Category transcendence

FMM 1 18 19 Slow as Molasses

“Distance not only gives nostalgia, but perspective, and maybe objectivity.” ~ Robert Morgan. I have nothing but fond memories of my days as a student nurse.  In the traditional way, student nurses spent most of their time on the wards, having a work schedule just like any other employee.  In fact, before I had been […]

FMM 1 11 19 ‘I have the time’

“For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.” ~ Khalil Gibran. The joy of being a story-teller is that first you must collect the stories.  Which means at the very least having willing ears and an open mind.  Many of us don’t have the patience to hear a […]

FMM 1 4 19 A Repurposed Life

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson. The old is new again.  On my recent trip to the UK we rode from Bolton, a town nestled in the foothills of the Lancashire Pennines, in to the city center of Manchester.  Rather than driving […]

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 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 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, […]