Tag Archives: history

FMM 5 6 2022 No wrong path

‘Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy and serenity.’ ~  Thich Nhat Hanh. The first time I went to Key West, it still had the sleepy quality of a fishing village.  I was immediately in love.  Four years before I had been living in Jamaica, and Key West […]

FMM 1 21 2022 On the Tiptoe of Expectation

“People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.” ~ James Baldwin. My father was a minister (parson, preacher) by education and vocation, but became a teacher when we moved to Jamaica. He had two jobs, his charge of three churches, and to be chaplain and parttime Bible Knowledge teacher at the high […]

FMM 11 19 2021 Lessons Learned

“I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers.” ~ Khalil Gibran. I was introduced to the poet Khalil Gibran in high school.  I don’t know who was the first person to find and share ‘The Prophet’ but his prose […]

FMM 12 28 18 Perhaps Inevitable

“There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast.” ~ Charles Dickens.  It has been a memorable week, and a week of memories.  We spent one day sauntering (sauntering at brisk pace though, it was quite chilly) through the city center of Manchester, the city I was born in (but […]

FMM 12 21 18 The long way home

“Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.” ~ Matsuo Basho.  They say we form memories best by associating things with something else.  There are times when a long forgotten scene appears clearly in your mind, along with the associated smells and emotions, triggered by who knows what.  You may go to […]

8 31 18 I’m with Them

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” ~ Frederick Douglass. Music formed the backdrop to my formative years.  In a little Jamaican town where the Saturday open air market was our mall, and the only place we got dressed up to go was church, we milked every ounce of pleasure out of music.  […]

FMM 1 19 18 The Nosebleed Section

“I think we all have empathy. We may not have enough courage to display it.” ~ Maya Angelou.  I first felt the full force of racism in Jacksonville, Florida.  It was 1978.  I had driven there to take my Nursing Boards, what is now known as the NCLEX-RN.  At that time there were three sites […]

FMM 9 18 15 Innovative History

“Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.” ~Langston Hughes.  The human brain is an amazing organ, one which holds many mysteries.  Why do we ask questions?  How do we solve mathematical problems in our head?  How did the first man think of rubbing two sticks together […]

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.  […]

FMM 8 2 13 Heaven in a grain of sand

“Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.”~ Margaret Mead Do you ever spend any time thinking about what brought you to this point right here right now? There is something very beautiful about the randomness that ensured that a particular set of chromosomes combined with another set of chromosomes to produce the […]