Category comfort

FMM 10 20 17 Exceeding Expectations

“Put your heart, mind and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.” ~ Swami Sivananda.  I always wanted to be a nurse.  I had two dress-up outfits as a child. One was a cowgirl outfit. It came with the sheriff’s badge, a waistcoat, skirt and holster with gun.  Oh yes, […]

FMM 10 6 17 Comfortably numb.

“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent.” ~ John Donne. Some people are born story tellers.  They may be telling you their shopping list but somehow they weave tension, drama and humor into the reciting of the mundane.  There are those who you love to hear […]

FMM 9 22 17 Dry Wit

“Everything is funny, as long as it’s happening to somebody else.”~ Will Rogers. My father had a strange sense of humor.  His jokes would often be met with a split second of silence, before the audience, whether in church, the classroom, or the huge assembly hall where as chaplain he would lead morning devotions each […]

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 6 10 17 Fret not, nor fear

“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 […]

FMM 6 2 17 Angels Watching Over Me

“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 […]

FMM 3 10 17 As a Tree

“Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.”~Rabindranath Tagore. I remember as a child making a determined effort to get my untidy room under control.  I knew I was the one who needed to change my ways, and when I was finished I made a poster with a positive message, and displayed […]