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

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

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

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

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

All Kinds of Friendship

Reblog from 2019 post with some new content (always learning) — [new content in brackets] “The best mirror is an old friend.” George Herbert Who are your true friends and why are these friendships so important? Friendships come in all shapes and sizes and it would be difficult to share my thoughts on all of them;… Continue reading All Kinds of Friendship

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

Goodbye Brother

Brotherly Love You have to have a brother to truly understand the bond between brothers. My brother Anthony was a royal pain in the ass. He was confused, angry, reckless, often the victim, funny, loving, and he was my brother. Although not diagnosed as such, we are fairly certain he was bipolar and clinically depressed.… Continue reading Goodbye Brother

Meet Paco: Adopting A Pet

Adoption is the only way to go. It reduces the number of animals being euthanized and provides a home for those in need.   This is Paco shortly after he was found shivering in a storm in the hills of Estoi, Portugal. The generous and compassionate Scottish couple who found him, shared that he was… Continue reading Meet Paco: Adopting A Pet

My Head Still Hurts

  This is my older sister Kat (short for Kathy, which she doesn’t like to be called). I love writing or calling her ‘my older sister.’ No matter how old we get, Kat will be my older sister. I know when she reads this she’ll say, “You fucker.” I’m going to tell you a story… Continue reading My Head Still Hurts