Category Food and health

FMM 12 30 2022 Casting Long Shadows

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” ~ John Muir. The week between Christmas and the New Year has always been special to me, mostly because my birthday falls in this week.  Today is extra special because […]

FMM 12 2 22 Not my cup of tea

“Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again.” ~ Joseph Campbell. I don’t know when I started to drink coffee.  In my childhood (born in England), tea was naturally the first choice.  It is introduced to children in a form more milk than tea, poured into a saucer to cool faster, […]

FMM 10 28 2022 Lazy River Etiquette

“Art raises its head where creeds relax.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche. One of the rewards of working as a nurse in the hospital is the schedule.  To some it may not seem so rewarding, but if you play your cards right, you can end up having four days off every week! Of course you have to […]

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 […]