Category Archives: Sobriety

Suffering (by Eileen)

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Suffering.  What’s the Point? I have been thinking lately about suffering and why we suffer.  It’s not a new question.  It’s one humans have wrestled with for eons. I’ve had fibromyalgia and painful knee and back injuries for 35 years, stemming from an auto accident.  I feel pain every day.  But it is minor in comparison to the emotional and physical pain some of my friends endure, … Continue reading Suffering (by Eileen) »

Rediscovering God

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn This past year dear friends have experienced devastating losses and I’ve found myself struggling, yet again, with the most perplexing question of all, a question that has bedeviled man since he first scratched his feelings of frustration on to the walls of his cave dwellings, a question that keeps the world ablaze to this very day. The question of G-O-D. At one … Continue reading Rediscovering God »

Finding Goodness

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn   Where are the Good Men?  Charlie Brown has always been for me an illustration of goodness, a kind of compass that points to true north. Before I got sober, I sometimes felt like Alice in Wonderland when she slipped down the rabbit hole: reality no longer mattered, truth had become fiction, good people were now bad, heroes now villains. When … Continue reading Finding Goodness »

Failure is a Gift

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn   This week’s post was inspired by a recent conversation with Tucker McHugh, a high school classmate who I have known for over 50 years. I was raised on Wheaties, “The Breakfast of Champions.” Winning defined the purpose of my every endeavor: winning at school, winning at sports, winning with friends.  Winning was symbolized by blue ribbons, gold stars, and A-pluses.  Life was … Continue reading Failure is a Gift »

Seeing the World with Clear Eyes

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn [This is an edited version of the post, “A Thoughtful Heart,” originally published February 27, 2016.]    L “A heart weary of hate cannot learn to love.” I came upon this quote, credited to a Russian poet, in a New York Times article written by Mikhail Shishkin, “How Russians Lost the War.”  He was decrying the manner in which the Russian … Continue reading Seeing the World with Clear Eyes »