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

Being Introverted

  How do I know that I’m introverted? A few tell-tale signs: I took the Myers-Briggs test numerous times and I always come up introverted. (see below for explanation. I prefer being myself to being with people. That is not to say I don’t like people; I do like people very much. When I’m attending… Continue reading Being Introverted

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?

Traveling as an American Expat: Morocco & Seville

My New Backyard (Europe and Africa)     Happy New Year! It’s nice to be back after a couple of weeks of celebrating and traveling. If you prefer a travel blogger who provides the easiest way to get there and all the places to go, stay and eat; that’s not me. I’ll give you a… Continue reading Traveling as an American Expat: Morocco & Seville

Observation

Last post of the year. Reiterating an important message: One of the many advantages of being present is the ability to take in what is all around us. Observation is a privilege very few people take advantage of. It’s way too easy to get so caught up in your own small world that you fail… Continue reading Observation

Feelings

      Your State of Mind One of the many things that happen when you grow older is coming to terms with your feelings (if you’re lucky). Coping with your feelings, identifying your feelings, sorting out your feelings, embracing your feelings, allowing yourself to feel, projecting feelings; you can see where I’m going with… Continue reading Feelings