Tips From A Seasoned Traveller — Part II

Tip #6 — Traveling solo is a great opportunity to meet people. Strangers seem to be drawn to someone sitting alone; especially if you’re smiling. I was forced to meet people wherever I went because I had forgotten my laptop charger (grabbed the wrong cord actually). I was struck by how friendly people were and… Continue reading Tips From A Seasoned Traveller — Part II

Tips From A Seasoned Traveller — Part I

Tip #1:  If you can fly non-stop and it doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg, do it. These days connections are killers. A delay in your first flight can mean hours of stressful time spent in an airport; sometimes even overnight or if you’re lucky, in an airport hotel. Keep in mind that… Continue reading Tips From A Seasoned Traveller — Part I

Nourishing the Mind & Body and How Faith Factors In

    If you read my blog last week, you were probably thinking that I was as one reader put it, “In a funk.” In all honesty, you and she were probably right. One of the things I pride myself in is riding out those feelings and moving on. I find that if I face… Continue reading Nourishing the Mind & Body and How Faith Factors In

What in the World?

How does one reconcile, in one’s mind, the hate and corruption one sees throughout the world? The sad answer is that it’s almost impossible to make it right and all you can do is your best.   This past week was a difficult one for me. I wonder if I should even write while I’m… Continue reading What in the World?

If it Were My Last 24 Hours on Earth

“No one here gets out alive.” — Jim Morrison Not to worry, not checking out anytime soon, just reminding myself how fragile life can be. The last thing I want to do is hurt anyone; therefore, I think it’s best for me to respond in the abstract and not name names. What if you knew… Continue reading If it Were My Last 24 Hours on Earth

Vanity at Any Age

Before I even type the first word I realize that if I’m going to write about vanity, I’ll have to reveal thoughts I usually reserve for my journal and trusted friends. I will try my best not to rant or overshare. “The surest cure for vanity is loneliness.” Tom Wolfe e   I’m about 20… Continue reading Vanity at Any Age

Time & Patience Blog Updated

I’m spending this week in Eindhoven and Den Bosch, Holland and next week I’ll be writing a piece on what I experienced. I thought it might be interesting to update a blog I published shortly after arriving in Faro. I’ll note my changes or updates in red.   Whoever said, “Don’t sweat the small stuff,”… Continue reading Time & Patience Blog Updated

Doing the Right Thing

  I’m not sure when it was that I started feeling the pressure of doing the right thing. I do know two things: I spend way too much time thinking about this. The right thing for me or for others; I think about both. When I do the so called “right thing,” I sometimes spend… Continue reading Doing the Right Thing

Flashback Experience

  “Existence is no more than the precarious attainment of relevance in an intensely mobile flux of past, present and future.”  — Susan Sontag     I need to feel relevant. Whether or not that will happen today, is yet to be seen. Working at the French Culinary Institute in New York City occasionally afforded… Continue reading Flashback Experience

Letting Go Can Be Difficult

It’s been a difficult week of reflection. I imagine some might say that every week in one’s life is difficult; however, I would argue that there are times in one’s life when thoughts are more negative, more self-critical, and harder to sort out. Sometimes the yin & the yang seem out of balance and it… Continue reading Letting Go Can Be Difficult