Tag Archives: Jamaica

FMM 9 17 2021 Changes in Attitude

“Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather he must recognize that it is he who is asked.” ~ Viktor E. Frankl. When I was young, I hated being called the ‘baby’ of the family.  I was the youngest, big distinction.  I did not like to be picked up […]

FMM 7 23 2021 Don’t Change a Thing!

“You’re only as young as the last time you changed your mind.” ~ Timothy Leary. My life changed drastically when I was less than eight years old.  Not in a bad way, it wasn’t that I had to face tragic loss, or come to terms with a drastic reduction in circumstances.  I recognize even as […]

FMM 12 4 2020 What a Preposition!

“Diversity and inclusion, which are the real grounds for creativity, must remain at the center of what we do.” ~ Marco Bizzarri. When I was around fifteen, I was a member of our school’s Drama Club.  I loved dressing up and being someone other than me. I heard we were going to put on the […]

FMM 11 27 2020 Ack! Knowledge

“Nature’s beauty is a gift that cultivates appreciation and gratitude.” ~ Louie Schwartzberg. It is sometimes hard, in the rush of routines and deadlines, to pause and pay attention to all the things you should be grateful for.  Thanksgiving Day in the US may gloss over the history of the origin of this country as […]

FMM 7 31 2020 Code Switching

“The reason why the world lacks unity, and lies broken and in heaps, is, because man is disunited with himself.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson. For many of us foot-loose travelers, the last few months of home confinement have been quite a punishment.  Yet even as we express that, we feel a little guilty, aware of […]

FMM 5 22 2020 Sheet Lightning

“It is not light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.” ~ Frederick Douglass. The first time I returned to visit Jamaica after a thirteen-year hiatus, I spent a lot of my time gazing, staring out at mountain vistas, rumpled […]

FMM 1 31 2020 Color your Perspective

“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” ~ Elie Wiesel. This is my story, condensed, abridged, minimized, retold.  Picture an almost eight-year-old white girl (blonde hair, blue eyes) transplanted from grey rainy Manchester along with her entire family and […]

FMM 12 27 19 Home Stretch

“You can be still and still moving. Content even in your discontent.” ~ Ram Dass. There was a time when I would unwind after a hectic night shift by sitting at my dining table reading the Miami Herald, cup of coffee at my side, kids on or off my lap.  Sundays were particularly special – […]

FMM 12 6 19 Reggaefication

“Where destruction is the motive, unity is dangerous.” ~ Ravi Zacharias.  I may be prejudiced, but there is something special about Jamaica the country and Jamaica the people.  When my mother was in the last decade of her life, after she had lost her life partner (married for 66 years, engaged for 3 years before […]

FMM 11 8 19 Dollar Treats

“True nostalgia is an ephemeral composition of disjointed memories.” ~ Florence King. I opened a box of Pears Soap this week, and immediately embarked upon a journey of remembering.  That brown, translucent oval shape, that smell, evoked a host of memories.  In fact it was not the Pears Soap I was remembering so much as […]