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

Letting Go Can Be Difficult

It’s been a difficult week of reflection. I imagine some might say that every week in one’s life is difficult; however, I would argue that there are times in one’s life when thoughts are more negative, more self-critical, and harder to sort out. Sometimes the yin & the yang seem out of balance and it… Continue reading Letting Go Can Be Difficult

Human Behavior is Complicated

        Studying human behavior has always been a fascinating pastime for me. I majored in sociology in college and the question was always:  how does the behavior of others apply to me and what am I going to do with a sociology degree?   behaviour noun noun: behavior the way in which one acts… Continue reading Human Behavior is Complicated

Finding the Right Balance/When Loneliness Strikes/An Act of Kindness — Reblog

  Hard to imagine doing anything these days without feeling some guilt. An overwhelming number of articles, television shows, religious authorities, relatives and so on, telling us what’s good for us; who knows what’s best anymore. Truth be known, most of us know what’s good for us. We don’t need a know-it-all “expert” to share… Continue reading Finding the Right Balance/When Loneliness Strikes/An Act of Kindness — Reblog

A Note to Today’s Youth

To those out on their own paths, setting little fires. — Celeste Ng       I have to state right up front, I am not bitter nor angry. I like young people — don’t judge, I mean in a healthy way. Lots of 60 year olds are jaded and set in their ways, so… Continue reading A Note to Today’s Youth

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

Observations Concerning the U.S. and What is Happening Now

Some thoughts before this American expat flies home later today:   I wasn’t going to write this blog until after I returned home to Portugal and had some time to reflect on my five weeks in the U.S. After a year away from my country, my family, my friends and the politics of my former… Continue reading Observations Concerning the U.S. and What is Happening Now

Time Out: Taking A Short Break

    I just read a piece about blogging (click) entitled, “Why 99% of Blogs Will Fail in 2018.” Not very encouraging. If success is defined by earning money from one’s blog, then I’m not successful. If success is staying on schedule and publishing a blog each week, then I am highly successful. From the get… Continue reading Time Out: Taking A Short Break

Nearly One Year Abroad

    I thought I’d share the highs and lows of relocating overseas. I’ll be in the States for my 60th at the one year mark, so I thought I’d blog about it now.   A Brief Overview I have pondered living outside of the United States my entire adult life. Until a couple of… Continue reading Nearly One Year Abroad