Personal Journeys with Gramma

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

Resolving to Face 2018 Together

Resolution:  great determination. What do your “great determinations” for 2018 look like? My resolutions include courage, wisdom, and kindness. I am determined, first, to demonstrate greater courage. Aristotle writes, “Courage … Continue reading

December 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Washing Away the Dust of Emotional Winter

Ka-boom! Thunder grumbles its way down our valley, a muttered answer to the crack of lightning shortly before. The air feels blue—fresh yet charged with possibilities, disguised beneath gray skies … Continue reading

April 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

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

Cheerleading for Personal Growth: No Thanks Required!

Recently, I had the lovely surprise of hearing from students I taught some forty years ago.  Yes, forty.  They were in high school then, filled with humor and love and … Continue reading

March 28, 2015 · 1 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

Looking from the Inside of Your Eyeballs

Did you ever wonder what other people see when they look at you?  The only way you’ve ever seen yourself is in the two-dimensions of a mirror.  Yet everyone around … Continue reading

March 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Can You See I’m Grateful?

The single American holiday dedicated solely to being thankful is over.  For most of us, nothing is left but the turkey no one wanted and maybe a stained tablecloth.  The … Continue reading

December 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Sharp Corners

Our dog died.  Our pipes are leaking.  Mice chewed the windshield washer tubes on my car.  Sam’s Club told us we had a problem with our bank account, but the … Continue reading

October 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Magic of Fireflies–the Shining People in Our Lives

When the summer night is soft and black and a soundtrack of crickets runs in the background, some backyards are blessed with fireflies.  They glimmer like tiny sprites or flashes of … Continue reading

July 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

WELCOME 2014!

No year is ever entirely horrible.  In 2013 some great people were born.  People extended kindnesses to strangers.  Heroes emerged.  My daughter and I found a way to reach out … Continue reading

January 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

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