Personal Journeys with Gramma

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

Don’t Love Me Because…

We live in a world of competitions—some healthy, some destructive. These days, especially, we catch ourselves thinking, “friend or foe?” when we meet someone and often when we interact with … Continue reading

October 15, 2021 · Leave a comment

All or Nothing

Wow. Out of the blue, I just had someone accuse me of being a slave to what she believes are my opinions—which to me means she doesn’t understand either slavery … Continue reading

October 6, 2021 · 1 Comment

Connections Heal

Recently, I celebrated a birthday which reminded several people to contact me. In these disjointed times, it’s easy to conclude we are islands, adrift on our tectonic plates in a … Continue reading

October 1, 2021 · 1 Comment

Label Makers

How do you label yourself? Christian? Liberal? Black? White? Spiritual? Other? How do others label you? Labels are handy ways to delineate groups without explanation. They’re also patently inaccurate at … Continue reading

September 24, 2021 · Leave a comment

The Quiet Majesty of Love

Two aspects of the beautiful 2021 British film SUPERNOVA starring Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci touched me. First, the story opens with the two naked men peacefully sleeping together. Like … Continue reading

September 17, 2021 · Leave a comment

Other People

Judging by the rush of citizens from cities to live in suburbs and rural areas, many feel an urge to escape from today’s political upheaval and disease, to cocoon away … Continue reading

September 10, 2021 · Leave a comment

Running Scared is Good?

“Nature’s Fear Factor,” a recent PBS NOVA episode, illustrates the value of fear in maintaining healthy ecological relationships between species. A preserve in Mozambique that was destroyed by civil war … Continue reading

September 3, 2021 · 1 Comment

The Threat of Individualism

“You aren’t a real grandma. You swear and you don’t make cookies.” In the wonderful film MINARI about an immigrant family from South Korea adjusting to life as Arkansas farmers, … Continue reading

August 27, 2021 · 1 Comment

The Butterfly Wings of Conscience

In these troubled, scary times, we look for ways to bring the light. We choose alternatives to plastic and fossil fuels or grass that gulps precious water. We wear masks … Continue reading

August 20, 2021 · Leave a comment

Excuses for Being Crabby

One rule of good parenting (or teaching) is don’t be impossible to please. Take each lesson separately and be openly pleased with progress. For example, your preteen can be messy. … Continue reading

August 13, 2021 · Leave a comment

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