“The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together” ~ William Shakespeare. I probably missed my first opportunity to star in a play by being born five days too late.  Growing up in the church there are at least two big plays (which may be musicals) per year, one at […]

“When fear rushed in, I learned how to hear my heart racing but refused to allow my feelings to sway me. That resilience came from my family. It flowed through our bloodline.” ~ Coretta Scott King. I have been blessed to have had many strong women in my life who showed me a template of […]

“We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike.” ~ Maya Angelou. Growing up a white kid in the heart of Jamaica provided me with the most mind-expanding education you can be privileged to have.  I was young enough when I moved there not to have many pre-conceptions, and since I was welcomed into […]

“Trust yourself, you know more than you think you do.” ~ Benjamin Spock. One of my enduring memories is of a dream I had as a child. We were driving through the night to get to our summer vacation home. That sounds a lot more glamorous than it was. As poor church mice, we had […]

“All credibility, all good conscience, all evidence of truth come only from the senses.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche. My parents struggled financially, most of their married lives.  They probably had more disposable income after they retired, than during their working lives.  Of course, being a minister of the church was not a well reimbursed career, but […]

“Sustainability is no longer about doing less harm. It’s about doing more good.” ~ Jochen Zeitz. I was a girl scout for a few years, as a child. I don’t recall us doing too many adventures; we were mostly confined to the spacious campus of our high school.  I remember learning useful skills like (pause, […]

“We can’t be useful to ourselves unless we’re useful to others.”~Dalai Lama. When I stepped into my bathroom the other morning, I had a memory of early mornings in the hills of Jamaica.  A cool breeze would steal in through the open window, warning you of how cold the unheated water might be.  Outside the […]

‘Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy and serenity.’ ~  Thich Nhat Hanh. The first time I went to Key West, it still had the sleepy quality of a fishing village.  I was immediately in love.  Four years before I had been living in Jamaica, and Key West […]

“Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.” ~ Khalil Gibran. I can clearly remember the first time I wore pants – as in long pants, not jeans.  I was young (less than eight, as it was when I was still living in the UK).  In my memory the pants were plaid, but I […]

“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.” ~ Carl Jung. Childhood is a time of puzzling mysteries.  We try to make sense of our world, and of the complexities of human beings, of why things are, things that grown-ups seem to […]