Tag Archives: Nature

FMM 10 1 2021Cloud Mandalas

“Above the cloud with its shadow is the star with its light. Above all things reverence thyself.” ~ Pythagoras. I believe I have always had a fascination with nature.  As I got ready to leave Jamaica after high school to go to nursing school in the UK, I made sure to take plenty of photographs.  […]

FMM 7 9 2021 Triangulation

“You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.” ~ Desmond Tutu. I don’t know when I first realized that I was good at Math, or at least found the manipulation of numbers to be fun.  I remember being given a book of math puzzles, I think they […]

FMM 6 25 2021 That’s Insane!

“Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness.” ~ Allen Ginsberg. When I was growing up in Chapelton, Jamaica, there was a man from the area who was considered mad.  It was fairly obvious, as he could be seen from time to time hitting his head against light poles.  Of course, since we couldn’t understand […]

FMM 6 11 2021 Show off!

“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” ~ Confucius. When my mother was young, she told me, she once had made some comment to her own mother about her looks.  I suppose like most teenage girls she felt insecure.  Her mother gave her some practical advice. ‘Be grateful that you are neither so good-looking […]

FMM 10 30 2020 Evocation

“In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” ~ Albert Camus. When I was a child, before the family moved to Jamaica, we would spend each summer by the beach.  Before you picture some idyllic tropical island paradise, hold that thought.  This was in North Wales, we […]

FMM 5 22 2020 Sheet Lightning

“It is not light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.” ~ Frederick Douglass. The first time I returned to visit Jamaica after a thirteen-year hiatus, I spent a lot of my time gazing, staring out at mountain vistas, rumpled […]

FMM 3 6 2020 Nature’s Reboot

“Being an old farm boy myself, chickens coming home to roost never did make me sad; they’ve always made me glad.” ~ Malcolm X.  My first memory of realizing the awesomeness of nature, the truly astonishing wonder of it all was a view of the night sky from the deck of an ocean liner.  I […]

FMM 7 12 19 Taken for Granted

“Nature’s beauty is a gift that cultivates appreciation and gratitude.” ~ Louie Schwartzberg.  I am neither a sun-worshiper nor a frequent beach-goer.  As a child I have two sets of memories of going to the beach.  In my early years in the UK, beach meant a cold and usually rainy campsite within walking distance of […]

FMM 10 5 18 Greatest Good

“The countenance of one man brighteneth another; Iron sharpeneth iron” ~ Joseph Hill, Culture.  I have never doubted the power of the mind.  My mother was a strong believer in mind over matter.  It mostly had to do with you ignoring all of those things you wanted to use as excuses not to get a […]

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.  […]