Grace & Dignity

When my mother passed suddenly on November 3, 2009, my whole world came to a stop. The week following, it was like walking through a fog. The fellowship of AA enveloped me with their love, prayers and support. By the grace of God, I was able to be strong, walk through the emotions and be there for my father.

I was grateful that my mother got to see me graduate college in April 2009 and see me receive three chips throughout my sobriety. This February, I know she was watching Continue reading “Grace & Dignity”

We can’t go back and make a brand new start, but we can start now and make a brand new ending.

A little more than 3 & 1/2 years ago, I was given back the opportunity to choose. The choice to pick life or death, to drink or to live. Before that, I had no say in the matter. I drank every day, all day, without exception. I drank when I was happy (very seldom for this reason), I drank when I was sad, I drank when I had a good day, or a bad one. I was married to booze & drugs. For better, for worse. In sickness and in health. For richer, for poorer. I was very near fulfilling the passage, “till death do us part”…. That is when I Continue reading “We can’t go back and make a brand new start, but we can start now and make a brand new ending.”

Not Just Another Embellished Fishing Story

Anger, fear, and resentment go deep.  But so can the power of God in diffusing these.  Beyond the gift of sobriety, I don’t readily see this through ‘large scale’ miracles, but I’m often amazed at His day-to-day workings and wonders in my life, and the lives of others.

A few years ago, I was invited along with my brother to spend a week with my father in Alaska.  He had driven his Continue reading “Not Just Another Embellished Fishing Story”