“For if people do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?”~Luke 23:31  At the end of the last century I traveled to England in June for a wedding. For weeks before the affair I begged my siblings who live there to tell me what kind of outfit to buy.  […]

“Peace goes into the making of a poem as flour goes into  the making of bread.”~Pablo Neruda. I traveled through London the day of the Moorgate Disaster, a crash of an underground train (London’s Tube) that killed 48 people.  In fact I traveled by tube that day.  My friend and I had to get across […]

“In a time of destruction, create something.”~Maxine Hong Kingston. I have never been fond of scary movies.  I prefer to escape into a light comedy, to be amused for a while.  I remember accompanying a friend to watch a couple of movies that were outside of my comfort zone (Jaws, and Carrie).  For her punishment […]

“We shall find peace.  We shall hear angels, we shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds.”~Anton Chekhov. In Jamaica, when you discover that you have put on your underwear inside out, it is said that you are chasing away ghosts (you a run duppy).  Apparently ghosts get spooked easily, and that is one way to […]

“Live as if you were living a second time, and as though you had acted wrongly the first time.”~Viktor E. Frankl.  I am a Mancunian by birth.  That means that I know that the correct pronunciation of the city’s name is Manchister, with the emphasis on the first syllable.  I lived there until I was […]

“There is nothing to writing.  All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”~Ernest Hemingway.  Reginald and Henrietta joined our family soon after we arrived in Jamaica.  As city folk transplanted to rural Jamaica, we accepted the gifts as pets, not as the dinner (Reggie the rooster) and breakfast producer (Henrietta the Hen) they […]

“Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.”~Napoleon Hill. My parents were married for 66 years when my father died.  Theirs was a partnership that endured through many struggles and across many miles and left a legacy of enduring lessons along with a large family.  But it was one which could easily have not […]