This Is Getting Too Close To Home

In less than a week, confirmed COVID-19 (Coronavirus) went from hundreds of miles away to 40 miles away to 5 miles away from my home. I fall into the vulnerable population because of my heart and lung conditions, and so I am being extra cautious. I have had bad flus before and recovered so I…

Six Word Story Saturday: “The Piano”

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Six Word Story Saturday: “Friends”

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Could My Love Really Be Turning Against Me?!

I remember too well the day we met, almost thirteen years ago, a cool morning, the sun high in the cloudless New York City sky. We were introduced by, of all people, an Ayurvedic doctor that I had only met 30 minutes before. He said we would be good for each other. At first I was…

The Weekend Revisit Of: Gazing Into Truth

I look at the white framed image of the man in front of me, his face revealing nothing of what really lies with in his soul, except his eyes. The eyes tell it all, their perfect brown circles staring out, trying to express neutrality, but can’t. They express the true meaning of the man, his…

Good Deeds Are Sometimes Best Left In Your Heart

Today I pulled up behind a car at a red light in a left turn only lane, driven by an elderly lady. Her car was too far from the line to be registered by the sensor so the light never turned green. After the other lights turned green a couple of times I contemplated tooting…

Wednesday Words Of Wisdom: Ending Misery

All too often you hear people bitch and moan about their life. No one can ever make you do anything. You always have the option to refuse. You may probably lose your job or your partner but you will keep your integrity. Rather than be miserable, find the joy and love in your job, your…

This Church’s Nativity Depicts The Holy Family Separated At The Border

“Claremont United Methodist Church transformed its Christmas nativity scene into a powerful statement about family separation by caging their figures of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph and releasing a theological statement on the United States’ treatment of refugees. ” — Read on mashable.com/article/claremont-umc-nativity-scene-family-separation/

Wednesday Words Of Wisdom: Trusting

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Stop Cursing God For Your Damned Sorrows Already

I read a blog post today and the person was complaining about God punishing them by giving them sarcoidosis. To think that God is punishing you means that you obviously did some pretty bad shit in the first place for you to think you deserve to get sick and that God has singled you out…

Sometimes Frustration Cancels Out Positivity, But Just Briefly

No matter how positive you are about life, there are times when that positivity gets thrown out the window and replaced by unadulterated frustration, especially when living with a chronic illness like sarcoidosis. If you follow my blog you know that I am an anomaly, and doctors have no explanation as to how I am…

Lyrics To Live By: Learn To Love Yourself

In 1971 as a nine year old boy, I heard this angelic voice on the TV and later learned it was Olivia Newton John. For the past 48 years I have listened to her music through good times and bad and is by far my favorite artists of all time. This song, “Learn To Love…

Sarcoidosis diagnosed in older patients linked to worse outcomes

In a new study, sarcoidosis appeared to require a high index of suspicion in elderly patients because older patients with pulmonary sarcoidosis presented with more severe disease and worse outcomes compared with younger patients. Additionally, isolated extrapulmonary involvement at diagnosis and certain particular extrapulmonary organ involvement were more frequent among older patients. — Read on…

Taking Care Of Me

It’s been a while since my last post, almost six weeks. A lot has happened health wise with me since then. Lots of testing and fighting with insurance to pay for the major part of the testing and just saying “F**k it!”, and paying for it myself. It has been a small journey, and one…

Try To See The Good In Everything

Change is inevitable. No matter how much we want things to stay or go back to how they were, they never are. So why grieve over the past that can never return. Yes, you were healthy and vibrant a year ago and now you have a chronic illness where you feel like crap most of…

The Weekend Revisit: The Passages Of Time

Why is it that time flies? When I was a boy, it seemed as if time took forever to pass through my universe, but now as an adult, a day, a month, a year flies by in the blink of an eye. I have been at this blogging adventure for a little over two years…