Category Inspirational

FMM 12 21 18 The long way home

“Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.” ~ Matsuo Basho.  They say we form memories best by associating things with something else.  There are times when a long forgotten scene appears clearly in your mind, along with the associated smells and emotions, triggered by who knows what.  You may go to […]

FMM 12 14 18 True Confessions

“Art is always and everywhere the secret confession, and at the same time the immortal movement of its time.” ~ Karl Marx. I was taught how to be a Jamaican housewife by my Jamaican husband.  It was a bone of contention for quite a while.  For some reason it seemed implausible to him that I […]

FMM 12 7 18 You never know

“To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect.” ~ Oscar Wilde. Nothing beats our memories of childhood Christmases.  One of the best parts of the tradition is the watching and the waiting.  The anticipation begins to build from the sighting of the first Christmas lights, the sound of the first carols on the radio.  […]

FMM 11 30 18 Take the long way home

“A thousand ages in Thy sight Are like an evening gone” ~ Isaac Watts. I lived in England for a year when I was around 14.  That was the year the first man set foot on the moon (unless the conspiracy theorists are correct!).  But there were other more mundane discoveries.  Don’t ask me how, […]

FMM 11 23 18 Sparking

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” ~ Albert Schweitzer. I did not know what a shower looked like until I was almost 8 years old.  Homes […]

FMM 11 16 18 In my right mind

“I follow three rules: Do the right thing, do the best you can, and always show people you care.” ~ Lou Holtz. I have a famous uncle.  Well, he was my father’s uncle, which makes him my great-uncle.  And he was not really famous.  But he used to correspond with the great psychologist, psychiatrist and […]

FMM 11 9 18 Who let the dogs out?

“The only thing I know that truly heals people is unconditional love.” ~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. Until my family moved to Jamaica, we did not have pets.  Although, come to think of it, somehow I ended up being the guardian of a group of water snails. They were entrusted to my care by my teacher, and then, […]