Tag Archives: death

FMM 3 1 19 Existential Filter

“Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.” ~ Rabindranath Tagore. One of the features of growing up in a large family is the noise.  Shouting, laughing, arguing, crying, the only time the poor parents have peace is when all the children are asleep.  Which reminds me of the Jamaican t-shirt […]

FMM 1 11 19 ‘I have the time’

“For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.” ~ Khalil Gibran. The joy of being a story-teller is that first you must collect the stories.  Which means at the very least having willing ears and an open mind.  Many of us don’t have the patience to hear a […]

FMM 9 14 18 Change the Lens

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” ~ Henry David Thoreau.  Wales is known as the land of song.  It is the land of my forefathers too; both of my parents were descended from men and women that lived in that historic piece of the United Kingdom.  It is a […]

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 2 17 Angels Watching Over Me

“We shall find peace.  We shall hear angels, we shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds.”~Anton Chekhov. In Jamaica, when you discover that you have put on your underwear inside out, it is said that you are chasing away ghosts (you a run duppy).  Apparently ghosts get spooked easily, and that is one way to […]

FMM 2 26 16 Storm Chasers

“We are on a very rich emotional and physical journey on this planet”~Melody Beattie.   Mother Nature has one hell of a temper.  There is something very primal about a thunderstorm.  Those dark grey menacing clouds, the shocking flashes of lightning, the thunderous rumblings.  When the trees limbs start to do the nae-nae (watch me […]

FMM 2 5 16 Roots and Culture

“The present was an egg laid by the past that had the future inside its shell” ~Zora Neale Hurston. Jamaica is a land of contradictions.  It is however a special place, with unexpected beauty, and a people of unsurpassed talent.  You may only get a glimpse of this if you stay securely inside an all-inclusive […]