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Times Like These

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” — J.R.R. Tolkien, The... Read more »

Haiku: The End of Winter Break

This week, all I can manage is a Haiku: Overwhelmed by fear. How will we manage the change? Anxiety, go! At least I did it.

Turning 17

  I’ve seen a lot of memes the past few days  from The Sound of Music “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” scene. I’m not the biggest fan of this song (the movie, I LOVE), but the pictures have made me think. And of course, the beginning of a new year always forces me to reflect on (regret) the... Read more »
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The Black Hole of Negativity

This morning this quote popped up on my Facebook feed, “Courage is the ability to strengthen ourselves against the fear and despair of life, rather than be drowned by it.” I do not feel very courageous right now. My mom was admitted to the hospital yesterday. As one of the nurses said, “Not a ‘Happy... Read more »

The Wisdom to Know the Difference

…the Wisdom to Know the Difference.  This line of the Serenity Prayer, is probably the hardest for me to remember and live out. I’m an English teacher, so let’s start with a definition:  Oxford defines wisdom as “the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment; the quality of being wise.”  Most days, I would... Read more »

Changing the Things I Can, Part I

The Serenity Prayer has been critical in my attempts to live life on life’s terms. Living life sober has given me everything: my family, my friends, and my sanity (most days). Everything isn’t perfect, but that’s mostly ok. Part of my recovery has been learning how to manage my expectations and my reality.  This isn’t easy... Read more »
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Accepting the Things I Cannot Change, Thanksgiving Edition

The Thanksgiving holiday presented many opportunities for me to “accept the things I cannot change.”   My family and I traveled to Ohio to be with my in-laws. My kids were excited to see their relatives, and we were all looking forward to a trip to PA to enjoy Thanksgiving Day with my brother-in-law and his... Read more »

Let's get this party started

Let’s get this out of the way: I’m a recovering addict, a full-blown, “won the lottery” kind of addict.  I’ve got the alcoholism, the drug addiction, the shopping addiction, the anorexia and bulima, the cutting.  Gambling and sex haven’t been a problem. Yet. A friend of mine talks about the “wreckage of my future,” instead of the... Read more »