“There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast.” ~ Charles Dickens.  It has been a memorable week, and a week of memories.  We spent one day sauntering (sauntering at brisk pace though, it was quite chilly) through the city center of Manchester, the city I was born in (but […]

“Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.” ~ Matsuo Basho.  They say we form memories best by associating things with something else.  There are times when a long forgotten scene appears clearly in your mind, along with the associated smells and emotions, triggered by who knows what.  You may go to […]

“Art is always and everywhere the secret confession, and at the same time the immortal movement of its time.” ~ Karl Marx. I was taught how to be a Jamaican housewife by my Jamaican husband.  It was a bone of contention for quite a while.  For some reason it seemed implausible to him that I […]

“To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect.” ~ Oscar Wilde. Nothing beats our memories of childhood Christmases.  One of the best parts of the tradition is the watching and the waiting.  The anticipation begins to build from the sighting of the first Christmas lights, the sound of the first carols on the radio.  […]

“A thousand ages in Thy sight Are like an evening gone” ~ Isaac Watts. I lived in England for a year when I was around 14.  That was the year the first man set foot on the moon (unless the conspiracy theorists are correct!).  But there were other more mundane discoveries.  Don’t ask me how, […]

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” ~ Albert Schweitzer. I did not know what a shower looked like until I was almost 8 years old.  Homes […]

“I follow three rules: Do the right thing, do the best you can, and always show people you care.” ~ Lou Holtz. I have a famous uncle.  Well, he was my father’s uncle, which makes him my great-uncle.  And he was not really famous.  But he used to correspond with the great psychologist, psychiatrist and […]