Category Food and health

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 […]

FMM 6 4 2021 Message in the Sky

“Music is the message of peace, and music only brings peace.” ~ Zubin Mehta. I don’t know when I first realized that my father could be many things to many people. On Sundays he was ‘Parson’, solemnly conducting the church service; bellowing out hymns with his strong tenor voice; quietly leading the church in prayer; […]

FMM 4 30 2021 Commodification

“Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams – they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do – they all contain truths.” ~ Muhammad Ali. There is something about rain.  I was born in the north west of England, a city famous for its grey skies and persistent rain.  I have not […]

FMM 3 12 21 Will it go round in Circles?

“The longer one is alone, the easier it is to hear the song of the earth.” ~ Robert Anton Wilson. Every once in a while I will hear someone singing a song and say “Oh, that’s what that line says?” I’m sure it has happened to you too.  There used to be a segment on […]

FMM 2 26 21 Tugging at my Band-width

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” ~ George Bernard Shaw. I have some memories from early childhood that I am not sure if they are actual memories.  I once heard that the only true memory is the first time you recall something.  After that, you are […]

FMM 2 5 21 Sometimes you’re the Bug

“We live in a time when science is validating what humans have known throughout the ages: that compassion is not a luxury; it is a necessity for our well-being, resilience, and survival.” ~ Joan Halifax. Full disclosure: I never learned the trick of being able to handle being teased as a child.  I may have […]

FMM 12 25 2020 Traditions

“Love came down at Christmas, Love all lovely, love Divine.” ~ Christina Rosetti. It really doesn’t matter what side of the world you were born, so long as you were raised in a Christian household, Christmas is special. Even for those who follow different religious beliefs, there is something about Christmas.  There are even some […]

FMM 12 18 2020 Multi-factorial Equations

“Science and technology revolutionize our lives, but memory, tradition and myth frame our response.” ~ Arthur M. Schlesinger. I remember one year, I must have been younger than eight, that I was scheduled for one of those school wide physicals – some routine measurements of health and well-being which took place at school rather than […]

FMM 12 11 2020 Delicious December

“Expecting is the greatest impediment to living. In anticipation of tomorrow, it loses today.” ~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca. There was a very strict rule in our household growing up, regarding gifts (Christmas and Birthday). They were never to be opened before the day. I practiced the same thing as a parent, teaching my kids the […]