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Tuesday, October 31, 2006
  God and The Program
"Did God introduce me to the program, or did the program introduce me to God?" Courtesy of The Wisdom of the Rooms
Monday, October 30, 2006
  The Secret Life of Harry Houdini
When I was a kid, I read everything I could on Harry Houdini. I think the amateur escape artist (in other words an alcholic) in me admired his professional status. No, he was not "one of us" but some people now think he was a spy. A new biography of Houdini "The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero" suggests that he worked for both Scotland Yard and the US Secret Service. Click here to read more.
Sunday, October 29, 2006
  Gratitude List

Friday, October 27, 2006
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
  The Good, The Bad and The Powerless
From as early as I can remember, I always wanted to be powerful. I sought power and influence in dozens of ways. The more I sought power, the more it eluded me and the drunker I became. Eventually my alcoholism forced me to admit I was powerless or die. In fact the only real power I have ever had has come from admitting that I am powerless.
  Gratitude List
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Monday, October 23, 2006
  Overcoming My Own Limitations
John Wanamaker(1838-1922) inventor of the American department store said:
"I learned thirty years ago that it is foolish to scold. I have enough trouble overcoming my own limitations without fretting over the fact that God has not seen fit to distribute evenly the gift of intelligence."
Sunday, October 22, 2006
  Money and A.A.
"After awhile we awoke to the pleasant fact that A.A. as such was not going to require much money after all." Bill W., Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age, page 110
Saturday, October 21, 2006
Friday, October 20, 2006
  I Am Not Sure I Should Post This But...
I am not sure I should post this but, Eileen approached me after the morning A.A. meeting. She told me that her animal rescue work is killing her and she might as well just drink. I told Eileen that it was up to her whether she drank or not but, if she wanted to stay sober
we could help her. "That's right it is up to me if I drink or not," she said, and she stomped off incredulously.
  Happy Friday
Sam and his friend Josh hiking in Mass last Sunday. Posted by Picasa
Thursday, October 19, 2006
  Who is a Member of A.A.?
"No matter what you have done, or still will do, you are an A.A. member as long as you say so." Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age, page 103
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
  Must Love Cats
I don’t want to dwell on Eileen and her problems but, I have one more thing to share. I worked today so, I did not go to the morning meeting. When I got home this afternoon I had two messages waiting for me. It seems Eileen had brought several pictures on her dead cat’s body to the meeting to share with others. People were appalled. Is it just me or is that just weird? I think Eileen needs much more help than I could possibly give her.
Monday, October 16, 2006
  Come On Eileen
I think I need to go to AlAnon! Not because of any family members but, for my current crop of sponsees.

I got a call from Eileen last night. Eileen is an on again off again sponsee of mine. I would sponsor her if she would let me but, she is too busy. She is too busy to call, too busy to read and too busy to be accountable. So does however, go to meetings.

Anyhow one of Eileen’s cats was killed by a predator yesterday. Eileen is sort of a freelance animal rescuer and has several cats of her own. I let her vent for a while and then tried to gently push her back to The Program.

Long story short, Eileen told me that she was now too busy to go to meetings now because, she had to trap another cat to replace the one who was killed. She went on to say that the other reasons why she was not going to A.A. because the people in the room confused her and we just did not love cats.

Eileen needs your prayers and I need AlAnon.
Sunday, October 15, 2006
  The Wisdom of the Rooms
Click here to find great recovery quotes in The Wisdom of the Rooms.

Friday, October 13, 2006
  Recovery Mental Blog
Alright folks, someone actually found me by searching for "RECOVERY MENTAL BLOG." Note the bolding and the all capital letters! It sort of says it all doesn't it. I actually did laugh out loud on this one.
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
  hAAlf nAAked ThursdAAy
I understand that in North Korea it is illegal to take a photograph of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, that obscures any part of his face. That's right this is a half-naked picture of Kim Jong-il. It is a good thing I live in America. Posted by Picasa
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
  Emerging Sideways
I have added a new Blog to my links it is called Emerging Sideways . It is the Blog of a recovering sex addict and it is a very worthwhile read for anyone in any type of recovery.
  Sex, Food and the Puritans

Sex may sell but, not on Outright Mental Defective. What sells on this Blog? What gets the hits and keeps them coming back for more? I will tell you what sells, seventeenth century Puritans and their eating habits. That right, the food that the Pilgrims ate. Just think of sitting down for a big old Thanksgiving feast with a bunch of uptight Puritans. Why, who needs celebrity gossip when you have the Puritans?

Click here to read the original link. And yes I know, I should stop playing with my site meter.
Monday, October 09, 2006
  North Korea Detonates Nuclear Device
Now, here is a happy thought for your Monday morning. North Korea also known as the Hermit Kingdom has reportedly detonated its own nuclear device. Yippe!

Things I am sure of today:

Sunday, October 08, 2006
  Gratitude List

Since I touched on politics and religion in my last few posts, I thought I would keep it simple with some gratitude.

Saturday, October 07, 2006
  Uncomfortable in A.A.
Yesterday, I had an uncomfortable experience at a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous that I would like to share. I have a four day weekend so; I was able to attend the Friday Morning meeting. We were on the second step and one person started talking about their experiences growing up a Roman Catholic. All of a sudden it seemed like half the table was sharing about their mostly negative experiences growing up a Roman Catholic.

I was not raised Catholic. My family’s protestant history dates back almost to Martin Luther. I have only been in a Catholic Church about half a dozen times. And, at least one of those times I was there to try to get laid. No offence but, you know where I am coming from on this one.

Anyhow the last person to share was a new guy and he was shaking and almost crying. He essentially yelled at all the people who shared about their negative experiences more or less calling them wimps. He said that he never heard Jews or Methodist complaining about their negative childhood religious experiences, why should Catholics. Like I said, I am not Catholic and the whole “family fight” made me feel uncomfortable and out of place. I am just glad that I was not chairing the meeting.
Thursday, October 05, 2006
  Won't You Come Home Mark Foley
Former Congressman Mark Foley, who is temporarily America's best known sexual predator, appears to also be "one of us." You may be asking which us, as the personal revelations come flooding out of his publicists office.

I thank God that the Life Raft of A.A. is big enough for all of us.

Monday, October 02, 2006
  Gratitude List
  What's Your Homepage?
Piglet gave me an idea(click here), ask everyone what their homepagee is.

My homepage is our (if you live in the United States) National Parks Service. I choose this because I like to think about being on vacation even when I am not.
Sunday, October 01, 2006
  Happy October Everyone
Hey guys, happy October. This weekend has been really busy. I can't wait for the week to start to give me a rest.
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