Category Inspirational

FMM 9 20 19 Think in Harmony

“How could you have a soccer team if all were goalkeepers? How would it be an orchestra if all were French horns? “ ~ Desmond Tutu.  On our first trip to Jamaica, we were accompanied by a banjo.  By that I mean that, deep in the hold, along with countless bags, boxes and trunks, there […]

FMM Peril On the Sea

“The human body has limitations. The human spirit is boundless.” ~ Dean Karnazes. When you spend your childhood in the church, there are certain hymns that take you way back.  When you spend your childhood in a Jamaican church, you can add the choruses of the Ira D. Sankey clothback book to that mix.  If, […]

FMM 8 30 19 Trains and Boats and Planes

“You’ll never find a better sparring partner than adversity.” ~ Golda Meir. In 1963, the long journey across the Atlantic from the UK to Jamaica began with a long train ride from the north of England all the way down to the south coast.  As the youngest in the family, my responsibilities were few, so […]

FMM 8 23 19 The Essential Migrant

“But please don’t cry, dry your eyes, never let up Forgive but don’t forget, girl keep your head up” ~ Tupac Shakur. Around the time that Florence Nightingale was charged with leading a team of 34 nurses to work in a Military hospital in the Crimea, another nurse (or as she was also called, a […]

FMM 8 16 19 Nursology

“They don’t want to see us live together.” ~ Robert Nesta Marley.  My first official job as a registered nurse in this country was at a large private hospital on Miami Beach.  In those days (and perhaps still, for all I know), non-residents had to apply for a police identification when working on the Beach.  […]

FMM 7 26 19 Don’t get it Twisted

“The finest language is mostly made up of simple unimposing words.” ~ George Eliot. “Farmer Jones walked up the path, drunk as usual.” I have never forgotten that line, the opening line to a book thrust into my hands when I was maybe eight years old.  I had just started school in the hills of […]

FMM 7 19 19 Mythomania

“The least of things with a meaning is worth more in life than the greatest of things without it.” ~ Carl Jung. My first introduction to the panoply of Greek gods and goddesses was in first form (sixth grade) in my Jamaican high school.  We were decked out in our shiny new uniforms, proud of […]