“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 […]

“Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.”~Rabindranath Tagore. I remember as a child making a determined effort to get my untidy room under control.  I knew I was the one who needed to change my ways, and when I was finished I made a poster with a positive message, and displayed […]

“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 […]

“You must stick to your conviction, but prepare to abandon your assumptions.”~ Denis Waitley.  One of the first riddles I learned to tell was (and this is better spoken than written): “What is black and white and red (read) all over?”  The answer was a newspaper.  I grew up in a household that read newspapers religiously.  […]

“To handle a language skillfully is to practice a kind of evocative sorcery.”~Charles Baudelaire.  Welsh, it is often said, is the language of heaven.  To be honest, it is mostly Welsh people who say this!  It was my father’s first language, the language of home and church.  It is a challenging language, full of strange sounds […]

“Every day brings new choices.”~ Martha Beck.  My mother had a special personality.  She could be quite harsh, but often didn’t realize how that came across.  She was, in fact, a contrarian, not trying to be like others, she never made an effort to fit in.  But she had a sense of humor, and could […]