Revisiting Happiness

It ain’t rocket science. Today Thanksgiving has and will always be my favorite holiday. Why you ask? It’s all about the food, being with people you choose to be with (can’t speak for everyone here), and there are no presents involved. I’m attending a Thanksgiving dinner today with all of the trimmings . . .… Continue reading Revisiting Happiness

Smile Blog Revisited

Coping With Lockdown This blog is more for me than for you. I recently learned that the Portuguese government will extend lockdown until early April. On top of that, my vaccine is months away and the two jabs could get in the way of travel. It’s been a difficult year, however, I have come to… Continue reading Smile Blog Revisited

From Troubled Boy to Troubled Man

I am not writing this blog so that you will feel sorry for me. In fact, I am only able to write about this chapter of my life as a result of having learned lessons and having done the hard work of self-reflection; by all accounts an on-going process. One big lesson:  do not dwell… Continue reading From Troubled Boy to Troubled Man

Time Out: Taking A Short Break

    I just read a piece about blogging (click) entitled, “Why 99% of Blogs Will Fail in 2018.” Not very encouraging. If success is defined by earning money from one’s blog, then I’m not successful. If success is staying on schedule and publishing a blog each week, then I am highly successful. From the get… Continue reading Time Out: Taking A Short Break

Nearly One Year Abroad

I thought I’d share the highs and lows of relocating overseas. I’ll be in the States for my 60th at the one year mark, so I thought I’d blog about it now. A Brief Overview I have pondered living outside of the United States my entire adult life. Until a couple of years ago, the… Continue reading Nearly One Year Abroad

Perspective

I like to think that I’m a big picture kinda guy, except that I’m not. I get pretty bogged down in minutia. Big picture would mean that I’d be considering how I fit into the scheme of things and how small I am compared to the universe. It’s time for me to start thinking differently.… Continue reading Perspective

The Afternoon I Went to Bed Certain I Would Not Wake Up

Many have shared their personal drug experiences, however, mine is particular to me. This piece is not 100% inclusive. The two I haven chosen to share are my first and my worst experiences. My hope is that my readers will recognize and heed the dangers of certain types of drug use. You may have to… Continue reading The Afternoon I Went to Bed Certain I Would Not Wake Up

What is Love?

Better yet . . . what is love to me? “He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals.” -Benjamin Franklin       I’ve blogged about friendship, fear, loss, sexuality and so on, and so I thought that it is time for love. Must be all this talk of Valentine’s Day, although it’s not… Continue reading What is Love?

What Does Happy Look Like?

[I’m traveling tomorrow, so I decided to publish this week’s blog early. Sunday, February 3rd’s blog will be all about the Canary Islands.]       Thoughts about happiness has been occupying a great deal of my time lately. I’ve been taking stock of my life and wondering the following: Am I happy? What makes… Continue reading What Does Happy Look Like?

Growing Up in Brooklyn

“Apparently Brooklyn needn’t always push itself to be something else, something conscious and anxious, something pointed toward Manhattan…. Brooklyn might sometimes also be pleased, as here on Flatbush, to be its grubby, enduring self.” ― Jonathan Lethem, The Fortress of Solitude Have you ever been in the audience at a concert or comedy club or anywhere and… Continue reading Growing Up in Brooklyn