Category Global health and disparities

FMM 2 14 20 Sing me a Song

“My music had roots which I’d dug up from my own childhood, musical roots buried in the darkest soil.” ~ Ray Charles. The road trips of my early childhood included many a song.  My family had a repertoire of songs which distracted and entertained on the long journey which would take us from the city […]

FMM 2 7 2020 An Age-old dilemma

“None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.” ~ Henry David Thoreau.  My father Pearce was a picky eater.  I don’t know when it began, but definitely by the time I was a teen I was aware of it.  In restaurants he would stick to what he knew.  The most adventurous he would […]

FMM 1 31 2020 Color your Perspective

“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” ~ Elie Wiesel. This is my story, condensed, abridged, minimized, retold.  Picture an almost eight-year-old white girl (blonde hair, blue eyes) transplanted from grey rainy Manchester along with her entire family and […]

FMM 1 10 20 Traveling Mercies

“A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” ~ Lao Tzu.  My first time in Key West, over 40 years ago, was a trip of revelation.  I was already having a hard time adjusting to the America of Miami: large cars, huge straight roads, flashing neon lights advertising establishments big […]

FMM 1 3 20 Respect and Reciprocity

“Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace.” ~ Albert Schweitzer. For my mother, sending cards at Christmas was a serious affair.  With her organizational and secretarial skills, the task received the best of her talents.  Each year her list would be carefully reviewed.  Who […]

FMM 12 27 19 Home Stretch

“You can be still and still moving. Content even in your discontent.” ~ Ram Dass. There was a time when I would unwind after a hectic night shift by sitting at my dining table reading the Miami Herald, cup of coffee at my side, kids on or off my lap.  Sundays were particularly special – […]

FMM 12 13 19 Gobsmacked

“He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good.” ~ Confucius. One of the things about growing up a Preacher’s Kid (PK as they say in the US) is that you are always having to watch what you say.  Not just what you say, but how you say it.  In […]