Category transcendence

FMM 7 20 18 It’s only Birds

“Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.”~ Langston Hughes. There are a few songs from my childhood memories that feature birds.  In wintertime in England we worried about poor robin-redbreast, who had to keep himself warm, by hiding his head under his wing (poor thing).  We […]

FMM 7 13 18 The Damage Done

“In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”~ Unknown. One of the challenges of becoming a nurse is learning the language.  First there is the medical terminology – many words are derived from Latin, so if you know any French or Spanish that may be a little helpful. But […]

FMM 7 6 18 I’m Only Human

“The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection.”~ George Orwell. The first time I visited Jamaica after an absence of over 14 years, I fell in love all over again.  It was not difficult.  For a start I was staying up in the verdant hills of St. Andrew, looking up at the […]

FMM 6 29 18 Ducking and Running

“Positive anything is better than negative nothing.”~ Elbert Hubbard.  I aborted my exercise class after 45 minutes yesterday.  It was the first time I had attempted kickbox cardio in a while and it was kicking my butt! One of the big disadvantages of being a person of the Caucasian persuasion is that it is not […]

FMM 6 22 18 Running in Heels

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.”~ Dalai Lama. I grew up wearing uniforms.  From the time I was in elementary school through to the time I became a Nursing Supervisor, I did not need to think what I would wear to school or work.  It made life simple, but […]

FMM 6 15 18 Not puffed Up

“Whosoever diggeth a pit shall fall in it” ~ Robert Nesta Marley.  Two phrases puzzled me when first I moved to Jamaica.  School friends would offer to either ‘carry’ me home, or ‘follow’ me home.  Neither of those offers sounded very appealing to me.  We were kids, so they were not offering to give me […]

FMM 6 8 18 Beds are Burning

“Religion without humanity is very poor human stuff.”~  Sojourner Truth. What is your comfort food?  We humans have some very strange practices, often wasting energy on activities that have no tangible benefits.  The compulsive repetitive practices of people with OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) begin with basic healthy principles (such as hand washing, checking to see […]