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FMM 2 1 19 You in your small corner (Refurbished)

“It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.” ~ Saint Augustine. Seventy-seven years ago today, a man in his early thirties made a promise that has been repeated over and over again since that Sunday in Salem Congregational Church: “Tomorrow, by God’s grace, I will light a […]

8 31 18 I’m with Them

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” ~ Frederick Douglass. Music formed the backdrop to my formative years.  In a little Jamaican town where the Saturday open air market was our mall, and the only place we got dressed up to go was church, we milked every ounce of pleasure out of music.  […]

FMM 2 2 18 Good for You

“The right to protect the health and well-being of every person, of those we love, is a basic human right.”~ Elizabeth Holmes. Country children in Jamaica (I don’t know if it happened in ‘Town’ – Kingston also) were subject to a particular tradition.  At the end of every summer vacation, in order to be ready […]

FMM 5 27 16 Sparks of Genius

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it ”~Edith Wharton. One of the joys of growing up in the country in Jamaica was experiencing nature up close and personal.  ‘Peenie-wallies’, the Jamaican name for glow-worms, could entertain us kids for hours, as they randomly blinked on […]

FMM 5 22 15 Easier said than done

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds, cannot change anything.” ~ George Bernard Shaw.  I am waking up this morning in the Big Easy, city of sin, city of jazz.  I came in for a conference, and so far have not seen any sin, or heard any jazz!  And this […]

FMM 12 12 14 Lose the Conditions!

“The ultimate lesson all of us have to learn is unconditional love, which includes not only others but ourselves as well.”~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross We all agree that love is a wonderful thing. If we are lucky we grow up surrounded by a loving family, and take love for granted. When we become adolescents it becomes […]

FMM 12 5 14 Where Healing Begins

“An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.” ~Mahatma Gandhi. It is troubling to live in a world where injustice appears to be the norm. Where bad news is distressing but not surprising; where people of color (especially the males) have to think defensively and act as if anything they […]

FMM 8 29 14 Satisfy your Soul

”It is the marriage of the soul with nature that makes the intellect fruitful and gives birth to the imagination.”~Henry James Thoreau   Jamaicans have a way with words.  One of their favorite adjectives is ‘nuff’.  And though it sounds as if it derives from the word ‘enough’, it is used to denote more than […]

FMM 09 06 13 Life is just for living.

“This is your life.  Do what you love, and do it often.”  ~ From the Holstee Manifesto. They say that the secret to wealth is to find something you enjoy doing, and then get paid for doing it.  Perhaps the secret to happiness is doing that which you enjoy, with or without payment.  I have […]

FMM 8 30 13 Living the Dream?

“We will continue to despise people until we have recognized, loved, and accepted what is despicable in ourselves” ~ Jean Varnier, paraphrasing Martin Luther King Jr. Images of 1963: a peaceful ocean of faces, steadfast and hopeful, marching, standing, working for a better future.  A short man elevated by his own rhetoric, rhetoric so powerful […]