Personal Journeys with Gramma

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

Eating Friends

Once upon a time, my all-time favorite foods in really good restaurants included flaky dinner croissants and filet mignon stuffed with blue cheese, rack of lamb, huevos rancheros with blue … Continue reading

January 7, 2022 · Leave a comment

The Point of Schmaltzy Holiday Cards

Writing Christmas cards annoys me every year. I’m happy to keep in touch with friends of old, but all that writing saying not too much becomes wearisome. I’ve been spoiled … Continue reading

December 10, 2021 · 2 Comments

Don’t Love Me Because…

We live in a world of competitions—some healthy, some destructive. These days, especially, we catch ourselves thinking, “friend or foe?” when we meet someone and often when we interact with … Continue reading

October 15, 2021 · Leave a comment

Excuses for Being Crabby

One rule of good parenting (or teaching) is don’t be impossible to please. Take each lesson separately and be openly pleased with progress. For example, your preteen can be messy. … Continue reading

August 13, 2021 · Leave a comment

Pomp and Circumstances

As I sat in my cap and gown at my high school graduation, listening to a traditional graduation attaboy speech, I couldn’t even see another student I could name in … Continue reading

May 21, 2021 · 2 Comments

For Those to Come

We assume we’re lead characters in the drama of life. Our stories are all about us…aren’t they? We look at those around us as support characters, even extras in the … Continue reading

May 7, 2021 · 2 Comments

Opening the Door

You may think I’m exaggerating, and I am…but only a little. Isolation is disorienting. I understand how the students feel about returning to school after being away so long. It … Continue reading

March 12, 2021 · 1 Comment

Thanks to Loyal Americans

This may seem to be an odd time to be filled with gratitude, considering the violence and rebellion based on lies and selfishness coiling and spitting around us, but gratitude … Continue reading

January 15, 2021 · 1 Comment

Glad Tidings

Happy holiday-of your choice! As most of us suffer from isolation and fear-fatigue, we yearn for the cheer of holidays past. Stepping aside from any particular doctrine with no intention … Continue reading

December 26, 2020 · 2 Comments

A Deeper, More Aware Holiday

This year we won’t kill one of the beautiful pines on our property so we can drape it with colored lights and sentimental decorations to delight us. All the trees … Continue reading

December 18, 2020 · Leave a comment

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