Personal Journeys with Gramma

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

Hang on to Your Hope

When I was a child, my older sister asked me if I’d like to play “52 Pickup” with her. I was delighted to have a chance to be included, since … Continue reading

November 3, 2018 · 2 Comments

Paddling Toward a Fresh Route—the Light You Cannot See

Aren’t you astounded by the impact of a single glimmer of hope in what seems like hopeless darkness? What if the glimmer doesn’t show? Can you still believe it’s there? … Continue reading

December 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Gratitude of the Heart

Okay, so we’re concentrating on being thankful…but where do we begin? Setting aside the history and mythology of the holiday, if we focus on gratitude, we need a starting point. … Continue reading

November 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Blood from a Turnip—Collecting Funds from the Don’t-Have-Much Folk

“If you could sign up for a monthly donation…” I haven’t bothered adding up the amount of money I would need to agree to all the pleas for funds I … Continue reading

June 24, 2017 · 2 Comments

The Courage to Write Your Truth

I think of myself as a writer—not with conviction and joy, but reluctantly, as one accepts a difficult assignment from which she knows she will walk away bruised and maybe … Continue reading

June 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

2017: Something Completely Different

The year we knew is ending, and darkness swirls around us. We can’t guess what will come next—especially in 2017 when change is the only sure bet. We peer into … Continue reading

December 31, 2016 · 5 Comments

Soothing the Savage Beast (Me) with Music

What do you do when you feel ragged and the source of your depressed frustration is something over which you have no real control? Yup, I caught election blues. Actually, … Continue reading

November 5, 2016 · 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

Starting Fresh!

Except for the allergies (“Out, out dammed snot!”—my apologies to Shakespeare), we’re glad to see spring.  We think of spring as a time of rebirth, renewal, and fresh starts.  What … Continue reading

April 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

“You can do it!”

Have you ever felt starved for encouragement–hungry for even a solitary kind word to gnaw on?  How important is encouragement? Recently, I watched the documentary CASTING BY (by Tom Donahue), … Continue reading

March 15, 2015 · Leave a comment
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