Personal Journeys with Gramma

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

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

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

The Greatest Love…

Love is a favorite topic year-round, but around Valentine’s Day, it becomes a product signified by hearts and flowers and chocolate and lots of red and more hearts in every … Continue reading

February 11, 2022 · Leave a comment

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

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