Author Archives: bethpow06

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 […]

FMM 1 3 20 Respect and Reciprocity

“Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace.” ~ Albert Schweitzer. For my mother, sending cards at Christmas was a serious affair.  With her organizational and secretarial skills, the task received the best of her talents.  Each year her list would be carefully reviewed.  Who […]

FMM 12 27 19 Home Stretch

“You can be still and still moving. Content even in your discontent.” ~ Ram Dass. There was a time when I would unwind after a hectic night shift by sitting at my dining table reading the Miami Herald, cup of coffee at my side, kids on or off my lap.  Sundays were particularly special – […]

FMM 12 20 19 Stop the Buck!

“Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson.  My father-in-law used to say: “Every liar is a thief and every thief is a liar.” And he mistrusted both.  He could well have been the originator of the Maya Angelou quote: “When someone shows you who they are, […]

FMM 12 13 19 Gobsmacked

“He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good.” ~ Confucius. One of the things about growing up a Preacher’s Kid (PK as they say in the US) is that you are always having to watch what you say.  Not just what you say, but how you say it.  In […]

FMM 12 6 19 Reggaefication

“Where destruction is the motive, unity is dangerous.” ~ Ravi Zacharias.  I may be prejudiced, but there is something special about Jamaica the country and Jamaica the people.  When my mother was in the last decade of her life, after she had lost her life partner (married for 66 years, engaged for 3 years before […]