Is it Clutter or Grievances?

It seemed they were everywhere. No matter where I drove, there were public storage units for rent. Curious to what extent this obsession with possessions encompassed, I researched and learned there are more self-storage units in the United States than all the...

Happy Anniversary, Dr. Bob, and AA!

Dr. Bob had his last drink on June 10, 1935, and so began the first step on a journey to healing, and a healthier way of life for millions who suffer from addictions.  Who was Dr. Bob? If you are a friend of Bill W., then you know Dr. Bob. Dr. Bob Smith, along with...

Road to Equality – 30 Years Ago

“Oh no, LORD, don’t let it break down now,” I moaned as the car sputtered on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Please, help me get to the next exit.” I'd been visiting my sons at college and was an hour from home when my car began losing power. When I reached the tollbooth,...

Recovery Garden – Victory Garden

DURING WW I and WW II, citizens planted vegetable and fruit gardens to supplement their food rations. Along with supplying food for the body, the gardens began to lift the spirits of those who began to see the fruits of their labor. WE have all struggled and toiled to...

Stepping Out of a Season of Insanity

In Step 1, we admitted we were powerless. In Step 2, we work the Steps and begin to trust in our Higher Power to reach down and pull us out of the pit of despair. And He does! I waited and waited and waited for God. At last he looked; finally he listened. He lifted me...

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Giving Truth the Brush Off

No one is safe and secure living in Denial. Will you live with the truth or die disavowing it? The Franklin County [Ohio] Coroner’s Office reported 10 overdose deaths over the course of 24 hours. Dr. Anahi Ortiz, the Franklin County Coroner, said the deaths all...

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A Sinkhole Called Denial

The fault lies in denial, but remember . . . Sobriety is a journey .... not a destination THERE'S A HOLE IN MY SIDEWALK ~ a poem by Portia Nelson Chapter 1 I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I fall in. I am lost… I am helpless. It isn’t my...

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12 Steps + MLK, Jr = Wisdom of Decency

While compiling some of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s most memorable quotes, I discovered many of them mirrored the wisdom of the 12 Steps. See if you agree. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable. “Faith is taking the first step...

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Lost and Found

To prove I haven't lost my sense of humor the meme of the gal admitting, "Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most," always brings a smile to my face. That is until the countless times a day when I walk into a room, stop, and retrace my steps, hoping I...

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What’s Not to Like?

Happy Friday everyone. Join me in welcoming day 10 of National Codependency Awareness Month. Like me, I pray you are learning something new and special, about yourself each day. Whenever I have a positive “Aha” moment of self-discovery, I think of the upbeat tune from...

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Spiritual Principles of Step 1, 2, and 3

Today, the third day of 2020 is an opportune time to share the principles embedded in the first three steps of the 12-Step Program. Step 1. We admitted we were powerless over our problems—that our lives had become unmanageable. THE SPIRITUAL PRINCIPLE of Step 1 calls...

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Experience, Strength, Hope

At a recent Life Recovery 12-Step Faith-Based meeting, we shared our EXPERIENCE, STRENGTH, and HOPE from Christmas’ past and yes, we even shared our anxiety about the upcoming holiday. The beautiful take-away, for me, was hearing the STRENGTH of everyone in the room....

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