I'm very skeptical of "cure-all" fixes. I don't claim to have them. What I do have is a perspective, and experience. I find people to be very interesting to talk to and observe, if for no other reason than to hear their problems - especially those with other human beings - and sit back and daydream about the cause of it all. Relationships (or lack thereof) happens to be one of the most popular and interesting, especially in the LGBT community. I'm sure there are parallels in the straight world, but I'm no expert on that. I try to look at things from an unconventional, yet holistic perspective. I don't want this to be "just another Buzzfeed article", even though the subject errs on it heavily.Here it is, for what it's worth, AND, more importantly, the logic behind it. You don't live in the right place I'm a big believer that we're...

As a theme for the cold weather coming up, I'm going to do a recipe collection based on a couple Swedish / Nordic delights that are wonderful for keeping warm in the cold weather. I'm also going to include some favorites of mine from other parts of the world. The inspiration for this idea came from the discovery of hygge. Now, what is hygge exactly?According to VisitDenmark.com, hygge (pronounced "hoo-gah") is described in the following way: In essence, hygge means creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people. The warm glow of candlelight is hygge. Friends and family – that’s hygge too. There's nothing more hygge than sitting round a table, discussing the big and small things in life. The interesting thing about hygge is that it doesn't have just one meaning or purpose. It's an idea, really. It's a word that can be used to describe...

It's been a long time coming. I've finally landed and it feels so good.The Downtown Dweller started back in early 2013, when I sought to craft a blog and an online presence that personified my ideal life - that of a downtown dweller. Now, who or what is that? It's an informed, cultured, classy, urban resident. It's jazz, wine, fashion, cars, architecture, pop culture, music, food, and travel. And it's for any and every guy (perhaps some gals too) that is interested in getting in on the know of how to live the best life.So why Nashville?For the past three or four years, living downtown in a smaller Illinois city had been great, but it was time to finally get away to something a bit bigger, more grandiose. After a fortunate series of events, I now find myself calling "music city" home. I had always thought it might be St. Louis...

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