Tag Archives: dementia

FMM 10 16 2020 Conflated Talents

“Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.” ~ George Edward Woodberry. In the middle of a busy day recently, I took a phone call from a long-time friend.  As has become my very bad habit, I listened with half an ear as I tried to continue reviewing […]

FMM 10 9 2020 Kindness is a boomerang (Recycled)

“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.”~Dalai Lama. I am a nurse first. When I think of the roles I play in life, I know in my heart that my passion is nursing. One of the many wonderful things about being a nurse is that it encompasses many job descriptions. For the past […]

FMM 6 14 19 Sing out Loud!

“As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest.” ~ Nelson Mandela. There is nothing like waking up before dawn in the cool hills of Jamaica; there is peace and quiet before the roosters start to crow, and the dogs start their chorus.  Once the daylight […]

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 3 17 17 I’m an Alien

“Only the weak are cruel. Gentleness can only be expected from the strong.”~Leo Buscaglia. Picture me at ten years old, the only little white girl in a rural Jamaican school, convinced I could fit in if only I could speak like a Jamaican.  One of the realities of our lives is that we can only see […]

FMM 6 3 16 The Power of Grace

“Grace has been defined as the outward expression of the inner harmony of the soul”~William Hazlitt.  One of my mother’s four older sisters was called Grace.  She was named for their mother, my grandmother.  My Auntie Grace was a character, with a wicked sense of humor and a ready laugh.  She died when I was still […]

FMM 5 13 16 Be more, Do more, Want less

“We can’t be useful to ourselves unless we’re useful to others.”~Dalai Lama. When I stepped into my bathroom the other morning, I had a memory of early mornings in the hills of Jamaica.  A cool breeze would steal in through the open window, warning you of how cold the unheated water might be.  Outside the […]

FMM 11 13 15 Degrees of Freedom

“Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but our self can free our mind. ”Marcus Garvey.   Going back to school brings with it a host of challenges, one of which is a subject known as statistics.  The good news is, they don’t expect you to know formulae any more, and there are programs that run […]

FMM 3 28 14 Kindness is a boomerang

“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.”~ Dalai Lama  I am a nurse first.  When I think of the roles I play in life, I know in my heart that my passion is nursing.  One of the many wonderful things about being a nurse is that it encompasses many job descriptions.  For the […]

FMM 8 23 13 More Questions than Answers

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.”  ~ Plutarch For some people, the purpose of going back to school is to obtain a piece of paper, some kind of documentation to improve your job opportunities.  For others, it is a way to prove something to yourself.  Perhaps as […]