Category Food and health

FMM 8 21 2020 Hear me

“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.” ~ James Baldwin. My mother was a talker.  Later in life we surmised that her childhood may have been difficult, parents who sometimes didn’t speak to each other for months, so perhaps the children developed the […]

FMM 6 5 2020 Two Americas

“You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.” ~ Malcolm X. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” When you want to be a writer, or even an author, you aspire to create a killer first line, an opening sentence […]

FMM 5 15 2020 Surface Tension

“We who engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. My parents were both pacifists.  My father’s brothers were also pacifists and as young men in 1939, at the start of World War II, […]

FMM 5 1 2020 The Evolution will not be Televised

“What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.” ~ C. L. Stuart.  When I was about seventeen, I was itching to learn to drive.  This was in Jamaica, back in the days when stick shifts were standard, automatics were rare.  I was the youngest child, and only one still at […]

FMM 4 3 2020 Challenge!

“Not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat.” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. My father and my father-in-law were two very different men.  My father descended from the mountain people of Wales, my father-in-law from the tribes of Africa.  My father, although the son of a truck-driver was […]

FMM 3 27 2020 No Time for Platitudes

“A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.” ~ Albert Camus. This week I saw a headline that said that New York women were going to have to give birth alone.  It was not as stark as it sounded.  It wasn’t that the poor women were going to have to squat […]

FMM 3 20 2020 These Bipolar Times

“I often think the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh. One of the amazing things about the human body (and there are many) is its ability to develop immunity, over time.  We have these cells who, pacman-like, chomp up invaders and then display pieces of them […]

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 2 28 20 Perfect Balance

“To him who is in fear everything rustles.” ~ Sophocles. I have always been fascinated by my dreams.  I still have a clear memory of a dream I had as a child.  I was in a forest where all of the trees were ghostly white.  There may have been animals like statues, also white. The […]

FMM 2 21 2020 Who’s job is it anyway?

“In a gentle way you can shake the world.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi. My sister went to nursing school about eight years before I did, in the days when nurses wore big dresses with huge wrap-around starched aprons.  By the time I enrolled in the traditional, hospital based program they had modernized the uniform to a […]