Personal Journeys with Gramma

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

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

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Try Falling on Your Face: Finding Balance and Perspective

The weekend before Halloween I stepped onto our rocky driveway, concentrating on how I would remove a package of planks from the bed of our pickup truck, when SPLAT. I … Continue reading

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Who’s the Most Hateful of Them All? Is Nasty Secretly Worse Than Evil?

Recently, my grandchildren and I binge-watched the entire series of Harry Potter on DVDs. What fascinated me was discovering the character who repulsed them most wasn’t Voldemort (excuse me, “He … Continue reading

November 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Standing against the Storm: The Trials of Independence

I’m independent. I always have been—socially, intellectually, politically, even emotionally. I’m a little scary to people who are followers, because leading me is like herding cats. I start fracturing into … Continue reading

October 28, 2017 · 2 Comments

“When You’re Down and Troubled…”: The Essential Support of Friends

When I was directing high school plays, certain students would fawn over me for weeks before auditions. Others were nervous, fearing I’d succumb to the ego boost as many do. … Continue reading

October 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Stepping into the Sun; Risking the Burn of Truth

The outstanding talent of your daughter finally earns her an audition for a major motion picture. You’re so proud, you could burst. But then she suddenly returns home, tearfully reporting … Continue reading

October 15, 2017 · 1 Comment

Breaking Out of a Sexual Prison

Have you ever been abruptly awakened from a deep sleep—except your body didn’t wake up? You were consciousness within a shell you didn’t command. I felt that experience only once. … Continue reading

October 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

What is it like to write a second novel? What is it like to write novels at all?

My second novel is venturing into the world. I can’t say I’m surprised to be in this spot, because I’ve held being a professional novelist as a goal since I … Continue reading

October 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Line Between Humans and Less-Thans

Thumbs? Religion? Poetry? What is it that makes us human? “What a piece of work is a man! how noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form, in moving, … Continue reading

September 23, 2017 · 1 Comment

The Heart of a Decent People

Truth, compassion, and honor. Some say those words are obsolete in 2017 America. Our lives have become a game of bullying and self-obsession—living for the moment strictly for personal gain. … Continue reading

September 16, 2017 · 1 Comment
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