Category transcendence

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 […]

FMM 10 2 2020 The Unmentionables

“There is beauty and humility in imperfection.” ~ Guillermo del Toro. One of the goals of parenthood is that your children ‘have manners’.  Do they behave when in the company of others, remembering to ‘please’, ‘thank you’, and ‘excuse me’ appropriately? There is nothing will let you down in the sight of your friends and […]

FMM 9 25 2020 Work Hygiene

“I would like to be remembered as someone who used whatever talent she had to do her work to the very best of her ability.” ~ Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Sometimes I am the last person to follow my own advice. When I graduated from nursing school many years ago, I was greeted at the end […]

FMM 9 18 2020 To Gather

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” ~ Albert Einstein. My father-in-law was a special man.  He was famous in his district for being a straight shooter, he called things as he saw them.  If you knew you had done something wrong, or foolish, you avoided him, for he didn’t joke to point it out.  He […]

FMM 8 28 2020 Crystal Vision

FMM 8 28 2020 Crystal Vision “I’m gonna put on an iron shirt and chase Satan out of earth.” ~ Maxi Romeo. If you grew up in a Christian household like I did, you were discouraged from believing, or even showing an interest in things like astrology.  There was something pagan and sacrilegious about it.  […]

FMM 8 14 2020 Staying Alive

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh.   I wonder when it was that man first saw an animal as a pet, rather than as a work partner, a tool extender.  I remember hearing that it wasn’t until […]

FMM 8 7 2020 Ah the Humanity

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.” ~ Dalai Lama. If you were to ask me whether I was an arts or sciences kind of student I would immediately select the sciences.  Most of the subjects I sat in my Cambridge ‘O’ (for ordinary) Level exams, and all of those I […]

FMM 7 31 2020 Code Switching

“The reason why the world lacks unity, and lies broken and in heaps, is, because man is disunited with himself.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson. For many of us foot-loose travelers, the last few months of home confinement have been quite a punishment.  Yet even as we express that, we feel a little guilty, aware of […]

FMM 7 17 2020

“The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity.” ~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca. This week I had one of those dreams that seems so real, yet cannot be told as a story when you wake up.  What seemed to have plot and purpose breaks up into images and situations which […]