The Saturday post: How do you want to be remembered?

The Saturday post: How do you want to be remembered?

Happy Saturday, friends!

Today I’m sharing with you a brief video bit I came across, from New York Times best-selling author Amy Krouse Rosenthal on kindness. It’s a thoughtful, thought-provoking piece that earned “Winner of Best Animation” at the Peace On Earth Film Festival in 2011.

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The Saturday post: Siblings singing sweetly

The Saturday post: Siblings singing sweetly

It’s high time I get back to sharing something or another on Saturdays, be it a movie review, inspirational—or informative or humorous or must-see—video, or merry music-making of some sort.

I’ve chosen to restart Saturday posts with the latter, a short spot of siblings sharing their souls through song. It’s sweet and simple and something all our souls…

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Saturday movie review: 'Dallas Buyers Club'

Mere minutes into DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, my husband turned to me and said, "You can't review this for the grandmas!" He said that in response to the opening scene, which is a pretty heavy-duty sex scene.

Throughout the entire movie I kept thinking the same thing. "I can't review this for the grandmas." I even decided I wouldn't share my review here — and watched another film the next night so I'd have one for this space.

Dallas Buyers Club

But I didn't really like that one, at least not enough to share it with you. I wanted to...

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What I learned this week: I must make time for life... offline

summer sunflower 

Summer is upon us and the outdoors beckons. Which is why, after much back and forth, debating and deliberating, I finally learned this week what I must do: I realized/learned/confirmed that I must allow time in my schedule for life... offline.

Making the time for life offline will require some online changes. Changes to my blogging schedule, to be exact. See, I have been publishing a post on Grandma's Briefs every single day since July 25, 2009. Many of you have been reading those daily posts that long, too. Which is so incredible and heartwarming and humbling.

But I think we're all sitting on our butts and staring at screens far too much. I know I am.

So I'm proposing that now that summer has arrived, we not focus on Grandma's Briefs — at least not on the weekends. I'm talking only weekend-long breaks, as I couldn't bear to take a full-fledged summer-long break from blogging; it's in my blood now, and I could not survive without it. I hope you, too, couldn't bear to live without my blogging. (Yes, I do like to flatter myself now and again.)

But weekends, especially in the summer, beckon all of us to get up and move, to do something, to live. So I'm going to do my part this summer and no longer post the scintillating — and, yes, sometimes silly — stuff you've grown to expect in this space on Saturdays and Sundays.

It's going to be hard. My four-year habit will surely be difficult to break. But a break is what we all need. A break that gets us offline. At least on the weekends. At least for the summer.

With that said, consider this post the official notice that you will not find new content on Grandma's Briefs come tomorrow morning. That doesn't mean, of course, that you can't visit here on the weekends, if you choose. Grandma's Briefs will always be open, always welcome one and all who want to visit any day, any time, any page throughout the site. So if you do drop by on a Saturday or Sunday, feel free to catch up on anything you may have missed during the week.

(Of course, you just might see me drop in on the Grandma's Briefs Facebook page on Saturdays and Sundays; just nothing regular or scheduled, for sure.)

Now, as I said, it's going to be be a challenge for me to not share with you over the weekend. Proof being that I already had a doozy of a video to post for my regular Saturday Post feature. So I'm going to share it here today; I simply couldn't wait until Monday for this one.

This video came to my attention courtesy the awesome women at Better After 50. I hope it makes you chuckle as much as it did me.

 

With that in mind, I hope you'll remember come tomorrow that there will be nothing new happening here on Grandma's Briefs until early Monday morning. I hope I will remember that, too.

I'm pretty sure I will remember, though — because it's what I need.

And that is what I learned this week.

Today's question:

What did you learn this week?

The Saturday Post: Music to kick off summer edition

Billboard Magazine released its Top 30 Summer Songs this week. Not a whole lot on the list resonated deeply with me, for a variety of reasons — mostly because I'm too old, they're too old, or they're just too not my style.

There were a few, though, that made me smile, tap my toes and cross my fingers this summer will be light, carefree, happy. Is that possible at our age? Or are such things bestowed only upon the young?

I share those here: the four light, carefree, happy and downright summery songs from the Billboard list that made me want to grab an ice-cold beer, kick back, and believe that such things are possible at any age. They're the ideal soundtrack for kicking off the holiday weekend, the unofficial start of summer.

 

 

Cheers to summer! Enjoy the holiday weekend!

Today's question:

What song screams summer for you?

The Saturday Post: Sail a capella edition

I love it when a non-acoustic song becomes something awesome — and stands on its own — when done a capella. Just like this from Acquire UC Santa Cruz:

Not sure about the original song? Take a listen to Sail by AWOLNATION.

Happy sailing (and singing) on this lovely Saturday!

The Saturday Post: Hallmark didn't invent Mother's Day edition

Mother's Day sometimes gets a bad rap as being a holiday created by greeting card companies. They didn't, my friends. History — and the History Channel — prove it (and prove the one who did create it, was actually none too pleased by greeting card peddlers taking it over).

Interesting stuff, this (note: it doesn't play on most mobile devices):

Happy Saturday!

Today's question:

What are your Mother's Day plans?

The Saturday Post: 10 time-saving tips worth learning edition

I've gotten in the habit of sharing on Fridays what I learned during the week. I didn't do that yesterday, having chosen to share this instead.

So today I will share one thing I learned this week. Actually, I'm feeling extra generous (and extra learned) and will share with you 10 things I learned this week. I have no doubt you will learn something from this, too.

There you have it. Now we all learned (at least) 10 things this week!

Today's question:

Which of the 10 tips in the video are you most likely to use to save time? (Me, I like the space bar instead of a scroll bar tip.)

The Saturday Post: Super Why Grandma edition

As my grandsons and I enjoyed lunch together yesterday, Bubby and I discussed Mommy and Daddy leaving today for their conference, and how it's nice that I'm able to stay with him and Mac each time Mommy and Daddy go out of town.

Bubby mentioned that it's too bad PawDad doesn't get to visit each time I do, to which I explained that PawDad has to go to work each day and can't always take off time for visits to the desert, even though he'd like to. I stressed that just like Mommy has to go to the school for her job as a teacher and Daddy has to go to his office for his job, PawDad has to go to an office for his job, too. But my job, I told him, is all on my computer, so I can do my work from my house or his house or anywhere I go, as long as I have my computer.

When Bubby asked what my job is, I simplified it, saying that sometimes I write and other times I  read what other people write then fix any mistakes, adding commas and new words and things like that. "I'm a word fixer," I told him.

Bubby immediately perked up, grinned, and excitedly said, "Just like Super Why!"

"Super huh?" I thought.

Bubby explained that Super Why is a show he watches on TV, and that Super Why fixes words, too. He seemed quite impressed that Gramma was in the same league as Super Why.

Having never before heard of this Super Why guy, I later Googled him. This is what I found:

If Bubby needs a reference point for what Gramma does on the computer she drags around with her, I can't think of any more fitting than Super Why.

Best wishes to all for a super Saturday!

The Saturday Post: Love on the wild side edition

Remember when I shared the photos of me catching Mickey and Abby in the act of loving up on one another?

Well, Honey the dog and Kwanzaa the lion cub take the interspecies love a frolicking step further.

Today's question:

Who are you frolicking with today?