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

Love & Devotion — My Best Friend

Giorgio’s nicknames:  G, Mr. G., Duka Do, Dukkas and Georgie.       I’m writing while in Lisbon with a friend, but to be honest, I’m having a very difficult time because Giorgio is at home and his little heart is failing him. A couple of months ago he developed a hacking cough and I… Continue reading Love & Devotion — My Best 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

More Money on Experiences and Less Money on Stuff

    Since giving up my consulting business in Maine and moving to Faro, I’m finding I have more time to think about how I want to spend my time . . .  and money. I have also been noticing that more is being written on how to spend your money — probably because I’m… Continue reading More Money on Experiences and Less Money on Stuff