Category comfort

FMM 3 13 20 Virus Ignoramus

“Vows made in storms are forgotten in calm.” ~ Thomas Fuller.  I have one very clear memory of nursing during the early days of the AIDS epidemic.  A young man had developed a collapsed lung, which required the insertion of a tube into his chest wall to suck the air out of the pleural space […]

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 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 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 5 24 19 Brass Bands and Parenting

O Joy that seekest me through pain, I cannot close my heart to thee; I trace the rainbow through the rain, And feel the promise is not vain, That morn shall tearless be. ~George Matheson. I am not sure why I love the sound of a good brass band.  They are a particularly English phenomenon, […]

FMM 3 8 19 Envisioning

“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.” ~ Jonathan Swift. Three is a magical number.  Don’t ask me why.  We all know that things happen in threes: deaths, births, weddings.  In art we have triptychs – a set of three paintings created to hang together.  In medicine you can have syndromes […]

FMM 1 25 19 Scrambled eggs and handkerchiefs

“You’re imperfect, and you’re wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.” ~ Brene Brown. I have always admired poetry.  If I were a poet I would choose my words with care, then slice and dice and splice lines together so clean and pretty it would take your breath away.  Those words […]

FMM 1 11 19 ‘I have the time’

“For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.” ~ Khalil Gibran. The joy of being a story-teller is that first you must collect the stories.  Which means at the very least having willing ears and an open mind.  Many of us don’t have the patience to hear a […]

FMM 11 16 18 In my right mind

“I follow three rules: Do the right thing, do the best you can, and always show people you care.” ~ Lou Holtz. I have a famous uncle.  Well, he was my father’s uncle, which makes him my great-uncle.  And he was not really famous.  But he used to correspond with the great psychologist, psychiatrist and […]

FMM 11 9 18 Who let the dogs out?

“The only thing I know that truly heals people is unconditional love.” ~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. Until my family moved to Jamaica, we did not have pets.  Although, come to think of it, somehow I ended up being the guardian of a group of water snails. They were entrusted to my care by my teacher, and then, […]