The Truman Show

I like the movie the Truman Show. It’s about an unsuspecting man trapped in an¬†artificial environment. As life progresses, Truman encounters minuscule¬†clues that intuitively start to…

Wishing You Enough

You may have heard of the story of the mother and daughter who say to one another, “I love you and I wish you enough.” Their parting words…

Hung up on Higher Power

My son relapsed during his visit over Thanksgiving. I quickly ran through the range of reasons to try to understand, minimize, rationalize, answer what the hell this all means. I…

Reflections at 4 Months Alcohol-Free

Four months ago, I attended my beloved niece’s wedding. Before attending, I had been challenging myself, once again, to moderate my drinking. All was going nicely at the…

Trauma, Facebook and a Key

***Traumas. Wounds. Mishaps. Poor decisions. More Traumas. Disassociations. Disconnections. Fear. Loathing. Anger. Sadness. Deep depression.*** My first 22 years felt like a revolving door of all of these emotions swirling…

Mindless Temptations

I’m waking up to my latest observation this morning. While I’m grateful living alcohol-free is coming quickly to me by Day 112, I’m…

How did I make sobriety stick?

I’m 106 Days into my alcohol-free life, and this question comes up a lot from those who manage to string a few sober days together but can…

Day 97: Sliver

I’m waking with just a sliver of awareness that this journey I’m on extends far beyond living an alcohol-free life. Because the effort surrounding losing…

Write as you go…

This is the message I received from Hip Sobriety this morning. “Write more about it…” referring to capturing the sober journey as you go. Holly Whitaker, the…

Day 84 makes me want to cry…

Cry because there is much upset in this world — the fires, the hurricanes, the political tensions. And cry because I’m so damn pleased with myself and others…

Recovery = Community

After nearly a decade of trying to give up booze quietly, I met a wise woman in adolescent recovery and she shared with me her secret. Long-term success for…

Day 58: Feeling Chill

Nothing to report which is a lot! Right? The drama of wearing the roller skates has subsided. I no longer rush from one task to another. In fact, there are…