Fighting restless demons . . . again. I personally know a few people who have lived in the same house or apartment for over 40 years. I admire their staying power, but I cannot relate. I have moved no less than 15 times in the last 30 years. I’ve relocated so many times that my… Continue reading Should I Stay or Should I Go?
One of the difficult facts one must face when you grow older: we live in a world shaped and dominated by the young. I’m not mad about this, it’s just a fact. It’s difficult to shield your eyes from beautiful young people everywhere. It’s a reminder of two things: 1) you’re not young anymore, and… Continue reading Adjusting to a New Body and A Different Mindset
Why I Love Faro and Plan to Stay Put When you live in a place where they speak a different language and the customs are not what your accustomed to, you cannot help but ponder on how you fit in. The truth is that I have never fit in. Family, school, neighborhood, work, social gatherings… Continue reading An American in Faro and Some Bordeaux & Toulouse Highlights
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
With some strong opinions about our current political situation. What you see here is my immediate family: Paco and me and me and Paco. Don’t be sad about it, I’m happier than I’ve ever been. After 30 years of therapy, countless self-help books, two or three semi-rewarding careers, and early retirement, this is where I’ve… Continue reading Family Revisited
Spontaneity is a meticulously prepared art. — Oscar Wilde I’m plugging this bit in before publishing: After writing and updating this blog, I have come to realize that I will always be a planner; one who is rarely, very rarely, spontaneous. I think I’m okay with that. As a matter of fact, I know that… Continue reading How’s That Spontaneity Going?
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
. . . She’s Barbara Barbara is an older woman, I’m guessing in her sixties or early seventies. I may someday be surprised to learn she is in her eighties, she has a youthful aura. She lives somewhere in the building next to mine. I’ve seen her in several different apartments (from my window), although… Continue reading More Than a Friend
A gem on the southernmost border of Portugal and Spain Please keep in mind, my travelogues are more about sharing highlights than telling you what not to do. I have happily lived in the Algarve for 3 1/2 years now. I have only visited Vila Real de Santo António once and that was for a… Continue reading Vila Real de Santo António
I was discussing Portugal and all there is to discover with some friends recently. We decided that this is a good time to explore some of the places we have not yet visited. COVID-19 cases are way down in Portugal. This was a fairly impulsive trip with very little planning, save for the hotel in… Continue reading Portuguese Wine Country: Alentejo in All Its Splendor