Defying The Rules And Living

When I first discovered that I had a hole in my heart, I was told that for six months afterwards I would need to take it easy. I needed to give the heart time to grow tissue over the plug that was placed in the hole, otherwise, if I fell too hard or anything like…

I Have Become Thin Skinned (My 1,000th Post!)

(This is my 1,000th post to this blog!) I scratched my cheek after closing the door behind the repair man and I could feel it running across my palm, down my wrist and onto my fore arm. The warm, wet, red liquid that is the lifeline of every human. The liquid, bright red and thin…

Oh No She Didn’t?!

The other day I was at the hardware store and a woman with very long manicured nails was helping her husband load soil into the back of their SUV when one of the bags apparently had a small hole and some of the soil spilled out on to her hands. She dusted it off, then…

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…

3 Super Quick Movie Reviews

I saw three movies this week and here are my reviews: Into The Woods Three classic fairy tales, melded together, then go to what happens after happily ever after. Lots of singing. Like Broadway? You'll like. Don't? You won't.     Exodus Moses thinks he's a prince. Learns he's a Hebrew. Has an identity crisis…

Flashback Friday : A Special Lunch Date

Originally Posted February 23, 2011 I felt really well physically and emotionally today. I always love it when I go to a doctor and they are happy with my condition. I took the pups out for a long walk around the property when I got back. It was beautiful, no clouds, a blanket of white…

Lonliness Really Does Not Have To Exist

There is something about Christmas time that I just love. To me, it is indeed the happiest season of all. But to many other people, it is a time filled with sadness steming mostly from lonliness. I don't ever recall being lonely. I have always enjoyed my own company, and essentially, I am a loner….

Plane, Trains And Sneezing People!

“AH-CHOO”! I hear it behind me, in front of me, at the side of me and instantly I hold my breath and go the opposite direction as fast as I can. That's easy enough when I am in a supermarket or out in the open. But what can I do when I am in a…

Stuff Happens. Just Take It In Stride And Smile

I just finished the best vacation I ever had, a week in sunny beautiful Southern California. The entire time we were there we continued to live in east coast time to keep with my medicine schedule, which worked out perfectly. We decided to take the red eye home, leaving CA at midnight eastern time, getting…

Above Everything Else, Always Listen To Yourself

Life with a chronic illness is sometimes confusing, plain and simple. You have all these voices coming at you in different directions telling you many different things. If you are like me with different specialists for each condition, they all try to work together, but they all have their own separate opinions, and you don't…

Everyone Has A 9/11 Story And This Is Mine

Thirteen years ago today, it was my day off and I was sleeping in. I was woken up by the telephone ringing at around 8:55. It was my brother Neil. “Turn on the TV” he said, “A plane just hit the Trade Center Tower” My brain was foggy. I wasn’t sure what day it was,…

Flash Back Friday – Buckle Up Idiot

Originally Posted January 8, 2011 Anyone getting into my car, front seat or back seat must put on their seat belts. If anyone protests, I don’t drive off or they can get the hell out of my car. Passengers in the back seat often think they don’t need to and ask “why?”, and I tell…