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September 1, 2018

Today is International Overdose Awareness Day*.  It’s not something we talk about in social circles on the playgrounds, or while waiting in line at the grocery store.  It just isn’t.  And yet, here is a day, dedicated to the awareness of this now epidemic.  An overdose...

“We think that the point is to pass the test or overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don't really get solved. They come together and they fall apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again. It's just like that. The healing comes from letting t...

“Pain in this life is not avoidable, but the pain we create avoiding pain is avoidable.”  -  R.D. Laing

We finally have reached our holiday break from school.  I have been looking forward to time with the kids, and nothing to do and nowhere to go.  I had all of the...

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Since I can remember, I have often felt on the outside of things, that I didn't see things the same way as everyone else – I just didn’t fit in.  What was on the outside just didn’t match the inside.  Sure, occasionally, I felt part of the group,...

“Once exposed a secret loses all its power.” – Ann Aguirre

Often times I am asked why I am so open with my recovery from alcoholism.  Isn’t there shame in admitting a weakness?  Isn’t there embarrassment in recalling my behavior?  Isn’t there pain remembering the hard t...

 

"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." - Allen Saunders

 

When I was in my early twenties, I would look so forward to the night, to go out, to let loose and laugh, to have the best night ever - because then I was really living.   I would ign...

“For after all, the best thing one can do when it is raining is let it rain.”  - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

Lately, I have felt incredibly irritable and a bit like something ominous is hanging over me.  There is a lot going on right now, some happy, some neutral,...

I often think about sliding doors.  Well, more the concept of missed tragedies and missed opportunity than actual sliding doors. There is a movie with Gwyneth Paltrow that is about a woman who has a split second slip up, and misses catching her train just as the doors...

We are healed of a suffering only by experiencing it to the full.” - Marcel Proust

 

This morning was not particularly different than any other, except for one thing.  On his way back from the laundry room, my husband came back with a look in his eye – an urge to overha...

 

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is what it also takes to sit down and listen.” – Winston Churchill

 

When I first entered recovery, honesty and truth were such a big part of my beginning.   In my defense, it was necessary for me to be completely...

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