“An awareness of one’s mortality can lead you to wake up and live an authentic, meaningful life.” ~ Bernie Siegel. I can’t say that I loved Physics when I was in high school.  I was amused by one of our teachers who demonstrated the movement of molecules and how it changed as they got heated […]

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” ~ George Bernard Shaw. I have some memories from early childhood that I am not sure if they are actual memories.  I once heard that the only true memory is the first time you recall something.  After that, you are […]

“My legacy is that I stayed on course… from the beginning to the end, because I believed in something inside of me.” ~ Tina Turner. I do not bake.  Not that I haven’t tried, I have, but like many perfectionists who are also blessed with impatience, when I did not get the expected results on […]

“All advocacy is, at its core, an exercise in empathy.” ~ Samantha Power. When I was a young working mother of four young children, I did what many other nurses did who had similar responsibilities, I worked nights and weekends.  It didn’t give you much of a social life, but it maximized your earning power […]

“We live in a time when science is validating what humans have known throughout the ages: that compassion is not a luxury; it is a necessity for our well-being, resilience, and survival.” ~ Joan Halifax. Full disclosure: I never learned the trick of being able to handle being teased as a child.  I may have […]

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.” ~ Dalai Lama. As a young child, I was used to family get-togethers surrounded by cousins.  On my father’s side I had nine cousins, and on my mother’s side I had 7, and when you added either of those to the five kids […]

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” ~ John Muir. One of the features of my childhood was cuts and scrapes.  I suppose they are a feature for any child who is allowed to explore and climb, […]

“No problem can be solved from the same consciousness that created it. We must learn to see the world anew.”~ Albert Einstein. I am not sure when it was that I began to acknowledge that I was not happy in my marriage.  When you have four young kids and work full-time as a nurse (mostly […]

“Sad to see the old slave millIs grinding slow, but grinding still” ~ Damian Marley. In the summer of 1966 I visited Savannah, Georgia with my parents and brother.  My older siblings had exams to finish, so they were spared the torture of sightseeing along the eastern coast of the US in the hottest months […]

“We must continue to go forward as one people, as brothers and sisters.” ~ John Lewis. Seeing in the New Year in my childhood meant you went to church.  There were no New Year’s Eve parties, no huge ball dropping in Times Square, no fireworks or worse, gun shots in the night.  There was the […]