“Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.” ~Howard Zinn.  I don’t have many memories of changing seasons from my childhood.  Perhaps, before global warming, the weather in England went from cold and rainy to cool and rainy! I am sure I must have seen the autumnal colors, resplendent in oranges […]

“My life is based on pain, passion, and purpose.” ~ Elijah Cummings.  One of the problems for researchers who wish to observe the interactions of humans, is that the very act of observation changes those interactions.  We see this every day now, with people trying to go ‘viral’ with their homemade videos.  We may be […]

“All of me loves all of you…all your perfect imperfections.” ~John Legend.  My daughter was a handful as a child.  Which is why she hates it when she sees me looking on with glee as her own daughter gives her all kind of attitude.  It is the special curse a mother wishes on her kids, […]

“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 […]

“If you’re going to live, leave a legacy. Make a mark on the world that can’t be erased.” ~ Maya Angelou.  Ninety-nine years ago, my father was born, the third child of a truck driver and his housewife.  He grew up in a working-class neighborhood knowing that the only way out of poverty was education.  […]

“How could you have a soccer team if all were goalkeepers? How would it be an orchestra if all were French horns? “ ~ Desmond Tutu.  On our first trip to Jamaica, we were accompanied by a banjo.  By that I mean that, deep in the hold, along with countless bags, boxes and trunks, there […]

“Be happy in the moment, that’s enough.  Each moment is all we need, not more.” ~ Mother Theresa.  Growing up, we did a lot of walking.  In both England and Jamaica, cars were for long journeys.  We walked to school, walked to the shop, walked to see friends.  One of the pleasures of living in […]