Right Where I am Supposed to Be

Accept, Adjust and Adapt There have been many life lessons learned over the past couple of months. I can’t speak for those of us who were/are in quarantine with others and in fact, I cannot speak for those spending this time alone; I can only speak for myself. Clearly, this is and has been a… Continue reading Right Where I am Supposed to Be

Dialogue With Yourself

  Here’s how the conversation might go on any given day: 5:15 a.m.:  Good morning! Where’s Paco (dog)? Paco! Paco! Come and say good morning because I have to get up to pee. Did I set up the coffee last night? You need to brush your teeth. Hey Paco, good morning, what a good boy,… Continue reading Dialogue With Yourself

Caring Too Much or Too Little

Developing a balance between empathy and good health is a formidable goal and this is a good time to work on it.     I have always been a bit too sensitive. I was bullied as a child because I cried easily (and I liked playing with girls . . . and I hated sports).… Continue reading Caring Too Much or Too Little

Feelings Reiterated

Reblog — difficult time to write and some things require reiteration     Your State of Mind One of the many things that happen when you grow older is coming to terms with your feelings (if you’re lucky). Coping with your feelings, identifying your feelings, sorting out your feelings, embracing your feelings, allowing yourself to… Continue reading Feelings Reiterated

Living in a Material World

  Self-Discovery I’m not sure when it happened or why it happened, but at some point I decided to give up just about all of my earthly possessions. Have you ever wondered what you could live without? Two years ago I had the opportunity to answer that question. I either sold or gave away almost… Continue reading Living in a Material World

Expat Life in Portugal Two Years In

“It is wiser to find out than to suppose.” — Mark Twain       It’s been close to two years since I acquired my residential visa and boarded a plane to Faro, Portugal. Three bags containing all that I chose to keep and my furball companion, Giorgio. I had no idea what awaited me,… Continue reading Expat Life in Portugal Two Years In

Why I Chose to Move to Portugal (reblog)

I will be rewriting an update for my almost two years living in Portugal for next week’s blog. When you make a big and unexpected decision in your life, people are curious about why you went in a particular direction; it’s a reasonable curiosity. I’ve spent a bit of time on why I moved to… Continue reading Why I Chose to Move to Portugal (reblog)

The Value of Education and What I Have Learned

Has My Ph.D. Paid Off? I was going to subtitle this piece:  Is a Ph.D. Worth the Time & Money? Then I realized how personal and subjective this question is for each individual who has one; therefore, this piece is about my degree.   When people learn that I have a Ph.D. in Higher Education… Continue reading The Value of Education and What I Have Learned

Being Less Cynical/Shiraz Has Arrived in Faro

This week, I would like to explore the topic of cynicism.  I hear this out of Chris Cuomo’s mouth as I type, “You are so cynical.” He’s talking to Stephen Colbert on The Late Show. They’re in the middle of a playful repartee about the impeachment trial. I turned up the volume to hear what… Continue reading Being Less Cynical/Shiraz Has Arrived in Faro