“Art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos.” ~ Stephen Sondheim. My grandfather (whom I never met since he died some years before I was born) was a truck driver.  He left school at the age of twelve, and his first job was to stand outside a grocery store (where there […]

“Stories teach us empathy. They reveal to us ourselves in the skins of others.” ~ Justin Simien. Last week, in the middle of a Zumba session, the music changed from a Latin focus to good old-fashioned rock and roll.  Soon we were rocking around the clock and twisting the night away.  I remembered that before […]

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” ~ Khalil Gibran. I was not gifted with much athletic talent.  I had heart, I had determination, I had team spirit, but I did not shine or excel in a way that made me a star in sports.  My […]

“You’re only as young as the last time you changed your mind.” ~ Timothy Leary. My life changed drastically when I was less than eight years old.  Not in a bad way, it wasn’t that I had to face tragic loss, or come to terms with a drastic reduction in circumstances.  I recognize even as […]

“Nobody gets justice. People only get good luck or bad luck.” ~  Orson Welles. Mother-daughter relationships are tricky.  I am not one of those who can say my mother was my best friend.  Perhaps it’s a generational thing, but it never occurred to me to ‘tell my mother everything’.  As a matter of fact, I […]

“You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.” ~ Desmond Tutu. I don’t know when I first realized that I was good at Math, or at least found the manipulation of numbers to be fun.  I remember being given a book of math puzzles, I think they […]

“Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart.” ~ Pablo Casals. I moved away from home at the age of eighteen. After finishing high school in Jamaica, I returned to the land of my birth to see if I could reconnect.  I knew that I could happily live in Jamaica […]

“Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness.” ~ Allen Ginsberg. When I was growing up in Chapelton, Jamaica, there was a man from the area who was considered mad.  It was fairly obvious, as he could be seen from time to time hitting his head against light poles.  Of course, since we couldn’t understand […]

“The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.” ~ Anatole France. We all know at least one child that seems to ask a thousand questions a day.  One of mine was peppering me with questions as I got ready […]

“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” ~ Confucius. When my mother was young, she told me, she once had made some comment to her own mother about her looks.  I suppose like most teenage girls she felt insecure.  Her mother gave her some practical advice. ‘Be grateful that you are neither so good-looking […]