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

Cuba in Two Parts

“Cuba may be the only place in the world where you can be yourself and more than yourself at the same time.“ Pedro Juan Gutierrez Part One I’m going to do something a bit different this trip; I’m going to write about it in two parts. Part One will be while I am in Varadero… Continue reading Cuba in Two Parts

How’s That Spontaneity Going?

Spontaneity is a meticulously prepared art. — Oscar Wilde I’m plugging this bit in before publishing: After writing and updating this blog, I have come to realize that I will always be a planner; one who is rarely, very rarely, spontaneous. I think I’m okay with that. As a matter of fact, I know that… Continue reading How’s That Spontaneity Going?

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

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

Why Make It About You?

The Power of the Mind and How to Mitigate Your Thoughts Have you ever wondered whether or not those voices in your head are worth listening to? If my voices had it their way, I’d be reduced to solitary confinement without supper. I keep telling myself it’s not about you because that’s what all of… Continue reading Why Make It About You?

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?

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

More Than a Friend

. . . She’s Barbara Barbara is an older woman, I’m guessing in her sixties or early seventies. I may someday be surprised to learn she is in her eighties, she has a youthful aura. She lives somewhere in the building next to mine. I’ve seen her in several different apartments (from my window), although… Continue reading More Than a Friend