Personal Journeys with Gramma

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

Blood from a Turnip—Collecting Funds from the Don’t-Have-Much Folk

“If you could sign up for a monthly donation…” I haven’t bothered adding up the amount of money I would need to agree to all the pleas for funds I … Continue reading

June 24, 2017 · 2 Comments

Are We Letting Superman Down?

In 1942 when winning WWII was a grave concern, the Superman radio show debuted Superman’s goal of fighting “the never ending battle for truth, justice, and the American way.” Recently, … Continue reading

June 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Paper Clothes: The Fragility of Living

Long ago Americans survived a fad in which fashionistas wore paper clothes—not for anything athletic, presumably. I recall the products as being dresses. At the time, I wondered how wearers … Continue reading

June 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

I Know How You Feel: The Life of an Empath

You enter a room and immediately sense the mood of the group within. If it’s a party gone bad, you’re already wondering how you can remove yourself. If it’s a … Continue reading

May 20, 2017 · 2 Comments

Happy (Mother’s) Unconditional Love Day!

Mothers represent unconditional love. (No news there.) Not all of them qualify, of course, but enough do to inspire a holiday when Americans spend billions of dollars on gifts. We … Continue reading

May 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Cleansing Rain or Mudslide?

As in most areas of the country (and maybe the world), our local weather has been unusual. We live in a semi-arid area (traditionally), but recent upheavals began with a … Continue reading

May 13, 2017 · 1 Comment

“What If”

The television series ANCIENT ALIENS proposes various theories of how aliens (the kind from outer space, not from a neighboring country) might have impacted the origins and development of humankind. … Continue reading

May 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Sh**ting in the Mess Kit

My husband and I were thrilled to have purchased our first home together—a modest ranch style in the suburbs. Coming from apartments, we didn’t wonder why there was a line … Continue reading

April 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

Washing Away the Dust of Emotional Winter

Ka-boom! Thunder grumbles its way down our valley, a muttered answer to the crack of lightning shortly before. The air feels blue—fresh yet charged with possibilities, disguised beneath gray skies … Continue reading

April 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Brother, Can You Spare a Driveway?

If you watch the biographical film THE LADY IN THE VAN, you could have many reactions. First, you could be dazzled by the superb acting of Maggie Smith as an … Continue reading

April 8, 2017 · 2 Comments
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