Category transcendence

FMM 9 30 2022 Special Gifts

“Live your life while you have it. Life is a splendid gift. There is nothing small in it.”  ~ Florence Nightingale. My first nursing experience was on a gynecology ward, run by an old-fashioned ward Sister (Nurse Manager, US style).  She was close to retiring and had not changed the way she ran the ward […]

FMM 9 23 2022 Bright Shiny Objects

“We are part of this universe; we are in this universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts, is that the universe is in us.” ~ Neil deGrasse Tyson. As a church minister, my father was not one to be openly political.  Ministers were supposed to be neutral, not sharing their views or […]

FMM 9 16 2022 Talking in Shorthand

“Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.” ~ Buddha. One of the interesting aspects of growing up in Jamaica is that words of advice often come dressed up in amusing and sometimes confusing proverbs and parables.  These proverbs may […]

FMM 9 2 2022 Living History

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” ~ Viktor E. Frankl. I often wonder what happened to Evelyn.  The first school I went to in Jamaica was a private ‘Prep’ school, run by a married […]

FMM 8 26 2022 The Power of Grace Upcycled

“Grace has been defined as the outward expression of the inner harmony of the soul ”~William Hazlitt. One of my mother’s four older sisters was called Grace.  She was named for their mother, my grandmother.  My Auntie Grace was a character, with a wicked sense of humor and a ready laugh.  She died when I […]

FMM 8 19 2022 Wild in the Country

“Good writing is like a windowpane.” ~ George Orwell. I must confess, when I was young I had a crush on Elvis.  Pinned with a thumbtack next to my bed was a postcard with his headshot in black and white.  This was before those four guys with the insect name (Earwig? Beetle?) started twisting and […]

FMM 8 12 2022 This Land is Whose Land?

“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.” ~ Albert Camus. I don’t know when it was that I first began to truly appreciate nature.  I remember the night that my father woke up my brother and I to […]

FMM 8 5 2022 Poppy Show

“Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.” ~ Langston Hughes. The first time I worked as a professional model, I must have been no more than two years old.  OK, to be honest, I wasn’t paid for my stint.  […]

FMM 7 29 2022 Our Legacy

“As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.” ~ Carl Jung. Once upon a time, when I was very young, our family used to spend our summer vacations (our holidays, as we would say in the UK) camping on a […]

FMM 7 22 2022 Collective Conscience

“Conscience is a man’s compass.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh. I am not sure when my fascination with the history and culture of Native Americans began. When I was about 7 years old, my mother was not able to be present with me for some event, and I was rewarded with a special doll I had […]