Tag Archives: Gandhi

FMM 1 16 15 What’s your Excuse?

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” ~ Marianne Williamson   As a child I was raised with the expectation that no matter what, I would always do my best.  That gave me a work ethic that demanded that any job I was […]

FMM 12 12 14 Lose the Conditions!

“The ultimate lesson all of us have to learn is unconditional love, which includes not only others but ourselves as well.”~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross We all agree that love is a wonderful thing. If we are lucky we grow up surrounded by a loving family, and take love for granted. When we become adolescents it becomes […]

FMM 12 5 14 Where Healing Begins

“An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.” ~Mahatma Gandhi. It is troubling to live in a world where injustice appears to be the norm. Where bad news is distressing but not surprising; where people of color (especially the males) have to think defensively and act as if anything they […]

FMM 2 14 14 Speed and Accuracy

“If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing well” ~ Catherine Jones I learned to touch-type on a manual typewriter in a class taught by my mother.  She didn’t joke, that lady, you came into her class to gain a skill, and if your intentions were to fool around and waste an hour, […]

FMM 12 13 13 Long Time Coming

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”~ Leo Tolstoy.   I am an impatient person, of this I am fully aware.  I have to consciously make myself wait, breathe, and allow things to happen.  We are often dissatisfied with our life, our jobs, the people we share space with, […]

FMM 8 30 13 Living the Dream?

“We will continue to despise people until we have recognized, loved, and accepted what is despicable in ourselves” ~ Jean Varnier, paraphrasing Martin Luther King Jr. Images of 1963: a peaceful ocean of faces, steadfast and hopeful, marching, standing, working for a better future.  A short man elevated by his own rhetoric, rhetoric so powerful […]

FMM 6 21 13 One Drop

“Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield.” ~ Lao Tzu. I wasn’t great at Chemistry when I was in high school. Neither Chemistry nor Physics really got me excited. But I never forgot the concept of quantitative analysis versus qualitative analysis. We had burettes […]

FMM 12 7 12 Keeping it Simple

‘Tis the season, and sometimes we may wonder what ever happened to the real meaning of Christmas. We are bombarded on every side with somebody else’s vision of what Christmas should look like. A consumer driven society only runs well when consumers are spending. So everywhere we look we get the impression that it is […]

FMM Who among these is great? 7 13 12

There is a sermon that my father preached (as kids we used to say that the past tense of preach should be praught!) that stays with me today. It was a momentous occasion, as the service was being broadcast live on the radio. You can imagine how proud we were in Salem, to know that […]