AMA: Answering Your Questions

AMA: Answering Your Questions

(Originally published 2 November 2020 on my newsletter life: examined. Please check it out and sign up–don’t miss an issue!) I was surprised to receive so many questions in response to my AMA (Ask Me Anything) invitation from my post Two Years in Portugal:...
Daily Containers: Keeping Inertia at Bay

Daily Containers: Keeping Inertia at Bay

When coronavirus hit, I lost my income overnight. As a freelance writer and consultant, working with nonprofit organizations, small businesses, and entrepreneurs, I was dragged along in the undertow of the virus’s economic repercussions. In classic domino effect...
Develop Resilience to Ease Suffering

Develop Resilience to Ease Suffering

resilience /rɪˈzɪlɪəns/ noun noun: resilience; noun: resiliency; plural noun: resiliencies 1. the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness. Back in January, before this pandemic broke all hell loose, I had a conversation with a friend about words or...
Nine Reasons Why I Moved to Setúbal

Nine Reasons Why I Moved to Setúbal

New year, new decade, new home. Yes, I’ve moved, for the third time in 14 months, from Almada just across the Tejo River from Lisbon to a small city called Setúbal about 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of Lisbon. Setúbal is experiencing somewhat of a low-key...
Dear Brain Pickers: I’m Flattered, But No

Dear Brain Pickers: I’m Flattered, But No

Brain picker–are you one? Throughout my career as a freelance writer and grant writer, I’ve been invited to coffee (which I typically end up paying for), or have been sent emails, by budding writers and entrepreneurs who want to know how I do what I do and...
Moving to Portugal: Resource Round-up

Moving to Portugal: Resource Round-up

UPDATE as of 3 May 2020: This moving to Portugal page needs a thorough review and necessary updates. I’ve started the review process, which will take a while, and although some points may be no longer relevant, most still are. As with anything on the internet,...

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