Tag Archives: Native Americans

FMM 1 22 2021 Health and Healing

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” ~ John Muir. One of the features of my childhood was cuts and scrapes.  I suppose they are a feature for any child who is allowed to explore and climb, […]

FMM 7 10 2020 It’s an Illusion

“The ignorant mind, with its infinite afflictions, passions, and evils, is rooted in the three poisons. Greed, anger, and delusion.” ~ Bodhidharma.   In my youth I was an avid reader.  From the simple fairy tales of childhood, through girl detective stories to historical romances, I read them all.  Short stories were special treats, you […]

FMM 6 5 2020 Two Americas

“You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.” ~ Malcolm X. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” When you want to be a writer, or even an author, you aspire to create a killer first line, an opening sentence […]

FMM 1 3 20 Respect and Reciprocity

“Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace.” ~ Albert Schweitzer. For my mother, sending cards at Christmas was a serious affair.  With her organizational and secretarial skills, the task received the best of her talents.  Each year her list would be carefully reviewed.  Who […]

FMM 11 29 19 Something to Smile for

“Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.” ~ Aesop. We are at the time of year when days seem to crash into each other in their hurry to see the end of 2019.  In the USA, once we hit Thanksgiving, we may as well give up and start writing 2020 already, it is as if […]

FMM 11 22 19 Acknowledging

“’We, The People’ is more than a statement of purpose. It is an acknowledgement of an obligation to each other.” ~ Charlie Pierce. There are many traditions that have been lost in this technological, smart phone driven era.  My family was fortunate to be blessed with many aunts, all of whom were very good about […]

FMM 6 8 18 Beds are Burning

“Religion without humanity is very poor human stuff.”~  Sojourner Truth. What is your comfort food?  We humans have some very strange practices, often wasting energy on activities that have no tangible benefits.  The compulsive repetitive practices of people with OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) begin with basic healthy principles (such as hand washing, checking to see […]

FMM 9 29 17 Zip-lining Away!

“The reason why the world lacks unity, and lies broken and in heaps, is, because man is disunited with himself.”~ Ralph Waldo Emerson. There are many beautiful places in Jamaica. The name itself is descriptive: Land of wood and water (Xaymaca was the Arawak name for the island). It is said that when Christopher Columbus […]

FMM 11 11 16 Remembrance

“In the end we will remember, not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”~ Martin Luther King, Jr. There was a card game we used to play when I was young; it was a simple game of pairing cards.  But the deck was spread out (face down) on a table, and […]

FMM 3 4 16 Grit in the System

“To love a place is not enough. We must find ways to heal it.”~Robin Wall Kimmerer. Nothing is ever completely bad.  There is always something to be learned.  I find myself at times mindlessly scrolling through Facebook, enjoying random photos and thoughts, stopping to smile at a cartoon or an uplifting thought.  Whenever I find […]