Personal Journeys with Gramma

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

But Wait! There’s More!

Who likes waiting? Some people can summon huge reservoirs of patience for months, even years. “Patience is a virtue,” they remind us, knowing many people couldn’t care less about virtue. … Continue reading

September 16, 2022 · Leave a comment

I’m Okay But You’re SCARY

A popular plot in film, books, and TV involves someone depended on to be trustworthy who is not—a boss, a friend, a spouse. Friendly neighborhoods can secretly be filled with … Continue reading

September 9, 2022 · 1 Comment

Curling Up With a Good Book

In these discouraging, frustrating times, we need to find oases of distraction. A dear friend recently introduced me to the Canadian author Louise Penny and her murder mystery series starring … Continue reading

September 2, 2022 · Leave a comment

Almost Like Being Outdoors

When I was teaching in a huge high school in a suburb of Denver, I had students who had NEVER been to the mountains we could admire in the distance … Continue reading

August 26, 2022 · Leave a comment

Building a Mega-Brain

My pillow must be smart, because when I sleep, all the details I want to remember for the next day seem to empty out my ears. As we suspected, the … Continue reading

August 19, 2022 · Leave a comment

Sucks to be Wrong

We all believe in righteous accountability. We secretly smile when the “idjit” who cut us off in traffic is later pulled over by an officer to receive a ticket. At … Continue reading

August 12, 2022 · Leave a comment

It’s Alive!

Remember when we were little and we loved cartoons in which EVERYTHING talked with personality and moved? There was THE famous mouse, of course, and then a crazy wabbit and … Continue reading

August 5, 2022 · Leave a comment

Drifting Where?

The short story “Kaleidoscope” by Ray Bradbury ends with a mother and child observing what they believe is a shooting star. “Make a wish,” urges the mother, but the streak … Continue reading

July 29, 2022 · Leave a comment

We Are the Spec

Remember the cartoon map of the galaxy that had an arrow pointing at Earth, reading “You are here!”? We laughed, but the point was clear. Now, as we flip through … Continue reading

July 22, 2022 · Leave a comment

Baby-Making Organisms

Certain films make my stomach sink, such as SCHINDLER’S LIST, SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, or even THE PIANO. I don’t usually have that kind of reaction to a book, but THE HANDMAID’S … Continue reading

July 15, 2022 · Leave a comment

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