Tag Archives: Words

FMM 4 16 2021 What does it Mean?

“Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree.” ~ Ezra Pound. The first time I heard the word ‘paradigm’ used in a sentence, I was mad that I didn’t know what it meant.  The truth is I didn’t much care for the person who said it, and I was mad […]

FMM 9 27 19 Regeneration

“If you’re going to live, leave a legacy. Make a mark on the world that can’t be erased.” ~ Maya Angelou.  Ninety-nine years ago, my father was born, the third child of a truck driver and his housewife.  He grew up in a working-class neighborhood knowing that the only way out of poverty was education.  […]

FMM 7 26 19 Don’t get it Twisted

“The finest language is mostly made up of simple unimposing words.” ~ George Eliot. “Farmer Jones walked up the path, drunk as usual.” I have never forgotten that line, the opening line to a book thrust into my hands when I was maybe eight years old.  I had just started school in the hills of […]

FMM Postponed 5 25 18 Teach the Children Well

“As we express our gratitude we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” ~ John F. Kennedy. Children can be cruel.  Before we learn to be kind and thoughtful, we often say the first thing we think.  There are many ‘viral videos’ that are evidence […]

FMM 10 27 17 Points of Light

“People find meaning and redemption in the most unusual human connections.”~ Khaled Hosseini. Language is a tricky thing.  Even when you think you speak the same language, words may have very different interpretations. People from the English-speaking world have to learn to avoid saying ‘football’ when in America.  If you live in the US, although […]

3 3 17 Distracted by the Light

“To succeed in your mission, you must have single-minded devotion to your goal.”~A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. My mother was the kind of housewife who hated the mundane repetition of regular cleaning and dusting.  She much preferred those jobs that required some degree of creativity.  She loved to bake, crafting endless variations on a theme (a friend […]

FMM 5 30 14 Rise up This Morning

“But still like dust, I’ll rise” ~ Maya Angelou.   What a legacy!  What imagery; such vivid use of metaphor.  Lines that sing, phrases that sway, Maya Angelou’s words have inspired countless women, girls, men, human beings all over the world for over fifty years.  And they will continue to live on in books, on […]

FMM 4 11 14 Barbed Words

“Poetry: the best words in the best order.” ~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge   I envy poets.  They choose their words with care, sifting through adjectives and verbs until they find just the right one.  A poem may be reworked and reworded; tweaked and tightened until it has just the right impact and effect.  In real life […]

FMM 11 1 13 The weight of our words

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”~ Mother Teresa. When you think about our ability to communicate, human beings are amazing.  We have evolved from grunting, finger pointing cavemen, to creators of iconic imagery and lyrical language.  The human brain processes thoughts faster and more creatively than […]