“Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.” ~ Aesop. We are at the time of year when days seem to crash into each other in their hurry to see the end of 2019.  In the USA, once we hit Thanksgiving, we may as well give up and start writing 2020 already, it is as if […]

“’We, The People’ is more than a statement of purpose. It is an acknowledgement of an obligation to each other.” ~ Charlie Pierce. There are many traditions that have been lost in this technological, smart phone driven era.  My family was fortunate to be blessed with many aunts, all of whom were very good about […]

“Poetry is the lifeblood of rebellion, revolution, and the raising of consciousness.” ~ Alice Walker. I picture myself as being a little contrary as a child.  I am probably not unique in this, perhaps all children are contrary by nature, until it is ‘socialized’ out of us and we learn to be conformists (to behave).  […]

“True nostalgia is an ephemeral composition of disjointed memories.” ~ Florence King. I opened a box of Pears Soap this week, and immediately embarked upon a journey of remembering.  That brown, translucent oval shape, that smell, evoked a host of memories.  In fact it was not the Pears Soap I was remembering so much as […]

“Vision is the true creative rhythm.” ~ Robert Delaunay. Childhood is a time of wonder, of imaginary worlds and sometimes, confusion.  There are always those gaps in understanding, where a child may hear something and then try to fill in the blanks.  My grandson wanted to be taken to Christmas once.  It was just around […]

“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 […]