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Jim (longtime hubby) and Lisa (me)

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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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    Last resort for a long-distance grandma


    I can usually go about two months without seeing my grandsons before the loneliness takes hold.

    I didn't make it two months this time.

    I last saw my grandsons...

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    6 grandmother myths debunked

    Despite the endless amounts of knowledge available online and off, it seems many folks still have an astoundingly incorrect idea of what it means to be a grandmother. The stereotype of an overweight granny with gray hair pulled up in a bun, glasses firmly propped upon her nose and an apron forever tied around her waist is so very NOT what today's grandmothers are. Yet that stereotype persists.

    My The Grandma in a box made a smidgen of difference in my mission to dispel the incorrect stereotypes of grandmothers. There's still a long way to go, though, so here's yet another effort.

    grandmother myths 

    Grandmothers are old.

    Debunked: One quick perusal...

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    Adult slumber parties, plus GRAND Social No. 147 link party for grandparents

    Adult slumber parties

    I hope your weekend was fabulous! Mine was, thanks to a slumber party I attended Saturday night. A slumber party at a mountain lodge with lovely women with whom I've been friends for more than 35 years yet I hadn't seen all but one of them in more than a decade.

    We started with lunch at a yummy Mexican food spot then headed on over to the lodge. We talked and laughed and cried and reminisced and drank lots of wine until late, late, late. Then we got up Sunday morning and started all over again—with coffee instead of wine, of course.

    high school friends 

    It was a truly...

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    Saturday movie review: St. Vincent

    I have to be honest: I avoided seeing the comedy ST. VINCENT in the theater and refrained from adding it to my Netflix queue because it stars Melissa McCarthy. Now, I adore Ms. McCarthy, but I've grown weary of her recent roles, the ones where she's tough, wacky, and trash-talking yet sympathetic and sweet at her core. The act was funny the first time around, but she's so much better than that.

    St. Vincent film

    Then I started seeing numerous positive reviews and could no longer resist watching. So I added ST. VINCENT to my Netflix queue and hoped for the best. An email from one of my favorite fellow grandmas...

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    Here & Now: March 5, 2015

    This. Today. Here and now.

    here and now on Grandma's Briefs 

    On my mind...

    Did I make the right career choice to not pursue a...

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    Musing elsewhere: 9 Personal Skills to Encourage in Grandchildren

    compassion: children with ladybug 

    Want to enhance your grandchildren's lives in ways that last a lifetime? Well put away your wallet and encourage kids to develop personal skills rather than accumulate playthings.

    Grandparents are uniquely qualified in three specific ways to best encourage skills that make a world of difference when it comes to a child's future success:

    • boomeon bloggerWe have unconditional love for our grandchildren.
    • We support and supplement the values instilled by our grandchildren's parents.
    • We often have fewer work demands and outside obligations than the parents, hence more relaxed, one-on-one time with the grandkids.

    Use your time, talents, and unique experiences to help instill important personal skills in your grandchildren by encouraging them to be:

    Compassionate. Visit zoos—from open-range to petting—and animal shelters to discuss humane practices in caring for animals. Compassion for humans can be...

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    11 men I'd love to hug other than my husband

    As many of you know, about a year and a half ago I was called out of the audience at a national conference by none other than movie star Andy Garcia. He invited me to the front of the stage, in front of hundreds of conference attendees, so he could simply give me a hug. (If you missed that story—or just want to giggle about it again—you can read "On Andy Garcia and me" here.)

    Now, when I met (and hugged) Mr. Garcia, I was shocked, surprised, delighted! I never, ever expected such a thing might come of my writing in a movie review of Garcia's latest film that I'd love to give the guy a hug. So if that is all it takes to get a hug from a man I admire—simply putting it down in writing for all the Internet to see—here are eleven other men I'd love to hug...and why:

    men to hug

    David Sedaris. He doesn't seem the hugging type, so Mr. Sedaris would likely...

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    Puppy love, plus the GRAND Social No. 146 link party for grandparents

    Puppy love

    I must share a secret. See, I have a little competition for Jim's affection:

    pit pointer and owner

    Yep, they're best buds, Jim and Mickey.

    Mickey doesn't typically pose for pictures. In honor of...

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