Personal Journeys with Gramma

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

Too Darned Hot

The musical KISS ME KATE featured a song/dance number called, “Too Darned Hot,” that sizzled with energy. But actually being too darned hot isn’t fun. When I taught at a … Continue reading

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Walking Through Fire to Goodness

Occasionally, you meet someone who feels special—more peaceful, more loving, more giving—wiser—than usual. Or you listen to a TV interview of such a person. Their goodness is almost palpable as … Continue reading

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“Water, water everywhere nor any drop to drink.”*

Have you ever tasted really great water? Once upon a time in my life, that question would’ve made me laugh. I was ignorant then…more ignorant. Two molecules of hydrogen, one … Continue reading

August 3, 2019 · 7 Comments

Not Like Me, I Presume

In a Jesuit school, my husband was taught “Assumptions make an ass out of u (you) and me.” History is rife with them—assuming the world is flat because you can’t … Continue reading

July 27, 2019 · Leave a comment

Living Lives in a Game of Life

Did you ever watch something absurd and suddenly have a flash of a serious thought? The remake of Jumanji titled Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle caught me unaware. The first … Continue reading

July 20, 2019 · 1 Comment

Stuck in the Shallows

What would you give to be famous? Your family? Your friends? Your sense of self? When A STAR IS BORN was first written in the materialistic 1930s, the lure of … Continue reading

July 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Celebrating the Liberators

As we see the cruel, dark side of people revealed, we also see their counterparts—those who shine with compassion and truth. How did these people who grew up in similar … Continue reading

July 6, 2019 · 3 Comments

Don’t Ask–BECOME!

Recently, a friend told me I’m lucky my husband allows me to be myself. Allows? He loved and married me as myself. And no one asked him if I could continue … Continue reading

June 29, 2019 · 2 Comments

Cherishing Lady Slipper People

When I was in second grade, our assignment was to create a scrapbook of pressed wildflowers, labeling each. Since I loved wildflowers then as now—including those called weeds, I was … Continue reading

June 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

Embracing the Complicated Mess of Individuality

“Who-o are you-oo?” puffs the caterpillar Absalem when confronted by Alice in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. Many people spend their lives defining the answer, because we are not only … Continue reading

June 15, 2019 · Leave a comment
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