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FMM 4 21 17 Engaging Rituals

“Empathy is about finding echoes of another person in yourself.” ~Mohsin Hamid. We all remember those special times of childhood. Whether it was the special feeling of waking up on a Christmas morning to the feel of a packed stocking at the foot of the bed, or the knowledge that your special day, your birthday, was […]

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 […]

FMM 1 13 17 Return of the Prodigal

“Half the story has never been told…” ~ Robert Nesta Marley. Superstitions are funny things.  For whatever reason, human beings hold on to unreasonable beliefs, even after science refutes them.  Whenever my mother spilled salt, she would always pick up a pinch and throw it over her left shoulder.  I am not sure what that […]

FMM 9 23 16 Find your own Voice

“Children go where they find sincerity and authenticity.” ~Eric Cantona. They say confession is good for the soul.  I don’t know if I ever admitted to one of my childhood crimes.  My mother was quite an intimidating person, and at the time I found it far easier to deny, deny, deny, than to admit it […]

FMM 5 6 16 Cold Comfort Clichés

“Motivation will almost always beat mere talent.” ~Norman Ralph Augustine. I learned more about muscle groups and their functions in the gym than I ever did in nursing school.  To be honest, forty years ago, my hospital based nursing school had a system designed for you to learn on the wards, caring for real live […]

FMM 1 8 16 It’s Complicated

“People who need people, are the luckiest people in the world”~ Bob Merrill.   Apparently I need to learn lessons about grief and death.  Having to deal with the death of a former husband so close on the heels of the death of my mother is quite challenging.  And as everyone tells you, no matter […]

FMM 12 25 15 YDHTBP

“You can’t always get what you want…. but you just might find, you get what you need”~ Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. My mother invented text speak.  Way before there were mobile phones she used innovation and efficiency to create her own set of shorthand terms, ways to get more words into a small space. […]