Tag Archives: oppression

FMM 6 21 19 I’ve looked at Clouds

“The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival.” ~ Aristotle. When I think about it, I had the childhood that an anthropologist would have paid money for. Being plunged into the Jamaican countryside was an immersion experience for this eight-year-old English girl.  In typical Jamaican […]

FMM 10 12 18 Who am I?

“Be thine own palace, or the world’s thy jail.” ~ John Donne. When I left Jamaica in the mid 70’s, I hadn’t heard the word ‘Soca’ used to describe the music we associated with those small islands of the Caribbean.  It was Calypso music back then, and we mostly heard it in a 5-minute block […]

8 31 18 I’m with Them

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” ~ Frederick Douglass. Music formed the backdrop to my formative years.  In a little Jamaican town where the Saturday open air market was our mall, and the only place we got dressed up to go was church, we milked every ounce of pleasure out of music.  […]

FMM 6 1 18 Lowest Common Denominator

“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.” ~ Ernest Hemingway. My husband was a fan of foreign cars.  In particular, he developed a fondness for the Italian Alfa Romeo.  In our early marriage we were ignorant of how to survive in the USA and so we soon lost the little […]

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 10 28 16 Baked in your DNA

“We must make good use of this life for the time that we have left. This brief flash of light, like the sun appearing through the clouds.”~Kalu Rinpoche. When I was about 15 I had my first perm.  Like most females I was convinced that my own look was not good enough, I had to […]

FMM 9 9 16 Walk a Mile

“This is a wonderful planet, and it is being completely destroyed by people who have too much money and power and no empathy.”~ Alice Walker. At the age of 8 or 9, I attended a country school in the heart of Jamaica.  I was the only white girl in the school, which meant I was […]