Personal Journeys with Gramma

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

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

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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

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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 · 2 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

Paddling Toward a Fresh Route—the Light You Cannot See

Aren’t you astounded by the impact of a single glimmer of hope in what seems like hopeless darkness? What if the glimmer doesn’t show? Can you still believe it’s there? … Continue reading

December 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Gifts that Won’t Burn or Wash Away

Did you get the memo? I hope so, because the messages grow bigger and stronger each day—fires, floods, hurricanes, earthquakes. Perhaps somebody wants to grab our attention. “Hey, Dudes! You … Continue reading

December 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

My Shelter Dogs Are My Heroes

As the silver bells ring, do you yearn for something pure and honest in your life, something that is precisely what it seems to be? I do. I look around … Continue reading

December 2, 2017 · 1 Comment

Gratitude of the Heart

Okay, so we’re concentrating on being thankful…but where do we begin? Setting aside the history and mythology of the holiday, if we focus on gratitude, we need a starting point. … Continue reading

November 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

And Now a Word about Death?

What sense does it make to take death as a personal affront when no one…NO ONE…is excused? Hence we have upbeat depictions such as the Mexican celebration of the ancestors … Continue reading

November 18, 2017 · 3 Comments
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