Category transcendence

FMM 6 16 17 Pause for a Poem

“Peace goes into the making of a poem as flour goes into  the making of bread.”~Pablo Neruda. I traveled through London the day of the Moorgate Disaster, a crash of an underground train (London’s Tube) that killed 48 people.  In fact I traveled by tube that day.  My friend and I had to get across […]

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 5 19 17 Throwing Corn

“There is nothing to writing.  All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”~Ernest Hemingway.  Reginald and Henrietta joined our family soon after we arrived in Jamaica.  As city folk transplanted to rural Jamaica, we accepted the gifts as pets, not as the dinner (Reggie the rooster) and breakfast producer (Henrietta the Hen) they […]

FMM 5 12 17 Push comes to Shove

“Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.”~Napoleon Hill. My parents were married for 66 years when my father died.  Theirs was a partnership that endured through many struggles and across many miles and left a legacy of enduring lessons along with a large family.  But it was one which could easily have not […]

FMM 5 5 17 Warts and All

“Live with integrity, respect the rights of other people, and follow your own bliss.”~Nathaniel Branden. For those of us born in the baby boomer generation, most of our childhood photos were taken in school.  Cameras were not common place.  Photos took days to be developed.  What you saw was what you got.  And although we may […]

FMM 4 14 17 It Coulda Worse!

“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.”~Denis Waitley. They say travel broadens the mind.  There is something about experiencing a place, a people and a culture far different to the one you are familiar with that helps to open […]

FMM 4 7 17 A Living Eulogy

“We must let go of the life we have planned, in order to accept the life that is waiting for us.”~Joseph Campbell. I once attended a workshop for nurses on death and dying. It has long been acknowledged that unless you accept your own mortality, you cannot help those who are going through that transition. […]