Category Global health and disparities

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 7 29 2022 Our Legacy

“As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.” ~ Carl Jung. Once upon a time, when I was very young, our family used to spend our summer vacations (our holidays, as we would say in the UK) camping on a […]

FMM 7 22 2022 Collective Conscience

“Conscience is a man’s compass.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh. I am not sure when my fascination with the history and culture of Native Americans began. When I was about 7 years old, my mother was not able to be present with me for some event, and I was rewarded with a special doll I had […]

FMM 7 8 2022 Rebel Music

“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” ~ Plato. When you grow up in the church, you grow up singing.  Nothing like a ‘good sing’ to exercise your lungs, make you feel a part […]

FMM 7 1 2022 The Space Between

“Perhaps the mission of an artist is to interpret beauty to people – the beauty within themselves.” ~ Langston Hughes. To say that someone is ‘comfortable in their own skin’ is an interesting one.  When I think about my parents (and it is amazing how often I do, considering that I am in my sixties, […]

FMM 6 10 2022 Blurred Lines

“We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike.” ~ Maya Angelou. Growing up a white kid in the heart of Jamaica provided me with the most mind-expanding education you can be privileged to have.  I was young enough when I moved there not to have many pre-conceptions, and since I was welcomed into […]

FMM 5 27 2022 Precious Sense

“All credibility, all good conscience, all evidence of truth come only from the senses.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche. My parents struggled financially, most of their married lives.  They probably had more disposable income after they retired, than during their working lives.  Of course, being a minister of the church was not a well reimbursed career, but […]

FMM 5 20 2022 Follow the Moss

“Sustainability is no longer about doing less harm. It’s about doing more good.” ~ Jochen Zeitz. I was a girl scout for a few years, as a child. I don’t recall us doing too many adventures; we were mostly confined to the spacious campus of our high school.  I remember learning useful skills like (pause, […]

FMM 5 6 2022 No wrong path

‘Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy and serenity.’ ~  Thich Nhat Hanh. The first time I went to Key West, it still had the sleepy quality of a fishing village.  I was immediately in love.  Four years before I had been living in Jamaica, and Key West […]

FMM 4 29 2022 Fight for the Right

“Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.” ~ Khalil Gibran. I can clearly remember the first time I wore pants – as in long pants, not jeans.  I was young (less than eight, as it was when I was still living in the UK).  In my memory the pants were plaid, but I […]