Tag Archives: funerals
FMM 1 27 2023 Three days, three mothers
Let us now praise unfamous women, And our mothers that begat us. (Adapted from Ecclesiasticus 44:1). It may sound strange, but I find much to appreciate in a funeral. I have often learned more about the person who died at the celebration of their life, than I knew of them when alive. It so happens that last week I […]
FMM 7 15 2022 The Speed of Life
“Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity, or registering wrongs.” ~ Charlotte Bronte. Last weekend I attended the celebration of life for a musician. It was held in a church, because he was a believer and church member, but despite the traditional service there were a number of beautiful musical […]
FMM 1 10 20 Traveling Mercies
“A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” ~ Lao Tzu. My first time in Key West, over 40 years ago, was a trip of revelation. I was already having a hard time adjusting to the America of Miami: large cars, huge straight roads, flashing neon lights advertising establishments big […]
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 8 26 16 Road Trip, Baby!
“We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike”~Maya Angelou. Before my family moved to Jamaica, our annual vacations began with a road trip. My parents would pack up whatever old jalopy we owned (one was the ‘orange monster’!) with camping gear, supplies for a month, and five kids. The journey was made slightly […]
FMM 8 12 16 Jamaica Sweet!
“Lovely dainty Spanish needle With your yellow flower and white, Dew bedecked and softly sleeping, Do you think of me to-night?”~ Claude McKay. For many years, I was totally loyal to Air Jamaica. I refused to fly on any other airline when I flew home to Jamaica. It was not just the beautifully sleek […]
FMM 12 18 15 In Praise of Life
“Though lovers be lost love shall not, And death shall have no dominion.”~Dylan Thomas. Death is a funny thing. It sharpens the senses like a shower of rain clears the air. Memories once distant come close. As a drop of dew on a leaf brings the colors and veins into acute focus, it can […]