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

If it Were My Last 24 Hours on Earth

“No one here gets out alive.” — Jim Morrison   Not to worry, not checking out anytime soon, just reminding myself how fragile life can be. The last thing I want to do is hurt anyone; therefore, I think it’s best for me to respond in the abstract and not name names. What if you… Continue reading If it Were My Last 24 Hours on Earth

Vanity at Any Age

Before I even type the first word I realize that if I’m going to write about vanity, I’ll have to reveal thoughts I usually reserve for my journal and trusted friends. I will try my best not to rant or overshare. “The surest cure for vanity is loneliness.” Tom Wolfe e   I’m about 20… Continue reading Vanity at Any Age

Time & Patience Blog Updated

I’m spending this week in Eindhoven and Den Bosch, Holland and next week I’ll be writing a piece on what I experienced. I thought it might be interesting to update a blog I published shortly after arriving in Faro. I’ll note my changes or updates in red.   Whoever said, “Don’t sweat the small stuff,”… Continue reading Time & Patience Blog Updated

Doing the Right Thing

  I’m not sure when it was that I started feeling the pressure of doing the right thing. I do know two things: I spend way too much time thinking about this. The right thing for me or for others; I think about both. When I do the so called “right thing,” I sometimes spend… Continue reading Doing the Right Thing