Personal Journeys with Gramma

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

Breaking Out of a Sexual Prison

Have you ever been abruptly awakened from a deep sleep—except your body didn’t wake up? You were consciousness within a shell you didn’t command. I felt that experience only once. … Continue reading

October 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

What is it like to write a second novel? What is it like to write novels at all?

My second novel is venturing into the world. I can’t say I’m surprised to be in this spot, because I’ve held being a professional novelist as a goal since I … Continue reading

October 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Line Between Humans and Less-Thans

Thumbs? Religion? Poetry? What is it that makes us human? “What a piece of work is a man! how noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form, in moving, … Continue reading

September 23, 2017 · 1 Comment

Running Away or Peeking into a Fresh Perspective?

Yes, there are days when I simply want to run away to… someplace where people are empathetic and loving to one another and the air is clean and all the … Continue reading

August 19, 2017 · 1 Comment

The Courage to Write Your Truth

I think of myself as a writer—not with conviction and joy, but reluctantly, as one accepts a difficult assignment from which she knows she will walk away bruised and maybe … Continue reading

June 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

More Dopey Women? Not.

Recently my husband and I watched the film WHISKEY, TANGO, FOXTROT on DVD. We weren’t expecting much. The trailers had led us to anticipate a slapstick comedy about women gone … Continue reading

January 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Clueless? Misrepresenting the Realities of Others

Film characters often match age-old stereotypes without revealing the complex, diverse nature of human personality. Attempts to remedy that oversight may miss their mark—especially if the screenwriters are writing about … Continue reading

October 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Listening for a Mature Voice or How to Laugh When You Aren’t Drunk

Robert De Niro is a spokesperson for women?  I don’t know how he feels in real life, but in the film The Intern (written and directed by a woman), he’s … Continue reading

August 20, 2016 · 1 Comment

Ego as Monster or Wayne Dyer is onto Something

Last weekend, my husband and I made an unexpected trip to Santa Fe.  I love Santa Fe—especially the old town–because it feels like spending time in a fantasy.  Everything is … Continue reading

September 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

What Do I See Clearly After Reading the Book?

I used to hold an impression of Dr. Wayne Dyer as a hopeless egomaniac who was tireless in his self-promotion.  As I finished reading I Can See Clearly Now, his … Continue reading

September 12, 2015 · 3 Comments
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