Tag Archives: Laughter

FMM 3 23 18 Mining your Life

“The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.”~ Mark Twain. I grew up in a family that made a joke of everything. My father had a wicked sense of humor, he would say the most outrageous things with a straight face, and it was only the hint of a dimple, or […]

FMM 10 20 17 Exceeding Expectations

“Put your heart, mind and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.” ~ Swami Sivananda.  I always wanted to be a nurse.  I had two dress-up outfits as a child. One was a cowgirl outfit. It came with the sheriff’s badge, a waistcoat, skirt and holster with gun.  Oh yes, […]

FMM 9 22 17 Dry Wit

“Everything is funny, as long as it’s happening to somebody else.”~ Will Rogers. My father had a strange sense of humor.  His jokes would often be met with a split second of silence, before the audience, whether in church, the classroom, or the huge assembly hall where as chaplain he would lead morning devotions each […]

FMM 8 29 14 Satisfy your Soul

”It is the marriage of the soul with nature that makes the intellect fruitful and gives birth to the imagination.”~Henry James Thoreau   Jamaicans have a way with words.  One of their favorite adjectives is ‘nuff’.  And though it sounds as if it derives from the word ‘enough’, it is used to denote more than […]

FMM 1 31 14 Core Training

“Strength does not come from physical capacity.  It comes from an indomitable will.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi.   The first time I set foot in a gym, I was struck by one thing: all of this effort and sweat with no product.  I thought of how it would appear to the hardworking farmers and laborers of developing […]

FMM 1 24 14 Nothing but Blue Sky

“Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.” ~ Victor Hugo. On one of my flights into Manchester, I don’t recall how many years ago, I had a surprising discovery.  It was a clear, cloudless morning, the sun rising from a rose tinged horizon, the sky a beautiful shade of dark blue.  As […]

Laughter: Better than medicine 4 12 2012

Friday Morning Message Laughter: better than medicine. Good Friday Morning everyone! Last weekend I was privileged to spend time with a wonderful woman who had just celebrated her 95th birthday. Several times I heard her give a good old-fashioned belly laugh. It was such a wonderful sound. Despite her aches and pains, despite the fact that […]