Personal Journeys with Gramma

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

“You’re Gonna Die, Just Like Everybody Else.” (MOONSTRUCK)

Did you ever have a science fiction movie moment—you know, a time when you were cruising through life, not paying much attention, and then POW! the givens were out? Not … Continue reading

January 13, 2023 · Leave a comment

Realizing Life

The best part about being sick is that day when you can finally breathe without coughing, eat without vomiting, and think without feeling like you have an ocean liner run … Continue reading

January 6, 2023 · 1 Comment

Connected by Phone: Auld Lang Syne

Holidays celebrate connection, friendship, and the beauty of community. When we receive notes or calls from true friends we haven’t seen in years, they feel suddenly closer. The years collapse. … Continue reading

December 30, 2022 · 1 Comment

Maybe We’re Better?

People wax nostalgic when they talk about “the old days” as they remember warm, family celebrations—if such was their good fortune. They rush around or spend hours online purchasing decorations … Continue reading

December 23, 2022 · Leave a comment

A No-Family, Not-Even-Christmas Dinner

How fondly I remember chaotic holidays in the past when we had to add a card table to our dining room table to have enough spaces for everyone. We had … Continue reading

December 16, 2022 · 1 Comment

Smoke Gets in Your…Everything

When I was a child, the most terrifying horror movie I ever saw was THE ROBE, starring Charleton Heston. For years I suffered from nightmares of murderous swirls of smoke … Continue reading

May 13, 2022 · 1 Comment

Loss of Sensation

I’m hugging what feels like a warm cadaver arm to my chest and it’s creeping me out. Everyone has experienced losing feeling in some body part before, even if it … Continue reading

April 29, 2022 · Leave a comment

The Case of the Killer Sneakers

They looked innocent—black with lime-green laces and trim that extended around the shoe like a platform for a fast take-off. They were technically running shoes, but I’m old enough to … Continue reading

April 22, 2022 · 2 Comments

The Greatest Love…

Love is a favorite topic year-round, but around Valentine’s Day, it becomes a product signified by hearts and flowers and chocolate and lots of red and more hearts in every … Continue reading

February 11, 2022 · Leave a comment

Eating Friends

Once upon a time, my all-time favorite foods in really good restaurants included flaky dinner croissants and filet mignon stuffed with blue cheese, rack of lamb, huevos rancheros with blue … Continue reading

January 7, 2022 · Leave a comment

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