Personal Journeys with Gramma

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

A Novel for Intellectual Orphans

Just before COVID-19 hit the U.S. hard, I wrote/published a novel for intellectual orphans like me—the people who went to work one day and discovered some of their warm-hearted friends … Continue reading

April 23, 2021 · 2 Comments

Good Omens for the Future

Edmund Wilson is credited with saying, “No two persons ever read the same book.” Of course, we behave as though there can be single interpretations that are absolute, although we read as … Continue reading

April 2, 2021 · 2 Comments

A Choice from Infinite Lives

I found Matt Haig by accident when I was searching for a novel that would surprise me and give me something worthwhile to think about. I had only just finished … Continue reading

March 26, 2021 · Leave a comment

What Makes a Better Man?

We don’t often have occasion to see what personal integrity and character look like when the rest of the personality is stripped away.  Last night (ironically during the last portion … Continue reading

October 2, 2020 · Leave a comment

When You Turn On the Lights…

Usually when a film talks about what lies beneath, the thing below is demonic, a vampire mutant, or commandos waiting for the signal to destroy.  I wasn’t sure what to … Continue reading

August 15, 2020 · 1 Comment

Laughing When Nothing Seems Funny

One way to stay sane in an insane world is to laugh.  Laughter eases tensions and gives us better wrinkles.  However, with the dire specters of death and domination looming … Continue reading

July 31, 2020 · Leave a comment

They Called Her Toni

The tour de force that was Toni Morrison offers many bits of wisdom to those who watch her film biography TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM and sigh over her … Continue reading

June 27, 2020 · 1 Comment

The Fellowship of the Survivors

The incredible waste of war and the astounding resilience of the human spirit are two sub-themes in the film TOLKIEN about J.R.R. Tolkien, author of THE HOBBIT and the LORD … Continue reading

June 20, 2020 · 2 Comments

Writing through the Storm

Those of you who are empathetic understand completely when I say recent years have felt like we were catapulted into an alternative universe—not merely because of dramatic changes in policy, … Continue reading

April 4, 2020 · 1 Comment

Walking Out on Consideration

I’m an inveterate independent. I enjoy films such as FINDING YOUR FEET or THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL in which the leading lady creates a more fulfilling life for herself. … Continue reading

November 23, 2019 · 1 Comment

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