“Children go where they find sincerity and authenticity.” ~Eric Cantona. They say confession is good for the soul.  I don’t know if I ever admitted to one of my childhood crimes.  My mother was quite an intimidating person, and at the time I found it far easier to deny, deny, deny, than to admit it […]

“A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve.”~Joseph Joubert. I still remember the smell of Pears Soap.  I chose to use it as the first soap used on my firstborn, associating it with purity and simplicity, a transparent oval bar that we could only find in a Jamaican store.  But I associate […]

“This is a wonderful planet, and it is being completely destroyed by people who have too much money and power and no empathy.”~ Alice Walker. At the age of 8 or 9, I attended a country school in the heart of Jamaica.  I was the only white girl in the school, which meant I was […]

“A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.”~Lao Tzu. I have always been a cautious, careful kind of a person.  There were several reasons why I didn’t care much for horoscopes and astrology when I was young.  One of them was because of the description of a Capricorn: practical, serious, […]

“We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike”~Maya Angelou.  Before my family moved to Jamaica, our annual vacations began with a road trip.  My parents would pack up whatever old jalopy we owned (one was the ‘orange monster’!) with camping gear, supplies for a month, and five kids.  The journey was made slightly […]

“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 […]