Tag Archives: Culture

FMM 7 31 2020 Code Switching

“The reason why the world lacks unity, and lies broken and in heaps, is, because man is disunited with himself.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson. For many of us foot-loose travelers, the last few months of home confinement have been quite a punishment.  Yet even as we express that, we feel a little guilty, aware of […]

FMM 11 15 19 Myth America

“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).  […]

FMM 12 8 17 Synergy

“And death shall have no dominion”~Dylan Thomas.  One of the beauties of being transplanted from one culture to another at an early age (as I was) is that you learn very early to walk the line between two worlds. And it doesn’t seem strange.  Children who learn to speak one language in the home, and […]

FMM 6 30 17 My White Life

“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.”~Joseph Campbell. I learned to ‘roll flour’ (make dumplings) at Beulah School All Age School, in Jamaica.  The girls (no boys) had to help out in the kitchen, taking it in turns to do our part.  The technique wasn’t too strange to me.  I was an […]

FMM 4 14 17 It Coulda Worse!

“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.”~Denis Waitley. They say travel broadens the mind.  There is something about experiencing a place, a people and a culture far different to the one you are familiar with that helps to open […]

FMM 4 10 15 And a Book of Rules

“The opportunity for brotherhood presents itself every time you meet a human being.” ~Jane Wyman  Last year I learned an interesting fact about the culture of the people of the Dominican Republic.  We were having a ‘culture’ day in class, a day when I invite the students to bring an item that symbolizes their culture.  […]