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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 fiancé) 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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    7 Halloween books for kids (review)

    candlewick press halloween books

    Contrary as it may seem considering their concern about monsters under their beds and boogeymen in their closets, kids like to be scared. Proof of that lies in their endless appetite for books about things that go Boo! and bump in the night.

    All kids. Of all ages. (And even some grown ups, too. You know...

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    Saturday movie review: Heart of a Dog

    I was offered the opportunity to review a film that's far out of my wheelhouse, that buzz word of late regarding one's area of interest or expertise. I may not be an expert, but it's typically independent dramas or black comedies that you'll find me reviewing and writing about here each Saturday.

    heart of a dog film

    I decided to stretch a bit, though, when offered a screener link for the documentary HEART OF A DOG, artist Laurie Anderson's personal...

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    'The Grandparent Economy:' Q&A with author Lori K. Bitter

    Most of us reading (or writing) Grandma's Briefs are grandparents. Which means most of us here know how much money grandparents spend on their grandchildren, their parents, their children and, when there's a smidgen left, on ourselves.

    Interestingly, marketers don't seem to know how much we grandparents spend on ourselves and our loved ones. Or so it seems. Perhaps they do know—some brands clearly do—though they have yet to figure out how to effectively reach us with messages on the services and products we want to see, want to use, want to buy.

    grandparent economy bookAuthor Lori K. Bitter lends them a hand in her new book on the topic, The Grandparent Economy: How Baby Boomers Are Bridging the Generation Gap ($34.95, Paramount Market Publishing), which I recently received free for review.

    The 138-page primer on engaging the 65 million grandparents in the United States is a must-read for marketers. And, thanks to all the graphs and stats and tidbits Bitter provides on...

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    The weekend I fell in love... with Michigan

    My home state of Colorado is where my heart is. Though I love to travel and see places big and small, metropolitan and rural, historic or brand-spanking new, I've never visited a place that felt like home to me, a spot that made me say to myself or others, "Hey, I could live here!"

    Until I visited Michigan.

    alpena and tawas michigan

    Pure Michigan, the mitten state's travel-marketing division, invited me to...

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    Musing elsewhere: Thoughts on my daughter's miscarriage (

    Thoughts on my daughter's miscarriage
    Published October 18, 2015 on

    My daughter lost her baby last week. A miscarriage in the first trimester.

    Coming from an abundantly fertile family, it's hard to wrap my head around that. My mom had seven children. Three of my sisters had several children, and a number of those kids had kids. I had three children myself, and my middle child had three children, too.

    All of us had no problem. Yet it's a problem for my oldest child, Brianna.

    "Problem" doesn't come close to accurately describing the fertility challenge for my daughter. A dead baby is far more than a problem. It's a painful, traumatic, inexplicable loss.

    My 33-year-old daughter, who learned just this past year that her chances for conceiving and delivering a child are sadly...

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    Lake Huron waves, plus GRAND Social No. 177 link party for grandparents

    Lake Huron waves

    I'd like to kick off the new week with a wee bit of peace and tranquility.

    Middle Island Lighthouse Michigan
    View of Middle Island Lighthouse from the keeper's house

    While I was in Michigan, I couldn't get enough of the peaceful sound of waves hitting the various shorelines I had the opportunity to explore. My dusk visit to Middle Island Lighthouse...

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    Saturday movie review: Goosebumps

    'Tis the season for spooky stories, and there's no scarier tales—for kids, that is—than R.L. Stine's spookfest "Goosebumps" series. The GOOSEBUMPS film, starring Jack Black as Stine himself, celebrates the scary as well as monsters galore, all unleashed from the pages of Goosebumps manuscripts.

    GOOSEBUMPS movie poster 

    The action/adventure/comedy GOOSEBUMPS, which opened in theaters yesterday, tells the tale of a teen named Zach (Dylan Minnette), who...

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    Here and now: October 15, 2015

    clock and book 

    On my mind...

    The extreme ups and downs of life. Last week, I set out on an amazing adventure on the sunrise coast of Michigan. The week before, my oldest daughter...

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