“Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.” ~ Mother Teresa. Today is the 101st anniversary of my father’s birth. My mother very cleverly gave birth to their first child on his birthday the year after they got married.  I’m sure he loved sharing his birthday with […]

“Faith minus vulnerability and mystery equals extremism. If you’ve got all the answers, then don’t call what you do ‘faith.’ “~ Brene Brown. You never know what will trigger a memory.  I was sat in traffic the other day, and saw a small poster advertising a Bible bookstore.  When I was a teenager, my Saturday […]

 “I attribute my success to this—I never gave or took any excuse” ~ Florence Nightingale. I have to confess that it took me a while to learn to respect Florence Nightingale.  I had read the story of the ‘Lady with the lamp’, so I knew something about her, growing up.  In nursing school, they didn’t […]

“Honor thy error as a hidden intention” ~ Brian Eno. It is almost twenty years since the day we saw the twin towers collapse. It was one of those events that most people can honestly say, I remember where I was and what I was doing that day.  Of course, for some the memories are […]

“Art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos.” ~ Stephen Sondheim. My grandfather (whom I never met since he died some years before I was born) was a truck driver.  He left school at the age of twelve, and his first job was to stand outside a grocery store (where there […]

“Stories teach us empathy. They reveal to us ourselves in the skins of others.” ~ Justin Simien. Last week, in the middle of a Zumba session, the music changed from a Latin focus to good old-fashioned rock and roll.  Soon we were rocking around the clock and twisting the night away.  I remembered that before […]

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” ~ Khalil Gibran. I was not gifted with much athletic talent.  I had heart, I had determination, I had team spirit, but I did not shine or excel in a way that made me a star in sports.  My […]

“You’re only as young as the last time you changed your mind.” ~ Timothy Leary. My life changed drastically when I was less than eight years old.  Not in a bad way, it wasn’t that I had to face tragic loss, or come to terms with a drastic reduction in circumstances.  I recognize even as […]

“Nobody gets justice. People only get good luck or bad luck.” ~  Orson Welles. Mother-daughter relationships are tricky.  I am not one of those who can say my mother was my best friend.  Perhaps it’s a generational thing, but it never occurred to me to ‘tell my mother everything’.  As a matter of fact, I […]

“You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.” ~ Desmond Tutu. I don’t know when I first realized that I was good at Math, or at least found the manipulation of numbers to be fun.  I remember being given a book of math puzzles, I think they […]