Author Archives: bethpow06

FMM 11 12 2021 I’m only Human

“Don’t you know yet? It is your light that lights the worlds.” ~ Rumi. I was fortunate to grow up without many fears. My mother was a very matter-of-fact person, so you were expected to face life head on, and deal with whatever came your way.  Moving to rural Jamaica from an English city meant […]

FMM 11 5 2021 Soul Imprints

FMM 11 5 2021 Soul Imprints “Live a life full of humility, gratitude, intellectual curiosity, and never stop learning.” ~  Gza. I never met my mother-in-law. She died in childbirth, tragically, leaving behind a husband and young children.  My father-in-law I first met through letters and photographs, until I finally met him on my first […]

FMM 10 29 2021 Can we Talk?

“Only humility will lead us to unity, and unity will lead to peace.” ~ Mother Theresa. The first time I visited New Jersey was on my way to New York city on a Greyhound bus.  To be honest we were just driving through it, but took an unplanned break in Newark.  My father had decided […]

FMM 10 22 2021 Rivers in the Sky

“The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.” ~ Muriel Rukeyser. The art of science is to be able to make it comprehensible to common man.  I remember learning ‘General Science’ in high school, and learning about the water cycle. To illustrate this concept, we had to draw a body of water, the sun […]

FMM 10 15 2021 The Sound of Silence

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” ~ Anton Chekhov. I don’t remember learning about ‘therapeutic communication’ when I was in nursing school forty years ago.  Of course, some concepts have earned names which change over time, but being taught how to respond to patients, especially […]

FMM 10 8 2021 Me and Mrs. Jones

“Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.” ~ Robert Fulghum. The soundtrack of my teenage years was mostly composed of reggae (along with its forbears the ska and rocksteady), with a layer of ‘soul’ music flowing through.  It took a while for original Jamaican music to be […]

FMM 10 1 2021Cloud Mandalas

“Above the cloud with its shadow is the star with its light. Above all things reverence thyself.” ~ Pythagoras. I believe I have always had a fascination with nature.  As I got ready to leave Jamaica after high school to go to nursing school in the UK, I made sure to take plenty of photographs.  […]

FMM 9 24 2021 Fish Tea

“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul – and sings the tunes without the words – and never stops at all.” ~ Emily Dickinson. I realized some time ago, that the secret to living in a land not of your birth, is to be able to eat the food.  One way […]

FMM 9 17 2021 Changes in Attitude

“Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather he must recognize that it is he who is asked.” ~ Viktor E. Frankl. When I was young, I hated being called the ‘baby’ of the family.  I was the youngest, big distinction.  I did not like to be picked up […]

FMM 9 10 2021 Tethering

“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 […]