Personal Journeys with Gramma

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

Not Exactly a Writer’s Biography

When I decided to write—not long after I was born—I wanted to take myself out of my mundane existence into adventure. I wasn’t allowed to read anything not in the … Continue reading

November 24, 2023 · Leave a comment

What Lies Beyond?

When you say “after-life,” some people grow nervous and believe they’re beginning to smell sulfur. If that describes you, stop reading now and have a nice day. When I wrote … Continue reading

November 17, 2023 · 2 Comments

Accepting the Help of Buddies

Have you seen the TV PBS series SPY IN THE OCEAN by the BBC? In it, humans have created incredibly believable camera-eye spy robots that look and act like the … Continue reading

November 10, 2023 · Leave a comment

After Near-Death, What Then?

Most of us wonder what’s waiting when we “shuffle off this mortal coil,” as Shakespeare would say. We figure we’ll spend more time dead than we did living, so we … Continue reading

November 2, 2023 · Leave a comment

Pride and Tradition Behind Prejudice

If you’re a White person in the South, how would you feel about being a defendant facing an all-Black jury? Or a Black person facing an all-White jury? Would you … Continue reading

October 27, 2023 · Leave a comment

Searching for New Answers

When the war in Vietnam was first televised, most believed seeing the violence and its aftermath would dissuade us from acting out against one another. Now our entertainment features greater … Continue reading

October 20, 2023 · Leave a comment

Feeling a Hand in Yours

What greater delight than to reach out and feel a hand in yours…or a paw, if that’s the case. In these times in which hate, violence, and distrust are defaults … Continue reading

October 13, 2023 · Leave a comment

Developing the Part You Play

Long ago when I was directing high school plays, I used to tell the actors who made up the background, dancers, or chorus, “You may not be the lead, but … Continue reading

October 6, 2023 · Leave a comment

The Falling Trees Drop Past My Window…

We don’t spend much time contemplating trees until autumn. Then, when the leaves turn color, the roads into the hills crowd with people hoping to ooh and ahh over the … Continue reading

September 29, 2023 · Leave a comment

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

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