“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 […]

“Love came down at Christmas, Love all lovely, love Divine.” ~ Christina Rosetti. It really doesn’t matter what side of the world you were born, so long as you were raised in a Christian household, Christmas is special. Even for those who follow different religious beliefs, there is something about Christmas.  There are even some […]

“Science and technology revolutionize our lives, but memory, tradition and myth frame our response.” ~ Arthur M. Schlesinger. I remember one year, I must have been younger than eight, that I was scheduled for one of those school wide physicals – some routine measurements of health and well-being which took place at school rather than […]

“Expecting is the greatest impediment to living. In anticipation of tomorrow, it loses today.” ~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca. There was a very strict rule in our household growing up, regarding gifts (Christmas and Birthday). They were never to be opened before the day. I practiced the same thing as a parent, teaching my kids the […]

“Diversity and inclusion, which are the real grounds for creativity, must remain at the center of what we do.” ~ Marco Bizzarri. When I was around fifteen, I was a member of our school’s Drama Club.  I loved dressing up and being someone other than me. I heard we were going to put on the […]

“Nature’s beauty is a gift that cultivates appreciation and gratitude.” ~ Louie Schwartzberg. It is sometimes hard, in the rush of routines and deadlines, to pause and pay attention to all the things you should be grateful for.  Thanksgiving Day in the US may gloss over the history of the origin of this country as […]

“The stone that the builders refuse shall be the head corner stone” ~ Robert Nesta Marley quoting Psalms 118. There is something about an unassuming man, a man (or woman) who enters a room without fanfare, without drawing attention to themselves.  Nowadays we do everything for attention, hoping someone is watching and recording so we […]

“I believe success is achieved by ordinary people with extraordinary determination.” ~ Zig Ziglar. When I was a young child in the UK, there was a prime minister called Harold McMillan.  I have no knowledge about him, was too young to know anything about politics. However I had picked up enough from my parents reaction […]