Growing Up in Brooklyn

“Apparently Brooklyn needn’t always push itself to be something else, something conscious and anxious, something pointed toward Manhattan…. Brooklyn might sometimes also be pleased, as here on Flatbush, to be its grubby, enduring self.” ― Jonathan Lethem, The Fortress of Solitude Have you ever been in the audience at a concert or comedy club or anywhere and… Continue reading Growing Up in Brooklyn

Traveling as an American Expat: Morocco & Seville

My New Backyard (Europe and Africa)     Happy New Year! It’s nice to be back after a couple of weeks of celebrating and traveling. If you prefer a travel blogger who provides the easiest way to get there and all the places to go, stay and eat; that’s not me. I’ll give you a… Continue reading Traveling as an American Expat: Morocco & Seville

Observation

Last post of the year. Reiterating an important message: One of the many advantages of being present is the ability to take in what is all around us. Observation is a privilege very few people take advantage of. It’s way too easy to get so caught up in your own small world that you fail… Continue reading Observation

Feelings

      Your State of Mind One of the many things that happen when you grow older is coming to terms with your feelings (if you’re lucky). Coping with your feelings, identifying your feelings, sorting out your feelings, embracing your feelings, allowing yourself to feel, projecting feelings; you can see where I’m going with… Continue reading Feelings

Family

A thought I am stating up front: Admittedly, this has been one of the more difficult blogs I have written thus far (I added this paragraph when I was nearly finished writing the blog). I have wanted to write about family from the day I started the blog, but I have often hesitated and abandoned… Continue reading Family

Time

“It’s being here now that’s important. There’s no past and there’s no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can’t relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don’t know if there is one.” ― George Harrison… Continue reading Time

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

Gun Shots in the Woods

  The trigger my mother squeezed on a .45 Colt rifle in the woods of upstate New York that summer night will be an image captured and cemented in my mind for a lifetime.   I was an overweight, troubled, 14-year-old, with a great deal of anger. My stepfather, Frank, reluctantly accepted that I came… Continue reading Gun Shots in the Woods

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