Gun Shots in the Woods

  The trigger my mother squeezed on a .45 Colt rifle in the woods of upstate New York that summer night will be an image captured and cemented in my mind for a lifetime.   I was an overweight, troubled, 14-year-old, with a great deal of anger. My stepfather, Frank, reluctantly accepted that I came… Continue reading Gun Shots in the Woods

Purpose

What is purpose? Why I need a purpose? Will I find my purpose?     purpose noun a person’s sense of resolve or determination. “there was a new sense of purpose in her step as she set off” synonyms: determination, resoluteness, resolution, resolve, firmness (of purpose), steadfastness, backbone, drive, push, thrust, enthusiasm, ambition, initia-tive, enterprise, motivation, single-mindedness, commitment, conviction, dedication Whenever I think of purpose, I am reminded of Steve Martin who plays… Continue reading Purpose

Catania, Sicilia . . . Finally!

  Good stuff about Catania — click on anything underlined for more info It’s pouring rain outside and I’m okay with that. After four or five months of nothing but sunshine, the rain is a welcome relief. Sunshine starting Friday (two days away). I arrived to Catania on Monday evening and I’ll be here for… Continue reading Catania, Sicilia . . . Finally!

The Most Frightening Experience of My Life

Our memory is a powerful tool that assists in our pursuit of happiness; preventing accidents, mistakes and reminding us daily, that we are human. Memory can also be a rehashing of the most horrendous experience of our lives, relentlessly replayed, over and over again. It was 1:15 a.m. and I was standing at a bus… Continue reading The Most Frightening Experience of My Life

Managing Physical and Emotional Pain

A Layman’s Perspective     I was about 85 percent finished writing my blog this week and I began questioning why anyone would want to read what I had to say about coping with pain. Fortunately, it didn’t take long for me to remind myself that I wasn’t writing my blog for anyone else. That… Continue reading Managing Physical and Emotional Pain

I Was Taught to Keep it All Inside

I’ve been on an honesty kick for a long time and it doesn’t always work for me.     You hear a lot about gay people “coming out” these days. There are many incredible stories; each unique and compelling. Mine is no different — act straight, marry, keep it from the boss, tell your sister… Continue reading I Was Taught to Keep it All Inside

Friendship and What it Means to be a Friend

  Who are your true friends and why are these friendships so important? Friendships come in all shapes and sizes and it would be difficult to share my thoughts on all of them; therefore I will focus on just a few for this blog. I will cover these five: Friendship with a life partner A close… Continue reading Friendship and What it Means to be a Friend

Airbnb Travel

      The Host Much has been written and battles have been fought around Airbnb and because so many are hosting or booking these days, I must say up front, that I am fearful I will offend one of my “host” readers. Having worked in the hospitality industry for over 20 years, I feel… Continue reading Airbnb Travel

Love & Devotion — My Best Friend

Giorgio’s nicknames:  G, Mr. G., Duka Do, Dukkas and Georgie.       I’m writing while in Lisbon with a friend, but to be honest, I’m having a very difficult time because Giorgio is at home and his little heart is failing him. A couple of months ago he developed a hacking cough and I… Continue reading Love & Devotion — My Best Friend

Did I Do the Right Thing?

Time to Check In     I thought this might be a good time to step back and consider my decision to relocate overseas. I’m going to ask myself some tough questions: Is Faro everything I hoped it would be? Did the move cost me more than expected? Have I made friends? Do I miss… Continue reading Did I Do the Right Thing?