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

The Four Year Mark

In Faro, Portugal [Pics from home and travel] The Past, Present & Future Much of the blog below was written at my one year milestone in Portugal. I thought after three years, a pandemic, a great deal of reflection, and trips to many places, I should provide new insights. A Brief Overview (I’ll note updates)… Continue reading The Four Year Mark

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

Cuba Part II

Havana My State of Mind No doubt I will disappoint a lot of people with this post. I never thought of this trip as a pleasure trip. I had read about, saw things and heard about injustices going on in Cuba my entire life; seeing it for myself has been something I felt I had… Continue reading Cuba Part II

A Question With Good Intentions

Humanity We’re funny creatures aren’t we? We do so many things naturally, but keep them to ourselves or judge that discussing them is taboo. I’ll name a few: Our true feelings — deep, dark, sincere feelings Our bathroom habits (e.g., a majority of older men have trouble urinating due to prostate issues); we don’t talk… Continue reading A Question With Good Intentions

Living With Lies

How It Informs Your Life (repost with revisions) “There are only two things. Truth and lies. Truth is indivisible, hence it cannot recognize itself; anyone who wants to recognize it has to be a lie.” Franz Kafka My mother’s lies taught me two things:  First, and most harmful, it was acceptable to lie, and second,… Continue reading Living With Lies

Crazy Shit I Sincerely Believe

No Judging okay? Let the Work Begin in Earnest Two things I intend to work on this year — I will from time-to-time report on my progress: First, walk away from toxic relationships and second, practice gratitude daily. The latter makes a tremendous difference in the quality and substance of my day, but I fail… Continue reading Crazy Shit I Sincerely Believe

Letter to My 80 Year Old Self

Hoping you’ll be around to read it. Dear Chris, I’ve been thinking about you a lot lately. 2040 is not so far away and no doubt, the world will have changed; just wondering how much. The big questions seem silly to ask, but curiosity has gotten the better of me. What’s the weather like? How… Continue reading Letter to My 80 Year Old Self

People Certainly Are Attached to Their Opinions

I want to be a good listener, truly I do. I also want to believe that everyone has a right to an opinion and that one’s opinion is valid. These days everything gets blamed on social media, disinformation, and fake news. However, I suspect that human beings had opinions way before the advent of social… Continue reading People Certainly Are Attached to Their Opinions

Moody? Me?

Raise your hand if you’re subject to mood swings. There are two big problems with retirement: 1) Way too much time to think, and 2) Nobody wants to listen to your problems. So many of today’s issues have to do with the emotional rollercoaster that seems to be a ride that just doesn’t end. Whether… Continue reading Moody? Me?