Tag Archives: Jamaica

FMM 7 6 18 I’m Only Human

“The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection.”~ George Orwell. The first time I visited Jamaica after an absence of over 14 years, I fell in love all over again.  It was not difficult.  For a start I was staying up in the verdant hills of St. Andrew, looking up at the […]

FMM 5 18 18 Angels on my Shoulder

“And what is it to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?”~ Khalil Gibran. One hundred and thirty years ago today, my paternal grandmother was born in Argentina.  She was born to a family of immigrants, Welsh settlers who had set […]

FMM 5 11 18 Live Until you Die!

“We been fighting for all the wrong stuff We better fight to stay in love.”~ Tanya Stephens. I went on a trip to Jamaica one year, the kind of trip where you don’t do any of the touristy things, yet you do those things which the average person who lives on the island doesn’t do.  […]

FMM 2 2 18 Good for You

“The right to protect the health and well-being of every person, of those we love, is a basic human right.”~ Elizabeth Holmes. Country children in Jamaica (I don’t know if it happened in ‘Town’ – Kingston also) were subject to a particular tradition.  At the end of every summer vacation, in order to be ready […]

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 1 5 18 Let Go and Accept

“Happiness can exist only in acceptance.”~ George Orwell. I have never been hung up on New Year’s resolutions.  For whatever reason that was not something that was pushed in our household when I was a child.  But the New Year has always been a time for reflection.  In Jamaica, most churches hold a ‘Watchnight’ service […]

FMM 11 3 17 Perfect Harmony

 “Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.” ~Thomas Merton.  My father loved music.  He also loved to sing. And he sang in a beautiful tenor voice, although he could provide a little bass if necessary.  Many people share at least two out of those three qualities!  He grew […]