Personal Journeys with Gramma

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

The Case of the Killer Sneakers

They looked innocent—black with lime-green laces and trim that extended around the shoe like a platform for a fast take-off. They were technically running shoes, but I’m old enough to … Continue reading

April 22, 2022 · 2 Comments

Anti-Worry

What happens when you feel ground down, stuffed beyond full of worry? Your hope deflates. Your joy dims. Of course, that’s what Putin is hoping will finally defeat the Ukrainians. … Continue reading

April 14, 2022 · Leave a comment

…The More They Stay the Same

According to the recent PBS biography Benjamin Franklin created by Ken Burns, Franklin’s funeral procession included leaders from several religious and philosophical traditions, walking arm-in-arm. The fact that a celebrated … Continue reading

April 8, 2022 · Leave a comment

It’s a Small World

At first I was surprised that the film NEWS OF THE WORLD was a western with Tom Hanks and Helena Zengel, a talented young actor I hadn’t seen before. The … Continue reading

April 1, 2022 · 2 Comments

Walking His Truth

Imagine you were born with red hair—natural, carrot-colored red. You live in a town in which certain opinion leaders teach that red hair is a sign of the devil. They’ve … Continue reading

March 25, 2022 · Leave a comment

Everyone’s Irish?

Each year as people gather to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, we’re suddenly all Irish. Apparently the phenomenon isn’t unique to the U.S. A line from an Irish song encouraging musicians … Continue reading

March 18, 2022 · Leave a comment

Too Much Help?

“She’s got more than me!” Are there siblings anywhere who’ve never heard that phrase? “…All men are created equal” is interpreted by some to mean everybody who’s the same should … Continue reading

March 11, 2022 · Leave a comment

Weep for the Mothers

When he was born, you thought he was the most beautiful being on Earth, and as he grew, your heart only grew fonder. Sure, he teased his little brother and … Continue reading

March 4, 2022 · 1 Comment

Who Deserves Independence?

The Emmy-Award winning HBO mini-series JOHN ADAMS is impressive in its own right with the talents of Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney in the lead roles. The series was based … Continue reading

February 25, 2022 · Leave a comment

Envy and Joy

Envy is an engine of American life. Our TV commercials remind us repeatedly of what some people have and we don’t—such as the newest cars, electronics, or cosmetics to make … Continue reading

February 18, 2022 · Leave a comment

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