Category transcendence

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 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 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 […]