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Bubby, Jak, and Mac — Bloggy nicknames of Gramma's stars (Megan and Preston's boys)



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    Saturday movie review: The Revenant

    THE REVENANT starring Leonardo DiCaprio is violent, bloody, gory, graphic, and difficult to watch — so much so at times that I had to look away or close my eyes.

    It's also one of the best movies I've seen in a long time and, as one grandma friend eloquently put it, has "so much beauty, compassion, cleverness, humor.....a heart full of love and loyalty."

    the revenant movie 

    Despite its graphic nature, THE REVENANT immediately drew me in then...

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    The 5th Wave: Free passes for Jan. 20 movie screening in Denver

    If you live in or near Denver and would like to attend a free movie screening for the upcoming film THE 5TH WAVE on Wednesday, January 20, here's your chance to score passes.

    the 5th wave screening

    In THE 5TH WAVE, four waves of increasingly deadly attacks...

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    The makings of a Grand Adventure

    Last week I revealed the signs that 2016 would surely be my year. Already, it's shaping up to be exactly that thanks to an upcoming, all-new experience I recently added to the last week of my January 2016 calendar.

    I've known for a couple weeks now, but I've been a little leery of sharing publicly as it seemed a wee bit too good to be true. I'm still a little leery — despite plans officially in place — so I shall present it to you piecemeal in hopes of not jinxing anything.

    My big reveal, a little at a time:

    What do you get when you take an adorable seven-year-old...

    seven year old 

    plus a wacky four-year-old...

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    Movie review: CONCUSSION

    As grandmother to three rambunctious, sports-loving grandsons who regularly bonk, bruise and bump-up their heads and who will likely continue playing sports through to their adult years, concussions have long concerned me. After seeing CONCUSSION, my concerns about repetitive blows and bonks to my beloved boys' brains in the long-term have grown even deeper. (And are now, in a way, confirmed and justified.)

    CONCUSSION movie poster

    CONCUSSION tells the disturbing story of Dr. Bennet Omalu's mission to wake up...

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    Trivia Day! Plus, GRAND Social No. 188 link party for grandparents

    trivia owl

    Trivia Day

    So you thought the holidays were done and over? Oh, no, no, no. Today, in fact, is another holiday. Of sorts. One you've perhaps never heard of. I minor one, I do admit, yet a holiday just the same.

    Sort of.

    You see, today is...

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    Best wishes for a GRAND 2016!

    Happy New Year!

    happy new year 2016

    Cheers to 2016!


    How I know 2016 will be my year

    I'm not big on signs and such but...

    Oh, wait. I'm a big ol' liar if I leave that in print.

    Okay, okay... I am big on signs. Of all sorts. I admit it.

    Think I'm silly, if you must. You won't think I'm all that silly, though, once you get a load of this:

    The new year, 2016, is going to be my year. The signs say so. Two signs in a row, in fact, that things will soon be looking up for me, signs that 2016 will indeed be my year.

    (Which would be awesome and appreciated and oh-so very welcome considering the <cussing> <cus> of a <cussing> year 99 percent of <cussing> 2015 was for me and my loved ones.)

    The first sign came when my forever friend Debbie and I went to lunch last week. We've had lunch...

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    Movie review: JOY

    I never expected to tear up over a story about a mop. Tear up a time or two I did, though, while watching the film JOY, which tells the tale of a mop and the woman who became a multimillionaire following the success of her Miracle Mop creation.

    JOY movie 

    Going into the screening of JOY, I didn't know it was about a mop. Nor did I know it was based on the real-life success story of Miracle Mop creator Joy Mangano of QVC fame. The trailer didn't reveal...

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