“Without music, life would be a mistake” ― Friedrich Nietzsche. Fridays used to be mental arithmetic day when I was in primary (elementary) school in Jamaica.  It was a special day anyway, a good half of the students had to stay home to help with the chores, so there was space to spread out on the […]

“Reading is an exercise in empathy; an exercise in walking in someone else’s shoes for a while.” ~ Malorie Blackman. I was not a girlie girl when I was young.  I am constantly flummoxed by the way little girls nowadays are in such a rush to grow up.  I remember being quite annoyed at receiving […]

“It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have”. ~ James A. Baldwin. I know most people love to say that preachers’ and teachers’ kids are the worst.  In Jamaica we would say ‘parson pickni a di baddiss!’  But the reality of growing up in […]

“He that is down need fear no fall; he that is low,  no pride.”~ John Bunyan. I can think of a number of times in my life when I have stood on my high horse, determined to make a stand about something, only to have it backfire in some way.  Or times when I have […]

“Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.”~ Langston Hughes. There are a few songs from my childhood memories that feature birds.  In wintertime in England we worried about poor robin-redbreast, who had to keep himself warm, by hiding his head under his wing (poor thing).  We […]

“In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”~ Unknown. One of the challenges of becoming a nurse is learning the language.  First there is the medical terminology – many words are derived from Latin, so if you know any French or Spanish that may be a little helpful. But […]

“The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection.”~ George Orwell. The first time I visited Jamaica after an absence of over 14 years, I fell in love all over again.  It was not difficult.  For a start I was staying up in the verdant hills of St. Andrew, looking up at the […]