Personal Journeys with Gramma

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

What’s Next?

What if humanity were destroyed by aliens and you and your significant other missed the warnings because you had your cell phones and laptops off? Such is the premise of … Continue reading

July 16, 2021 · Leave a comment

We Are All Kindred

Considering all the intellectual and physical accomplishments women—both white and nonwhite—have made over the millennia, how have we been able to tolerate being secondary to men on so many social … Continue reading

July 2, 2021 · Leave a comment

The Throw-Away People

Now and then I encounter a book or film that lends new experience. Sometimes, my heart is torn. Sometimes I glimpse a moment in history that had previously been only … Continue reading

April 30, 2021 · 1 Comment

A Novel for Intellectual Orphans

Just before COVID-19 hit the U.S. hard, I wrote/published a novel for intellectual orphans like me—the people who went to work one day and discovered some of their warm-hearted friends … Continue reading

April 23, 2021 · 3 Comments

What Makes a Better Man?

We don’t often have occasion to see what personal integrity and character look like when the rest of the personality is stripped away.  Last night (ironically during the last portion … Continue reading

October 2, 2020 · Leave a comment

When You Turn On the Lights…

Usually when a film talks about what lies beneath, the thing below is demonic, a vampire mutant, or commandos waiting for the signal to destroy.  I wasn’t sure what to … Continue reading

August 15, 2020 · 1 Comment

Laughing When Nothing Seems Funny

One way to stay sane in an insane world is to laugh.  Laughter eases tensions and gives us better wrinkles.  However, with the dire specters of death and domination looming … Continue reading

July 31, 2020 · Leave a comment

They Called Her Toni

The tour de force that was Toni Morrison offers many bits of wisdom to those who watch her film biography TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM and sigh over her … Continue reading

June 27, 2020 · 1 Comment

The Fellowship of the Survivors

The incredible waste of war and the astounding resilience of the human spirit are two sub-themes in the film TOLKIEN about J.R.R. Tolkien, author of THE HOBBIT and the LORD … Continue reading

June 20, 2020 · 2 Comments

Writing through the Storm

Those of you who are empathetic understand completely when I say recent years have felt like we were catapulted into an alternative universe—not merely because of dramatic changes in policy, … Continue reading

April 4, 2020 · 1 Comment

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