Tag Archives: traditions

FMM 12 11 2020 Delicious December

“Expecting is the greatest impediment to living. In anticipation of tomorrow, it loses today.” ~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca. There was a very strict rule in our household growing up, regarding gifts (Christmas and Birthday). They were never to be opened before the day. I practiced the same thing as a parent, teaching my kids the […]

FMM 12 21 18 The long way home

“Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.” ~ Matsuo Basho.  They say we form memories best by associating things with something else.  There are times when a long forgotten scene appears clearly in your mind, along with the associated smells and emotions, triggered by who knows what.  You may go to […]

FMM 2 2 18 Good for You

“The right to protect the health and well-being of every person, of those we love, is a basic human right.”~ Elizabeth Holmes. Country children in Jamaica (I don’t know if it happened in ‘Town’ – Kingston also) were subject to a particular tradition.  At the end of every summer vacation, in order to be ready […]

FMM 1 26 18 Blind Faith

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”~ Martin Luther King, Jr. They say you should never discuss politics or religion.  After the past couple of years in American politics, you would have to be completely deaf, dumb and blind not to have been pulled into a conversation involving […]

FMM 1 5 18 Let Go and Accept

“Happiness can exist only in acceptance.”~ George Orwell. I have never been hung up on New Year’s resolutions.  For whatever reason that was not something that was pushed in our household when I was a child.  But the New Year has always been a time for reflection.  In Jamaica, most churches hold a ‘Watchnight’ service […]

FMM 12 8 17 Synergy

“And death shall have no dominion”~Dylan Thomas.  One of the beauties of being transplanted from one culture to another at an early age (as I was) is that you learn very early to walk the line between two worlds. And it doesn’t seem strange.  Children who learn to speak one language in the home, and […]

FMM 2 5 16 Roots and Culture

“The present was an egg laid by the past that had the future inside its shell” ~Zora Neale Hurston. Jamaica is a land of contradictions.  It is however a special place, with unexpected beauty, and a people of unsurpassed talent.  You may only get a glimpse of this if you stay securely inside an all-inclusive […]

FMM 12 25 15 YDHTBP

“You can’t always get what you want…. but you just might find, you get what you need”~ Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. My mother invented text speak.  Way before there were mobile phones she used innovation and efficiency to create her own set of shorthand terms, ways to get more words into a small space. […]

FMM 11 28 14 With a Song in your Heart

“What day is it?” “It’s today,” squeaked Piglet. “My favorite day,” said Pooh.” ~ A.A. Milne.   I had space in my day yesterday to discover the beauty of Dania Beach, and be grateful.  I could hear reggae music playing, not only in my mind (Beres singing “But I’m giving thanks”) but also from the beachside […]