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    Of this I can't resist: Pre-Thanksgiving Christmas cheer

    I typically steer clear of anything smacking of Christmas cheer before Thanksgiving. I do my best to avoid holiday displays in the stores until after the Thanksgiving turkey leftovers have filled my fridge. I ignore collecting recipes for Christmas treats and eats before I've enjoyed my Thanksgiving cranberries and pumpkin pie. And Christmas tunes of any sort are absolutely forbidden on my stereo, car radio, iPod and any other musical device until Thanksgiving evening, at the earliest.

    Yes, I do my best to resist anything that upsets the order of my holidays.

    My resistance to pre-Thanksgiving Christmas cheer dissolved immediately, though, when...

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    10 non-monetary ways to give on #GivingTuesday

    The week ahead is pretty much lined up for us all. There's Thanksgiving on Thursday, then Black Friday followed by Cyber Monday. After that is Giving Tuesday. Other than Turkey Day, Giving Tuesday is the most important of the holiday week, in my mind. 

    giving tuesday ideas

    Giving Tuesday is... well... it's this...

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    Thanksgiving picture books, plus GRAND Social No. 132 link party

    Thanksgiving picture books

    It's nearly Thanksgiving, and I have some suggestions for Thanksgiving picture books you and yours will happily devour in celebration of Turkey Day. These colorful offerings cover giving thanks and eating healthy, plus other Thanksgiving sorts of things including dodging the hall of aunts and the hall of butts. That's right, the hall of butts, a chuckle-worthy scene in The Great Thanksgiving Escape.

    thanksgiving picture books from Candlewick

    Find my brief reviews (and I do mean brief) of...

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    Iron Man ocarina: Gift idea for budding musicians and collectors (Review)

    I never knew there was such a thing, but now I think it's a pretty nifty gift for kids and collectors. Click the photo below to read Iron Man ocarina: Easy-to-play, collectible instrument for budding musicians.

    iron man ocarina


    Saturday movie review: Wild Canaries

    Unfortunately I cannot tell you when this movie will be released theatrically. I can tell you, though, that the minute you get the chance to see WILD CANARIES, you absolutely must. This funky, romantic, comedic, screwball murder mystery is in a class of its own and not to be missed.

    WILD CANARIES directed by Lawrence Michael Levine stars Levine as Noah and his...

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    Ideal holiday gift for wanna-be bike riders: Strider No-Pedal Balance Bike (review)

    Have a wanna-be bike rider on your holiday list? Click the image of my precious Mac to read our review of the Strider No-Pedal Balance Bike.


    Magical movies: Documentaries that make a difference

    Movies are magic. A well-done feature film can change your attitude, your day, your outlook.

    And a well-done documentary can change the world. Or, at the very least, an individual's world.

    The Life and Mind of Mark DeFriest

    Case in point: As part of the Starz Denver Film Festival, I had the opportunity to screen THE LIFE AND MIND OF MARK DEFRIEST. The documentary directed...

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    National Family Caregivers Month: Kudos and resources for those who care

     This sponsored public service announcement on National Family Caregivers Month is in partnership with Midlife Boulevard.

    National Family Caregivers Month

    The Grandma's Briefs community is filled with compassionate souls who regularly care for loved ones in need, above and beyond the care and love they provide their immediate family. Just off the top of my head...

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