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: “Hitting The Fan”

Originally posted June 2013 These past few days have been extremely busy for me at work. I worked four 16 hour days in a row and with the current heat in the northeast US with bad air quality, it has not been easy. Add to that two nights of lousy sleep and I feel like…

Six Word Story Saturday: “Friends”

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Second Look Sunday: For My Cousin

Originally Posted May 22, 2013 As a boy, my favorite cousin, Fay, was about 20 years older than me and she was fun. She had three children around my age that I played with frequently. The middle child, Stacy, was exactly like Fay in every way and we got along great despite she being a…

Wednesday Words Of Wisdom: Trusting

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Dealing With … People

In general, I dislike crowds of people. I prefer to take my vacation after summer when kids are back in school and vacation spots are quiet. I just spent some time in a beach town that is considered the playground for the ultra wealthy. I am very sensitive to rude, discourteous, ill mannered and obnoxious people…

The Pros And Cons Of Coffee

I never drank coffee until I was diagnosed with sarcoidosis in 2006 and went to see an Ayurvedic doctor who advised I drink coffee as it helps with breathing. I told him I did not like coffee and he told me to stop at Starbucks on the way home and try a latte or a…

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….

Finding And Letting Go Of An Old Friend

Just one last time. I decided to just do one more search. And there, after five or six years of random failed attempts to see if my best friend from culinary school was on Facebook, suddenly, there he was, out of the blue, at the top of the list. For the two years that we…

The Weekend Revisit Of “Making It Through On Love”

I am a very, very blessed man, and I know it. I get a few emails in response to “My Story” where I give a brief synopsis of my journey with sarcoidosis and heart failure, and I get at least one email a week commenting on how “hard” my experience has been, or asking for…

They’re Going To Judge You Anyway

I have a friend who is very wealthy and somewhat lives in a bubble where he almost believes that everyone has great disposal wealth and can purchase anything at a moment’s notice. On the other side I have another friend that is not wealthy and seems to struggle. My phone has been giving trouble for…

Day 40 Of My Mantra Meditation “Challenge” Complete. 

I am practicing meditation for a few years now but mostly guided meditations and not everyday. A lot of the time I would fall asleep during it.  Today I finished a “test” (I prefer test over challenge) of doing a mantra meditation for forty days straight and I have not missed a day.  I will…