Category Global health and disparities

FMM 10 29 2021 Can we Talk?

“Only humility will lead us to unity, and unity will lead to peace.” ~ Mother Theresa. The first time I visited New Jersey was on my way to New York city on a Greyhound bus.  To be honest we were just driving through it, but took an unplanned break in Newark.  My father had decided […]

FMM 10 22 2021 Rivers in the Sky

“The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.” ~ Muriel Rukeyser. The art of science is to be able to make it comprehensible to common man.  I remember learning ‘General Science’ in high school, and learning about the water cycle. To illustrate this concept, we had to draw a body of water, the sun […]

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 […]

FMM 9 24 2021 Fish Tea

“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul – and sings the tunes without the words – and never stops at all.” ~ Emily Dickinson. I realized some time ago, that the secret to living in a land not of your birth, is to be able to eat the food.  One way […]

FMM 9 17 2021 Changes in Attitude

“Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather he must recognize that it is he who is asked.” ~ Viktor E. Frankl. When I was young, I hated being called the ‘baby’ of the family.  I was the youngest, big distinction.  I did not like to be picked up […]

FMM 9 3 2021 Means and Extremes

“Faith minus vulnerability and mystery equals extremism. If you’ve got all the answers, then don’t call what you do ‘faith.’ “~ Brene Brown. You never know what will trigger a memory.  I was sat in traffic the other day, and saw a small poster advertising a Bible bookstore.  When I was a teenager, my Saturday […]

FMM 8 13 2021 Our patchwork life

“Art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos.” ~ Stephen Sondheim. My grandfather (whom I never met since he died some years before I was born) was a truck driver.  He left school at the age of twelve, and his first job was to stand outside a grocery store (where there […]

FMM 8 6 2021 Twist and Shout

“Stories teach us empathy. They reveal to us ourselves in the skins of others.” ~ Justin Simien. Last week, in the middle of a Zumba session, the music changed from a Latin focus to good old-fashioned rock and roll.  Soon we were rocking around the clock and twisting the night away.  I remembered that before […]

FMM 7 16 2021 Lift the Curse!

“Nobody gets justice. People only get good luck or bad luck.” ~  Orson Welles. Mother-daughter relationships are tricky.  I am not one of those who can say my mother was my best friend.  Perhaps it’s a generational thing, but it never occurred to me to ‘tell my mother everything’.  As a matter of fact, I […]

FMM 7 9 2021 Triangulation

“You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.” ~ Desmond Tutu. I don’t know when I first realized that I was good at Math, or at least found the manipulation of numbers to be fun.  I remember being given a book of math puzzles, I think they […]