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Review: Lily Tomlin shines in ‘Grandma’

A movie about a wisecracking grandma and her teen granddaughter, racing around in a beat-up car to find $600 by nightfall. You might think it sounds like any number of mediocre road comedies out there, full of trite generational gags and sporting a sappy, all-is-forgiven ending. You’d be very wrong.

America’s sweet tart

Rhubarb is no wallflower. It almost never stands alone. Too sour to eat by themselves, rhubarb’s raw, pink-red stalks require cooking and accompaniment. Even then, the lip-puckering “pie plant” is usually paired with berries – not to mention sugar – to sweeten it up. Tasty but tart, rhubarb just needs a little something to temper its famous zing and offset its acidity.

Field reports: Grandma’s hiking tale tops Outdoor books

READING – They call her Grandma Gatewood, who in the 1950s became the first woman to hike the entire 2,000-mile Appalachian Trail. Then she did it again, becoming the first person – man or woman – to hike it twice.  And then for good measure, she hiked it a third time.

Want to spice things up? Try Thai

Thai required? A year with thoughts of food on the front burner and a lifetime of enjoying (almost) anything put in front of us and no, Thai has never been required.

Elementary, my dear

“Grandma Gene” Gorley may have set an endurance record with her 43 years on the playgrounds of several Central Valley elementary schools, but she’s certainly going out with style. On a recent day at McDonald Elementary the 83-year-old widow sashayed into the office to begin her lunchtime shift with the verve and spunk of someone several decades younger. A snappy dresser, she seems determined to do everything with a touch of class – and attitude.