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.  …

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…

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…

11 Reasons I Need To Move To San Diego, California

Ever since I went on vacation to San Diego in October last year, I can't stop thinking about there. I have been places before, but no where that touched my spirit as much as there. It is the only place I have ever been where I literally felt as if I had to live there….

Flashback Friday: Every Now And Zen You Need To Wrap A Nap

Originally posted March 8, 2011 One thing that I have learned to do and really look forward to everyday, is to take a nap. For health reasons, it is really good for you, and it is something I never did before because I always felt that I would “miss something”. I try to nap for…

A Late Evening Walk At Vanderbilt Mansion

Yesterday evening my wife and I took the kids for a late evening walk on the grounds of the Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park, NY, somewhere we frequented while I attended the nearby Culinary Institute of America. This was such a place of healing and relaxation while I had the stress of school those 20…

Plane, Trains And Sneezing People!

“AH-CHOO”! I hear it behind me, in front of me, at the side of me and instantly I hold my breath and go the opposite direction as fast as I can. That's easy enough when I am in a supermarket or out in the open. But what can I do when I am in a…

Stuff Happens. Just Take It In Stride And Smile

I just finished the best vacation I ever had, a week in sunny beautiful Southern California. The entire time we were there we continued to live in east coast time to keep with my medicine schedule, which worked out perfectly. We decided to take the red eye home, leaving CA at midnight eastern time, getting…

Fells Like Home, Again

In June 1981, as a wide eyed 19 year old on his first trip to the U.S., I walked out of the PanAm terminal at JFK International Airport Into the cool night air of New York City and got into my brother's car and drove to his apartment in the Bronx for what would be…

Flash Back Friday – Buckle Up Idiot

Originally Posted January 8, 2011 Anyone getting into my car, front seat or back seat must put on their seat belts. If anyone protests, I don’t drive off or they can get the hell out of my car. Passengers in the back seat often think they don’t need to and ask “why?”, and I tell…