Tag Archives: diversity

FMM 1 4 19 A Repurposed Life

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson. The old is new again.  On my recent trip to the UK we rode from Bolton, a town nestled in the foothills of the Lancashire Pennines, in to the city center of Manchester.  Rather than driving […]

FMM 8 18 17 Isms and Schisms

“All the world is full of suffering.  It is also full of overcoming.”~Helen Keller. I grew up in a tradition of caring for others.  But more than that, we were taught to respect our common humanity, and recognize that all human beings deserve respect.  My parents were practicing Christians, and they lived their beliefs.  At one […]

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 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 11 4 16 Evoking our Better Angels

“Peace is not unity in similarity but unity in diversity, in the comparison and conciliation of differences.”~Mikhail Gorbachev.  One of the problems with growing up as a preacher’s child (parson pickney, in Jamaican terms) is the unrealistic expectation that somehow you will behave better than the average child.  My mother discovered that I had ‘unfriended’ […]

FMM 10 16 15 Acceptance

“Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.”~Aristotle.  I moved from England to Jamaica as a child, at an age when I had no preconceived notions, no expectations.  It did not occur to me that I was supposed to see differences; in skin color, in […]

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.  […]