Personal Journeys with Gramma

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

Self-Destruct!

In the sci-fi parody GALAXY QUEST, Tim Allen and Sigourney Weaver struggle to activate the manual shut-off for self-destruct that aliens have set in motion to blow up their spaceship. … Continue reading

July 18, 2020 · 1 Comment

The Mirror of Solitude

Before the chilling reality of Black Lives Matter made us all stop to face the fractured society we’ve allowed ourselves to be, someone on Facebook asked friends how their lives … Continue reading

June 13, 2020 · 3 Comments

To the Last Page

My dear friend’s mother died this week of COVID-19. She would’ve died sometime, anyway. We all will. But she died now because people in a retirement facility were infected. The … Continue reading

May 30, 2020 · 3 Comments

“It slides off me and sticks on you!”

(This blog applies to all living beings currently on Earth.) Awareness sometimes hurts. Most of us hate to think negative thoughts about things that can end badly—unless we’re directly threatened. … Continue reading

May 23, 2020 · Leave a comment

In Love with Spring

Not merely America, but the world looks fabulous now that we can see it clearly. It isn’t smothered in smog. The rivers and oceans are much cleaner. The skies are … Continue reading

May 2, 2020 · 3 Comments

Working Toward the Happy Ending

Once upon a time, we believed in the essential goodness of people as a whole—or at least I did. Like Anne Frank, we trusted the majority would do what was … Continue reading

April 25, 2020 · 1 Comment

Taking the Test

We haven’t been required to kill a lion with a knife or touch an enemy with a stick—measures of maturity once part of particular traditions. Some of the guys I … Continue reading

April 18, 2020 · Leave a comment

A Good Day In Stay-at-Home Land

A reader told me he thought my book THEY’RE IN YOUR MIND was prophetic. Then I discovered wearing a mask helps during spring allergy season because people grip their children … Continue reading

April 11, 2020 · Leave a comment

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

“Out of the Night That Covers Me/ Black as The Pit from Pole to Pole…”

“Out of the Night That Covers Me/ Black as The Pit from Pole to Pole…” (Invictus by William Ernest Henley) The coronavirus pandemic is raging worldwide, and people are asked … Continue reading

March 28, 2020 · Leave a comment

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