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    Monday
    Jan052015

    Thoughts from Elizabeth Gilbert, plus GRAND Social No. 138 link party for grandparents

    Thoughts from Elizabeth Gilbert

    As the new year is still new, I wanted to share with you some fabulous thoughts from author Elizabeth Gilbert, words of wisdom — and an accompanying graphic — that Ms. Gilbert published on her Facebook page as dawn broke on 2015:

     

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    Saturday
    Jan032015

    Saturday movie review: 'Unfinished Song'

    Vanessa Redgrave and Terence Stamp star in a lovely, poignant film that deserves far more attention than it's been given. UNFINISHED SONG is a 2012 movie that never played in my town, possibly never played in yours either. It's now playing on Netflix Streaming, though, and I urge you to add it to your queue. Heck, don't just add it to your queue — watch it this weekend!

     Unfinished Song

    UNFINISHED SONG was originally titled "Song for Marion," which seems a far more appropriate title. Vanessa Redgrave brilliantly plays Marion, the terminally ill...

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    Thursday
    Jan012015

    Cheers to 2015!

     happy new year 2015

    Wednesday
    Dec312014

    15 things I won't do in 2015

    Forget resolutions and all the things I will do — or should do — in the new year. Here are 15 things I won't do. I won't, I won't, I won't!

     new year resolutions

    ONE
    I won't go all gray. Yeah, going au naturel looks great on many...

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    Tuesday
    Dec302014

    For the grandma in me

    Everyone knows grandmas have multiple personalities. Not in a "Sybil" sort of way, just in that we have many facets, many interests, many hats that we wear that make us the grand women that we are. Right?

     grandma apron

    Well, those varied parts that make up the "Grandma" package mean that loved ones bestowing gifts upon us must take into consideration which personality they hope to...

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    Monday
    Dec292014

    Holiday highlights, plus GRAND Social No. 137 link party for grandparents

    Holiday highlights

    As some of you know, I was a little concerned about how my Christmas holiday might play out. Why I worried at all, I don't know. Considering I have pretty much the best daughters — and a pretty darn awesome husband, too — I should have known everything would turn out exactly as it should. For me, it turned out nearly perfect. The only way it could have been better would have been for my grandsons and their parents to have been here, too.

    Here are some highlights of the holiday time with some of my favorite people — and pets — in the world:

    christmas 2014 collage

    For two full days, my nest was...

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    Saturday
    Dec272014

    Saturday movie review: 'The Grand Seduction'

    The title makes you wonder, doesn't it? Well, have no fear: I'm not delving into racy and raunchy films for review, I promise. Nope. In fact, THE GRAND SEDUCTION is likely one of the least racy films you'll ever see — and likely one of the most fun, too.

     The Grand Seduction

    THE GRAND SEDUCTION, a remake of the 2003 Quebec film SEDUCING DR. LEWIS, takes place in rural Newfoundland in a fishing village in economic dire straits. In order to get...

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    Thursday
    Dec252014

    Merry Christmas 2014

    ♪ I wish you a Merry Christmas...

    merry christmas from grandma's briefs

    ... and a happy New Year! ♫