Category Food and health

FMM 9 9 2022 Holisticism

“My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.” ~ Desmond Tutu. I greeted my two near death experiences with song.  When I went into labor with my first child, the only way I could handle the pain that I thought was about to kill me, was by singing ‘Nearer […]

FMM 8 5 2022 Poppy Show

“Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.” ~ Langston Hughes. The first time I worked as a professional model, I must have been no more than two years old.  OK, to be honest, I wasn’t paid for my stint.  […]

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 1 28 2022 This I do for Me!

“Guilt can stop us from taking healthy care of ourselves.” ~ Melody Beattie. This week I found myself in a familiar role, one that is not mentioned in my job description, and probably is outside of my scope of practice also.  Nurses have a whole section of state statutes covering our practice (the Nurse Practice […]

FMM 12 10 2021 Need a Push?

“Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.” ~ Stephen Hawking. The world has changed so much in the past 50 years, or at least my experience of it has changed.  Growing up in […]

FMM 12 3 2021 Making the Connection

“Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.” ~ Confucius. Before I knew my best friend very well, when we were both starting out at our new high school up in the hills of Jamaica, she had a very clear view of who she was and what she liked.  She was not […]

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 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 8 13 2021 Our patchwork life

“Art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos.” ~ Stephen Sondheim. My grandfather (whom I never met since he died some years before I was born) was a truck driver.  He left school at the age of twelve, and his first job was to stand outside a grocery store (where there […]

FMM 6 25 2021 That’s Insane!

“Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness.” ~ Allen Ginsberg. When I was growing up in Chapelton, Jamaica, there was a man from the area who was considered mad.  It was fairly obvious, as he could be seen from time to time hitting his head against light poles.  Of course, since we couldn’t understand […]