“Old age isn’t so bad when you consider the alternative.” ~Maurice Chevalier. There is a term used to describe people who are not mainstream, we say they choose to live an alternative lifestyle.  I have always loved that thought, never wanting to be ordinary, to be just like everyone else.  Perhaps it comes from growing […]

“Effective health care depends on self-care.  This fact is currently heralded as if it were a discovery.” ~ Ivan Illich.   I am a master at the art of procrastination, have practiced it ever since I was a child.  Despite the moralistic stance I take with my students when I find them guilty of the […]

FMM 9 12 14 “Mirror, mirror, on the wall…” “How far that little candle throws his beams!  So shines a good deed in a weary world.”~ William Shakespeare The full moon shone through my window this week.  I can remember the moon in Jamaica, rising up over the cane piece and lighting up my bedroom.  […]

“I am not a teacher, but an awakener.” ~ Robert Frost Have you ever had a gut feeling, a firm intuition that you were doing the right thing at the right time?  I can’t say that I have.  I am not blessed with those inner certainties, that unspoken confirmation.  Maybe it is that I just don’t recognize […]

”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 […]

“For after all, the best thing one can do when it is raining is let it rain.” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.   Being a teacher means you have to be an unself-conscious performer.  A big part of the job is holding the attention of the class, and to do that you have to be an entertainer.  […]

“Conscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody may be looking.” ~ H.L. Mencken   Last year I finally bought myself a Prius.  I knew I would be driving a lot this year (already gone over 10,000 miles) so I was motivated to conserve.  I chose a color that makes me smile.  They call it […]

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