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…

A Is For Accusations! Who Are We To Judge?

THIS IS A BLOGGING A TO Z CHALLENGE POST April 1, 2015 – “A” A few years ago I was taking the train back home from New York City when a clean, well dressed young man came to my car and announced that he had his wallet stolen and that he did not have enough…

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…

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

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

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…

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…

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,…

Snapshots Of My Life: Expressions Of My Gratitude

Sitting at the podiatrist Waiting my turn Hearing a toddler scream Watching the parent burn Hoping that quickly They will be gone like a gust Silently thanking ourselves Children we chose not for us             Written by Basil Rene © 2015 All Rights Reserved

Flashback Friday: Let Yourself Be

Originally posted to my blog on May 10, 2011 As I browse the sarcoidosis and heart failure blogs, they all seem to have a common theme going on now, and that is frustration. Frustration with the condition, frustration with friends and family, and frustration with having to keep up appearances.

Winter Is Ripping Apart My Hands

I'll admit that I am a germaphobe to a certain extent, but I am not OCD. I do wash my hands a lot, I am a chef after all and this winter is torture on my hands. The skin is already thin from being on prednisone for so many years, and add to that the…

I Changed My Theme

I think that I must have some form of ADHD. I get bored with my blog’s themes very quickly and so I changed my theme once again. Let me know what you think.

My 700th Post

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Run For The Hills!

It's all over the news. The panic, the fright, the government intervention. Why? It's Measles! Children are getting measles! Eh? What? Really? You would think that it was an Ebola outbreak. Remember when a kid in your neighborhood had the measles, your parents sent you over there to hang with them so you could get…

Oh No She Didn’t?!

The other day I was at the hardware store and a woman with very long manicured nails was helping her husband load soil into the back of their SUV when one of the bags apparently had a small hole and some of the soil spilled out on to her hands. She dusted it off, then…

I Am Shutting Down My Newspaper

Sarcoidosis News Daily Review, my daily newspaper is coming to an end as of tomorrow. Quite honestly, I started the paper a while ago as a bit of self promotion to gain followers on my blog. It didn’t really work, and I am not into gathering followers anymore. I am in a place now where…

Flashback Friday: Peanuts Philosophy

Originally Posted March 23, 2011 The following is the philosophy of Charles Schulz, the creator of the ‘Peanuts’ comic strip. You don’t have to actually answer the questions. Just ponder on them. Just read straight through, and you’ll get the point. The Charles Schulz Philosophy 1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world. 2….

Snapshots Of My Life: My GoldFish Has Gas

I have an aquarium with two white goldfish With red heads, and I got them at the same time and they were both the same size, babies. Now one is about the size of my fist and the other about half that size. I noticed the big one floating at the top a lot and…

Sharing My World 2015 – Week #3

Here is my weekly contribution to Cee's Photography challenge, Share Your World Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest? Olivia Newton John. First off, I have been a fan of her music since I was 9 years old, long before she got famous in Grease. I…

Flashback Friday: Ready, Aim, Heal

Originally posted March 9, 2011 I started this blog last year on the 4th anniversary of my open lung biopsy which definitively diagnosed my pulmonary sarcoidosis. I started it not as an informative blog, but as a blog about my personal experiences with the disease sarcoidosis. If you are a follower of my blog, you…