West of Yesterday, East of Eden

Reprinted from December 13, 2007 “It’s hard to find a lot of “What about me?” in Julie Harris. You can pay her a compliment and she’ll accept it graciously. She just doesn’t seem very interested in [discussing her accomplishments] it. It was the doing that mattered, the striving, the stretching. And the friendships.” – Chip […]

With All Our Might

Our human resources, as marshalled by the will, were not sufficient; they failed utterly. -Alcoholics Anonymous, page 45 For the last 7 months, I have been employed as the Director (of operations – an important distinction) of a recovery community center.  When I came to the center it was on life support, though other people […]

Enjoy the Ride

Reprinted from February 29, 2008 I love this picture. I love it on several different levels. It just this second occurred to me, for example, that I’ve never seen any Benedictines on a roller coaster. There isn’t much “ora et labora” in an amusement park. ‘Letting go’ is a concept that Buddhists ‘get’ immediately, viewing attachment as the source […]

The Transitory & The Universal

It’s been a long time since I wrote. Even longer since I wrote honestly and meaningfully. In the early days of this online journal I wrote because I was isolated. I wrote because I was lonely. I wrote because when I first started exploring the idea that permanent recovery might be possible there were no […]

Rock Bottom

You hear this all the time. “An addict has to hit rock bottom before they’ll recover.” Let me be clear, the concept of “rock bottom” only has value as part of a personal narrative — as part of the story a person with SUD (substance use disorder, otherwise and disparagingly known as an addict) tells […]