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Jim (longtime hubby) and Lisa (me)

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Brianna (oldest daughter) and Patrick (her boyfriend)

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Preston (son-in-law) and Megan (middle daughter)

Matt (Andrea's boyfriend) and Andrea (youngest daughter)

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


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    Old books reborn, plus GRAND Social No. 143 link party for grandparents

    Old books reborn

    The Girl On The Train book coverI love books. I'm currently immersed in THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN by Paula Hawkins. Have you read it? If you liked GONE GIRL, you will surely love this. I have about 80 pages left and just can't get there fast enough!

    Artist Brian Dettmer loves books, too. He does far more than read books, though—he creates incredible pieces of art from them.

    Take a look...

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    Saturday movie review: Birdman

    I just might be the only movie reviewer in the country that doesn't think BIRDMAN should be included on the list of Best Picture nominees for this year's Academy Awards. A quick Google of the film results in endless accolades for the movie. Sure, I thought the acting was fabulous, the filming genius. But Best Picture? Nah... not in my mind.

    Birdman movie

    BIRDMAN—subtitled OR (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE)—is a black comedy starring Michael Keaton as...

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    Musing elsewhere: When a teen mom hits midlife

    In the summer of 1982, I graduated from high school, got married, turned 18, and had a baby. I went from kid to wife and mother in the span of three months, just like that.

    teen mom and baby

    My husband was 21 at the time. Now, 33 years later, we're empty-nesters. We've patted ourselves on the back for a job well done. We beat the odds and raised three lovely and amazing daughters from diapers to dorm rooms and into the real world. Our journey featured little outside the typical bumps, bruises and pains of parenthood, despite the fact that we were mere children ourselves at the outset. Our girls are grown and gone—one has even made us grandparents.

    Time to rejoice! Time to enjoy midlife!

    Time for an unexpected reality check, is more like it.

    Once my kids split and I recovered from the initial empty-nest jitters, it became clear that having been a teen mother would...Click here to continue reading my article published on

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    Compassion and the boy I've failed to tell you about

    Not long after our youngest daughter had settled into the college life, Jim and I decided to add another youngster to the family. As females dominated our family for years (even our two cats were females), we decided to go with a little boy.

    compassion child

    So ten years ago, years before there were grandsons—heck, before we even had our first son-in-law—Jim and I adopted Erick. The

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    Valentine's Day Marshmallow Pops

    A fun and tasty activity and treat in one!

    marshmallow pops

    What you need:

    20 large marshmallows

    4 ounces or so vanilla candy...

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    Mac makes strides, plus GRAND Social No. 142 link party for grandparents

    Mac makes strides

    Remember when Mac reviewed the Strider no-pedal bike? Well he's still loving his lean, green, bicycling machine... and making great strides on it. Here he is zooming along and making Gramma chuckle:


    I must admit that watching my grandson zoom about on the Strider on the back patio was far less nervewracking for me than if he were trying to get the hang of a real bike on the road. Yeah, I am indeed a paranoid grandma like that.

    GRAND Social No. 142 link party

    Whether an old hand or a newbie, welcome to...

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    Saturday movie request: This or this or this?

    I've not been to the theater to see a movie in months, and I'm having withdrawal symptoms. I must go this weekend. I must. As there's only time for one film, though, I can't make up my mind what to see.

    So I'm asking you. Instead of giving you a review of something on DVD, I'd like to as what you recommend for viewing in the theater. I've narrowed it down to these three:


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    My friends wrote a book and I got to review it

    Click to read my review of the first book from The Gypsynesters: Going Gypsy: One Couple's Adventure From Empty Nest To No Nest At All.

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