Tomorrow Is The Start Of The Blogging A To Z Challenge

It starts tomorrow and I have no “theme” idea for my Blogging A To Z April Challenge. I am not sure that I need one really. It will be a challenge in itself to come up with a post for each day of the month. If you are not familiar with the challenge, it is…

It’s Time To Let Go

Why stress over someone that won't even check to see if you are alright? Sometimes you just need to distance yourself from people. Nobody is ever “too busy”. If they care, they’ll notice. If they don’t, you know where you stand with them. If they really care, they will make the time. Very often I…

A Dedicated Visitor or A WordPress Glitch?

My blog averages about 50 visitors a day, with about twice as many views. Yesterday however, I had 31 visitors and 867 views. Either WordPress had a system glitch or someone pretty much looked at almost every post I had in one day. That's dedication. Hats off to you mystery visitor. Hats off to you….

Flashback Friday: Stepping Out Of The Fish Bowl

Originally posted to my blog on May 12, 2011 There is an old saying that “the last one to know they are in a fish bowl is the fish”, and I can say that has been true for me for the past few weeks. I have been angry and whiny and it has been reflecting…

Facebook Page Is Back By Popular Demand

They came by the thousands, banging on my virtual door, demanding that I reopen my FaceBook page! Okay, well it wasn't that many, but some of you requested I open back my FaceBook page so you can have the blog posts delivered to your news feeds, and I have succumbed. Welcome back Facebook users!  …

The Wisdom Of Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie is a beautiful, talented actress and a phenomenal humanitarian. Recently, when she learned that she had the gene for breast cancer, she took preventative steps and had a double mastectomy. Recently again, she had a blood test that showed she had markers for possible early cancer, and she had her ovaries removed. The…

Flashback Friday: The Nurse

Originally posted to my blog July 31, 2011 I have a real pet peeve with rudeness. It drives me up the wall, especially in the customer service area, and yes, nursing falls under that category too.I have been having a hard time with my breathing in the past couple of days and my chest hurts…

Guns With A History Change Minds

I am not a gun advocate. I have no interest in them and came across this video of people all excited to buy their first gun for “protection”. Watch what happens when they learn the history of the guns they are eager to purchase.     Written by Basil Rene © 2015 All Rights Reserved

This Inter-Dimensional Travel Is Exhausting

What a weird day. I must be doing some major Inter-dimension travel. Last week I spoke to my doctor's nurse to arrange some tests and to make an appointment to see him. She told me she would put in the orders for the tests and gave an appointment to see my doctor at 10:45 yesterday….

My Intial Thoughts On The Inogen One G3 POC

I recently wrote a blog post about getting rid of my liquid portable oxygen and getting a personal oxygen concentrator [Click here to read the post]. The new unit, an Inogen One G3 Portable Oxygen Concentrator, was delivered on Friday and here are my initial thoughts on the unit. The unit comes with a wall…

Motivational Monday: It Has To Rain, But Not Today

Life with a chronic illness can suck at times, and for many, it seems the down days are more frequent than the up days. But when you do have the up days, make the most of it. Appreciate it. Enjoy it. Appreciate the rainbow and don't sit around waiting for the rain to return.  …

Happy Pi Day!

Today is 3.14.15 Pi is 3.1415 It only happens once every hundred years. Relish it mathematicians. Relish it.     Written by Basil Rene © 2015 All Rights Reserved

Flashback Friday: Pushing On Through

Originally posted to my blog June 17, 2011 My wife and I are very busy at this time of the year, and it seems we are always working or going to appointments. We work together and are pretty much together 24 hours a day. Yet, one day a week we try to have a date…

Sharing My World: Week #10

Here are my answers to Cee's Photography weekly Share Your World. WHEN YOU LOSE ELECTRICITY IN A STORM, DO YOU LIGHT THE CANDLES OR TURN ON THE FLASHLIGHT? HOW MANY OF EACH DO YOU OWN? Thankfully, we have a generator so if power goes, we're ok. We do have flashlights in case there is ever…

Hey Marketing Department, We’re Not All Over 80!

I have some chronic conditions that apparently medical supply marketers believe only happens to older people. If I look up pulmonary hypertention, I will get photos of grand ma and grand pa with their oxygen tanks, smiling and playing with their grandchildren. If I look up heart failure, it will be pictures of grand ma…

Thumbs Down? Really?

If you read my post about getting a portable oxygen concentrator, and hoping that insurance will pay for it, well, they won't. I am disappointed but not phased. I decided that I will just buy the unit myself. Right now, because of the changes to my insurance plan, I now have to pay $150.00 a…

How Dare You?! I’m Not Fat. I am Stuffed!

FaceBook just changed their “Feeling Fat” emoji title to “Feeleing Stuffed” after protests from users who said that it promoted online body shaming. I don't know about anyone else, but when I eat too much, I feel fat! My damned pants can't button. I know what it feels like to feel fat. I recently gained…

Snapshots Of My Life: My Genius Scares Me

I am sure that a lot of people already do this, and call me slow on the mark, but I just thought of this. I have an older dog (she is 17 1/2 years old) and she is very sensitive to humidity. Last night when I got home, the humidity level in the house was…

The Plight Of Taking My Breaths Away From Home

Oxygen. We all take it for granted, but some of us don’t get enough, and we have to be on oxygen therapy. Luckily, I don’t need to be on oxygen 24 hours a day. I only need to use it when I am sleeping and when I am exerting myself. At rest, sitting watching TV…

Life Observations: Daylight Savings Time

When told the reason for daylight saving time the old Indian said… ‘Only a white man would believe that you could cut a foot off the top of a blanket and sew it to the bottom of a blanket and have a longer blanket.’ From Republic Of Dakotah     Written by Basil Rene ©…

Flashback Friday: Back From Break

Originally posted to my blog June 3, 2011 Like the consummate theater artist that has played many years out on stage in the same part and needed to get away from the constant day to day grind of being in the public eye, so too did I need to be away from the constant probing…

Rudeness Answered

One thing I detest is rudeness. Rude nurses, receptionist and customer service staff. I have a real soft spot for wait staff as I think it is one of the most difficult jobs there is. I waited in school and absolutely hated it. People are so rude to waiters it's unbelievable. It's like they think…

Life Observations: Crazy People? Really?

People have become so calloused and angry that when they see someone walking around with a smile on their face and a twinkle in their eye, they are thought of as crazy, but the person with the scowl on their face and a glare in their eye is seen as just being normal! The world…

Adjusting To Day Light Savings Time Gradually

On Sunday, we in the the U.S. change our clocks (in most states) one hour ahead to adjust for day light savings time. For some people, just that simple one hour adjustment can throw them out of whack. It never bothered me, but this year my wife and I are trying something new. Starting today,…