Personal Journeys with Gramma

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

Monkey see…

    Temple Grandin, the world renowned professor of animal behavior who is autistic, explains that some autistic people think visually, very much like animals. In fact, she credits that … Continue reading

May 20, 2022 · Leave a comment

Smoke Gets in Your…Everything

When I was a child, the most terrifying horror movie I ever saw was THE ROBE, starring Charleton Heston. For years I suffered from nightmares of murderous swirls of smoke … Continue reading

May 13, 2022 · 1 Comment

Healing Together

Being physically broken by my fall has been a boon for me. It’s like walking out of an artificial environment into a dark night away from city lights, and voila! … Continue reading

May 6, 2022 · 1 Comment

Loss of Sensation

I’m hugging what feels like a warm cadaver arm to my chest and it’s creeping me out. Everyone has experienced losing feeling in some body part before, even if it … Continue reading

April 29, 2022 · Leave a comment

The Case of the Killer Sneakers

They looked innocent—black with lime-green laces and trim that extended around the shoe like a platform for a fast take-off. They were technically running shoes, but I’m old enough to … Continue reading

April 22, 2022 · 2 Comments

Anti-Worry

What happens when you feel ground down, stuffed beyond full of worry? Your hope deflates. Your joy dims. Of course, that’s what Putin is hoping will finally defeat the Ukrainians. … Continue reading

April 14, 2022 · Leave a comment

…The More They Stay the Same

According to the recent PBS biography Benjamin Franklin created by Ken Burns, Franklin’s funeral procession included leaders from several religious and philosophical traditions, walking arm-in-arm. The fact that a celebrated … Continue reading

April 8, 2022 · Leave a comment

It’s a Small World

At first I was surprised that the film NEWS OF THE WORLD was a western with Tom Hanks and Helena Zengel, a talented young actor I hadn’t seen before. The … Continue reading

April 1, 2022 · 2 Comments

Walking His Truth

Imagine you were born with red hair—natural, carrot-colored red. You live in a town in which certain opinion leaders teach that red hair is a sign of the devil. They’ve … Continue reading

March 25, 2022 · Leave a comment

Everyone’s Irish?

Each year as people gather to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, we’re suddenly all Irish. Apparently the phenomenon isn’t unique to the U.S. A line from an Irish song encouraging musicians … Continue reading

March 18, 2022 · Leave a comment

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