Category Inspirational

FMM 2 26 21 Tugging at my Band-width

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” ~ George Bernard Shaw. I have some memories from early childhood that I am not sure if they are actual memories.  I once heard that the only true memory is the first time you recall something.  After that, you are […]

FMM 2 19 2021 A Layered Life

“My legacy is that I stayed on course… from the beginning to the end, because I believed in something inside of me.” ~ Tina Turner. I do not bake.  Not that I haven’t tried, I have, but like many perfectionists who are also blessed with impatience, when I did not get the expected results on […]

FMM 2 12 2021 Outspeaking

“All advocacy is, at its core, an exercise in empathy.” ~ Samantha Power. When I was a young working mother of four young children, I did what many other nurses did who had similar responsibilities, I worked nights and weekends.  It didn’t give you much of a social life, but it maximized your earning power […]

FMM 2 5 21 Sometimes you’re the Bug

“We live in a time when science is validating what humans have known throughout the ages: that compassion is not a luxury; it is a necessity for our well-being, resilience, and survival.” ~ Joan Halifax. Full disclosure: I never learned the trick of being able to handle being teased as a child.  I may have […]

FMM 1 29 21 Hey, Cousin!

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.” ~ Dalai Lama. As a young child, I was used to family get-togethers surrounded by cousins.  On my father’s side I had nine cousins, and on my mother’s side I had 7, and when you added either of those to the five kids […]

FMM 1 22 2021 Health and Healing

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” ~ John Muir. One of the features of my childhood was cuts and scrapes.  I suppose they are a feature for any child who is allowed to explore and climb, […]

FMM 1 15 2021 Imagine a World

“No problem can be solved from the same consciousness that created it. We must learn to see the world anew.”~ Albert Einstein. I am not sure when it was that I began to acknowledge that I was not happy in my marriage.  When you have four young kids and work full-time as a nurse (mostly […]

FMM 1 8 2020 Historic Steps

“Sad to see the old slave millIs grinding slow, but grinding still” ~ Damian Marley. In the summer of 1966 I visited Savannah, Georgia with my parents and brother.  My older siblings had exams to finish, so they were spared the torture of sightseeing along the eastern coast of the US in the hottest months […]

FMM 12 25 2020 Traditions

“Love came down at Christmas, Love all lovely, love Divine.” ~ Christina Rosetti. It really doesn’t matter what side of the world you were born, so long as you were raised in a Christian household, Christmas is special. Even for those who follow different religious beliefs, there is something about Christmas.  There are even some […]

FMM 12 18 2020 Multi-factorial Equations

“Science and technology revolutionize our lives, but memory, tradition and myth frame our response.” ~ Arthur M. Schlesinger. I remember one year, I must have been younger than eight, that I was scheduled for one of those school wide physicals – some routine measurements of health and well-being which took place at school rather than […]