By Ranny Levy, President/Founder of Kids First!
Beautiful Creatures is a refreshing twist of the age old tale of young love, sacrifice and the battle between good and evil. When Ethan Wate, played by Alden Ehrenreich, meets a mysterious girl named Lena, he immediately falls for her. But Lena and her family have a [...]
By Pat Burns, Movie Reviewer and West Coast Editor for GRAND Magazine
Catriona McKenzie’s first feature film, “SATELLITE BOY,” is about an elderly grandfather, Jagamarra (David Gulpilil), and the life lessons he teaches his 10-year-old grandson, Pete (Cameron Wallaby). Pete, who was abandoned by his mother, lives with his sage grandfather in a [...]
By Pat Burns – Art Cinema and Movie Reviewer for GRAND Magazine
Having read my fair share of books on our 16th president, and being a huge Abraham Lincoln devotee, my expectations were very high for Steven Spielberg’s film “LINCOLN.” Happily, Spielberg and his all-star cast did not disappoint. To the contrary – I was [...]
By Debra Karplus
It may be bone-chilling cold outside or ridiculously hot, or perhaps you’re looking for something new and different to do with your grandchildren; there’s likely to be a museum that’s not too far of a drive to get there. Many children, especially the younger ones might be bored at an [...]
(Editor’s Note: Thought you’d all like to see the photo from the holiday card we received from one of our most illustrious cover grandmothers, Kay Glynn).
I wondered if I could do this “pose” for my card this year since I hadn’t tried it for a couple years, and with hip replacement surgery in [...]
By Pat Burns, GRAND Regional Editor and Adult Art Cinema Reviewer
Sex is the foundation of the film, “The Sessions.” More importantly, however, this movie explores our innate need to connect emotionally with others, our need for compassion and our capacity to love unconditionally. While sex is important to a healthy relationship, the process of [...]
Michael J. Smajda is a grandfather with a passion for writting stories that entertain and inspire grandchildren.
His Christmas holiday offering is a charming story about a little orphan fawn and Rudolph meeting at Christmas time, their marriage, visit to Bethlehem and a surprising miraculous ending.
The book is available direct from the author, Michael [...]