Family Revisited

With some strong opinions about our current political situation. What you see here is my immediate family: Paco and me and me and Paco. Don’t be sad about it, I’m happier than I’ve ever been. After 30 years of therapy, countless self-help books, two or three semi-rewarding careers, and early retirement, this is where I’ve… Continue reading Family Revisited

When Did We Become So Sensitive?

Or Am I Just Jaded? I was raised in a home where you said what you had to say; you got it off your chest and then you let it go. By the time I got to kindergarten, I learned that the rest of the world didn’t operate that way. Along the way, I received… Continue reading When Did We Become So Sensitive?

Frustration Around the Things I Cannot Control

I’ve always despised angry old men; therefore, becoming one of them is not an option. I’ll start with something positive and then launch into my tirade: Something positive. I live in Portugal where they take recycling seriously. There are bins no more than 100 feet from nearly every residential building in my city. Organic trash… Continue reading Frustration Around the Things I Cannot Control

It’s Still Not Okay to Be Gay

Gay Pride Month Thoughts I’m sitting with friends having a light brunch and some bozo at the table says, “I’m not sure why Paul has to hide his sexuality, it’s so much easier to be out these days.” I sit on my hands and hold my tongue in a vice grip. People have this habit… Continue reading It’s Still Not Okay to Be Gay

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

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?

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

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

Co-workers Pushing Your Buttons

I hated several of my co-workers with a passion . . . no doubt they knew it.       Now that I no longer have co-workers, it’s been easier to step back and examine their impact on my life . . . then and now. Keeping in mind that my thoughts are completely one… Continue reading Co-workers Pushing Your Buttons

Human Behavior is Complicated

        Studying human behavior has always been a fascinating pastime for me. I majored in sociology in college and the question was always:  how does the behavior of others apply to me and what am I going to do with a sociology degree?   behaviour noun noun: behavior the way in which one acts… Continue reading Human Behavior is Complicated