Day 40 Of My Mantra Meditation “Challenge” Complete. 

I am practicing meditation for a few years now but mostly guided meditations and not everyday. A lot of the time I would fall asleep during it.  Today I finished a “test” (I prefer test over challenge) of doing a mantra meditation for forty days straight and I have not missed a day.  I will…

Snapshots Of My Life: It’s Just Freaking Wine

“Green apples” said my best friend sitting next to me. “I get a hint of banana” added another friend sitting to our front It was my turn to illicit a response, and I sat there, forty plus eyes trained anxiously on me, waiting to hear my words of wisdom. After all, I was, so far,…

And The Family Drama Continues

What is it about families that it seems no one can ever really get along? All families except my wife’s. Everybody in her family gets along so unbelievably, As a matter of fact, I stayed her family, not mine went I went back.  When I went back to my birth land last week i tried my…

Looks Like A Good Day To Fly

  I am sitting at the departure gate of JetBlue at JFK waiting to board my flight back to the motherland. The last time I was back in my birth land was is 2012 for 48 hours for my mother’s-in-law funeral and I didn’t really see anything. I was in and I was out.  The last…

An Even Easier Way To Sort Your Medications! Have It Done For You!

I used to take fifteen different medications over four different periods during the day at one point in my journey with Sarcoidosis and its a pain to try to remember what to take and when, especially when the medication you are taking messes with your memory. I originally bought a monthly pill sorter which works…

There Is Such A Thing As Too Much Support

One of the biggest complaints of people with chronic illness and chronic pain is that they don't get enough support from family and friends. I have always been an independent person, and never really needed support. My wife is a huge support to me and I don't need it from anyone else. A lot of…

The Weekend Worthy Revisit: It’s Just Air

Originally posted October 10, 2011 What is it about vanity? No matter how any of us can profess we are not vain, we are at some intrinsic level. Some where deep inside even the humblest of people lies the vain gene. I don’t think of myself as a vain man, but to some extent, I…

What Lengths For Perfection

I originally wrote this in late spring Over the past week I have been observing the dandelions growing on my lawn, and admiring their strength and fortitude. I stand there looking at their beautiful yellow gleam in the new morning light, dew gently settled on their petals and wonder why people just get so upset…

Snapshots Of My Life: Making Friends In Ikea

Yesterday as I sat in the returns section of Ikea, waiting for my number to be called, a heavily “processed” woman, along with her “DUFF”, sat on the bench opposite to me. The only way I can describe the woman is that if goldfish made pornography, she would be the female lead. As I sat…

I Am Not A Foodie, So Don’t Call Me One Because I Am A Chef

I am a formally trained chef. I attended the prestigious Culinary institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, the only college in the world dedicated solely to the culinary arts. I was on the Dean's list for every semester. I was, at the time, the only student ever recruited by the school to be a…

The Weekend Worthy Revisit: Slap Me Again

Originally Posted September 24, 2011 For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. For every white there is black. For every wonderful day of weather you enjoy, there is probably going to be a rainy one or two coming up. The day must be followed by the night, and vice versa. No matter…

Here Is A Great Reason I Keep My Neighbors At Bay

I recently wrote a post (see Mortality Check) about a neighbor of mine who I did not know, or really take the time know, that died. In it I mentioned that I tend to keep my neighbors just on a “Hi” relationship. I don't want to get to know them or they me. It may…

They Have Come Up With A Name For The New Crazy

I always found that people's obsession with posting selfies on their social media sites a bit odd. I looked at it as a really modern form of narcissism or just down right low self esteem. Well, it turns out that I should have become a psychologist in the first place (yes, I wanted to be…

OMG!! I Am Infected With The “Like”

I consider myself well spoken. I have been complemented on my voice and accent and told I should be an announcer on the BBC. I wouldn't go that far, but it seems when I speak, many times people are impressed with my annunciation. However, I found myself infected with one of the world's most verbal…

Some More Good News

I know that I said I was going to post some photos of my San Francisco trip, but alas, life caught up with me. The past three wells were crazy. My in laws were visiting for my wife's birthday, and work has been so crazy busy that I had time for nothing. My home office…

Going Happy Crazy At The Organic Grocer

Yesterday, I went to the local organic grocer, a small store with some very nice produce and as I walked into the store, I passed a display of the largest pink grapefruit I ever saw. I stopped and looked at them when suddenly I had an epiphany and loudly blurted out “Oh my God! Pink…

P Is For Prayers

This is a Blogging From A To Z challenge post April 18th – P     Written by Basil Rene © 2015 All Rights Reserved

K Is For Kindness

This is a Blogging From A To Z Challenge post April 13th – K It seems more and more that people are forgetting to be just be kind. There are more shows on TV than ever before of people laughing at others failures. In general, people are becoming meaner. People are taking joy, and profiting…

I Is For Insurance

This is a Blogging From A To Z Challenge Post April 10th – I     Written by Basil Rene © 2015 All Rights Reserved

H Is For Happiness

This is a Blogging From A To Z Challenge Post April 9th – H It is elusive to the majority of mankind. Books are written about it, and people spend their entire lives journeying around the world, bouncing from guru to guru seeking it. We look everywhere for it. We look in our wallets and…