Yesterday, an unfinished draft titled “Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address” was mistakenly published. Our apologies for the error. — Pat and Marsha
“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven. “ ~ John Milton Growing up in the 1950’s on Queen Anne Hill in Seattle, kids had gathering spots. There was none more popular than Rocky’s Bike Shop. Bikes were a prized possession. From a kid’s perspective, having a bike meant freedom. Rocky was born in 1900. I knew … Continue reading Making Heaven Out Of Hell?
On the 14th of June I will complete my 35th year of sobriety. I thank God for 12,775 sober days and remind myself to focus only on today. I recently had a conversation with a dear friend who’s had a difficult time staying sober. I’ve watched him battle this insidious disease for more than 28 years. He’s stayed with it, and each setback deepened both … Continue reading Addiction Is Like a Snake
I’d like to invite all our readers to the memorial service for Charles Hahn. The “virtual” service will be conducted over Zoom on Saturday May 30th at 1:00 pm Eastern Time, 10:00 am Pacific Time. Pat will be offering the eulogy. We will send the invitation link (which isn’t ready quite yet) with next week’s post. Marsha When Marsha and I decided to moved to … Continue reading A Shared Garden
One of the key elements in the 12 steps is surrender. For the first seven years of my sobriety I could never say I surrendered entirely. There was a piece of me I kept hidden, even from God. And then the bottom dropped out. “Beaten into complete defeat by alcohol … and surrounded by those who can speak to us from the heart, we have … Continue reading Making the Desert Your Friend