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    Here and now: April 14, 2016

    What's happening in my world, here and now:

    clock and book 

    On my mind...

    My taxes. Not because I need to do them, but because I just finished them. Filed them yesterday morning. My brain is still mulling over numbers, deductions, credits, and crap I really don't like to think about. Jim is the numbers person in our relationship; I'm more the words person. But because...

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    Introducing Grilled Grandma Barbara

    Dear readers: A Grilled Grandma is a grandma on whom I've shone the spotlight, grilling her with some grandma-related questions, and she's graciously responded with answers and photos. Today I'm delighted to introduce to you Grandma Barbara!

    grilled grandma barbara

    How many children do you have? Four — two daughters and two sons.

    How many grandchildren? What are their ages? Six — 13 years old, two 4-year olds, three 2-year olds.

    What do your grandchildren call you? Nana.

    After the initial elation, what was your first concern upon hearing you would soon be a grandmother? What my mother would...

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    Picture books for poetry month, plus GRAND Social No. 202 link party for grandparents

    Picture books for poetry month

    April is National Poetry Month, and I had the pleasure of previewing some super picture books of poetry of various sorts from Candlewick Press.

    Take a peek at the sweet, silly, and shark-filled fun you can share with your favorite poetry-lovers-to-be in my post titled April is National Poetry Month: Favorites new and newfangled for girls and boys.

    One of my favorites (which you literature lovers will appreciate) is Shrunken Treasures: Literary Classics, Short, Sweet, and Silly by Scott Nash. Such fun, even grownups will chuckle, grin... and groan (appreciatively, of course).

    shrunken treasures by scott nash 

    Cheers to...

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    Saturday movie review: A Royal Night Out

    When I watch films billed as "based on a true story," I figure the full film is pretty much, as noted, true. With a few dramatic or comedic liberties taken, of course. I assume it tells the complete story.

    When I watch films marked as "based on actual events," though, I usually spend a fair amount of time considering which scenes might be true, which might not. Which are the actual events. Usually. Yet while enjoying A ROYAL NIGHT OUT — a movie supposedly based on actual events — I didn't. Because the rom-com drama was such fun, I simply didn't want to know in the midst of its magic what truly happened, what was screwball silliness or romantic dreaminess added for cinematic effect.

    a royal night out movie

    I certainly did wonder afterward, I assure you. Even did a wee bit of research before embarking on writing this review. (More on that later.) See, A ROYAL NIGHT OUT is "the untold story of Princesses...

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    2016 Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop: 13 things I loved plus a few me-loved-nots

    Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop 2016 recap

    I've long dreamed of attending the Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop presented by the University of Dayton every two years. The revered place writers of various formats — books, blogs, screenplays and more — gather to glean insider tips and load up on laughter and love from folks in their field. Attendance is capped at 200 each year, and I've never made the cut at registration... nor, to be honest, had the money for travel and hotel if I had.

    This year, though, I clicked the Register button in time to obtain a coveted Golden Ticket for the event that sold out in six hours, and I eeked out the funds to make attendance at my dream conference a reality.

    Unlike many dreams that eventually come true yet pale in comparison to one's expectations, the Erma...

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    Introducing Grilled Grandma Dorothy

    Dear readers: A Grilled Grandma is a grandma on whom I've shone the spotlight, grilling her with some grandma-related questions, and she's graciously responded with answers and photos. Today I'm delighted to introduce to you Grandma Dorothy!

    grilled grandma dorothy

    How many children do you have?

    I am blessed to be the Mom of 3 beautiful, successful daughters. Melissa is Mom to Sara and Matt. Colleen is Mom to April and Sophie. My youngest daughter, Tara, is a single New Yorker, currently in graduate school.

    How many grandchildren? What are their ages?

    I have 4 grandchildren: Sara is 18, Matt is 14, April is 14 (cousins Matt and April were born 3 months apart - a very busy, exciting time) and our little Sophie, who is 11.

    What do your grandchildren call you?

    Kind of a funny story goes with what they all call me; I am "Burr." When Sara was a baby, before she could talk, she would make a "burring" noise in her throat, almost like a kitten purring, whenever she...

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    Find spring and savings at Gordmans

    Dear readers: I was compensated by Gordmans for this post; opinions and photos are my own.

    Though the calendar may say spring has arrived, Colorado weather has yet to confirm that. Or at least stick with that. Temps in my town can be (and often are) in the upper sixties one day, hovering around freezing the next. Add in the sudden snows, the wacky winds, flower and shrub shoots sprouting then shriveling as Mother Nature throws curve balls day after day and it's nothing short of maddening. And madness.

    Many of my friends in far reaches of the country similarly lament the fickle state of Spring 2016.

    spring at gordmans

    Unlike Mother Nature, Gordmans has committed to the season of buds, blooms, and bright happy colors. Throughout the everyday value-priced department store, shoppers can find spring goodies galore. All at...

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    EBWW! Plus, GRAND Social No. 201 link party for grandparents


    I left Colorado early Thursday morning to spend three full amazing and inspirational days with hundreds of amazing and inspirational women (and one or two handfuls of men) at the Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop in Dayton, Ohio, the majority of that time with this fabulous group of witty women whom I love and adore... and already miss:

    Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop 2016 

    As I'm writing this not long after I arrived home Sunday evening and am quite pooped — and not writing very well after flying the sometimes-not-so-friendly skies...

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