Fear Can Hold You Back . . . And a Bit of Lagos, Portugal

    I know fear is normal. We all fear many things and fear keeps us alive. At this time of self-reflection, I think it’s important to address some of my fears and question why I do not possess some of the fears I see in others. What I am hoping this process will accomplish:… Continue reading Fear Can Hold You Back . . . And a Bit of Lagos, Portugal

Purpose

What is purpose? Why I need a purpose? Will I find my purpose?     purpose noun a person’s sense of resolve or determination. “there was a new sense of purpose in her step as she set off” synonyms: determination, resoluteness, resolution, resolve, firmness (of purpose), steadfastness, backbone, drive, push, thrust, enthusiasm, ambition, initia-tive, enterprise, motivation, single-mindedness, commitment, conviction, dedication Whenever I think of purpose, I am reminded of Steve Martin who plays… Continue reading Purpose

Catania, Sicilia . . . Finally!

  Good stuff about Catania — click on anything underlined for more info It’s pouring rain outside and I’m okay with that. After four or five months of nothing but sunshine, the rain is a welcome relief. Sunshine starting Friday (two days away). I arrived to Catania on Monday evening and I’ll be here for… Continue reading Catania, Sicilia . . . Finally!

Managing Physical and Emotional Pain

A Layman’s Perspective     I was about 85 percent finished writing my blog this week and I began questioning why anyone would want to read what I had to say about coping with pain. Fortunately, it didn’t take long for me to remind myself that I wasn’t writing my blog for anyone else. That… Continue reading Managing Physical and Emotional Pain

I Was Taught to Keep it All Inside

I’ve been on an honesty kick for a long time and it doesn’t always work for me.     You hear a lot about gay people “coming out” these days. There are many incredible stories; each unique and compelling. Mine is no different — act straight, marry, keep it from the boss, tell your sister… Continue reading I Was Taught to Keep it All Inside

Friendship and What it Means to be a Friend

  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; therefore I will focus on just a few for this blog. I will cover these five: Friendship with a life partner A close… Continue reading Friendship and What it Means to be a Friend

Did I Do the Right Thing?

Time to Check In     I thought this might be a good time to step back and consider my decision to relocate overseas. I’m going to ask myself some tough questions: Is Faro everything I hoped it would be? Did the move cost me more than expected? Have I made friends? Do I miss… Continue reading Did I Do the Right Thing?

My Stepfather, Our Complicated Relationship and the Impact it Had on My Life

This is my mother Lulu and my stepfather Frank, just a few years before they passed away. My mom died first and then my stepfather died about 18 months later.  Lots of irony because she took care of him for years after a stroke and then he outlived her. He actually came on to a… Continue reading My Stepfather, Our Complicated Relationship and the Impact it Had on My Life

Why Portugal, Why the Algarve, & Why Faro

  When you make a big and unexpected decision in your life, people are curious about why you went in a particular direction; it’s a reasonable curiosity. I’ve spent a bit of time on why I moved to Portugal in previous blogs; however, I thought since I am frequently asked this question, I would answer… Continue reading Why Portugal, Why the Algarve, & Why Faro

Coming to Terms With Aging

When I made the decision to leave the States:  my friends, my family, and my home; I also made the decision to leave some baggage behind as well. I’m not ashamed to say I have baggage; I’m fairly certain that all adults have baggage and lots of it. Coming to terms with getting older and losing my youth, has been one of the most difficult challenges of my life. As with so many other things I write about, I know others, many others, share my angst.