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Bubby, Jak, and Mac — Bloggy nicknames of Gramma's stars (Megan and Preston's boys)



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    Saturday movie review: Runoff

    What might a loving wife and mother do in hopes of pulling her family from the brink of financial disaster? It's that question that creates the intrigue and suspense in the beautifully filmed, understatedly acted RUNOFF, an independent film written and directed by Kimberly Levin in her narrative film directorial debut.

    runoff movie 

    Betty (Joanne Kelly) loves her husband, her two sons, her farmland community...

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    Summertime stories: 3 brief book reviews

    Camp, friends, and bugs! The makings of summer and these three special titles from Sky Pony Press.

    Boys Camp: Zee's Story

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    Here and now: June 25, 2015

    This and that from my week...

    clock and book 

    On my mind...

    This quote, as Jim and I continue inching our way out of the financial black hole that swallowed us up in 2008 then gulped us in a bit deeper in...

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    A few fave photos: Father's Day and other fun

    I take so very many photos, yet it seems I share very few because the photo editing can be a pain in the <curse> long process.

    That's changing today!

    Here are a few of my favorite photos from the past few weeks—with minimal (often, no) editing. Better shared than perfect, right?

    sleepy dogs
    While babysitting Patrick's son, Bud (bloggy nickname), a few weeks ago, we got a kick out of Mickey, Hunter (whom Bud brought along), and Lyla's naptime formation...


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    GRAND guest post: 6 tips to keep grandchildren reading all summer

    Dear readers: This article originally appeared on the GRAND Magazine website, one of my partners in providing grandparents with quality information and inspiration. I publish it here with their permission.

    grandma and grandson reading together

    Parents and grandparents are the child’s first and foremost teachers. They play an important role in teaching children to read and—maybe just as importantly—to love reading. Now that summer...

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    Eclairs, anyone? Plus GRAND Social No. 160 link party for grandparents

    Eclairs, anyone?

    What is today? It's National Chocolate Eclair Day. Yes, there is such a day. And a sweet one it is.

    Have you ever made chocolate eclairs? Hankering to try your hand at the puffy, chocolate confections now? Here's how:


    Quite a chore, if you...

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    For the dads and GRAND dads

    Happy Father's Day!

    father's day greeting

    Graphic courtesy The Graphics Fairy


    Saturday movie review: Alive Inside

    I shared a video a few years ago here on Grandma's Briefs of an elderly nursing home resident who amazingly comes out of the fog of dementia when headphones connected to an iPod are placed on his head. ALIVE INSIDE is the full documentary of that magical moment as well as others experienced by several dementia and Alzheimer's patients when given the opportunity to once again hear beloved tunes from days long gone. Joyous moments that prove music is far more powerful than pharmaceuticals.

    Alive Inside documentary

    In ALIVE INSIDE—winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award (Documentary)—filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett follows social worker and founder of Music & Memory, Dan Cohen, as he brings music to nursing home residents, via iPods and headphones. The results...

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