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FMM 10 23 2020 Hard Rain

FMM 10 23 2020 Hard Rain “Rain is grace; rain is the sky descending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life.” ~ John Updike. For the past two days it rained solidly as I drove in to work (yes, we are partially working on campus, following guidelines, masks in place).  It was […]

FMM 10 9 2020 Kindness is a boomerang (Recycled)

“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.”~Dalai Lama. I am a nurse first. When I think of the roles I play in life, I know in my heart that my passion is nursing. One of the many wonderful things about being a nurse is that it encompasses many job descriptions. For the past […]

FMM 9 11 2020 5 o’clock Somewhere

“What then is time? If no one asks me, I know what it is. If I wish to explain it to him who asks, I do not know.” ~ Saint Augustine. It was impossible this week not to feel nostalgic and emotional. Yesterday marked 100 years since the birth of my father. It was a […]

FMM 9 4 2020 Pocomaniac

“Like clouds and winds without rain    is the man who brags        about gifts he never gave.” ~ Proverbs 25: 14. I have always been attracted to things that are a little quirky, off center, not the norm.  I blame my father, he was the one who taught me to see life from a slanted perspective, recognizing that […]

FMM 5 29 2020 No Jestering

“Let justice roll down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.“ ~ Amos 5:24 and Martin Luther King Jr., (Letter from the Birmingham Jail). Growing up and attending a school in Jamaica (as in any country associated with the British Colonial past) included studies in ‘Bible Knowledge’ (BK, or some variation on that name).  […]

FMM 5 8 2020 Doing the Right Thing

“There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supercedes all other courts.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi.  I left home at the age of eighteen and a half, finished with high school, ready to enter the profession of nursing.  The weird thing about growing up in a small […]

FMM 3 6 2020 Nature’s Reboot

“Being an old farm boy myself, chickens coming home to roost never did make me sad; they’ve always made me glad.” ~ Malcolm X.  My first memory of realizing the awesomeness of nature, the truly astonishing wonder of it all was a view of the night sky from the deck of an ocean liner.  I […]

FMM 11 15 19 Myth America

“Poetry is the lifeblood of rebellion, revolution, and the raising of consciousness.” ~ Alice Walker. I picture myself as being a little contrary as a child.  I am probably not unique in this, perhaps all children are contrary by nature, until it is ‘socialized’ out of us and we learn to be conformists (to behave).  […]

FMM 11 1 19 Inner Vision

“Vision is the true creative rhythm.” ~ Robert Delaunay. Childhood is a time of wonder, of imaginary worlds and sometimes, confusion.  There are always those gaps in understanding, where a child may hear something and then try to fill in the blanks.  My grandson wanted to be taken to Christmas once.  It was just around […]

FMM 10 4 19 Casting long Shadows

“Above the cloud with its shadow is the star with its light. Above all things reverence thyself.” ~ Pythagoras. I am not sure when I was introduced to philosophy or the great philosophers.  I know my father used to ‘wax philosophical’ at the drop of a hat.  I must have learnt about Socrates, Plato, and […]