Personal Journeys with Gramma

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

The Quiet Majesty of Love

Two aspects of the beautiful 2021 British film SUPERNOVA starring Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci touched me. First, the story opens with the two naked men peacefully sleeping together. Like … Continue reading

September 17, 2021 · Leave a comment

Other People

Judging by the rush of citizens from cities to live in suburbs and rural areas, many feel an urge to escape from today’s political upheaval and disease, to cocoon away … Continue reading

September 10, 2021 · Leave a comment

Running Scared is Good?

“Nature’s Fear Factor,” a recent PBS NOVA episode, illustrates the value of fear in maintaining healthy ecological relationships between species. A preserve in Mozambique that was destroyed by civil war … Continue reading

September 3, 2021 · 1 Comment

The Threat of Individualism

“You aren’t a real grandma. You swear and you don’t make cookies.” In the wonderful film MINARI about an immigrant family from South Korea adjusting to life as Arkansas farmers, … Continue reading

August 27, 2021 · 1 Comment

The Butterfly Wings of Conscience

In these troubled, scary times, we look for ways to bring the light. We choose alternatives to plastic and fossil fuels or grass that gulps precious water. We wear masks … Continue reading

August 20, 2021 · Leave a comment

Excuses for Being Crabby

One rule of good parenting (or teaching) is don’t be impossible to please. Take each lesson separately and be openly pleased with progress. For example, your preteen can be messy. … Continue reading

August 13, 2021 · Leave a comment

Superficially Glad

When I was very young, I was the only one in my family who hadn’t succumbed to the stomach flu. That’s right, the vomiting kind. I was holding my breath … Continue reading

August 6, 2021 · Leave a comment

Happy Endings and So Forth

Happy ending! Roll credits. Fade to black. Americans love a happy ending…or, if they can’t have a triumph, an ending that concludes tragically but nobly: “Under tremendous pressure to deliver, … Continue reading

July 30, 2021 · Leave a comment

Are We the Show?

Do you remember the 1998 film THE TRUMAN SHOW? Truman Burbank grows up in a universe that’s entirely fake. From his birth, he’s unwittingly the star of a TV reality … Continue reading

July 23, 2021 · Leave a comment

What’s Next?

What if humanity were destroyed by aliens and you and your significant other missed the warnings because you had your cell phones and laptops off? Such is the premise of … Continue reading

July 16, 2021 · Leave a comment

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