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    Tuesday
    Mar142017

    The most important thing grandparents can do for grandkids (sponsored post)

    This post sponsored by Sandvik Media in collaboration with The GRANDparent Network.

    grandparents and grandchildren love books

    The most important thing we can do for our grandchildren is much simpler than you might expect. Parents these days know all about the dangers of “screen time” and the technology overload that kids now face. It's hard being a parent today, but there's something us grandparents can do to help. Our strategy is to surround the grandkids with the best books for their age, read to them every chance we get, and nurture their natural curiosity.

    The research validates the obvious; that reading skills are essential to... Click to continue reading in the Back Room.

    Monday
    Mar132017

    St. Paddy's fact and fiction plus GRAND Social No. 247 link party for grandparents

    St. Paddy's fact and fiction

    St. Patrick's Day, one of the few holidays everyone loves to celebrate in ways large or small — regardless of one's religious, political, ancestral, or astrological background — is this Friday. Whether it's shamrock cookies, brisket, green beer or any other of the bevy of traditional Irish goodies you share with friends and family on the happy day, consider sharing a wee bit o' the following Irish lore with them as well, some fact and some fiction, all courtesy History.com.

    First, I will share with you my favorite fact from the list as well as my fave fiction.

    Fave fact: I am one in a million. One of 34.7 million, to be precise, as I'm one of that many U.S. residents who have honest-to-goodness Irish blood (of some degree) coursing through their veins. Yep, I'm Irish (and Dutch... which I've been told, "doesn't amount to much.")

    Fave fiction: Good ol' Patrick of whom the holiday was named wasn't Irish! Nope, Patrick was born in Britain, then, at the age of 16, was kidnapped and sent to Ireland as a slave. Who knew? Not me!

    There's more where that came from! Right here, the full infographic of fantastic St. Paddy's Day fact and fiction:

    st. patrick's day trivia

    May the luck o' the Irish be...

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    Friday
    Mar102017

    Summer vacation: Four must-do multigenerational trips

    summer vacation ideas

    Now that we're well into March, planning summer trips tops the to-do list of many a mama, grand or otherwise.

    For your consideration, here are four of my favorite trips of the past couple years — all ideal for enjoying with multiple generations. Meaning, they're perfect places to gather together loved ones young and not-so-young plus everyone in between for an unforgettable summertime celebration.

    The following trips cover far-reaching regions of the country — California, Colorado, Michigan, Florida — so there's surely one...

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    Wednesday
    Mar082017

    Drafted!

    Springtime means baseball time once again, and Bubby has been drafted to the big leagues! Well, a league with big guys.

    AAA youth baseball player 

    My lefty grandson Bubby, who first showed promise on the field back in his T-ball days, was invited to try out for a local AAA league — and made it!

    The difference between AA and...

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    Monday
    Mar062017

    Celebrate Your Name Week! Plus, GRAND Social No. 246 link party for grandparents

    Celebrate Your Name Week!

    Time to note yet another nutty national — or, as is the case today — international event few folks know exists despite the fun to be had in its name. I'm talking Internation Celebrate Your Name Week, which runs this week, March 5-11, 2017. Oh, yeah! 'Tis true!

    You can find all sorts ideas for celebrating the special week dedicated to "making sure your name is a respected, celebrated part of your personhood" on the official International Celebrate Your Name Week website

    One way I'm celebrating it is by sharing this video of the top baby names of the past many, many decades... up through 2013. Oh, yes I am! And I'm happy to say that my name, Lisa, was the No. 1 name the year of my birth. Woot!

    How about yours? Check out the video below for your birth year. And, as so few of us were born in the 1800s, even the earliest 1900s, please note that a helpful reference point for searching your year is that 1950 appears at 3:30 minutes into the video. Search backward or forward from there for yours.

    Oh, what fun it is celebrating our names, right!? And to think the week...

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    Saturday
    Mar042017

    Saturday movie review: Captain Fantastic

    For the record, I'm a big fan of Viggo Mortensen. I think he's one of the more subtly amazing yet underrated and too often overlooked actors out there. So when I read that he received a Best Actor nomination for his role in CAPTAIN FANTASTIC, I thought, Well good for him! It's about time.

    I then immediately thought, But that's certainly not a film I'll be watching. Because I don't care much for super hero movies and having seen no trailers or such, that's what I figured it was.

    Captain Fantastic movie

    I'm here to confess I'm an idiot. Not because I don't like super hero movies, but because CAPTAIN FANTASTIC is so very not a super hero story despite the super hero sound of the title. CAPTAIN FANTASTIC is a super dad story. A story about a good dad with good intentions. A brilliant dad with grandiose ideas when it comes to life in general and raising his kids in particular. Lofty ideas. So lofty, in fact, they border on lunacy.

    And Viggo Mortensen does an insanely fantastic job portraying that extraordinary...

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    Friday
    Mar032017

    On waterfalls and wildlife

    backyard waterfall

    One of my favorite features of my backyard is broken. Our waterfall, which Jim — primary caretaker of the falls — likes to keep running through each and every season (despite it freezing for the most part during winter seasons), hasn't been running for several seasons now.

    Because it's broken. Has a leak. Somewhere. Somehow.

    Jim and I plan to spend much of Saturday figuring out the where and the how — and the what we need to do to fix it.

    Taking apart the waterfall and putting it all back together again will surely be a pain in the butt. We don't look forward to it.

    We do, though, look forward to once again having water streaming and splashing. We miss the sound, the peace, the tranquility of the special spot just off our patio.

    Despite our reluctance to remove and replace liners and rocks and such, the special spot needs to be fixed. Not only to fulfill our...

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    Wednesday
    Mar012017

    Twitter titters

    Twitter has been shrouded by a black cloud of sorts the past couple years thanks to it being the primary place our president spreads his hate policies and ponderings. And a top spot for reactions to Trump in general and his terrifying tweets in particular. As well as plenty of news — fake or factual — related to that never-ending nastiness bouncing about hither and yon.

    Despite political pap dominating Twitter of late and me being the very least publicly political person I know, I still peruse and post on that particular social network nearly every day. Because there's other stuff there. Inspirational, informational, educational stuff I might miss if I didn't stop by.

    And stuff like the following. Which started my yesterday with a smile because it's just so darn cleverly adorable. So much so that I was compelled to share there by retweeting and here by capturing screen shots of the sweet silliness. (Okay, and I shared on my personal Facebook page yesterday, too.)

    The tweet* that made me titter:

    tweet from People's Daily, China

    Accompanied by these...

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