My friends tell me I’m not like myself” What happened?

Yes, Dr. Bregman is my client. His message is super important at this time.

Dr. Arthur Bregman, MD, is a Psychiatry Specialist in Coral Gables, FL, with over 47 years of expertise treating illnesses including ADHD, depression, anxiety, PTSD, and various other problems.

“There is one aspect of Covid that is not talked about very much. It is the impact that Covid has had on mental health.

“Nine out of ten Covid patients who see me on a telemedicine call report a lingering sense of what I like to call ‘Covid dysphoria.’ Oftentimes when someone catches a cold or the flu they can develop a bit of mild depressive symptoms or general malaise alongside it. But Covid dysphoria seems to dig a little deeper.

“After a bout with coronavirus a lot of my patients are not just suffering mild depressive symptoms – they have a more complete personality change. They don’t lose memories and become completely different people, but they say things like ‘My friends tell me I’m not like myself’ or ‘I’m usually such a cheerful person! What happened?’

“As researchers discover more about Covid’s effect on neurology, they’ve found the virus in the brains and spines of sufferers. It is slowly becoming more clear that Covid infection might have troubling repercussions for peoples’ mental health.

“Not to mention there’s another angle from which Covid strikes at someone’s mental health: narcissistic deflation. The very idea of becoming infected can make one feel as if they’re a pariah, now shunned and looked down upon even though it may only be in their own mind. It’s been a topic in peoples’ minds and on the news for so long, the psychological impact of knowing one caught it can even erode their sense of self because there are so many negatives associated with it.

“This just serves to heighten the severity of Covid dysphoria.

Luckily for sufferers of Covid dysphoria, there are a few pointers that can help them feel less hopeless and more confident that they’ll overcome this bump in the psychological road.

“During our consultations and meetings I like to assure them that there are very few ‘chronic’ cases of Covid dysphoria. It may last longer than one wants, and it may feel pervasive and unpleasant – but it is self limited in most cases. It does tend to go away on its own and with relaxation techniques and a bit of talk therapy a lot of people can get on the other side of it.

“When Covid dysphoria is particularly severe or long-lasting is when we need to get a bit more proactive. Usually I’ll prescribe talk therapy, as this can help considerably with the external factors leading to it: the stigma, the fears and so on. Medication management is important too – however since we’re dealing with a real physical infection of Covid, we pay extra careful attention to the medications we prescribe.”

These Are The Cities We Have Visited Since 1988.

Thought we would share it with you because the blog I was planning to post never materialized. The number next to the year represents the month. Love to see your list. It doesn’t matter how large or small it is. You went to places we didn’t. Till we fly again. Stay safe, stay strong.












