Tag Archives: appreciation

FMM 5 22 2020 Sheet Lightning

“It is not light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.” ~ Frederick Douglass. The first time I returned to visit Jamaica after a thirteen-year hiatus, I spent a lot of my time gazing, staring out at mountain vistas, rumpled […]

FMM 4 24 2020 The Ties that Bond

“The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things.” ~ Epictetus. We are living through an amazing time. There are eras in your life that are special. When I started in nursing school in England in the 70s, I knew absolutely […]

FMM 11 22 19 Acknowledging

“’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 […]

FMM 7 12 19 Taken for Granted

“Nature’s beauty is a gift that cultivates appreciation and gratitude.” ~ Louie Schwartzberg.  I am neither a sun-worshiper nor a frequent beach-goer.  As a child I have two sets of memories of going to the beach.  In my early years in the UK, beach meant a cold and usually rainy campsite within walking distance of […]

FMM 11 24 17 Don’t get it Twisted

“When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect toward others.”~Dalai Lama.  Things were different when I was growing up.  I see how easily I have moved into the ‘older generation’ category, reminiscing about how things used to be.  But I remember the first time I wore long pants in the dead of winter […]

FMM 8 11 17 Timely Reminders

“Everyone needs reminders that the fact of their being on this earth is important and that each life changes everything.”~ Marge Kennedy. A song has been playing in my mind this week, ever since I helped my grandson with his homework.  Did you know that in Finland (so I’ve been told), children have shorter school […]

FMM 01 06 17 Silence is Golden

“I have learnt silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers.” ~ Khalil Gibran. My Auntie Elsie remained unmarried until she died. She was the eldest of six children, and we don’t know if it was because she stayed home to take […]

FMM 3 4 16 Grit in the System

“To love a place is not enough. We must find ways to heal it.”~Robin Wall Kimmerer. Nothing is ever completely bad.  There is always something to be learned.  I find myself at times mindlessly scrolling through Facebook, enjoying random photos and thoughts, stopping to smile at a cartoon or an uplifting thought.  Whenever I find […]

FMM 1 15 16 Each Perfect Moment

“Rage, rage, against the dying of the light” ~ Dylan Thomas In one of life’s perfect ironies, at a time when I am awash in a sea of emotions, I am also full of a cold.  Not surprising that my body should find a way to remind me to slow down, take better care of […]

FMM 9 4 15 My Cup it Overflows

“Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.” ~Karl Barth. I can’t complain. These past few weeks have given me many moments to be thankful for the life I live. Last week I visited my family in the UK – and was able to soak in the beauty of wild wild Wales, the mysterious mountains, the […]