Category Global health and disparities

FMM 12 1 17 Choices

“Not what we have, but what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance.” ~Epicurus. In the 1980’s, Jamaica went through some challenging times.  The Prime Minister (Michael Manley, a self-declared Socialist) had aligned himself too closely to Cuba’s Fidel for the US to be comfortable, and actions were taken to squeeze the country.  The IMF and the […]

FMM 11 24 17 Don’t get it Twisted

“When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect toward others.”~Dalai Lama.  Things were different when I was growing up.  I see how easily I have moved into the ‘older generation’ category, reminiscing about how things used to be.  But I remember the first time I wore long pants in the dead of winter […]

FMM 11 3 17 Perfect Harmony

 “Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.” ~Thomas Merton.  My father loved music.  He also loved to sing. And he sang in a beautiful tenor voice, although he could provide a little bass if necessary.  Many people share at least two out of those three qualities!  He grew […]

FMM 10 27 17 Points of Light

“People find meaning and redemption in the most unusual human connections.”~ Khaled Hosseini. Language is a tricky thing.  Even when you think you speak the same language, words may have very different interpretations. People from the English-speaking world have to learn to avoid saying ‘football’ when in America.  If you live in the US, although […]

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 29 17 Zip-lining Away!

“The reason why the world lacks unity, and lies broken and in heaps, is, because man is disunited with himself.”~ Ralph Waldo Emerson. There are many beautiful places in Jamaica. The name itself is descriptive: Land of wood and water (Xaymaca was the Arawak name for the island). It is said that when Christopher Columbus […]

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 […]