2006-1 – SINGAPORE

           – CAMBODIA

                 PHNOM PENH

          – THAILAND



            – SOUTH VIETNAM

                HO CHI MINH CITY

            – NORTH VIETNAM

             HALONG BAY


            – CHINA


            – HONG KONG

2007-5 – POLAND 



          – HUNGRY


           – AUSTRIA


           – CZECH REPUBLIC


           – FINLAND


2008-2 – CHILE




           – ARGENTINA – 




            – BRAZIL –

         RIO de JANEIRO

2009-5 – ISRAEL

        TEL AVIV








            – JORDAN, PETRA

2010-8 – PERU






2011-3 – INDIA

                NEW DELHI





           – NEPAL


2011-7 – FRANCE


            – LUXEMBOURG


            – GERMANY



           8 – MAINZ




            – AMSTERDAM

            – BRUGGE

            – BRUSSELS

2012-6 – CROATIA




                  PLITVICE LAKES


             – SLOVENIA



                  POSTOJNA CAVE

           – MONTENEGRO

2013-8 – PORTUGAL


                  LAMEGO-BARCA D’ALVA





            – SPAIN



2013-10 – HAVANA, CUBA

2014-2 – LONDON

2014-8 – COLUMBIA


2014-10 – MOROCCO






                  SAHARA DESERT

                     FEZ – RABAT

2015-2 – PANAMA  

                  PANAMA CITY – COLON

                SAN BLAS ISLANDS

                  PANAMA CANAL

                  DARIEN PROVINCE —

                      EMBERA TRIBE


            – COSTA RICA


                PUERTO CALDERA

                 SAN JOSE

2015-3 – MAUI

2015-7 – SPAIN 


            – FRANCE


                 AVIGNON – VIVIERS

                GRIGNAN – TOURNON





                ST. JEAN CAP FERRAT

              EZE – NICE

            – ITALY

              CINQUE TERRE

           – MONTE CARLO

2015-9 – COLUMBIA



                  COFFEE TRIANGLE

                 COCORA VALLEY 

                FILANDIA – SALENTO



                  PENOL ROCK


2017-5 – JAPAN


                MT. FUJI – HAKONE


          HERITAGE SITE       





2017-8 – SWEDEN


            – NORWAY





            – DENMARK


            – FINLAND


            – RUSSIA

                  ST. PETERSBURG

2017-10 – FRANCE


2018-4 – ECUADOR



2018-5 – FRANCE









2018-8 – IRELAND











2018-10 – EGYPT







2019-2 – MEXICO CITY

2019-4 – CUBA


2019-6 – GERMANY









2020-2 – MEXICO





2021-10 – NEW ORLEANS, LA

For Your Next Life

Thank you Jayda Knight for sharing.

1 * Accept the fact that some days you’re the pigeon, and some days you’re the statue

2 *Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.

3 * Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

4 * Drive carefully. It’s not only cars that can be recalled by their Maker.

5 *If you can’t be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.

6 * If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

7 * It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.

8 * Never buy a car you can’t push.

9 *Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won’t have a leg to stand on.

10 * Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance.

11 * Since it’s the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.

12 * The second mouse gets the cheese.

13 * When everything’s coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.

14 * Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.

15 * Some mistakes are too much fun to make only once.

16 * We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.

17 * A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

18 * Have an awesome day and know that someone has thought about you today.


19 *Save the earth. It’s the only planet with chocolate!*

The Future Of The Physical Clothing Store

Amazon to open its first-ever physical clothing store. Amazon’s latest store concept is designed to combine the personalization of e-commerce with the immediacy of brick-and-mortar shopping

Thank you Chain Store Age for alerting us.

Amazon to open its first-ever physical clothing store – in a California lifestyle center

  • Amazon Style
  • Amazon Style touchscreen
  • fitting room
  • Amazon Style fitting room

Amazon’s latest store concept is designed to combine the personalization of e-commerce with the immediacy of brick-and-mortar shopping.

The first Amazon Style store will open later this year, year at The Americana at Brand, a lifestyle center in Glendale, Calif. The approximate 30,000-sq.-ft. store, designed to offer a high-tech shopping experience, will feature women’s and men’s apparel, shoes and accessories. The assortment will feature “hundreds of brands” chosen by fashion creators and “feedback provided by millions of customers shopping on,” according to Amazon.

How Amazon Style will work
Not surprisingly, Amazon Style will distinguish itself from traditional clothing stores with high-tech flourishes.  Most of the clothing will be out of sight and kept in the back of the store, with only one sample of each item displayed on the sales floor. The format will allow Amazon Style to offer more than double the number of products offered for sale in a fashion store of its size.

Using the Amazon Shopping app, customers will scan an item’s QR code to see sizes, colors, overall customer ratings and additional product details. With the tap of a button, shoppers can have the item brought to a fitting room. If the customer doesn’t want to try it on, the item can be sent directly to the pickup counter. 

Customers can continue shopping in the fitting rooms, which have touchscreens where they can browse more options, rate items, and request more sizes or styles to be delivered directly to the room within minutes.  As customers browse the store and scan items, Amazon will leverage its machine learning algorithms to recommend tailored, real-time suggestions regarding other items they be interested in buying. 

For a more tailored experience, customers can share preferences like style and fit to receive more refined recommendations. Shoppers can also view deals in-store that match their preferences, right in the Amazon Shopping app.

Amazon Style will feature automated technologies and processes used in Amazon fulfillment centers for fast delivery of requested items to fitting rooms.  Store associates will provide customer service, deliver items to fitting room closets, merchandise the store, help customers at checkout and manage back-of-house operations.

