Personal Journeys with Gramma

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

Therapy by Dog

Talking about mental illness is trendy, but going beyond talk is challenging. Recently, my husband and I watched a program on PBS about Patriot Paws, a disability service and support … Continue reading

November 18, 2022 · Leave a comment

America, We Hardly Know Ye

When I was in elementary school, my class enthusiastically sang “I like the United States of America/ I like the way we all live without fear/ I like to vote … Continue reading

November 4, 2022 · 2 Comments

Love in New York

Recently, the New York Times ran an article about some New Yorkers taking pity on immigrants from Venezuela who were duped and dumped on their doorstep. People who work hard … Continue reading

October 28, 2022 · Leave a comment

We Are Fam-i-ly

The developing 1950’s neighborhood where I grew up was nestled just beyond the city limits of our small town…where taxes were higher. The blocks around us weren’t filled in with … Continue reading

October 21, 2022 · Leave a comment

Creating an Emotional Home

We choose where we live. First, we pick a place to house our bodies. We talk rent or mortgage or investment values. If we’re fortunate, we can seek out a … Continue reading

October 13, 2022 · 2 Comments

The Great Multiplier

My great aunt reportedly had 17 children, only 14 of whom survived childhood. Her situation wasn’t unusual. Birth control was forbidden. The family worked a farm to feed everybody. I … Continue reading

October 7, 2022 · 2 Comments

When the Going Gets Tough…

Disasters give one unassailable gift: We’re reminded we need one another. We know we need a central government that’s willing to take care of people—to be heroic when the situation … Continue reading

September 30, 2022 · Leave a comment

Looking Back with One Eye Shut

What if Americans are the chosen people—inevitably always right? As an American, would you feel comfortable hearing that or just a little queasy? If the United States were perfect, it … Continue reading

September 22, 2022 · Leave a comment

But Wait! There’s More!

Who likes waiting? Some people can summon huge reservoirs of patience for months, even years. “Patience is a virtue,” they remind us, knowing many people couldn’t care less about virtue. … Continue reading

September 16, 2022 · Leave a comment

I’m Okay But You’re SCARY

A popular plot in film, books, and TV involves someone depended on to be trustworthy who is not—a boss, a friend, a spouse. Friendly neighborhoods can secretly be filled with … Continue reading

September 9, 2022 · 1 Comment

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