Toulouse and All of Her Charms

Toulouse is all too often overlooked, but it’s one of France’s most historic and fascinating cities. Known to locals as La Ville Rose (The Pink City) after the distinctive pink stone used to construct many of its buildings, Toulouse receives just a fraction of the tourists of Paris or Nice. Lonely Planet text (I have been buying Lonely Planet… Continue reading Toulouse and All of Her Charms

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… 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

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

South Wales in August

      Not everything in life can be explained. Why I have always had a desire to see Wales is not something I can easily put into words. Not unlike my father’s birthplace in Italy, I have dangled Wales in the corners of my mind for decades; like a treat I was savoring for… Continue reading South Wales in August