Personal Journeys with Gramma

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

On Reading for Entertainment and Brainpower

As I was pushing myself through THE BLIND ASSASSIN by Margaret Atwood, I asked myself why I’d waited so long to read a really well written book. I began to … Continue reading

March 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

Native Americans at the Table

When someone says Native American, what do you envision? Now that we have Native American representatives poised to be seated in Congress, it’s time to look at the cultures of … Continue reading

November 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

Killing Hostiles

The biggest lie in the old western movies was there are good guys and bad guys. Of course, westerns weren’t and aren’t the only institutions to pretend someone can be … Continue reading

October 27, 2018 · 2 Comments

What Will Your Legacy Look Like?

When we speak of legacies, we think of trust funds passed to descendants—or, at least, the handing down of Great Aunt Hattie’s antique vases. But all that we do or … Continue reading

October 20, 2018 · 1 Comment

Creatures All

When Guillermo del Toro called his award-winning film THE SHAPE OF WATER a “fairy tale for troubled times,” I was expecting something entirely sweet. I don’t know why. When I … Continue reading

September 22, 2018 · 2 Comments

Breaking Out of the Prison You Made

Recall one of your dark days—you know the ones—when you feel like you’re not enough and the discomforts/mistakes/disappointments that surround you are what you deserve. You struggle to do more, … Continue reading

August 4, 2018 · 2 Comments

What, Then, Is a Lie?

Last night I slipped the 2016 film DENIAL into my DVR and was immediately mesmerized by the perpetual struggle of truth against lies. I had ordered the DVD from Netflix … Continue reading

July 21, 2018 · 2 Comments

Secrets on the Clothesline (a story)

Love is the magic balm. Children are the purveyors of love, treating our worst injuries with sloppy kisses.   She stood at the clothesline, her broad hips echoing the shapes … Continue reading

June 2, 2018 · 1 Comment

Love Nicely Aged

Some 27 years ago, I wrote this little sketch of an old couple in their first RV. We don’t have an RV, but the banter isn’t entirely unfamiliar to my … Continue reading

May 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

Too Long at the Fair (a short story)

What happens when a woman who has used her looks to navigate the world without ever finding herself grows older?  Maggie smiled over the scrambled eggs, hoping her mascara hadn’t … Continue reading

May 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

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