Category Inspirational

FMM 5 14 2021 A Ubiquity of Photographs

“Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others.” ~ Rosa Parks. When you are the youngest of five children, you tend to feel left out of family reminiscing. One of my plaintive cries on such occasions was: ‘Was I born?’ Of course, you don’t appear in many of the […]

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 4 16 2021 What does it Mean?

“Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree.” ~ Ezra Pound. The first time I heard the word ‘paradigm’ used in a sentence, I was mad that I didn’t know what it meant.  The truth is I didn’t much care for the person who said it, and I was mad […]

FMM 4 9 2021 Tracing the Trajectory

“Obstacles, of course, are developmentally necessary: they teach kids strategy, patience, critical thinking, resilience and resourcefulness.” ~ Naomi Wolf. One of the challenges for the teacher of any subject, is trying to show how the topic is relevant, necessary, and worth learning.  Most of us went through high school wondering ‘when am I ever going […]

FMM 4 2 2021 April Airs Abroad

“What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel that they are joined – to strengthen each other – to be at one with each other in silent unspeakable memories.” ~ George Eliot. My four children were born in Miami.  For the first part of their lives, Florida was all they knew. […]

FMM 3 25 2021 Mean to Me

“The business of business is relationships; the business of life is human connection.” ~ Robin S. Sharma. I was already halfway through a nostalgia-filled weekend when I heard the news.  I had been following up on family connections having found a website that gives access to birth, marriage and death certificates, and was tracing long […]

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 […]