Author Archives: bethpow06

FMM 11 6 2020 Laybys and Overlooks

“The English language has 112 words for deception, according to one count, each with a different shade of meaning: collusion, fakery, malingering, self-deception, confabulation, prevarication, exaggeration, denial.” ~ Robin Marantz Henig. A feature of a road trip along the back roads of the UK is the laybys.  Not as necessary in these modern times, they […]

FMM 10 30 2020 Evocation

“In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” ~ Albert Camus. When I was a child, before the family moved to Jamaica, we would spend each summer by the beach.  Before you picture some idyllic tropical island paradise, hold that thought.  This was in North Wales, we […]

FMM 10 23 2020 Hard Rain

FMM 10 23 2020 Hard Rain “Rain is grace; rain is the sky descending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life.” ~ John Updike. For the past two days it rained solidly as I drove in to work (yes, we are partially working on campus, following guidelines, masks in place).  It was […]

FMM 10 16 2020 Conflated Talents

“Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.” ~ George Edward Woodberry. In the middle of a busy day recently, I took a phone call from a long-time friend.  As has become my very bad habit, I listened with half an ear as I tried to continue reviewing […]

FMM 10 9 2020 Kindness is a boomerang (Recycled)

“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.”~Dalai Lama. I am a nurse first. When I think of the roles I play in life, I know in my heart that my passion is nursing. One of the many wonderful things about being a nurse is that it encompasses many job descriptions. For the past […]

FMM 10 2 2020 The Unmentionables

“There is beauty and humility in imperfection.” ~ Guillermo del Toro. One of the goals of parenthood is that your children ‘have manners’.  Do they behave when in the company of others, remembering to ‘please’, ‘thank you’, and ‘excuse me’ appropriately? There is nothing will let you down in the sight of your friends and […]

FMM 9 25 2020 Work Hygiene

“I would like to be remembered as someone who used whatever talent she had to do her work to the very best of her ability.” ~ Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Sometimes I am the last person to follow my own advice. When I graduated from nursing school many years ago, I was greeted at the end […]

FMM 9 18 2020 To Gather

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” ~ Albert Einstein. My father-in-law was a special man.  He was famous in his district for being a straight shooter, he called things as he saw them.  If you knew you had done something wrong, or foolish, you avoided him, for he didn’t joke to point it out.  He […]

FMM 9 11 2020 5 o’clock Somewhere

“What then is time? If no one asks me, I know what it is. If I wish to explain it to him who asks, I do not know.” ~ Saint Augustine. It was impossible this week not to feel nostalgic and emotional. Yesterday marked 100 years since the birth of my father. It was a […]

FMM 9 4 2020 Pocomaniac

“Like clouds and winds without rain    is the man who brags        about gifts he never gave.” ~ Proverbs 25: 14. I have always been attracted to things that are a little quirky, off center, not the norm.  I blame my father, he was the one who taught me to see life from a slanted perspective, recognizing that […]