Author Archives: bethpow06

FMM 5 20 2022 Follow the Moss

“Sustainability is no longer about doing less harm. It’s about doing more good.” ~ Jochen Zeitz. I was a girl scout for a few years, as a child. I don’t recall us doing too many adventures; we were mostly confined to the spacious campus of our high school.  I remember learning useful skills like (pause, […]

FMM 5 13 2022 Be more, Do more, Want less Revisited

“We can’t be useful to ourselves unless we’re useful to others.”~Dalai Lama. When I stepped into my bathroom the other morning, I had a memory of early mornings in the hills of Jamaica.  A cool breeze would steal in through the open window, warning you of how cold the unheated water might be.  Outside the […]

FMM 5 6 2022 No wrong path

‘Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy and serenity.’ ~  Thich Nhat Hanh. The first time I went to Key West, it still had the sleepy quality of a fishing village.  I was immediately in love.  Four years before I had been living in Jamaica, and Key West […]

FMM 4 29 2022 Fight for the Right

“Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.” ~ Khalil Gibran. I can clearly remember the first time I wore pants – as in long pants, not jeans.  I was young (less than eight, as it was when I was still living in the UK).  In my memory the pants were plaid, but I […]

FMM 4 22 2022 Thank you for Thanking me!

“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.” ~ Carl Jung. Childhood is a time of puzzling mysteries.  We try to make sense of our world, and of the complexities of human beings, of why things are, things that grown-ups seem to […]

FMM 4 15 2022 Beyond Bun and Cheese Revisited

“Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.” ~ Rabindranath Tagore. The traditions of our childhood help to shape the adults we have become. Aside from the food associated with the holidays were the church services, the hymns, the clothes, and all of the trappings of the seasons. Growing […]

FMM 4 8 2022 Sustainable Optimism

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” ~ Pablo Picasso. I am always amazed that my hand cannot produce what my mind sees.  I love to draw, and frequently illustrate my lectures with beautiful sketches of human organs. My audience is not as impressed as I would hope.  […]

FMM 4 1 2022 To Bear Witness

“Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.” ~ Khalil Gibran. I don’t remember the first poem I ever learned although I’m sure it was a ‘nursery rhyme’.  One of my aunts gave me a book of poetry when I was quite young. It was entitled ‘The […]

FMM 3 25 2022 I will remember you

“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.” ~ Maya Angelou. My childhood was filled with all kinds of music, from hymns and gospel music; soundtracks of musicals; calypso and jazz; classical and blues; reggae and rock and roll; it wasn’t until I went […]

FMM 3 11 2022 Existential Advocacy

“Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.” ~ Edgar Allan Poe. I always thought I had a pretty good vocabulary. Until I went back to school in my fifties.  As the youngest of the family, I listened and learned from those older than me.  I had access […]