“Some women fear the fire, Some women simply become it..” r.h.sin. It is not always easy to remember who you were before parents, society, the church, school, changed you.  We who grew up before the ability to capture every moment of every day; before we could broadcast every first smile and each cute pose; before […]

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else.”~ Charles Dickens. In high school one of my favorite subjects was geology. Having decided I wanted to be a nurse, I was basically free to specialize in the subjects of my choice, as the entrance requirements to nursing school […]

“The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.”~ Mark Twain. I grew up in a family that made a joke of everything. My father had a wicked sense of humor, he would say the most outrageous things with a straight face, and it was only the hint of a dimple, or […]

“If every day is an awakening, you will never grow old. You will just keep growing.”~ Gail Sheehy. I remember the simple joy of owning a flashlight.  Being English by birth, I first knew it as a ‘torch’, but once we moved to Jamaica we soon adapted to the more American name. It was small […]

“People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.” ~Soren Kierkegaard. I was once told that researchers can be either bees or butterflies.  Either they are attracted to many different topics, and flit from one tempting flower to another, sampling tasty nectar here and there; or they […]

“The need for connection and community is primal, as fundamental as the need for air, water, and food.”~ Dean Ornish. It was my good fortune as a child growing up in Jamaica, to have aunts who would send packages at Christmas. Well they would be intended for Christmas, but as to when they arrived, that […]

“We should give meaning to life, not wait for life to give us meaning ”~Stacy. At the end of a long week, one which challenged me and my team professionally, I am waking up still drained, so I have dipped into my recycling bin for this week’s message. Once, driving through the beautiful Blue Mountains […]