Category transcendence

FMM 5 7 2021 You better ‘preciate!

“Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.” ~ Karl Barth. This week I am wrapping up a ‘Spring Break’ – a week off between semesters, where it is often hard to truly ‘break’ away.  Finals’ week is always hectic, with unexpected slowdowns and distractions.  Can electronic gradebooks be trusted? Out come calculators and old-fashioned computations, […]

FMM 4 30 2021 Commodification

“Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams – they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do – they all contain truths.” ~ Muhammad Ali. There is something about rain.  I was born in the north west of England, a city famous for its grey skies and persistent rain.  I have not […]

FMM 3 12 21 Will it go round in Circles?

“The longer one is alone, the easier it is to hear the song of the earth.” ~ Robert Anton Wilson. Every once in a while I will hear someone singing a song and say “Oh, that’s what that line says?” I’m sure it has happened to you too.  There used to be a segment on […]

FMM 3 5 2021 Threats and Opportunities

“An awareness of one’s mortality can lead you to wake up and live an authentic, meaningful life.” ~ Bernie Siegel. I can’t say that I loved Physics when I was in high school.  I was amused by one of our teachers who demonstrated the movement of molecules and how it changed as they got heated […]

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 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 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 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 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 […]