Personal Journeys with Gramma

Life adventures, inspiration and insight; shared in articles, advice, personal chats and pictures.

Love Beyond Valentine’s Day

What does “love” mean? One source claimed it’s the word in the English language with the least meaning because it’s used to express SO MUCH—from a preference for chocolate to … Continue reading

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Wrestling Unhappiness into Submission

What if happiness is the absence of unhappiness? What makes people unhappy? Disease? Pain? Sorrow? Need? Depression? How do you feel when you’re unhappy? Plenty of people have good reason … Continue reading

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Faith Beyond Religion: Stuffing Character into Your Carry-on

“Ladies and gentlemen. Have faith. Have faith…” When Representative Joe Kennedy gave his rebuttal speech to the State of the Union address, he departed from his distributed text only slightly. … Continue reading

February 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

Pull The Bonds Tighter Between Us: Community in Cold Times

When we have community, we live longer, healthier lives. The research is undeniable. A recent webinar titled THE BROKEN BRAIN reminded us that isolation is a toxin that makes us … Continue reading

January 27, 2018 · 3 Comments

A Heritage of Wishy-Washy

As a high school senior changing cities, I nervously entered what would become my alma mater two weeks late. My advisor told me in spite of my academic record I couldn’t be … Continue reading

January 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

The “Little Woman” Speaks Out

I feel a thrill when I see women marching together to declare their unity and strength. Women and strength—in the same sentence. I don’t know if I can adequately explain … Continue reading

January 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

A Little Respect

Whenever I use the word respect, I hear Aretha Franklin singing:  “All I’m askin’ is for a little respect…” Because I’ve been drawn to performance of one kind or another … Continue reading

January 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Locked into a New Reality in the New Year

Have you ever locked yourself out of the house? One night I woke to our puppy making that unmistakable hacking sound that heralds the arrival of a quantity of vomit. … Continue reading

January 6, 2018 · 3 Comments

Resolving to Face 2018 Together

Resolution:  great determination. What do your “great determinations” for 2018 look like? My resolutions include courage, wisdom, and kindness. I am determined, first, to demonstrate greater courage. Aristotle writes, “Courage … Continue reading

December 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Becoming One of Santa’s Elves!

Selflessness—giving the best of your self to enhance life for others—that philosophy is beneath the example of Jesus…and is central to sacred holidays in major religions besides Christianity, as well. … Continue reading

December 23, 2017 · Leave a comment
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