Tag Archives: tragedy

FMM 5 24 19 Brass Bands and Parenting

O Joy that seekest me through pain, I cannot close my heart to thee; I trace the rainbow through the rain, And feel the promise is not vain, That morn shall tearless be. ~George Matheson. I am not sure why I love the sound of a good brass band.  They are a particularly English phenomenon, […]

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 10 6 17 Comfortably numb.

“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent.” ~ John Donne. Some people are born story tellers.  They may be telling you their shopping list but somehow they weave tension, drama and humor into the reciting of the mundane.  There are those who you love to hear […]

FMM 9 22 17 Dry Wit

“Everything is funny, as long as it’s happening to somebody else.”~ Will Rogers. My father had a strange sense of humor.  His jokes would often be met with a split second of silence, before the audience, whether in church, the classroom, or the huge assembly hall where as chaplain he would lead morning devotions each […]

FMM 4 22 16 Scratching the Surface

“I am not what you supposed me, but far different”~Walt Whitman.  I was introduced recently to an author who at one time answered ‘Dear Sugar’ letters, an advice column on a wide variety of stressful topics.  The author responded to questions about love, life, anxiety, hopelessness and much more by telling stories from her own […]

FMM 10 9 15 Spirit Trails

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” ~Albert Einstein. Last Sunday I visited the Everglades.  It has been a while since I went, but it took me back to a time I went there with my parents, along with two of my children.  I remember sending my daughter into the Visitor’s […]

FMM 2 21 14 Expand your mind

“If you put yourself in a position where you have to stretch outside your comfort zone, then you are forced to expand your consciousness”~ Les Brown. I have endless admiration for those who rise above their circumstances.  I often sit and wonder if I could be as brave, as strong, as enduring, as those who […]