Category transcendence

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, […]

FMM 11 2 18 Calm Energy

“Good words cool more than cold water.” ~  John Ray. In high school my classmates and I were lucky enough to have the same ‘form teacher’ (I guess in the US he would be called our home-room teacher) for five years.  I say lucky, because he was one of those rare teachers, a man who […]

FMM 10 26 18 Suspending Disbelief

“Soul is about authenticity. Soul is about finding the things in your life that are real and pure.” ~ John Legend.  I remember as a child learning to be polite, to appear interested even when bored.  Being a ‘parson’s kid’ meant not saying the first thing that popped into your head but instead admiring that […]

FMM 10 19 18 Night Vision

“In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi. My father loved words.  Until dementia stole his cognitive sharpness he would read for hours, do obscure crossword puzzles, play Scrabble with my mother.  Like some of us on Facebook, he would become annoyed by little […]

FMM 10 12 18 Who am I?

“Be thine own palace, or the world’s thy jail.” ~ John Donne. When I left Jamaica in the mid 70’s, I hadn’t heard the word ‘Soca’ used to describe the music we associated with those small islands of the Caribbean.  It was Calypso music back then, and we mostly heard it in a 5-minute block […]