“Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree.” ~ Ezra Pound. The first time I heard the word ‘paradigm’ used in a sentence, I was mad that I didn’t know what it meant.  The truth is I didn’t much care for the person who said it, and I was mad […]

“Obstacles, of course, are developmentally necessary: they teach kids strategy, patience, critical thinking, resilience and resourcefulness.” ~ Naomi Wolf. One of the challenges for the teacher of any subject, is trying to show how the topic is relevant, necessary, and worth learning.  Most of us went through high school wondering ‘when am I ever going […]

“What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel that they are joined – to strengthen each other – to be at one with each other in silent unspeakable memories.” ~ George Eliot. My four children were born in Miami.  For the first part of their lives, Florida was all they knew. […]

“The business of business is relationships; the business of life is human connection.” ~ Robin S. Sharma. I was already halfway through a nostalgia-filled weekend when I heard the news.  I had been following up on family connections having found a website that gives access to birth, marriage and death certificates, and was tracing long […]

“Life’s all about choices. Everyone’s destination is the same; only the paths are different.” ~ Sushmita Sen. I grew up in Jamaica, though not of Jamaica, the youngest child in a family transplanted from the UK. Outside of the home I was exposed to the reality of life for a country child: it was full […]

“The longer one is alone, the easier it is to hear the song of the earth.” ~ Robert Anton Wilson. Every once in a while I will hear someone singing a song and say “Oh, that’s what that line says?” I’m sure it has happened to you too.  There used to be a segment on […]

“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 […]