since returning from the mini vacation, I must immediately offer online thanks and gratitude to a young man who helped me out immensely over the weekend.

    Here's the scoop: I was invited to participate in the media event in celebration of the Great Wolf Lodge's brand new location in Colorado Springs. My husband got to go with me. All my grandkids were invited to attend as well. Unfortunately, living more than 800 miles away from me made it rather difficult for Bubby, Mac, and Jak to participate in the fabulous — and wet and wild — fun. And Bud was with his mom this weekend, not his dad and Brianna, so he couldn't come either.

    So while all the other media folks participating in the event had kids along to play and pose for pics, I had none. Just me and Jim. We still had a fabulous time, don't get me wrong, but having grands along would have made it even better.

    boy mining for gemsDiscussing gem discovery with JimAt one point, Jim and I decided to take try out to try the Gemstone Mining Experience activity at Oliver's Mining Co. (one of the many "dry" activities at the waterpark resort). We set out pouring our bag of gem-filled dirt into the sluicing screen as instructed, Jim shot a pic or two of me in action, then I noticed a young fella watching us with great interest (and a wee bit of longing, it seemed).

    So I called him over, asked...

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    Saturday
    Jan282017

    Saturday movie review: Demolition

    Losing a beloved spouse must be one of the most painful experiences of a lifetime. Bewildering, too, especially if the surviving spouse didn't really love the one who passed. Or at least feels that may be the case once a partner is gone.

    Such is the challenge Jake Gyllenhaal as Davis wrestles with in the drama (with a believable dose of humor) DEMOLITION.

    demolition film

    Davis is a successful investment banker with a lovely wife, a high-end home, a fancy-schmancy car, and good looks to boot. Then his wife dies tragically — which isn't a spoiler, I assure you, as the film is about...

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    Friday
    Jan272017

    On adult children: Learning the boundaries of communication (guest post)

    Dear readers: This guest post was written by my grandma friend and fellow GRANDparent Network member Donne Davis of GaGa Sisterhood. Thank you so much for sharing this wisdom on the tricky-at-times relationship between parents and their adult children, Donne.

    mother and adult daughter

    When it comes to communicating with your adult children, where do you get stuck? I posed this question to the 25 GaGas attending our January 15 meeting and added, is it around discipline, visitation, values or boundaries?

    All of the above, and more, they answered. One member said: “All I have to do is open my mouth and my son misinterprets what I’m saying.” Another joked: “OMG! Just asking ‘how are you’ can trigger...

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    Wednesday
    Jan252017

    From the archives: Four for Valentine's Day

    The annual day o' love lurks right around the corner and Cupid will soon be sprinkling hearts and flowery fun far and wide.

    Following are four of my previously published posts to peruse, a collection of sweet and silly sorts of stuff focused on ensuring grandkids feel the love — and laughter — this Valentine's Day.

    valentine's day activities

     

    Click each graphic to see the full post featuring lovey-dovey ...

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    Monday
    Jan232017

    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
    Jan212017

    Saturday movie brief: Balm for bleak times

    Amelie 

    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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