“Ring the alarm, another sound is dying (woh-oh, hey!)”~Tenor Saw.  I don’t remember birds making a particular impact on me in childhood.  Although I remember quite clearly a couple of songs from those days.  One was about a robin in winter (poor thing), another about the exotic Australian kookaburra sitting in the old gum tree […]

“Empathy is about finding echoes of another person in yourself.” ~Mohsin Hamid. We all remember those special times of childhood. Whether it was the special feeling of waking up on a Christmas morning to the feel of a packed stocking at the foot of the bed, or the knowledge that your special day, your birthday, was […]

“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.”~Denis Waitley. They say travel broadens the mind.  There is something about experiencing a place, a people and a culture far different to the one you are familiar with that helps to open […]

“We must let go of the life we have planned, in order to accept the life that is waiting for us.”~Joseph Campbell. I once attended a workshop for nurses on death and dying. It has long been acknowledged that unless you accept your own mortality, you cannot help those who are going through that transition. […]

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”~Buddha. They say that if you go to sleep with a champagne cork under your pillow, you will dream of your future husband.  In my case it was true, but I may have cheated a bit.  The night that I placed […]

“You show your vulnerability through relationships, and those feelings are your soft spot.  You need to have a soft spot.”~Victoria Pratt. I was a prickly child.  If anyone smiled at me and called me the ‘baby’ of the family, I corrected them “No, I’m the youngest.”  I despised being picked up.  I was a big […]

“Only the weak are cruel. Gentleness can only be expected from the strong.”~Leo Buscaglia. Picture me at ten years old, the only little white girl in a rural Jamaican school, convinced I could fit in if only I could speak like a Jamaican.  One of the realities of our lives is that we can only see […]