Analog vs Digital

By a show of hands, who out there believes that records sounds better than CDs? Seems we have lots of people out there that do a great job of following directions! You can put your hands down now… Please, you look a little silly… I’ve heard the argument for and against each case. CDs are…

I’m cured!

Hey gang! Got some great news from an expert in alcoholism the other day. I’m cured! Yep, I have put in enough time and work that I can now officially have a drink or two a week with no problem. Isn’t that great news? Not sure what to have first because it’s been so long….

Serenity interrupted…

It was a dark and stormy night… this time I actually mean it! This story doesn’t start that way but holy cow does it work it’s way up to it! There are lots of twists and turns in this tale from the sea so please bear with me. Sometimes the trick with writing these things…

(Un)Scheduled maintenance…

The hangover from the big one year of sobriety has subsided. I started writing this on Sunday, my 14 month anniversary, and the only way I knew that was I was switching stuff to my new phone and my little day counter app showed my time “in”. No more colorful chips and I promised to…

Stay Sturdy

Hi everyone, anyone still out there? It has been quite some time since I’ve written anything and I actually have reasons, not excuses! Lots of effort was required to get up to and through my one year anniversary. The pressure we place on ourselves is far more intense than anything an outsider could ever aspire…

A low down shakin’ chill…

Son House wrote a song called “Walkin Blues” and said “The blues ain’t nothin’ but a low down shakin’ chill”. Ever been so sick that you’ve got every blanket in the house piled on top of yourself (plus that little blue kitchen towel with a sailboat embroidered on it because your mom sent it to…

Traction is precious 

Happy new year! 2017 is upon us and I think it has plenty of good things in store! Apparently dumping snow on a daily basis was top priority and met with a great deal of continuing success… First post of the new year. What a year 2016 was. One for the ages, without question. Finally…

Seek the message, not the mess

It’s Christmas morning at the Cottage of Solitude. This is the first Christmas in my life that I woke up to a completely empty house. No significant other, no family, and for the first time since she was born, no Sam. She is safe and sound and happy with her mom and I’m guessing still…

When heroes fall…

If you are looking for the Christmas special that leaves you feeling like a Norman Rockwell painting, you may want to wait for next week’s episode. I was told that one has to write the ugly to make room for the beautiful so I’m going to make that room. Growing up, I was fortunate enough…

What power you have…

I just figured out why writing a book takes so long. It’s actually hard work and takes a ton of time. Unless that’s all one does for a living, other stuff gets in the way. Why didn’t someone tell me this?!?! Enough whining. Time to get to work on this post. This is the first…

But am I a pretty rock???

Welcome back! Or welcome in general! This episode is going to be a challenge to write but hopefully not a challenge to read. A friend asked me to write a blog about “acceptance”. Acceptance is something we work on a bunch in the program. It’s key to our survival. It’s important enough to be a…

Don’t throw away your “mow-mow”

The picture that headlines this post might spark memories in parents more than non-parents but that little buggy was the first image that came to mind when I started so let’s see if I can explain. Eight months ago I decided to give up. No more booze. Ever again. Back in that cold, dark, shitty…