When “Home” Isn’t Home Anymore

When I was 19, I made my first trip to the US on vacation and fell in love. I drove into New York on a chilly June night from JFK and knew this was my home, this is where I was meant to be. I came back every year for vacation after that and eventually I…

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…

Family Politics And Being Able To Let Go

My eldest brother and I never had a close relationship. We are seven years apart and always fought through my childhood. In my teens and twenties, we tolerated each other, and then now we barely communicate. Some years ago, he and his wife became part of a “born again” church, and he wrote to me…

It’s Good To Be Home

  Just landed at JFK and in the car in the way home (no, I am not driving). I was away in in birth land for five days to visit my mother and the heat was ridiculous. Most people would be envious of being in a hot climate, but when you have heart problems and need…

Should Old Friendships Just Be Allowed To Die Naturally?

  As I head back to my birth land, I ponder past friendships that have slipped away over distance and time, and whether or not I should reach out to my childhood best friends. I met them, a brother and sister, when I was six, he was four and she was two. They lived around the…

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…

Life Is Such A Roller Coaster Ride

Life in general, and especially when you have a chronic condition, is a roller coaster ride, isn't it? It seems that when ever anything good is happening, everything good happens. And then something negative rolls in, and it seems everything goes down hill. Earlier this year, I was on the crest of the ride. Everything…

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…

Hey Morning People, Have Some Consideration!

I am not a morning person until I have to be. I work late hours and usually, I dont wake up until 8:30 in the morning, and if I need to get to work early or am traveling for work, I don't get up until 7:00. I don't usually go to bed before 2:00 am…

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…

Did You Miss Me?

I've been away from my blog for almost two weeks. I took a much needed break from work, my blog and daily life and took my wife on a trip to San Francisco for her birthday. It was really what we both needed, and we both really enjoyed the trip. We are not city people,…

An Afternoon In The Boogie Down Bronx

Ok, not the heart of the Bronx, but the NY Botanical Garden in the Bronx. Went for a beautiful stroll with my beautiful wife to see the daffodils, cherry and magnolias trees in bloom. Just thought I might share a few pics.   Written by Basil Rene © 2015 All Rights Reserved

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…

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…