Personal Journeys with Gramma

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

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

Walking Out on Consideration

I’m an inveterate independent. I enjoy films such as FINDING YOUR FEET or THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL in which the leading lady creates a more fulfilling life for herself. … Continue reading

November 23, 2019 · 1 Comment

She Did What She Could

What could I do? Most of us ask that question when we see wrongs being done to people around us. We want to make a difference, but we suspect we … Continue reading

August 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

Living Lives in a Game of Life

Did you ever watch something absurd and suddenly have a flash of a serious thought? The remake of Jumanji titled Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle caught me unaware. The first … Continue reading

July 20, 2019 · 1 Comment

Stuck in the Shallows

What would you give to be famous? Your family? Your friends? Your sense of self? When A STAR IS BORN was first written in the materialistic 1930s, the lure of … Continue reading

July 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Don’t Ask–BECOME!

Recently, a friend told me I’m lucky my husband allows me to be myself. Allows? He loved and married me as myself. And no one asked him if I could continue … Continue reading

June 29, 2019 · 2 Comments

On Reading for Entertainment and Brainpower

As I was pushing myself through THE BLIND ASSASSIN by Margaret Atwood, I asked myself why I’d waited so long to read a really well written book. I began to … Continue reading

March 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

Native Americans at the Table

When someone says Native American, what do you envision? Now that we have Native American representatives poised to be seated in Congress, it’s time to look at the cultures of … Continue reading

November 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

Killing Hostiles

The biggest lie in the old western movies was there are good guys and bad guys. Of course, westerns weren’t and aren’t the only institutions to pretend someone can be … Continue reading

October 27, 2018 · 2 Comments

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