“We must become bigger than we have been: more courageous, greater in spirit, larger in outlook. We must become members of a new race, overcoming petty prejudice, owing our ultimate allegiance not to nations but to our fellow men within the human community.”~ Haile Selassie. My grandmother was born in Patagonia, Argentina. Her parents had […]

“Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real.” ~ Thomas Merton. My father went to Jamaica in 1963, having accepted two jobs. One was to be minister of a charge with only three churches (the usual charge had five or more churches), and the other to be chaplain and part time teacher at the […]

“Good timber does not grow with ease. The stronger the wind the stronger the trees.” ~ Thomas S. Monson. I traveled to Jamaica with my family in 1963, sailing on the SS Ascania.  Our journey was extended by several days, as we had to observe protocol, and allow a killer to exit the Caribbean before […]

“Art raises its head where creeds relax.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche. One of the rewards of working as a nurse in the hospital is the schedule.  To some it may not seem so rewarding, but if you play your cards right, you can end up having four days off every week! Of course you have to […]

“There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. This week saw the birthday of my firstborn, and, as such things often do, sent my thoughts back to my early years in Miami, when big roads with wide […]

“Everywhere I go I find that a poet has been there before me.” ~ Sigmund Freud. I still own a book of poetry that was sent to me by one of my aunts when I was about 8 or 9.  The title called to me, ‘The Littlest one, his book’ since I was the youngest, […]

“Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.” ~ Karl Barth. You don’t hear the word ‘sulking’ much anymore. I am not sure what the current term is for holding on to anger in a silent, brooding way.  I clearly remember a couple of episodes from my childhood where I milked a good ‘sulk’ for as […]

“Live your life while you have it. Life is a splendid gift. There is nothing small in it.”  ~ Florence Nightingale. My first nursing experience was on a gynecology ward, run by an old-fashioned ward Sister (Nurse Manager, US style).  She was close to retiring and had not changed the way she ran the ward […]

“We are part of this universe; we are in this universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts, is that the universe is in us.” ~ Neil deGrasse Tyson. As a church minister, my father was not one to be openly political.  Ministers were supposed to be neutral, not sharing their views or […]

“Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.” ~ Buddha. One of the interesting aspects of growing up in Jamaica is that words of advice often come dressed up in amusing and sometimes confusing proverbs and parables.  These proverbs may […]