Author Archives: bethpow06

FMM 8 11 17 Timely Reminders

“Everyone needs reminders that the fact of their being on this earth is important and that each life changes everything.”~ Marge Kennedy. A song has been playing in my mind this week, ever since I helped my grandson with his homework.  Did you know that in Finland (so I’ve been told), children have shorter school […]

FMM 8 4 17 The Resilient Spirit

“Faith minus vulnerability and mystery equals extremism. If you’ve got all the answers, then don’t call what you do ‘faith.’”~ Brene Brown. I could never handle being teased as a child. Maybe it was because I was the youngest, first of five, then later of six.  And of course, those who love to tease do […]

FMM 7 28 17 The Repurposed Life

“When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor.  It is to enjoy each step along the way.” Wayne Dyer. One activity sure to generate creative ideas is to change your routine. Travel, for the writer, fills the mind with an abundance of images that provide fodder for […]

FMM Just as I am

“All of me loves all of you…all your perfect imperfections.” ~John Legend. My daughter was a handful as a child.  Which is why she hates it when she sees me looking on with glee as her own daughter gives her all kind of attitude.  It is the special curse a mother wishes on her kids, […]

FMM 7 14 17 Tell me a Story

“Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it.”~ Hannah Arendt.  When your father is a minister you grow up seeing him as a man of authority, commanding space, making pronouncements.  More than the average father, his word carries weight.  People defer to him.  Teachers used to hold that kind of space too, traditionally in […]

FMM 7 7 17 Soul Ajar

“The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.” ~ Emily Dickinson. My mother once got prayed against.  In an open church.  By Deacon Morris.  I have noticed that I tend to write more stories of my mother than my father.  But perhaps it is because if you know my father, you are […]

FMM 6 30 17 My White Life

“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.”~Joseph Campbell. I learned to ‘roll flour’ (make dumplings) at Beulah School All Age School, in Jamaica.  The girls (no boys) had to help out in the kitchen, taking it in turns to do our part.  The technique wasn’t too strange to me.  I was an […]