Author Archives: bethpow06

FMM 2 21 2020 Who’s job is it anyway?

“In a gentle way you can shake the world.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi. My sister went to nursing school about eight years before I did, in the days when nurses wore big dresses with huge wrap-around starched aprons.  By the time I enrolled in the traditional, hospital based program they had modernized the uniform to a […]

FMM 2 14 20 Sing me a Song

“My music had roots which I’d dug up from my own childhood, musical roots buried in the darkest soil.” ~ Ray Charles. The road trips of my early childhood included many a song.  My family had a repertoire of songs which distracted and entertained on the long journey which would take us from the city […]

FMM 2 7 2020 An Age-old dilemma

“None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.” ~ Henry David Thoreau.  My father Pearce was a picky eater.  I don’t know when it began, but definitely by the time I was a teen I was aware of it.  In restaurants he would stick to what he knew.  The most adventurous he would […]

FMM 1 31 2020 Color your Perspective

“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” ~ Elie Wiesel. This is my story, condensed, abridged, minimized, retold.  Picture an almost eight-year-old white girl (blonde hair, blue eyes) transplanted from grey rainy Manchester along with her entire family and […]

FMM 1 24 20 Shift to Self

“The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness.” ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn.  I have a very clear memory from my childhood of an episode of pain.  I had a severe ache in my leg, in the shin area, which earned me confinement to bed, and the tender ministrations […]

FMM 1 17 20 Down to Zero

“I’m like a recovering perfectionist. For me it’s one day at a time.” ~ Brene Brown. When one of my kids was in kindergarten or first grade, he got super frustrated doing his homework.  It appeared to be something simple – he was to draw a picture of a dinosaur.  But he was in tears, […]

FMM 1 10 20 Traveling Mercies

“A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” ~ Lao Tzu.  My first time in Key West, over 40 years ago, was a trip of revelation.  I was already having a hard time adjusting to the America of Miami: large cars, huge straight roads, flashing neon lights advertising establishments big […]