Coping With and Managing Empathy What We’re all Dealing With Everyone tends to believe that circumstances are worse now than they’ve ever been. The truth is that this is just not the case. The Holocaust was a great deal worse; WWI or WWII were terrible times, Hiroshima, plagues in history when millions perished — yes… Continue reading Empathy

Tools For Survival In the Modern World

Situations I’ve Discovered Require Tools Tools For Living The best tool is a good friend; a friend whom you can trust and call upon. This friend will not judge or question your loyalty. A friend can get you through some pretty rough stuff. Be sure to nurture good friendships, they’re hard to come by. Food… Continue reading Tools For Survival In the Modern World


Of all the varieties of modern pollution, noise is the most insidious. ~ Robert Lacey Good Sounds I’m so glad I made this list because until today, I have been thinking that all I wanted to hear was silence. Noise Gets Worse As My Day Progresses Ambulance sirens sounding, jack hammers hammering, motorcycles revving, revving… Continue reading NOISE

10 Things I Love to Hate

From What I Hate Most to What I Hate Most Honorable mention: when people do not pick up their dog’s poop or when they throw trash on the ground, when people talk about money incessantly, and certain political leaders. I could have kept going. The Good News I’ve sort of worked all of this hate… Continue reading 10 Things I Love to Hate

The Frequency of Travel

Or Staying Put Recently, a few people very close to me expressed their concern about my travel habits this past year. No one said as much, but I got the feeling that some may have thought I was running away from something. Damn it to hell when people who love me are right. It’s true,… Continue reading The Frequency of Travel

Dealing With Division

Keeping Your Friendships/Family Ties Intact A difference of opinion, politicians/political parties, immigration, abortion, racism, the royals, religion, gay marriage, gender identities; you name the issue and everyone around you is on a different side. It’s important to stay true to yourself, but the truth is, we need one another. If you began eliminating people in… Continue reading Dealing With Division

Looking At Yourself

No One is Harder on You Than Yourself (mostly true) Note: Not sure what went wrong, but I have lost a couple of hours of work on this blog. I typed out the questions below and then answered them truthfully. I thought about my answers all day the following day; if I’m going to be… Continue reading Looking At Yourself

Soul Searching Is a Scary Business

But the Alternative Is Worse How It Began When things went sideways for me back in Brooklyn 10 years ago, I decided there was only one solution to getting back on track. I was determined to start taking better care of my emotional well-being with the hope that all else would fall into place. There… Continue reading Soul Searching Is a Scary Business

Taking Care of Yourself Matters

“I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival.” – Audre Lorde Mind, Body, Spirit & Self-love Self-loathing is no picnic and often not easily recognized by the loather. Hiding my sexuality for the first chapter of my life, marrying a woman, being… Continue reading Taking Care of Yourself Matters

The Cruise Experience

If you love cruising, some of what I have to say may disturb you. How it All Started I booked this Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) cruise about a year prior to the pandemic and it finally left port on October 5. I have heard great things about NCL and I was excited about seeing parts… Continue reading The Cruise Experience