“How could you have a soccer team if all were goalkeepers? How would it be an orchestra if all were French horns? “ ~ Desmond Tutu.  On our first trip to Jamaica, we were accompanied by a banjo.  By that I mean that, deep in the hold, along with countless bags, boxes and trunks, there […]

“Be happy in the moment, that’s enough.  Each moment is all we need, not more.” ~ Mother Theresa.  Growing up, we did a lot of walking.  In both England and Jamaica, cars were for long journeys.  We walked to school, walked to the shop, walked to see friends.  One of the pleasures of living in […]

“The human body has limitations. The human spirit is boundless.” ~ Dean Karnazes. When you spend your childhood in the church, there are certain hymns that take you way back.  When you spend your childhood in a Jamaican church, you can add the choruses of the Ira D. Sankey clothback book to that mix.  If, […]

“You’ll never find a better sparring partner than adversity.” ~ Golda Meir. In 1963, the long journey across the Atlantic from the UK to Jamaica began with a long train ride from the north of England all the way down to the south coast.  As the youngest in the family, my responsibilities were few, so […]

“But please don’t cry, dry your eyes, never let up Forgive but don’t forget, girl keep your head up” ~ Tupac Shakur. Around the time that Florence Nightingale was charged with leading a team of 34 nurses to work in a Military hospital in the Crimea, another nurse (or as she was also called, a […]

“They don’t want to see us live together.” ~ Robert Nesta Marley.  My first official job as a registered nurse in this country was at a large private hospital on Miami Beach.  In those days (and perhaps still, for all I know), non-residents had to apply for a police identification when working on the Beach.  […]

“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” ~ Marcus Garvey.  I was a young teenager when Rastafarianism began to come out of the corners and into the light of day.  It was mostly (if I remember correctly) due to Bob Marley, who not only […]