What Exactly Is My Brand?

I shut down my photography and food blogs as I do not have the time to dedicate to them as much as I wanted. I am combining my three sites right here. Someone wrote to ask me what exactly is my brand, because they could not quite figure out what my site was really about….

Words Of Wisdom: Life & Lemons

©️2020 Basil René. All Rights Reserved Images©️Basil René or Sourced From Mematic &/or Giphy Who Holds ©️Info For All Photographs In Thier Application Basil René was diagnosed with pulmonary sarcoidosis in 2006 and cardiac sarcoidosis in 2007. As a result of sarcoidosis, Basil René has heart failure and lives with an implanted AICD.

Second Look Sunday: Traveling And Diuretics

Originally posted January 23, 2014 It is amazing how you need to plan your life when you have chronic conditions. Simple things like a road trip become an event. I need to figure out if I need to walk with my portable liquid oxygen or my concentrator. How many days of medication I need. If…

Second Look Sunday: What Is Your Speak?

Originally posted January 18, 2014 This weekend I am away on business, and this morning I went to pick up some bagels at a local bagel store. I speak with an accent that is apparently not discernible to most people. I have been asked if I my accent is British, Scottish, French, Dutch, Irish, Egyptian,…

Second Look Sunday: I Need To Stay In Bed On A Sarcoidosis Day

Originally posted January 12, 2014 Everyone with a chronic condition or conditions has had a day, or days where they just are not feeling “right”. I don’t mean the pain or usual symptoms that come with the condition, but a day when you are just not in balance, where your coordination is off, your brain…

Why I Refused A Mask At My Doctor’s Office For My Own Protection.

Yes, I know, I am a major advocate for the wearing of masks in public but yesterday I actually had to refuse a mask at my doctor’s office. I went to the radiology department of my doctor’s group to have a sniff test done and the office exercised all the precautionary protocols for COVID-19, with…

Refusal To Wear A Mask Ends In Death!

People are literally going freaking crazy about having to wear a face mask! What the hell people? It’s just a mask. I have heart failure, stage four scarring of my lungs, hemidiaphragmatic elevation with semi-paralysis (look that shit up) and I have no issue wearing a mask in public. A man, who refused to wear…

Second Look Sunday: I Need Sleep

Originally posted December 2013 It’s been a rough few days for me. On Wednesday night I had a bout of post herpatic neuralgia. I had shingles in my face back in 2008, and to this day I still get times when my left nostril and face either are sensitive to the touch or it feels…

Six Word Story Saturday: “The Piano”

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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/

I Need Some Clarity

A couple of weeks ago I woke up with my vision really wonky. My left eye seemed out of focus and I had flashes of lights. When I looked at anything digital straight on like my clock or phone, there was a spot just to the left that was just blank. I called my eye…

Becoming A Listener

I don’t talk about my conditions to anyone. There are very few people that do know about my conditions. When I do tell someone about my stuff I have come to realize that most people really don’t want to hear another’s problems. They may sympathize, but they really don’t want to hear about your problems….