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FMM 2 12 2021 Outspeaking

“All advocacy is, at its core, an exercise in empathy.” ~ Samantha Power. When I was a young working mother of four young children, I did what many other nurses did who had similar responsibilities, I worked nights and weekends.  It didn’t give you much of a social life, but it maximized your earning power […]

FMM 7 17 2020

“The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity.” ~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca. This week I had one of those dreams that seems so real, yet cannot be told as a story when you wake up.  What seemed to have plot and purpose breaks up into images and situations which […]

FMM 4 24 2020 The Ties that Bond

“The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things.” ~ Epictetus. We are living through an amazing time. There are eras in your life that are special. When I started in nursing school in England in the 70s, I knew absolutely […]

FMM 3 27 2020 No Time for Platitudes

“A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.” ~ Albert Camus. This week I saw a headline that said that New York women were going to have to give birth alone.  It was not as stark as it sounded.  It wasn’t that the poor women were going to have to squat […]

FMM 7 27 18 Never Quit!

“He that is down need fear no fall; he that is low,  no pride.”~ John Bunyan. I can think of a number of times in my life when I have stood on my high horse, determined to make a stand about something, only to have it backfire in some way.  Or times when I have […]

FMM 5 26 17 Which Path?

“Live as if you were living a second time, and as though you had acted wrongly the first time.”~Viktor E. Frankl.  I am a Mancunian by birth.  That means that I know that the correct pronunciation of the city’s name is Manchister, with the emphasis on the first syllable.  I lived there until I was […]

FMM 5 12 17 Push comes to Shove

“Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.”~Napoleon Hill. My parents were married for 66 years when my father died.  Theirs was a partnership that endured through many struggles and across many miles and left a legacy of enduring lessons along with a large family.  But it was one which could easily have not […]

FMM 2 3 17 Fine Print

“The first step in the evolution of ethics is a sense of solidarity with other human beings.”~Albert Schweitzer.  My father-in-law was a simple man.  His wife died and left him with four young kids, and he raised them in the old-fashioned Jamaican way, sure that firm discipline and education were essential to a good upbringing.  […]

FMM 729 16 In Spiration

“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?”~Kahlil Gibran.  Human connections are amazing.  Although we are born into one family, we may find ourselves, if we are lucky, as comfortable in the homes of our friends as […]

FMM 4 15 16 One Spark

“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.”~Aristotle Onassis. I once met a young woman who was too perky.  No matter the time of day, or the circumstances she was upbeat and chipper for no reason.  So annoying!  It wasn’t until I got to know her better that I […]