Tag Archives: Jamaica

FMM 5 13 2022 Be more, Do more, Want less Revisited

“We can’t be useful to ourselves unless we’re useful to others.”~Dalai Lama. When I stepped into my bathroom the other morning, I had a memory of early mornings in the hills of Jamaica.  A cool breeze would steal in through the open window, warning you of how cold the unheated water might be.  Outside the […]

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 4 22 2022 Thank you for Thanking me!

“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.” ~ Carl Jung. Childhood is a time of puzzling mysteries.  We try to make sense of our world, and of the complexities of human beings, of why things are, things that grown-ups seem to […]

FMM 4 15 2022 Beyond Bun and Cheese Revisited

“Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.” ~ Rabindranath Tagore. The traditions of our childhood help to shape the adults we have become. Aside from the food associated with the holidays were the church services, the hymns, the clothes, and all of the trappings of the seasons. Growing […]

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 1 14 2022 Reggaefication Redux

“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 12 24 2021 A Ritualistic Life

“In many traditions, the world was sung into being: Aboriginal Australians believe their ancestors did so. In Hindu and Buddhist thought, Om was the seed syllable that created the world.” ~ Jay Griffiths. December has always been a special month for me, since it is my birth month.  There is also that special time they […]

FMM 10 29 2021 Can we Talk?

“Only humility will lead us to unity, and unity will lead to peace.” ~ Mother Theresa. The first time I visited New Jersey was on my way to New York city on a Greyhound bus.  To be honest we were just driving through it, but took an unplanned break in Newark.  My father had decided […]

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 […]