Items scanned at Amazon Style are saved in a customer’s Amazon Shopping app, enabling them to purchase at a later time or find more items online from new brands discovered in the store. Customers can shop millions of apparel items on, request delivery to Amazon Style and then try on items in the fitting room when they get to the store. Items can also be returned in the store. 

In-store prices will be the same as on Customers can view deals in store that match their preferences in the Amazon Shopping app. The stores will also feature new complex inventory management systems, new technology to support customer service, and Amazon One palm recognition-based payment. Select customers will be invited to preview the store’s shopping experience before it opens to the public.

Amazon Style will join Amazon’s other existing brick-and-mortar banners – Amazon Go, Whole Foods Market, Amazon Books, Amazon 4-star, Amazon Fresh, and Amazon Pop Up stores. By combining app-based shopping with automated micro-fulfillment technology and endless aisle inventory, the retailer is attempting to truly duplicate the online shopping experience in a physical store. Amazon Style stores could also easily serve as pickup and return points for online purchases, as well as provide ship-from-store capability for fashion purchases.

“We obsessed over designing a shopping experience focused on helping customers find great looks, and it led us to create Amazon Style,” said Simoina Vasen, managing director, Amazon Style, in a corporate blog post. “We’re so excited to offer a shopping experience that inspires discovery and combines the best of shopping on with the benefit of touching and trying on items to ensure a great fit.

The Weekend Posse

It all started out when friends Cris Sweeny and Claire Lardner invited six pals to join them, and their humungous RV, at a dude ranch called Westgate in River Ranch, Florida. It’s about an hour south of Orlando.

Cris and Claire, owners of Frameworks, live in Miami and go on road trips all the time. They invited us, (Gail Williams and Dawn McCall, Randy Bridges and Ron Moorman, and Eliot and yours truly) to this outing because the ranch guest accommodations suited our individual needs. As big as the RV is, we all couldn’t sleep together. Westgate has lodges, townhomes, teepees, tents, and a huge RV park.

We spent most of the time hanging out in Claire and Cris’ RV, the general store, the saloon, the western store, the BBQ Smokehouse restaurant, and the rodeo. There were so many cowboy outdoor activities, but we loved just spending time together and telling stories around the campfire Claire and Cris built.

The 1,700 acre Westgate River Ranch has horseback riding, swimming, golf, petting farm, nature hikes, trap and skeet shooting, hayrides, cookouts and a full-service marina complete with boating, fishing, and airboat and swamp buggy rides. Westgate River Ranch also features a 5,000-foot paved and lighted runway, the award-winning Smokehouse Grill, River Ranch Saloon and the longest-running Saturday night championship rodeo in the United States that offers trick riding, bull riding, calf roping and barrel racing at the 1,200-seat rodeo arena. A herd of grazing Watusi cattle (known for their long, distinctive horns) makes its home at Westgate River Ranch. New additions to Westgate River Ranch include an 18-hole miniature golf course, rock climbing wall, zip line, mechanical bull, and a bungee jumper.

The River Ranch was originally built in the 1960s by Gulf American Corp. (GAC), then one of the largest land developers in the state, as the centerpiece of a huge proposed development in the area called “River Ranch Acres.” By 1971, the property featured a large motel, Western-style saloon and café, swimming pool, airstrip, rodeo and trap & skeet range. In 1976, the All-American Corp. purchased River Ranch from GAC and sold the development to a group of Ohio developers in 1980. In 1986, that group sold River Ranch Resort to Outdoor Resorts. In 2001, Westgate Resorts purchased River Ranch and Westgate River Ranch reopened its doors the following year.

Westgate River Ranch, which has evolved into the largest dude ranch East of the Mississippi, is surrounded on all sides by approximately 400,000 acres of state and federally protected wetlands.

We all had an amazing time. If you want to experience something different, this is the place for you. We all loved it.

Westgate River Ranch Rodeo cowgirl falls from horse

The redo start of the festivities

An uncooperative bull make the cowboys flex their muscle

Bull kicks cowboy down. Ouch!