Personal Journeys with Gramma

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

Losing Everything

Long ago when Hurricane Katrina did the unthinkable by flooding much of New Orleans, I couldn’t imagine the psychological trauma of losing your home, your neighborhood, your town, your nearby … Continue reading

September 18, 2020 · 2 Comments

Erasing the Other

In the 1870’s, a man named Richard Pratt decided to use his Army training and experience (setting up a prison program) to design American schools for indigenous youth who were … Continue reading

September 11, 2020 · 2 Comments

Hugging the Child Within

Biographies of celebrities are often tales of emotional abuse. In school, I despaired that I could never be a famous author because I hadn’t suffered enough. I was only partially … Continue reading

February 22, 2020 · 3 Comments

The Spring of Us

One of the best parts of spring is the message of hope—freedom, resurrection, rebirth. The temperatures rise and dreary brown earth hosts green shoots. Every year I listen with anticipation … Continue reading

April 20, 2019 · 1 Comment

Rubber Ball Spirit: The Ability to Bounce Back

How quickly do you recover your good humor after a shock or depression? The capacity to bounce back is called resilience, and it can mean the difference between a joyful … Continue reading

April 1, 2017 · 1 Comment

Change, Change, Change

The one certainty we have going into a new year is that things will change.  What “things?”  We don’t know.  That’s the mystery.  Some of us have specific goals to … Continue reading

December 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

What I Learned from the People of Belize

In my mind, a vacation that consists of tramping from site to site with a bunch of people just like me isn’t worth the effort and cost of a trip … Continue reading

April 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

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