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…

When It Rains, It Storms

I posted last time that my friend was going in for testing and they discovered that he has lung cancer. He is not in a really good place, but that is another story. Last week I got a call that my mother was having trouble breathing and that she was going to the nursing home…

Knowing When To Support Quietly

“I’m having surgery on Monday” were the words that came up on my iPhone screen two weeks ago from a longtime friend. I’m not going into the details of the conversation, but it turns out that he has early stage lung cancer. He hasn’t gotten an exact diagnosis as yet, but he isn’t handling it…

Wise Words Wednesday : Wayne Dyer #2

Kindness, Always Kindness Originally Posted on MAY 11, 2012 If you find yourself in a confrontation of any kind with anyone, be it a family member or a stranger, before reacting ask yourself, “Is what I am about to say motivated by my need to be right, or my desire to be kind?” Then pick…

New Rx Can Help With Stress And Other Ailments

I came across this infomercial for the best remedy for stress and a lot of other ailments. Please take a minute to look at it. I have used this Rx for many a year now, and I know it has helped me bounce back from being a few years away from being on a heart…

25 Years Of Wedded Bliss

Christmas Eve will mark my wife and my 25th wedding anniversary. This past weekend marked the 34th anniversary of the day we met when she was just sixteen to my very much older nineteen. We usually go out on Christmas Eve night for a really nice dinner, but this year, since it is such a…

Snapshots Of My Life: Dealing With Nosey People

I have no water at my home for the past three days, and it’s not getting fixed until today. Long story. In any case, we have water stored away for emergencies such as this, but we were running out, so yesterday I went to the supermarket to buy water for bathing etc. I had two…

Family Politics And Being Able To Let Go

My eldest brother and I never had a close relationship. We are seven years apart and always fought through my childhood. In my teens and twenties, we tolerated each other, and then now we barely communicate. Some years ago, he and his wife became part of a “born again” church, and he wrote to me…

There Is Such A Thing As Too Much Support

One of the biggest complaints of people with chronic illness and chronic pain is that they don't get enough support from family and friends. I have always been an independent person, and never really needed support. My wife is a huge support to me and I don't need it from anyone else. A lot of…

Here Is A Great Reason I Keep My Neighbors At Bay

I recently wrote a post (see Mortality Check) about a neighbor of mine who I did not know, or really take the time know, that died. In it I mentioned that I tend to keep my neighbors just on a “Hi” relationship. I don't want to get to know them or they me. It may…

It’s Time To Let Go

Why stress over someone that won't even check to see if you are alright? Sometimes you just need to distance yourself from people. Nobody is ever “too busy”. If they care, they’ll notice. If they don’t, you know where you stand with them. If they really care, they will make the time. Very often I…

Happy Valentine’s Day?

Valentine's Day. A day of so many emotions for so many people. There are those young ladies, and men, that are hoping, expecting, yearning for that elusive proposal over a candle lit dinner at a dimly lit, expensive restaurant tonight. There are those men, and women that are stressed out because they are going to…

Sharing My World 2015 – Week #3

Here is my weekly contribution to Cee's Photography challenge, Share Your World Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest? Olivia Newton John. First off, I have been a fan of her music since I was 9 years old, long before she got famous in Grease. I…

Choosing Life’s Battles

Back in my twenties, when I was engaged to my wife, someone bumped into and cut her off in a line in a store in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn. Why the hell we were there has left my memory, but I remember that the guy was a real bad ass looking dude, and I…