Personal Journeys with Gramma

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

Government Stalkers

In the seventies, we used to joke that the FBI had files on us all—not merely Muhammed Ali. Why would they bother, we believed then. Today, you can search online … Continue reading

May 19, 2023 · Leave a comment

The Heroes of Living

Many people agonize over their lives, trying to find a pattern that proves they’re making or have made a difference by being alive. If they can’t find one, they may … Continue reading

May 5, 2023 · 1 Comment

Compassion Can Be Uncomfortable

Last week I had occasion to spend quantities of time in the waiting rooms of medical offices. During one such visit, I encountered an elderly lady who felt compelled to … Continue reading

April 21, 2023 · 1 Comment

An Extraordinary Measure of Caring

Most of us demonstrate our concern for less fortunate others with donations, volunteer work, and maybe activism…if we’re truly engaged. But the true story of Kempton Bunton reminds us that … Continue reading

February 17, 2023 · 1 Comment

Taking Advantage

In the late 1950’s into the 1960’s, a TV program eventually called “Who Do You Trust?” was popular. Today, we have no choice but to attempt to answer the question … Continue reading

February 3, 2023 · Leave a comment

Positive from Negative

When I was in high school, I was confused to discover that so many great writers suffered from bad choices of one sort or another—alcohol, drugs, affairs, etc. What was … Continue reading

January 27, 2023 · 3 Comments

Shoved into Another Culture

When we encounter people from a culture unlike our daily lives, we feel uncomfortable. We don’t fit in with them. We don’t know how to act and we blame our … Continue reading

January 20, 2023 · Leave a comment

Sing a Song of Joy into the World

This time of year, holiday shopping catalogues multiply like zucchini in summer. Of course you need this! Who wouldn’t love one of these? Meanwhile, TV ads coax us to indulge … Continue reading

December 9, 2022 · Leave a comment

Beneath the Surface

Long ago, in a world far, far away, I had the responsibility of explaining the gist of a court custody hearing to a child of about six in terms that … Continue reading

December 2, 2022 · Leave a comment

Whatever the Hell You Want

In the midst of entertaining guests and cooking turkey and shopping the Black Friday deals, those who celebrate Thanksgiving try to remember what it was they were thankful for in … Continue reading

November 25, 2022 · Leave a comment

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