Author Archives: bethpow06

FMM 7 19 19 Mythomania

“The least of things with a meaning is worth more in life than the greatest of things without it.” ~ Carl Jung. My first introduction to the panoply of Greek gods and goddesses was in first form (sixth grade) in my Jamaican high school.  We were decked out in our shiny new uniforms, proud of […]

FMM 7 12 19 Taken for Granted

“Nature’s beauty is a gift that cultivates appreciation and gratitude.” ~ Louie Schwartzberg.  I am neither a sun-worshiper nor a frequent beach-goer.  As a child I have two sets of memories of going to the beach.  In my early years in the UK, beach meant a cold and usually rainy campsite within walking distance of […]

FMM 7 5 19 Low Expectations

“A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms.” ~ Anonymous.  I was never fond of competitive games as a child.  Maybe it was because I was the youngest.  I was not as smart, as quick, as experienced as my older siblings, and my feelings would get hurt […]

FMM 6 28 19 Clashing Symbols

“Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.” ~ Langston Hughes.  I was born in a part of the world that was always famous for its rain.  Manchester, in the north west of England was so wet and dreary that […]

FMM 6 21 19 I’ve looked at Clouds

“The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival.” ~ Aristotle. When I think about it, I had the childhood that an anthropologist would have paid money for. Being plunged into the Jamaican countryside was an immersion experience for this eight-year-old English girl.  In typical Jamaican […]

FMM 6 14 19 Sing out Loud!

“As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest.” ~ Nelson Mandela. There is nothing like waking up before dawn in the cool hills of Jamaica; there is peace and quiet before the roosters start to crow, and the dogs start their chorus.  Once the daylight […]

FMM 6 7 19 An Inconvenient Life

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” ~ George Bernard Shaw. Childhood memories are often unreliable.  They say that the only true memory is the first time we remember something.  After that, each time we recall, we are remembering the memory – like making a copy of a copy of a copy.  […]