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…