Tag: change

C is for Cigarettes

For some reason, I’ve been craving a cigarette. The thing is, with me it’s never just one. One hit and I’ll be back to a pack (or more) a day. I know so many people who have quit smoking and either a) got sick when they picked it up again or b) are disgusted by... Read more »

Hope for Today

A recent post by Hal Runkel, an author I admire, got me thinking. I just purchased Hal’s most recent book, Choose Your Own Adulthood, and can’t wait to share it with my kids (after I read it).  I love Hal’s humor and the fact that he seems like a real person instead of someone who... Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »