Personal Journeys with Gramma

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

Too Long at the Fair (a short story)

What happens when a woman who has used her looks to navigate the world without ever finding herself grows older?  Maggie smiled over the scrambled eggs, hoping her mascara hadn’t … Continue reading

May 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Me Who?

#MeWho isn’t a movement. It’s a statement of invisibility. We indicate our respect for status or social power with our attention. Someone with great status can quiet a room by … Continue reading

May 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

When Women Accept a Back Seat as Their Due

“If you are lonely, then you will know/when someone needs you, you love them so…” (“As Long as He Needs Me” by Lionel Bart). In the musical OLIVER! the barmaid … Continue reading

April 28, 2018 · 1 Comment

Step Away from the Herd! The Pitfalls of Cyber Communication

As we learn more about Facebook and other social media sites and the masses of information they hoard about each of us (they record links I don’t remember clicking!), we … Continue reading

April 21, 2018 · 1 Comment

Hugs to All Survivors

Have you lost a loved one to an unexpected, horrific death? Any loss, of course, is unsettling because the world tips out of balance, but a bad surprise is like … Continue reading

April 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

Time Foolery

We’ve turned the clocks forward (at least most American states have). It’s a poor man’s time travel, I suppose. Suddenly, we’re in the future—an hour ahead. Many contend we gain … Continue reading

March 24, 2018 · 1 Comment

Heads I Win; Tails You Lose

When critics mutter the recent Oscars have become too black and too liberal, I think of the 2016 film THE FREE STATE OF JONES starring Matthew McConaughey and British actress … Continue reading

March 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

Believing You’re Worthy Because You Love

A couple of weeks ago I wrote that love is meaning—love for your self, for others, for what you do. When you’re acting out of your heart instead of hiding … Continue reading

March 3, 2018 · 2 Comments

High School Kids on White Horses

When the actions of our present government make you despair that Americans have lost their sense of right and wrong as well as their empathy for suffering, look around you. … Continue reading

February 24, 2018 · 5 Comments

Love Beyond Valentine’s Day

What does “love” mean? One source claimed it’s the word in the English language with the least meaning because it’s used to express SO MUCH—from a preference for chocolate to … Continue reading

February 17, 2018 · 2 Comments
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