Category transcendence

FMM 1 27 2023 Three days, three mothers

 Let us now praise unfamous women, And our mothers that begat us. (Adapted from Ecclesiasticus 44:1). It may sound strange, but I find much to appreciate in a funeral.  I have often learned more about the person who died at the celebration of their life, than I knew of them when alive.  It so happens that last week I […]

FMM 1 20 2023 Words for Life

“Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.” ~ Buddha. Last month I participated in a daily challenge.  The challenge was daily, my participation was more sporadic.  We were given a prompt to write a poem.  One day the prompt […]

FMM 1 13 2023 Weighty Expectations

“Conscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody may be looking.” ~ H.L. Mencken This morning I find myself unable to give the energy I need to an original Friday Morning Message.  I have been working on a big report at work, and have to acknowledge that I can’t do everything, so this morning I had […]

FMM 1 6 2023 Higher Ground

“Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.”  ~ Albert Einstein. If all things were equal, I would live within sight of mountains.  Anyone who knows me, knows this about me.  I was born in a city (Manchester, UK) which is not far from the Pennines, a chain of hills that separate […]

FMM 12 30 2022 Casting Long Shadows

“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. The week between Christmas and the New Year has always been special to me, mostly because my birthday falls in this week.  Today is extra special because […]

FMM 12 23 2022 Catch the Spirit

“A sense of the universe, a sense of the all, the nostalgia which seizes us when confronted by nature, beauty, music – these seem to be an expectation and awareness of a Great Presence.” ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. With Christmas almost upon us, it has been interesting to reflect on the strange absence of […]

FMM 12 16 2022 What is your intention?

FMM 12 16 2022 What is your intention? “Life, if well lived, is long enough.” ~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca. December is the best month.  I say this, of course, because it is the month of my birth.  And then there is that other great day that falls just five days before my day.  As a […]

FMM 12 9 2022 The Prism of Poetry

“Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.” ~ Khalil Gibran. I remember writing stories as a child, whether it was school assigned or spontaneous I don’t recall.  It was not until I was in my thirties that I decided I wanted to write, and went out […]

FMM 12 2 22 Not my cup of tea

“Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again.” ~ Joseph Campbell. I don’t know when I started to drink coffee.  In my childhood (born in England), tea was naturally the first choice.  It is introduced to children in a form more milk than tea, poured into a saucer to cool faster, […]

FMM 11 25 22 Metamorphosis

“The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.” ~ Lao Tzu. When I was a teenager, one of my sisters, who was already in nursing school, came home to Jamaica to visit.  She brought presents for us, and mine was a big, shiny, coffee-table type illustrated book of […]