Personal Journeys with Gramma

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

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

My Real Grandma and Sugar Cookies

Grandma stands at the head of the kitchen table. “Go ahead and stir it up. I’ll do the cleaning.” “Oh, Gram.” A pause. I’m old enough to know better, but … Continue reading

May 12, 2018 · 1 Comment

The Yard Sale

I wish the following were fiction. It’s not. It’s an illustration of the kind of greed that pervades our society and the kind of honor that defies it.   She … Continue reading

May 5, 2018 · 4 Comments

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

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