Category Inspirational

FMM 12 11 2020 Delicious December

“Expecting is the greatest impediment to living. In anticipation of tomorrow, it loses today.” ~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca. There was a very strict rule in our household growing up, regarding gifts (Christmas and Birthday). They were never to be opened before the day. I practiced the same thing as a parent, teaching my kids the […]

FMM 12 4 2020 What a Preposition!

“Diversity and inclusion, which are the real grounds for creativity, must remain at the center of what we do.” ~ Marco Bizzarri. When I was around fifteen, I was a member of our school’s Drama Club.  I loved dressing up and being someone other than me. I heard we were going to put on the […]

FMM 11 27 2020 Ack! Knowledge

“Nature’s beauty is a gift that cultivates appreciation and gratitude.” ~ Louie Schwartzberg. It is sometimes hard, in the rush of routines and deadlines, to pause and pay attention to all the things you should be grateful for.  Thanksgiving Day in the US may gloss over the history of the origin of this country as […]

FMM 10 16 2020 Conflated Talents

“Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.” ~ George Edward Woodberry. In the middle of a busy day recently, I took a phone call from a long-time friend.  As has become my very bad habit, I listened with half an ear as I tried to continue reviewing […]

FMM 10 2 2020 The Unmentionables

“There is beauty and humility in imperfection.” ~ Guillermo del Toro. One of the goals of parenthood is that your children ‘have manners’.  Do they behave when in the company of others, remembering to ‘please’, ‘thank you’, and ‘excuse me’ appropriately? There is nothing will let you down in the sight of your friends and […]

FMM 9 25 2020 Work Hygiene

“I would like to be remembered as someone who used whatever talent she had to do her work to the very best of her ability.” ~ Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Sometimes I am the last person to follow my own advice. When I graduated from nursing school many years ago, I was greeted at the end […]

FMM 9 18 2020 To Gather

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” ~ Albert Einstein. My father-in-law was a special man.  He was famous in his district for being a straight shooter, he called things as he saw them.  If you knew you had done something wrong, or foolish, you avoided him, for he didn’t joke to point it out.  He […]

FMM 8 28 2020 Crystal Vision

FMM 8 28 2020 Crystal Vision “I’m gonna put on an iron shirt and chase Satan out of earth.” ~ Maxi Romeo. If you grew up in a Christian household like I did, you were discouraged from believing, or even showing an interest in things like astrology.  There was something pagan and sacrilegious about it.  […]

FMM 8 21 2020 Hear me

“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.” ~ James Baldwin. My mother was a talker.  Later in life we surmised that her childhood may have been difficult, parents who sometimes didn’t speak to each other for months, so perhaps the children developed the […]

FMM 8 14 2020 Staying Alive

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh.   I wonder when it was that man first saw an animal as a pet, rather than as a work partner, a tool extender.  I remember hearing that it wasn’t until […]