Three Friends, Three Cities, Three Very Different Experiences

Friendships are a true gift, but they aren’t always easy and they should never be taken for granted. As with all relationships, you have to nurture them. I have three male friends I have known for a combined total of close to 100 years. These men are different in many ways; they do not know… Continue reading Three Friends, Three Cities, Three Very Different Experiences

Why Being “Right” Can Be So Wrong

Ego versus Humility Can You Hear Me? Abandoning a full-time career has provided for more time to sit around in groups and shoot the breeze. Sometimes, rather than contribute, I observe. What I hear, stirs up all sorts of thoughts and emotions. First and foremost, I fall back on a belief I might be running… Continue reading Why Being “Right” Can Be So Wrong

I Am Not What I Own

A Gentle Reminder . . . to Myself “Hush Christopher! You’re not supposed to talk about your money.” It’s funny how in certain cultures, money is not discussed, yet in others, it is flaunted. I was raised in an environment where it was not appropriate to talk about what one paid for things. Mind you,… Continue reading I Am Not What I Own

If it Were My Last 24 Hours on Earth

“No one here gets out alive.” — Jim Morrison Reblog Nov. 2019 (with additions) 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… Continue reading If it Were My Last 24 Hours on Earth

Navigating Feelings

“Feelings that come back, are feelings that never left.” — anonymous I got feelings, you got feelings, we all got feelings . . . truth right; poetic even? Lately I feel like I’m feeling too much; too much is wrong with the world and I have the feeling that it isn’t going to get any… Continue reading Navigating Feelings

What I Don’t Miss About My Youth

I used the above photo for two reasons: first I was partying like the devil that night (on Fire Island for a few days), and second, when I look back, I have no desire to return to that time. Naive, blind to the truth and too easily influenced by others. No regrets, just looking forward… Continue reading What I Don’t Miss About My Youth

Being Happy With What You Have

Or Why Are You One Upping Me? The older I get, the less I understand rivalries. Why are some people so hung up on believing they are better than or have more than someone else? That’s all it is by the way, is a belief. Abundance is an accumulation of material things, yes, but true… Continue reading Being Happy With What You Have

The Sweet Sound of Children’s Voices

A poem illustrating my state of mind Guns kill, children giggle and hide Bullets wound, children inspire Rounds of ammunition in their still growing ears Laughter, hope and lives shattered How dare we righteously protect the right to own a gun Disregard souls alive with innocence How dare we ignore the pain of the unimaginable… Continue reading The Sweet Sound of Children’s Voices

Adjusting to a New Body and A Different Mindset

One of the difficult facts one must face when you grow older: we live in a world shaped and dominated by the young. I’m not mad about this, it’s just a fact. It’s difficult to shield your eyes from beautiful young people everywhere. It’s a reminder of two things: 1) you’re not young anymore, and… Continue reading Adjusting to a New Body and A Different Mindset

An American in Faro and Some Bordeaux & Toulouse Highlights

Why I Love Faro and Plan to Stay Put When you live in a place where they speak a different language and the customs are not what your accustomed to, you cannot help but ponder on how you fit in. The truth is that I have never fit in. Family, school, neighborhood, work, social gatherings… Continue reading An American in Faro and Some Bordeaux & Toulouse Highlights