“Conscience is a man’s compass.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh. I am not sure when my fascination with the history and culture of Native Americans began. When I was about 7 years old, my mother was not able to be present with me for some event, and I was rewarded with a special doll I had […]

“Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity, or registering wrongs.” ~ Charlotte Bronte. Last weekend I attended the celebration of life for a musician.  It was held in a church, because he was a believer and church member, but despite the traditional service there were a number of beautiful musical […]

“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” ~ Plato. When you grow up in the church, you grow up singing.  Nothing like a ‘good sing’ to exercise your lungs, make you feel a part […]

“Perhaps the mission of an artist is to interpret beauty to people – the beauty within themselves.” ~ Langston Hughes. To say that someone is ‘comfortable in their own skin’ is an interesting one.  When I think about my parents (and it is amazing how often I do, considering that I am in my sixties, […]

 “The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together” ~ William Shakespeare. I probably missed my first opportunity to star in a play by being born five days too late.  Growing up in the church there are at least two big plays (which may be musicals) per year, one at […]

“When fear rushed in, I learned how to hear my heart racing but refused to allow my feelings to sway me. That resilience came from my family. It flowed through our bloodline.” ~ Coretta Scott King. I have been blessed to have had many strong women in my life who showed me a template of […]

“We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike.” ~ Maya Angelou. Growing up a white kid in the heart of Jamaica provided me with the most mind-expanding education you can be privileged to have.  I was young enough when I moved there not to have many pre-conceptions, and since I was welcomed into […]

“Trust yourself, you know more than you think you do.” ~ Benjamin Spock. One of my enduring memories is of a dream I had as a child. We were driving through the night to get to our summer vacation home. That sounds a lot more glamorous than it was. As poor church mice, we had […]

“All credibility, all good conscience, all evidence of truth come only from the senses.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche. My parents struggled financially, most of their married lives.  They probably had more disposable income after they retired, than during their working lives.  Of course, being a minister of the church was not a well reimbursed career, but […]

“Sustainability is no longer about doing less harm. It’s about doing more good.” ~ Jochen Zeitz. I was a girl scout for a few years, as a child. I don’t recall us doing too many adventures; we were mostly confined to the spacious campus of our high school.  I remember learning useful skills like (pause, […]