Category Inspirational

FMM 11 8 19 Dollar Treats

“True nostalgia is an ephemeral composition of disjointed memories.” ~ Florence King. I opened a box of Pears Soap this week, and immediately embarked upon a journey of remembering.  That brown, translucent oval shape, that smell, evoked a host of memories.  In fact it was not the Pears Soap I was remembering so much as […]

FMM 10 25 19 Falling

“Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.” ~Howard Zinn.  I don’t have many memories of changing seasons from my childhood.  Perhaps, before global warming, the weather in England went from cold and rainy to cool and rainy! I am sure I must have seen the autumnal colors, resplendent in oranges […]

FMM 10 18 19 Righteous Indignation

“My life is based on pain, passion, and purpose.” ~ Elijah Cummings.  One of the problems for researchers who wish to observe the interactions of humans, is that the very act of observation changes those interactions.  We see this every day now, with people trying to go ‘viral’ with their homemade videos.  We may be […]

Upcycled FMM 10 11 19 Humble Pride

“All of me loves all of you…all your perfect imperfections.” ~John Legend.  My daughter was a handful as a child.  Which is why she hates it when she sees me looking on with glee as her own daughter gives her all kind of attitude.  It is the special curse a mother wishes on her kids, […]

FMM 9 27 19 Regeneration

“If you’re going to live, leave a legacy. Make a mark on the world that can’t be erased.” ~ Maya Angelou.  Ninety-nine years ago, my father was born, the third child of a truck driver and his housewife.  He grew up in a working-class neighborhood knowing that the only way out of poverty was education.  […]

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, […]