Tag Archives: language

FMM 7 3 2020 Raw Soul

“To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker.” ~ Frederick Douglass. Upstate New York is an idyllic place, a place of woods and hills and dappled light.  There are place names that reveal the original owners of the land, along with […]

FMM 12 13 19 Gobsmacked

“He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good.” ~ Confucius. One of the things about growing up a Preacher’s Kid (PK as they say in the US) is that you are always having to watch what you say.  Not just what you say, but how you say it.  In […]

FMM 7 26 19 Don’t get it Twisted

“The finest language is mostly made up of simple unimposing words.” ~ George Eliot. “Farmer Jones walked up the path, drunk as usual.” I have never forgotten that line, the opening line to a book thrust into my hands when I was maybe eight years old.  I had just started school in the hills of […]

FMM 2 23 18 Upcycling

“We should give meaning to life, not wait for life to give us meaning ”~Stacy. At the end of a long week, one which challenged me and my team professionally, I am waking up still drained, so I have dipped into my recycling bin for this week’s message. Once, driving through the beautiful Blue Mountains […]

FMM 10 27 17 Points of Light

“People find meaning and redemption in the most unusual human connections.”~ Khaled Hosseini. Language is a tricky thing.  Even when you think you speak the same language, words may have very different interpretations. People from the English-speaking world have to learn to avoid saying ‘football’ when in America.  If you live in the US, although […]

FMM 4 14 17 It Coulda Worse!

“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.”~Denis Waitley. They say travel broadens the mind.  There is something about experiencing a place, a people and a culture far different to the one you are familiar with that helps to open […]

FMM 2 17 17 Sweet Mouth

“To handle a language skillfully is to practice a kind of evocative sorcery.”~Charles Baudelaire.  Welsh, it is often said, is the language of heaven.  To be honest, it is mostly Welsh people who say this!  It was my father’s first language, the language of home and church.  It is a challenging language, full of strange sounds […]

FMM 4 29 16 Gained in Translation

“Mother Nature is always speaking.  She speaks in a language understood within the peaceful mind of the sincere observer.”~Radhanath Swami.  Language is a wonderful thing.  It provides words which represent complex thoughts, symbols that identify objects and people, and allows us to express emotions and needs.  All over the globe, individual tribes of prehistoric people […]

FMM 4 11 14 Barbed Words

“Poetry: the best words in the best order.” ~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge   I envy poets.  They choose their words with care, sifting through adjectives and verbs until they find just the right one.  A poem may be reworked and reworded; tweaked and tightened until it has just the right impact and effect.  In real life […]

FMM 11 1 13 The weight of our words

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”~ Mother Teresa. When you think about our ability to communicate, human beings are amazing.  We have evolved from grunting, finger pointing cavemen, to creators of iconic imagery and lyrical language.  The human brain processes thoughts faster and more creatively than […]