Je' Czaja aka Granny Savage

Je' is a writer, artist, and stand up philosopher. She founded and directed two non-profit organizations for disadvantaged children and their families, served as a missionary for three years, is the author of several books and teaches art. Twitter: @jeczaja FB: https://www.facebook.com/grannysavage Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00IU4RWKE
Je' Czaja aka Granny Savage has written 802 posts for Welcome Travelers…

You Can’t Kill a Virus

You can’t kill a virus, because it’s not alive. It just floats about as potential until it can hijack the cell of a living thing to make it reproduce more viruses. Some folks tried to kill Covid by drinking bleach, alcohol and other disinfectants on the theory that hey would disinfect their innards. It makes … Continue reading

Stereotypes and Racism

Lots of comedy is based on stereotypes, such as dumb Polacks ( I’m Polish) drunken Irishmen or Italian Mafioso. Stereotypes could be an element of racism, but let’s not dilute the horror of racism, which is the firm conviction that my “race” is superior to all others. This was the Nazi idea, but they didn’t … Continue reading

Who is that Masked Man?

Wearing Masks When Fully Vaccinated? I researched the vaccine thoroughly and finally got the shots. No problems, felt slightly sickish for four hours after the second one. My cab driver lectured me for twenty minutes on the government conspiracy that would now render me-what? Dead? Autistic? Sheepish? Nope, still alive and feisty. But the long-term … Continue reading

Your Last Dog

Dogs live for twelve, maybe fifteen years and become part of our family. There’s always a special one that just crushes us when it dies. My English setter Suzy Q. died when I was twelve and I’m seventy-one now and I still smile when I think of her, running through the golden autumn grass, tongue … Continue reading

The Fishing Hole-Art from Odds and Ends

The Fishing Hole-Miniscape #3 The leaves are made from cat littler, the plants collected beside the road, the hill is styrofoam covered with a plaster-mache mix, the fish are polymer clay from my hot little hands. The water is resin, which always intimidates me because it’s so freaking expensive you will kick yourself (as I … Continue reading

Fatal Attraction

Praying Mantis’ Sexual Cannibalism It might seem like a high price to pay for sex, but about a third of male Praying Mantis are willing to take the chance. Females often eat their lovers at some point in the act of mating and misguided naturalists, who think they need to justify animal behavior on moral … Continue reading

Pretty…Cheap

Pretty…Cheap Grandma used to say, “Use it up, wear it out; make it do or do without.” Sometimes frugality promotes creativity, which is just another way to say necessity is the mother of invention. I remember barbed wire holding a coke bottle on the old farm tractor motor. It wasn’t pretty, but Matka (our tractor’s … Continue reading

Sex and the Senior Citizen

“Oh boy,” I thought, “I’m going to the senior village where I can actually just be friends with men without all those sex games.” Yes, I am naïve. Walking down the corridor, Steve called me over to a bench he was sitting upon. He took my hands in his hands, gazed intently into my eyes … Continue reading

My “Get Out of Loony Bin Free” Artist Card

I was coming back from a nature walk last year, thinking about fractals; the repeating patterns in nature. You know how rivers from space look like tree branches, which look like our neural pathways, which look like our circulatory system. I was thinking that the turtle’s shells had the same pattern as the live oak … Continue reading

The Press is a Lying Drama Queen

Look, they need to get your attention to get readers so they can get money. It’s that simple-and that’s not going to change. The best way to get your attention is to yell, “Fire!” We naturally respond to threats to our health and safety, right? So we tune in and become outraged by exaggerated BS. … Continue reading