Category Global health and disparities

FMM 4 19 19 Natural Wonder

“The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.” ~ Walt Whitman. I am by nature suspicious of flowery speech.  I have a memory of my father explaining something to me as ‘purple prose’, passages of literature that are too fulsome, too many superlatives and flashy […]

FMM 4 12 19 Crowning Glory

“Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart” ~ Khalil Gibran. The other day I met up with someone I hadn’t seen for a while.  And to be truthful, I did not immediately recognize her.  She was an acquaintance rather than an old friend, and it was only through the […]

FMM 3 22 19 Intentionality

“When you eat mindfully, by paying attention to what you eat, you get more pleasure with fewer calories.” ~ Dean Ornish.  My father was a man who had great faith, but who also believed in doing his part to ensure good outcomes.  He would say he always knew when God wanted him to do something […]

FMM 3 15 19 Real Talk

“I just go with the flow, I follow the yellow brick road. I don’t know where it’s going to lead me, but I follow it.” ~ Grace Jones. I don’t remember when (if ever) I got the ‘birds and the bees’ talk, but I heard about girls and periods early.  They didn’t want to tell […]

FMM 2 8 19 Where do you put your eye?

“We are stardust, we are golden, we are billion year old carbon” ~ Joni Mitchell. When I first decided I wanted to write I bought a subscription to a magazine called Writer’s Digest.  There were many helpful articles such as how to get published, how to jumpstart ideas, and other tips and suggestions.  I had […]

FMM 2 1 19 You in your small corner (Refurbished)

“It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.” ~ Saint Augustine. Seventy-seven years ago today, a man in his early thirties made a promise that has been repeated over and over again since that Sunday in Salem Congregational Church: “Tomorrow, by God’s grace, I will light a […]

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 […]