Personal Journeys with Gramma

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

“When You’re Down and Troubled…”: The Essential Support of Friends

When I was directing high school plays, certain students would fawn over me for weeks before auditions. Others were nervous, fearing I’d succumb to the ego boost as many do. … Continue reading

October 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Useful or Being Used? How Can You Tell the Difference?

A dear friend who was dying, took my hand. “People told me I used you,” she said tearfully. “I guess they were right. But I didn’t mean to. I love … Continue reading

August 27, 2017 · 1 Comment

Welcome!

All are friends who enter here—the kind who care enough to tell the truth, albeit gently.  “Gramma” is an ideal of unconditional good will, an attempt to be brave, kind, … Continue reading

July 16, 2016 · 7 Comments

Dog Deprivation

If you want to know what being a dog-friend means, ask someone who has lost hers. When you come home, you can expect to be welcomed. You can always find … Continue reading

April 11, 2015 · 1 Comment

Post-War Redemption?

I’ve taught several war vets in my college classes, and they helped me understand a little more about PTSD.  My first exposure was to a man who had served in … Continue reading

February 28, 2015 · 1 Comment

True Love—The Greatest Valentine

The greatest Valentine’s Day gift is pure love itself.  We use love to frame and enrich the blows and joys of living.  Romantic love can mature into a multi-faceted relationship … Continue reading

February 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Weird Friends

“You have really weird friends,” my mother told me when I came home to visit as a young professional.  I took a moment to consider.  “I guess I do,” I … Continue reading

January 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

Love Thy Neighbors as They Love You

Long ago when my husband and I were about to purchase our first house, we worried that we might spend all our money to live beside people who would ultimately … Continue reading

March 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

My Funny Valentine Working Off-Duty: A Story of True Love

I stood behind the single counter in the small trendy shop where I was working to help pay my way through graduate school.  I had to struggle not to giggle … Continue reading

February 9, 2014 · 1 Comment
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