No, I Am Not Dead

I received an email from a reader asking if I was dead. If I was, I’m not sure how was I supposed to answer that one. Anyhoo, for the past month I have been working very long hours (thankfully) and haven’t had time to blog on any of my blogs. So thank you for your…

Second Look Sunday: Putting Things Into Perspective

Originally posted December 2, 2013 Today I had no intention or desire to go to my therapist. You may have read before the previous post that I started Buddhist psychotherapy. Today I was in no mood to talk. It was a long weekend, I was really really tired and in no mood for dealing with…

Second Look Sunday: Laughing At Myself

Originally posted Novemeber 2, 2013 Yesterday I went to the doctors office at Mt. Sinai and parked in their parking lot which is a six story structure that is usually always full, but I always manage to get a spot. I left the car and took the elevator down to walk over to the hospital…

Ask Me Anything About My Sarcoidosis

A new feature on my blog is, “Ask me about my sarcoidosis”. I started this blog as a way to help other people with sarcoidosis to get more information and since I get a few emails every week asking me specific questions about my life with the disease, I decided to start a new segment…

A Funny Thing Happened As I Ran Out Of The Award Show

Isn’t it funny how the universe works? The more you resist something, the more it will push against you and show itself to test you until you come to terms with it. Blog awards. I stopped accepting them for many different reasons that I won’t go into here, other than I would say that many…

Ten Questions For A Ten Year Old Blog

I read the words “Would you answer these ten questions in a post?” in a recent email from a fellow blogger who read my post that I am blogging now for ten years and I thought why not. So here goes. Ten questions about ten years of blogging. 1: Why did you start your blog?…

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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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…

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/

The Importance of Boosting the Immune System – Sarcoidosis News

The immune system removes toxins from the body, staves off infections, and helps in the fight against illness. For someone with a chronic health condition, the immune system is already compromised and working overtime. Thus, boosting the immune system is especially important during cold and flu season — Read on sarcoidosisnews.com/2019/09/25/immune-system-boost-natural-remedies-lifestyle/

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…