Personal Journeys with Gramma

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

It’s Alive!

Remember when we were little and we loved cartoons in which EVERYTHING talked with personality and moved? There was THE famous mouse, of course, and then a crazy wabbit and … Continue reading

August 5, 2022 · Leave a comment

Drifting Where?

The short story “Kaleidoscope” by Ray Bradbury ends with a mother and child observing what they believe is a shooting star. “Make a wish,” urges the mother, but the streak … Continue reading

July 29, 2022 · Leave a comment

We Are the Spec

Remember the cartoon map of the galaxy that had an arrow pointing at Earth, reading “You are here!”? We laughed, but the point was clear. Now, as we flip through … Continue reading

July 22, 2022 · Leave a comment

Baby-Making Organisms

Certain films make my stomach sink, such as SCHINDLER’S LIST, SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, or even THE PIANO. I don’t usually have that kind of reaction to a book, but THE HANDMAID’S … Continue reading

July 15, 2022 · Leave a comment

Quiet Heroes

How many ways have we heard of that humankind can be eliminated? Tectonic shifts, super volcanoes, massive tsunamis, nuclear war, robot rebellion, zombie apocalypse, alien invasion, desertification—and there are more. … Continue reading

July 1, 2022 · Leave a comment

Do the Good Thing?

Would you rather be right or good? I was raised to believe they were the same. I had a Golden Record that told me to follow Davy Crockett’s advice and … Continue reading

June 24, 2022 · 2 Comments

Fun and Fear

The humongous popularity of frightening, even horrific films proves how much regular citizens enjoy being scared. But they also want to know they’ll be safe when the lights come on—or … Continue reading

June 17, 2022 · Leave a comment

Bully for Us?

How great was America before Teddy Roosevelt, when wealthy white men controlled the country? Watching the carefully researched TV miniseries THEODORE ROOSEVELT based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s bestseller LEADERSHIP IN … Continue reading

June 10, 2022 · Leave a comment

Deserving Life

With the ongoing talk about death, have you ever asked yourself why you deserve to live? In the beautifully rendered independent film NINE DAYS, writer-director Edson Oda delves into the … Continue reading

June 3, 2022 · Leave a comment

And Death Becomes Mundane

Back in the early years of television, people became concerned that children were witnessing too much violence—Western gun fights, crime shows, medical dramas, even revenge and hate themes on soap … Continue reading

May 27, 2022 · Leave a comment

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