Personal Journeys with Gramma

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

Who’s Intellectually Disabled?

As my husband and I began watching the 2023 film CHAMPIONS on Amazon Prime, I thought to myself that I’d seen the story before—more than once. A loser team meets … Continue reading

September 22, 2023 · Leave a comment

Changing, Evolving, Entering a New Phase

As my husband and I watched Episode 2 “Great Transformations” of the EVOLUTION series on PBS, we were challenged to do more than simply watch. The program featured adaptations animals … Continue reading

September 15, 2023 · 1 Comment

If You Can Be Anything, Be Kind

When you see a bumper sticker or internet post about kindness, do you automatically think too liberal, too cheesy, or too passé—a childlike device for simplistic minds? Do you feel … Continue reading

September 1, 2023 · Leave a comment

A Place for Us?

Is there a place you’ve been that felt (or feels) safe to you? A place where you can be yourself without wondering how you’ll be received? A place where you … Continue reading

August 24, 2023 · Leave a comment

Being a Shadow of the Past

The film THE TENDER BAR represents the autobiography of successful writer J.R. Moehringer, a guy whose upbringing didn’t seem promising. His father, largely absent from his life except as a … Continue reading

August 18, 2023 · Leave a comment

Do Art for Yourself First

Anyone who works or dabbles in the arts—especially those arts that are meant to serve society such as culinary arts, literature, film, or design—has experienced moments when the pressure to … Continue reading

August 11, 2023 · Leave a comment

Survival of Our Species?

In Season Two of GOOD OMENS on Amazon Prime, an angel and a demon—the main characters who are fast friends, must react creatively to the dilemma of Job. Job’s children … Continue reading

August 4, 2023 · Leave a comment

Touching Hot Burners

“What if I touch this glowing stove burner?” When we were little, our curiosity could lure us into trouble. Of course, poorly considered decisions didn’t always stop as we aged: … Continue reading

July 28, 2023 · 1 Comment

Some Like It Cooler

Not so many years ago (and still today), the poorest American homes had no heat. In fact, my family took the idea of centralized heating for granted, and we wrinkled … Continue reading

July 21, 2023 · Leave a comment

Regular People

The lengths to which celebrities often go to appear as though they’re naturally built like statuary—because that’s what’s expected—are impressive. I appreciate seeing a great body and seductive face with … Continue reading

July 14, 2023 · Leave a comment

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