“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 […]

“The first step in the evolution of ethics is a sense of solidarity with other human beings.”~Albert Schweitzer.  My father-in-law was a simple man.  His wife died and left him with four young kids, and he raised them in the old-fashioned Jamaican way, sure that firm discipline and education were essential to a good upbringing.  […]

“Every time I hear the sound, the sound, the sound…” ~Mutabaruka.  I grew up surrounded by music, music of every description.  There were hymns and choir practice of course.  My father was a singer (the Welsh are famous for their Male Voice Choirs), and long road trips were often accompanied by family sing-a-longs.  Included in […]

“The greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution which has to start with each one of us?”~Dorothy Day.  I once got lost in the fog.  England used to be famous for its fog – ‘pea-soupers’ they used to call them.  Fog so thick you could […]

“Half the story has never been told…” ~ Robert Nesta Marley. Superstitions are funny things.  For whatever reason, human beings hold on to unreasonable beliefs, even after science refutes them.  Whenever my mother spilled salt, she would always pick up a pinch and throw it over her left shoulder.  I am not sure what that […]

“I have learnt silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers.” ~ Khalil Gibran. My Auntie Elsie remained unmarried until she died. She was the eldest of six children, and we don’t know if it was because she stayed home to take […]