Category Global health and disparities

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 5 21 2021 Comfort over Fashion

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” ~ Aristotle. I don’t remember being very fussy about clothes as a child.  As the youngest I inherited most of my ‘gently worn’ outfits. I remember one dress in particular. It had not been handed down from my […]

FMM 5 7 2021 You better ‘preciate!

“Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.” ~ Karl Barth. This week I am wrapping up a ‘Spring Break’ – a week off between semesters, where it is often hard to truly ‘break’ away.  Finals’ week is always hectic, with unexpected slowdowns and distractions.  Can electronic gradebooks be trusted? Out come calculators and old-fashioned computations, […]

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 4 23 2021 The Arrogance of Assumptions

“There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.” ~ Denis Waitley. Whenever I hear three stories on the same theme, I know this is a topic to write on.  Unfortunately, I have already forgotten one of them!  It is only recently that I […]

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 3 5 2021 Threats and Opportunities

“An awareness of one’s mortality can lead you to wake up and live an authentic, meaningful life.” ~ Bernie Siegel. I can’t say that I loved Physics when I was in high school.  I was amused by one of our teachers who demonstrated the movement of molecules and how it changed as they got heated […]

FMM 2 19 2021 A Layered Life

“My legacy is that I stayed on course… from the beginning to the end, because I believed in something inside of me.” ~ Tina Turner. I do not bake.  Not that I haven’t tried, I have, but like many perfectionists who are also blessed with impatience, when I did not get the expected results on […]

FMM 2 12 2021 Outspeaking

“All advocacy is, at its core, an exercise in empathy.” ~ Samantha Power. When I was a young working mother of four young children, I did what many other nurses did who had similar responsibilities, I worked nights and weekends.  It didn’t give you much of a social life, but it maximized your earning power […]

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 […]