Author: Marsha Hahn

On Being Special (by Eileen)

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Some people are sadly burdened with having been told they are worthless.  I have the opposite problem. From an early age, I was told I was special.  A precocious and reflective child, who read four years above my grade level, I was “superior” to others my age.  My dad says I wasn’t really ever a child. I was a small adult. … Continue reading On Being Special (by Eileen) »

Seeing Humanity in the Strangers Among Us

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Some time ago Marsha and I watched Henry Fonda in the movie Young Mr. Lincoln. Afterward, I wondered whether we would ever again see anyone with the character of Old Abe.  Then I wondered, would I even recognize such a person if he or she crossed my path?  What struck me about Lincoln’s story was how little of his background would … Continue reading Seeing Humanity in the Strangers Among Us »

The Power of a Story (by Eileen)

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn I have been thinking about the importance of storytelling.  In her book, Hope in the Dark, Rebbeca Solnit addresses the “untold histories” behind major social change.  She says, “Changing the story isn’t enough in itself, but it has often been foundational to real changes.” She goes on to add, “Some activists are afraid that if we acknowledge victory, people will give … Continue reading The Power of a Story (by Eileen) »

Thirty Years and a Day (by Herman)

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Thirty years and a day. I celebrated my thirtieth year of sobriety last year, and today I have one more day. I was raised Southern Baptist.  No one in my family drank.  I was an honor student.  I went to Divinity School and became an ordained minister.  I worked with the Ecumenical Institute of Chicago on an inner city reformulation project … Continue reading Thirty Years and a Day (by Herman) »

Why I Love Sobriety (by Marsha)

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn I’m Marsha, and I’m not an alcoholic.  On the face of it, this is my story. When I got together with Pat, he had 10 years of sobriety.  I was in love, and in the space of a heartbeat, I decided to become a non-drinker.  I had never been much of a consumer of alcohol.  The few times I had actually … Continue reading Why I Love Sobriety (by Marsha) »