Personal Journeys with Gramma

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

Using Us Up

“Keep on using me until you use me up,” sings Bill Withers. But he isn’t talking about people being used by big business. The labor shortages in the news reveal … Continue reading

November 26, 2021 · Leave a comment

Incomplete View Through Peepholes

Humans peer at their universe through a tiny peephole. The peephole may have been constructed by fears, religion, science, personal experience, or even tradition. We don’t all have the same … Continue reading

November 12, 2021 · Leave a comment

Messy Relationships

Real couples sigh as they compare what they hear in romantic movies with their own relationships, thinking they do something dreadfully wrong. Their mistake lies in comparing themselves to a … Continue reading

November 5, 2021 · Leave a comment


Halloween, the Day of the Dead, the animated films COCO or SOUL—fall brings to mind ghosts and the afterlife. The prospect of stalking evil, including the undead, powers several popular … Continue reading

October 29, 2021 · Leave a comment

Acting Out a Reality Check

He said he was playing his father. The award-winning performance Anthony Hopkins presented in the film THE FATHER was perhaps the most astounding acting I have ever seen. If someone … Continue reading

October 22, 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

All or Nothing

Wow. Out of the blue, I just had someone accuse me of being a slave to what she believes are my opinions—which to me means she doesn’t understand either slavery … Continue reading

October 6, 2021 · 1 Comment

Connections Heal

Recently, I celebrated a birthday which reminded several people to contact me. In these disjointed times, it’s easy to conclude we are islands, adrift on our tectonic plates in a … Continue reading

October 1, 2021 · 1 Comment

Label Makers

How do you label yourself? Christian? Liberal? Black? White? Spiritual? Other? How do others label you? Labels are handy ways to delineate groups without explanation. They’re also patently inaccurate at … Continue reading

September 24, 2021 · Leave a comment

The Quiet Majesty of Love

Two aspects of the beautiful 2021 British film SUPERNOVA starring Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci touched me. First, the story opens with the two naked men peacefully sleeping together. Like … Continue reading

September 17, 2021 · Leave a comment

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