Tag Archives: stories

FMM 5 3 19 Link me!

“The idea of shared humanity and the connections that we make with one another – that’s what, in fact, makes life worth living.” ~ Clint Smith.  One of the beauties of being a nurse is that you are legitimately able to ask people intimate details about their life, with impunity.  For a story teller, this […]

FMM 4 13 18 What about the Half?

“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds!” ~ Marcus Garvey. My father loved to tell stories.  Whether from pulpit or stage, in front of a crowd or a small group, his melodious voice would weave a tale that never failed to entertain, amuse or teach.  Those of us who lived […]

FMM 1 20 17 Sense of Adventure

“The greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution which has to start with each one of us?”~Dorothy Day.  I once got lost in the fog.  England used to be famous for its fog – ‘pea-soupers’ they used to call them.  Fog so thick you could […]

FMM 7 24 15 Shadow Boxing

“Thinking will not overcome fear but action will.” ~ W. Clement Stone. Metaphors and allegories.  My father used some phrases that I grew up hearing, and often not understanding.  “You have to box dicey” he would say.  From the context I eventually realized it meant to be careful, watch your step.  I don’t think he was […]

FMM 11 7 14 Tell Me a Story!

“The telling and hearing of stories is a bonding ritual that breaks through illusions of separateness and activates a deep sense of our collective interdependence.” ~ Annette Simmons  I read a lot of books when I was growing up.  Summer vacations in rural Jamaica tend to be long and without much in the way of entertainment. […]

FMM 8 29 14 Satisfy your Soul

”It is the marriage of the soul with nature that makes the intellect fruitful and gives birth to the imagination.”~Henry James Thoreau   Jamaicans have a way with words.  One of their favorite adjectives is ‘nuff’.  And though it sounds as if it derives from the word ‘enough’, it is used to denote more than […]

FMM 7 25 14 Finding your Purpose.

“Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose.” ~ Viktor E. Frankl  It has been almost 40 years since my Uncle Glyn died.  I am now about the age he was then.  My uncle dream me the other night (= I had a dream about him).  And so I […]

FMM 10 18 13 Be on the Lookout

‘Never fall in love with your disease’~Luis Gaviero  I used to joke that education is expensive, thinking of the high price we have to pay for some lessons rather than the cost of schooling.  Whether it is a relationship that turns sour, or an adventure that puts us behind bars, it may be hard at […]

FMM 8 9 13 That your days may be long upon the earth.

“Do not regret growing older; it is a privilege denied to many.” ~ Anonymous This week it so happens that I was presented with stories, stories from the elders.  My father used to collect stories.  On one occasion he was visiting the sick bed of Mr. Baker, a retired policeman in Chapelton.  Mr. Baker was […]