“One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than a hundred teaching it.”~Knute Rockne I was not an athlete growing up.  I longed to be an athlete.  My father had won awards for his athletic prowess, following his brothers in all manner of sporting events.  But I had team spirit.  I cheered my team along.  I […]

“Lovely dainty Spanish needle With your yellow flower and white, Dew bedecked and softly sleeping, Do you think of me to-night?”~ Claude McKay.   For many years, I was totally loyal to Air Jamaica.  I refused to fly on any other airline when I flew home to Jamaica.  It was not just the beautifully sleek […]

“I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers”~Khalil Gibran.  The older we get, the harder it is to be fed a line.  We have grown from being idealists to being cynics.  When someone pays us a compliment we may […]

“And what is it to cease breathing but to free the breath from its restless tides That it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?”~Kahlil Gibran.  Human connections are amazing.  Although we are born into one family, we may find ourselves, if we are lucky, as comfortable in the homes of our friends as […]

“Or being hated, don’t give way to hating…”~Rudyard Kipling (‘If’). My father used to hate crowded places.  He did not go happily (if he went at all) to fairs or festivals, crowds of people and loud noises.  I tend to react the same way to multiple people talking at the same time, it seems confusing […]

“Love’s in need of love today.”~Stevie Wonder. The father of my children was a complex man.  He could argue all day on a variety of topics: sports, politics, injustice, you name it.  What animated him was the history of injustice perpetrated on Africa and people of African descent world over.  He was not a fan […]

“Each man’s joy is joy to me; each man’s grief is my own.”~Joan Baez.  When I was a child I held my (only, older) brother in high esteem.  I basically thought he was the expert on everything.  He broke my heart when he told me the truth about Santa Claus (Father Christmas in our tradition).  […]

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