La vita è bella

I love my job
And I’m paid fairly
They say I’m decent at it
So many nice people around me
It hardly ever rains, the sun is radiant
I love the ways of this land, my new home country

I love my girl
She’s heaven to me
We match up quite nicely
She lights up all that’s in me
She hardly complains, she’s so brilliant
I love all about this woman, my newfound mirror

And so I cry
Quiet desperation
My heart’s beating me up
Feeling an incompetent ingrate
Because what remains, with this distance?
What I love in this world, this world keeps apart

As you can see: I’m almost perfectly happy

The Year Four

Today marks the beginning of the fourth year in my second life. It is a moment that opens up a wholly unknown future, with new experiences awaiting me in the new year. I don’t know what the future holds, but I do welcome it in gratitude, knowing that it is a gift to experience and to savor. To all those who enrich my life: gracias.

I Heart You

Merry Christmas. And happy 2nd anniversary.

Coronary arteries of the heart

A specially heartfelt thank you to Letitia Anderson, MD and to the amazing Emergency Department, the Cardiology Department, all of the wonderful nurses and staff at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nevada. Without you, you wouldn’t be reading this. Thank you, Tracy and Tim, for your truly boundless kindness and generosity, helping us back on our feet and beyond. And to all those countless other wonderful people who have helped us in so many ways to survive and get to where we are now… Thank you, too. I’ve seen the light and I think I’ll pass on seeing it again, at least for a little bit. Meanwhile I’m trying hard to make it count now. Honest. Go Medical Interpreters! You all rock.