Empathy

Coping With and Managing Empathy What We’re all Dealing With Everyone tends to believe that circumstances are worse now than they’ve ever been. The truth is that this is just not the case. The Holocaust was a great deal worse; WWI or WWII were terrible times, Hiroshima, plagues in history when millions perished — yes… Continue reading Empathy

NOISE

Of all the varieties of modern pollution, noise is the most insidious. ~ Robert Lacey Good Sounds I’m so glad I made this list because until today, I have been thinking that all I wanted to hear was silence. Noise Gets Worse As My Day Progresses Ambulance sirens sounding, jack hammers hammering, motorcycles revving, revving… Continue reading NOISE

The Frequency of Travel

Or Staying Put Recently, a few people very close to me expressed their concern about my travel habits this past year. No one said as much, but I got the feeling that some may have thought I was running away from something. Damn it to hell when people who love me are right. It’s true,… Continue reading The Frequency of Travel

The Cruise Experience

If you love cruising, some of what I have to say may disturb you. How it All Started I booked this Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) cruise about a year prior to the pandemic and it finally left port on October 5. I have heard great things about NCL and I was excited about seeing parts… Continue reading The Cruise Experience

Three Friends, Three Cities, Three Very Different Experiences

Friendships are a true gift, but they aren’t always easy and they should never be taken for granted. As with all relationships, you have to nurture them. I have three male friends I have known for a combined total of close to 100 years. These men are different in many ways; they do not know… Continue reading Three Friends, Three Cities, Three Very Different Experiences

Travel Tips for Frequent Travellers and Genoa

A little bit of Milan as well (less than 24 hours in this city) Photo: Milan and Genoa (on this trip) My Blog My Opinion I’m stuck in my hotel room in Genoa today (Wednesday) due to severe thunderstorms (I love them, but they never happened). I shouldn’t say “stuck” because I’m in a very… Continue reading Travel Tips for Frequent Travellers and Genoa

Why Being “Right” Can Be So Wrong

Ego versus Humility Can You Hear Me? Abandoning a full-time career has provided for more time to sit around in groups and shoot the breeze. Sometimes, rather than contribute, I observe. What I hear, stirs up all sorts of thoughts and emotions. First and foremost, I fall back on a belief I might be running… Continue reading Why Being “Right” Can Be So Wrong

I Am Not What I Own

A Gentle Reminder . . . to Myself “Hush Christopher! You’re not supposed to talk about your money.” It’s funny how in certain cultures, money is not discussed, yet in others, it is flaunted. I was raised in an environment where it was not appropriate to talk about what one paid for things. Mind you,… Continue reading I Am Not What I Own

If it Were My Last 24 Hours on Earth

“No one here gets out alive.” — Jim Morrison Reblog Nov. 2019 (with additions) 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… Continue reading If it Were My Last 24 Hours on Earth

Navigating Feelings

“Feelings that come back, are feelings that never left.” — anonymous I got feelings, you got feelings, we all got feelings . . . truth right; poetic even? Lately I feel like I’m feeling too much; too much is wrong with the world and I have the feeling that it isn’t going to get any… Continue reading Navigating Feelings