Personal Journeys with Gramma

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

The Residue of Love

Mother’s Day is over. The kids and grandkids have gone home. My house is silent—but not empty. It’s filled with a contented sigh. I love the aftermath. Having friends or … Continue reading

May 18, 2019 · 2 Comments

Pull The Bonds Tighter Between Us: Community in Cold Times

When we have community, we live longer, healthier lives. The research is undeniable. A recent webinar titled THE BROKEN BRAIN reminded us that isolation is a toxin that makes us … Continue reading

January 27, 2018 · 3 Comments

The Balm of Love on the Wounds of Death

This month death gut-punched our family—the kind of blow that leaves you bent over and gasping with shock and pain.  Our son-in-law was only 44 years old, the father of … Continue reading

March 13, 2016 · 3 Comments

Friends, Acquaintances, and People Photo-bombing Your Life

You stand as the lead character in the spotlight of your life, feeling vulnerable, empowered, and excited—and bam!  Someone else’s head pops up in front of you.  Hey!  This is … Continue reading

January 23, 2016 · 5 Comments

Do You Feel What I Feel?

We’re right smack in the midst of holidays that were meant to bring joy and peace, so how is that working for you? If you’re experiencing love and togetherness with … Continue reading

December 27, 2015 · 3 Comments

Don’t Dump Hot Gravy on Aunt Hattie!

Most of us dream of having a wonderful extended family that sparkles with love, good humor, and mutual support.  But families can become less than ideal–sodden with jealousy, resentment, and … Continue reading

November 29, 2015 · 1 Comment

Who Are You, Really?

What if you discovered that your ideas about who you are weren’t exactly accurate?  Some have that experience when they are told, late in life, that they were adopted or … Continue reading

July 25, 2015 · 1 Comment

Father’s Day Memories

My dad came first in our family.  In those days, the men always came first–at least at the table if not everywhere.  He was a modest man, having been told … Continue reading

June 20, 2015 · 2 Comments

From Author Chelo Diaz-Ludden: “Sisters”

“A sister is both your mirror – and your opposite.” ~Elizabeth Fishel Sisters My sisters and I all look alike.  We also sound alike.  Strangers or people who don’t know … Continue reading

June 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

From Author Tom Puetz: “My Mom, my Dad and Me”

It was deep in the winter of 1995. Mom was at the end of a long illness. She was dying. We called for the parish priest. He came and administered … Continue reading

May 31, 2015 · 2 Comments
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