The GRAND Social returns! Join GRAND Social No. 354 link party for grandparents

The GRAND Social returns! Join GRAND Social No. 354 link party for grandparents

Summer has flown by and so has my summer break. Break is over, and I’m back to blogging!

If you’ve not yet caught up on what I did while I was away, I’d love for you to read my post on that right here.

With the return to regular programming here on Grandma’s Briefs, it’s nigh time to kick off …

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Throwback Thursday: 5 things I'll never write about

Throwback Thursday: 5 things I'll never write about

Dear readers: This #TBT feature originally appeared on Grandma's Briefs February 9, 2010. I’m proud to say that nine years later, I’ve still never written about—at least not at length—the things I swore I never would. Thank you for reading my rerun.

I read a lot of blogs. I didn't used to, but since becoming a blogger, I'm interested in what other folks are blogging about, where they get their ideas, how they express the little—and big—things in life in a way that intrigues readers day after day. My RSS reader feeds me a steady diet of food for thought.

Lately, some of that food has been pretty foreign to me. Not foreign in the sense that I'm reading posts in Chinese…

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Getting real... plus GRAND Social No. 321 link party for grandparents

Getting real... plus GRAND Social No. 321 link party for grandparents

Getting real

My mom is struggling to survive stage 3 lung cancer. My firstborn will soon deliver her firstborn any day now. Somewhere in between my utter despair regarding the one end of life’s spectrum and my sheer delight related to the other is the space where I, a writer and blogger, should be writing and blogging.

But I don’t feel like…

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Grandparent journals and GRAND Social link party No. 304

Grandparent journals and GRAND Social link party No. 304

Grandparent journals

I'm giving away some goodies to help you better connect with your grandkiddos: a webcam (for connecting now) and a set of grandparent journals (for connecting through generations to come).

Have you entered to win? Please do! Simply leave a comment right here and you're entered! I draw the random winner Thursday morning, so watch your email!

Good luck!

GRAND Social link party No. 304

Time now to connect with one another in this week's…

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GRAND Social No. 303 link party for grandparents

GRAND Social No. 303 link party for grandparents

I hope you had a lovely Mother's Day. Mine was peaceful and relaxing—which is why there's no substantial preamble to today's GRAND Social party. I write my posts a day in advance, and the day in advance of this one was Mother's Day... which I spent as far away from the computer as possible, with the exception of the minuscule minutes it took to post this party.

Let the party begin...!

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Apple News for grandmas, plus GRAND Social No. 275 link party for grandparents

Apple News for grandmas, plus GRAND Social No. 275 link party for grandparents

Apple News now features Grandma's Briefs

Do you have an iPhone? Do you read news in the Apple News app included on all iPhones? 

If so, you can now find Grandma's Briefs on Apple News! Just search "Grandma's Briefs" and it should come right up for you.

Then "favorite" the feed (with the little heart at the top) and it'll be added to your news feed for easy peasy mobile reading of ...

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Grandma gets a facelift

Grandma gets a facelift

The time has come, my friends, for a facelift. Not for me personally, but for Grandma's Briefs.

For myriad reasons, I must move my site to a new platform. Still Squarespace, but a new and improved version of Squarespace. Still Grandma's Briefs, but a new and improved version of Grandma's Briefs — featuring pins that pin, the ability to reply directly to one another's comments, a more appetizing Recipe Box and so much more.

I've been working diligently in the background for a couple weeks now but am officially at the point I must put a pause on the posts published right here so nothing will be lost in the migration to the new spot.

Which means I won't be adding new content until I reveal the transformed Grandma's Briefs. No Saturday movie reviews, no GRAND Social, no new recipes, no blither and blather 'bout my grandboys. That said, you can still...

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Watching the solar eclipse? Plus GRAND Social No. 269 link party for grandparents

Watching the solar eclipse?

1921 solar eclipse in Paris
Three Parisian women watching the solar eclipse of 8 April 1921 on the Cour du Havre, next to the gare Saint-Lazare. Courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Are you watching today's solar eclipse? How are you watching? From where and with whom? Depending on when you read this it may all be past tense, but either way, I'd love to hear your view on the phenomenon.

I will be watching... from my backyard with only my dog, Mickey, as my companion to ooh and aah over the event. And I'll be sporting my mandatory eclipse spectacles for a direct view of the show.

My eclipse glasses became nearly a no-go for me (and mine) at the last minute, despite my having ordered several pair for my entire family a month or so ago. The glasses...

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Teach kids Morse code, plus GRAND Social No. 153 link party for grandparents

Teach kids Morse code

Hard to believe but it's once again Morse Code Day! Yes, today is the beloved annual celebration of the birth of Samuel Morse (April 27, 1791–April 2, 1872), American painter, inventor, and co-developer of the international code bearing his name.

Do you remember learning Morse code in school? I do. A refresher: Morse code (according to Wikipedia) "is a method of transmitting text information as a series of on-off tones, lights, or clicks that can be directly understood by a skilled listener or observer without special equipment...Each character (letter or numeral) is represented by a unique sequence of dots and dashes."

international morse code

And it's a fun, off-the-wall thing to share with the grandkids! Try...

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