Tag Archives: Racism

FMM 1 8 2020 Historic Steps

“Sad to see the old slave millIs grinding slow, but grinding still” ~ Damian Marley. In the summer of 1966 I visited Savannah, Georgia with my parents and brother.  My older siblings had exams to finish, so they were spared the torture of sightseeing along the eastern coast of the US in the hottest months […]

FMM 12 4 2020 What a Preposition!

“Diversity and inclusion, which are the real grounds for creativity, must remain at the center of what we do.” ~ Marco Bizzarri. When I was around fifteen, I was a member of our school’s Drama Club.  I loved dressing up and being someone other than me. I heard we were going to put on the […]

FMM 11 13 2020 Weightlifting

“I believe success is achieved by ordinary people with extraordinary determination.” ~ Zig Ziglar. When I was a young child in the UK, there was a prime minister called Harold McMillan.  I have no knowledge about him, was too young to know anything about politics. However I had picked up enough from my parents reaction […]

FMM 8 28 2020 Crystal Vision

FMM 8 28 2020 Crystal Vision “I’m gonna put on an iron shirt and chase Satan out of earth.” ~ Maxi Romeo. If you grew up in a Christian household like I did, you were discouraged from believing, or even showing an interest in things like astrology.  There was something pagan and sacrilegious about it.  […]

FMM 7 24 2020 It Never Happened

“A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession.” ~ Albert Camus.   I am not sure if I have ever publicly confessed to two sins of my childhood. In one case, the person most affected is still alive, and so I have the opportunity to beg forgiveness (finally).  In the […]

FMM 6 12 2020 All the Rage

“Retribution haunts everyone, but catches up only the few.”~ Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach.  I admit I was naïve.  I blame Jamaica.  I had grown up as a white girl surrounded by a population whose motto is ‘Out of many, one people.’  The majority of Jamaicans are descended from the enslaved Africans who were brought to the […]

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 5 29 2020 No Jestering

“Let justice roll down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.“ ~ Amos 5:24 and Martin Luther King Jr., (Letter from the Birmingham Jail). Growing up and attending a school in Jamaica (as in any country associated with the British Colonial past) included studies in ‘Bible Knowledge’ (BK, or some variation on that name).  […]

FMM 2 14 20 Sing me a Song

“My music had roots which I’d dug up from my own childhood, musical roots buried in the darkest soil.” ~ Ray Charles. The road trips of my early childhood included many a song.  My family had a repertoire of songs which distracted and entertained on the long journey which would take us from the city […]

FMM 1 31 2020 Color your Perspective

“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” ~ Elie Wiesel. This is my story, condensed, abridged, minimized, retold.  Picture an almost eight-year-old white girl (blonde hair, blue eyes) transplanted from grey rainy Manchester along with her entire family and […]