Finding the Right Balance/When Loneliness Strikes/An Act of Kindness

    Hard to imagine doing anything these days without feeling some guilt. An overwhelming number of articles, television shows, religious authorities, relatives and so on, telling us what’s good for us; who knows what’s best anymore. Truth be known, most of us know what’s good for us. We don’t need a know-it-all “expert” to… Continue reading Finding the Right Balance/When Loneliness Strikes/An Act of Kindness

The Air Travel Battle Within

  I have been struggling with something for years and I’m afraid a recent situation has caused my concern to come to a head. My issue is air travel. No doubt many share my uneasiness and much has been written on the topic. Here’s my take: Air travel sucks big time! Unless of course you… Continue reading The Air Travel Battle Within

Strange Not to be Chasing the Next Opening

The culinary scene in the United States has been pretentious and ever-changing for many years; however, the last 20 years has been explosive; not only in the States, but all over the world. While working at the French Culinary Institute in New York City, I felt obligated to stay on top of the restaurant industry;… Continue reading Strange Not to be Chasing the Next Opening

When in Portugal . . .

How a Change in Routine, Can Lead to Greater Self-awareness Yesterday I misplaced my wallet and today I spilled a cup of coffee; careless and frustrating. These are the things that happen when your daily routine changes and you’re not paying attention. There is danger in trying to recreate your old life in a new… Continue reading When in Portugal . . .

Living Abroad and My Truth

Counting My Blessings I cannot imagine what it must have been like to live overseas 20 or more years ago.  Staying in touch with loved ones back home must have been very expensive and difficult. Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp, and other forms of social media have made communicating and keeping up with friends fairly easy. Meeting friends… Continue reading Living Abroad and My Truth

Far Away From American Politics

I thought I would leave the U.S. and stick my head in the sand — well that’s not happening. BBC World news is a great source of global news for this expat. On one hand what is happening back home is extremely important to me, on the other hand I don’t appreciate news outlets like… Continue reading Far Away From American Politics

This Will Take Some Time and Patience

  Whoever said, “Don’t sweat the small stuff,” did not live in Portugal. I knew some things would be different and in fact, I looked forward to change. In truth, I haven’t even been here three weeks and I hesitate to start complaining, but heck, it’s my nature to piss and moan so why wait.… Continue reading This Will Take Some Time and Patience