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    Dance and get happy

    abstract dancers

    Yay for Friday!

    It's been a challenging week for a variety of reasons, so having made it through to the end warrants a happy dance for one and all. For happy dance inspiration, following are two of the happiest dances I've seen in a while.

    First up, does anyone do...

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    Wherein six years seems a lifetime


    Six years ago — March of 2008 — there was so much that was so very different. Perusing pictures from one weekend back then highlights several of the changes.

    For instance, my first grandchild had not yet been born (but soon would be)...

    expectant belly 

    Mickey was our...

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    A-jumping we will go


    grandma and grandsons on trampoline
    Mac, Gramma and Bubby — February 2014

    Today's fill-in-the-blank:

    My favorite outdoor activity with children is ______________.


    Enter the SUDAFED REPLAY™ sweepstakes

    Ever miss out on an activity or event because of sinus pressure and pain? Then the SUDAFED REPLAY™ sweepstakes is for you.

    Get details — as well as my own story of a (nearly) missed visit with my grandsons due to a major sinus issue — in my Back Room post: SUDAFED REPLAY™ sweepstakes eases pain of missing out.


    It's what we do

    I simply cannot take part in one's death, I told my husband.

    "Well... it's your choice," Jim responded. "I'll back you whatever you choose to do."

    Ultimately, I chose to do the right thing: I renewed our daily newspaper subscription.


    I didn't want to. Really, I...

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    GRAND Social No. 96 plus St. Paddy's Day truths


    Happy St. Patrick's Day! Here are some bits o' trivia about everyone's favorite day o' green:

    I didn't know the majority of...

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    Saturday movie review: 'Le Week-End'

    I had the opportunity this week to screen LE WEEK-END from Roger Michell, the director of NOTTING HILL. 

    Le Week-EndLE WEEK-END stars Jim Broadbent as Nick and Lindsay Duncan as Meg, a long-married couple visiting Paris to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary.

    Celebrate isn't exactly the right word, though. Nick and Meg continually...

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    Flicks for kids — plus 'Muppets Most Wanted' printables

    I've been sharing movie reviews on Saturdays for quite some time now — and you won't want to miss tomorrow's! — but those I share on Saturdays are pretty much all adult flicks, no kid fare.

    We grandparents enjoy kid fare, too, though... right? For the grandkids, of course.

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    With that in mind, here are a few...

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