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    Jak's taste test, plus GRAND Social No. 125 link party

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    Jak's taste test

    Jak — who will soon be four months old — had his first taste of cereal last week. He wasn't too sure of it at first, but... well... see for...

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    Saturday movie review: 'The Skeleton Twins'

    The Skeleton Twins

    This movie proves it in spades: Kristen Wiig has acting chops and can play more than funny. In THE SKELETON TWINS, Wiig's character, Maggie, shows not one whit of her freaky yet supposedly funny Saturday Night Live characters. No Penelope. No Target Lady. And no Lawrence Welk singer Doonese. Thank heavens for that, as I cannot stand any of those characters.

    Considering my dislike for Wiig's SNL...

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    My daughter flexes her muscles with The Flex Belt

    I was offered a Flex Belt to review for free. I let my oldest daughter do the honors, and here's what she found (click to read the review):

    The Flex Belt: Wherein my daughter tones her ab muscles the easy way (Review)

    Flex Belt Review


    One happy grandma

    It's been a tough several weeks leading up to yesterday's big day, my "first dose observation" day. When it was all uneventfully done and over, I was so very thankful — for the outcome as well as for the incredible support from all of you, from my friends, from my family.

    And I was happy. So very happy. Once home, all I wanted...

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    A brief prayer request

    Updated on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 by Registered CommenterLisa Carpenter

    dear readers

    I've been conflicted for weeks about sharing this — TMI isn't usually my thing — but today feel I must. Today I'm swallowing a pill that could stop my heart, so I'm writing to ask for your prayers, positive thoughts, healing vibes or any sort of goodness you could send my way.

    My MS has gotten ridiculously aggressive and...

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    If I die tomorrow: 6 ways it would stink and 7 ways I'd live on

    stairway to clouds

    My husband and I recently had yet another discussion on death and dying, as mid-life, long-married couples are wont to do. (It's not just us, right?) Our conversation led me to consider how it's often said that toward the end of life, many folks lament and regret not having said "I love you" often enough, if at all, to those they love the most.

    I don't have that concern. I do tell...

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    Colorful quaking aspen, plus GRAND Social No. 124 link party

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    Colorful quaking aspen

    In Colorado, we don't have a huge variety of trees changing color come fall. We do have the aspen trees — often called quaking aspen — though. Their magnificent autumn show of color would put to shame any other trees, which just may be why aspens are the primary deciduous trees on the mountainsides, alongside the majestic Blue Spruce and other pines.

    The orange, red and yellow of the aspens...

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    Saturday movie review: 'Blood Ties'

    Blood Ties DVD

    Films featuring themes of brothers at odds or cops versus robbers abound, yet I've found few as engaging as BLOOD TIES starring Clive Owen and Billy Crudup. In this gritty tale (meaning, expect blood and violence) set in 1970s Brooklyn and directed by Guillaume Canet, Clive Owen stars as Chris, a 50-year-old criminal recently released from prison...

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