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Feb 4 2016

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Acceptance, Change

MAYBE, AND THAT IS FINAL

MAYBE, AND THAT IS FINAL

To be or not to be. Sometimes the choice is ours. Hamlet knew he could “his quietus make with a bare bodkin.”  That would be a knife in Elizabethan times. A little extreme. If I were going to “end the heartache and the thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to” I sure as hell wouldn’t stab myself. No, I’m not suicidal. I’m not even depressed. Forgive the maudlin beginning but Hamlet’s soliloquy is probably the most brilliant thing ever written about throwing… Read More

Nov 11 2015

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Appreciation

WITH A SONG IN MY HEART

WITH A SONG IN MY HEART

  It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog. I’m sorry to have been missing in action. An extra full plate is partially responsible. Endless blessings. But, I experienced something a few days ago that lit a fire and made me want to share it with you. I’m sometimes obsessed with time passing. I often retrace my life back to events that have led to especially meaningful moments or milestones. I wrote an earlier blog about it. I concluded… Read More

May 25 2015

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Addictions, Appreciation, Clarity, Compassion, Courage

MEMORIAL DAZE

MEMORIAL DAZE

May 19th Tracey and I recorded a podcast with Randy Cohen.  An enjoyable visit with an interesting man. During a break I rather casually mentioned that it was the anniversary of my fathers death.  “Today?  May 19th?” Tracey asked. I answered “Yes, in 1954. Two days before his 60th birthday.”  It had quietly and almost clinically occurred to me. We nodded respectfully and the conversation moved on. It was one of those moments when a memory surprises you by its… Read More

May 6 2015

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Addictions, Kindness, Life, Living Fully, The Right Stuff

AFTERCARE

AFTERCARE

  Last Sunday I woke up really early after an extended trip, stepped on the scale and found my nibble was showing.  I’d picked up a few extra pounds and I could feel it.  Not good.  Not life threatening but a lapse in my food discipline just a hair past acceptable. When Tracey and I began working on the book I had applied the affirmations to my food issues. I was thrilled with the results. I dropped almost 30 pounds… Read More

Apr 20 2015

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Addictions

YOUR IDENTIFICATION PLEASE

YOUR IDENTIFICATION PLEASE

  I had an interesting dream a few nights ago.  I was on stage in a vast auditorium with many balconies and elaborate old – world decorations. It was difficult to see.  I was blinded by a powerful spotlight.   I felt a strong desire to get past the formal setting.  I was smiling, trying to block out the light so I could see the audience and let them know that I considered them friends.   A little like a nervous kid… Read More

Apr 6 2015

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Addictions

BILLBOARDS

BILLBOARDS

  I graduated High School in 1958.  Yes, a long, long, time ago. But the teenage trauma I experienced left a fair amount of psychic debris and to this day I feel a wave of discomfort when I find myself surrounded by adolescent. In high school I was physically different from my classmates.  Tiny, with a slow body clock that wouldn’t deliver me to physical maturity until after graduation, I had a tough time. With the exception of a few… Read More

Mar 23 2015

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Communication, Connection

FEEDBACK

FEEDBACK

  A musician on stage cringes when he hears feedback during a performance.  It’s usually in the form of a screeching electronic protestation caused by …   well, I’m not really sure.  It’s a problem usually created when the microphone and the monitors enter a level of intimacy unsanctioned by the Gods of technology. There was a time when I’d have gone on and on about why feedback occurs, undeterred by the fact that I was simply guessing.  Life is better this… Read More

Mar 2 2015

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Addictions, Honesty, Life, Moving Forward

SMALL TALK

SMALL TALK

  I just spent a week in Mexico with 500 people in various stages of recovery.  It’s an annual event sponsored by Sober Vacations International.  Mostly alcoholics like myself, the gathering included alcoholics and drug addicts with anywhere from 4 days of sobriety to 51 years. You couldn’t tell by looking that we were recovering drunks.   If anything set us apart from your normal Club Med crowd it would have to be the blissful grins and friendly greetings.  We love… Read More

Feb 17 2015

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Addictions

PASSENGER OR PILOT

PASSENGER OR PILOT

  A few days ago I was texting with a close friend and fellow recovering alcoholic. We’re especially comfortable with one another, as survivors of addiction tend to be. The shared experience is usually a recipe for honest dialogue at a greater depth than your average “how bout them Bears” conversation.   Actually, my complete lack of sports knowledge is reason enough to avoid such manly discussions. While we always celebrate the much improved life our abstinence and the principles of… Read More

Feb 2 2015

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Communication, Compassion, Goodness

THE 60 SECOND HEART ATTACK

THE 60 SECOND HEART ATTACK

  Last Sunday the largest audience in the games history watched the Super Bowl. At the risk of sounding un-American I must admit I missed most of it.   I had tickets to see an old friend in a play so I missed the second half.    What I did observe though was a continuing push from the advertising world to get to our wallets through our hearts. And I really, really like that. In so many ways the world seems to… Read More