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Thursday, November 30, 2006
  I Want to Write a Book
I want to write a book. I have wanted to write a book for as long as I can remember. And there my short career as a writer comes to an end. I tell myself that I am too undisciplined to write a book. I tell myself that I do not have any good ideas to write about. I still however, want to write a book.
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
"I think that having 'happy' as a goal for our lives will always leave us searching." Bobbie
Monday, November 27, 2006
  An Alcoholic's Anonymous Prayer
Almighty God, I humbly pray,
Lead me, guide me through this day.
Cast out my selfishness and sin,
Open my heart to let You in.
Help me now as I blindly stray
Over the pitfalls along the way.
Let me have courage to face each task,
Invest me with loving patience, I ask.
Care for me through each hour today,
Strengthen and guard me now, I pray.

As I forgive, forgive me too,
Needing Your mercy as I do.
Oh, give to me Your loving care,
Never abandon me to despair.
Yesterday's wrongs I would seek to right,
Make me more perfect in Your sight.
Oh, teach me to live the best I can,
Use me to help my fellow man.
Save me from acts of bitter shame, I humbly ask it in Your name.

~~ An Alcoholic Anonymous ~~

Thanks to Barefoot's Recovery Pages
Sunday, November 26, 2006

Wednesday, November 22, 2006
  Drunken Pilgrims
There was more beer and gin aboard the Mayflower than water. Click here to read more.
  15 Minutes of Fame
I guess Sam had his 15 Minutes of Fame, at school on Tuesday. He told me that even the mean kids were nice to him. Posted by Picasa
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
  Ambulance Ride
The phone rang yesterday while I was waiting for Sam's school bus to arrive. It was the secretary from Sam's school saying that Sam had fallen while attempting to get off the school bus. I usually watch for the bus but, I was busy doing dishes and time had gotten away from me. She went on to say that, he had cut his head and the bus driver had called the ambulance. I put on my shoes, grabbed my jacket and ran to the end of the block where the bus was parked. There was Sam with an inch long gash along his eyebrow.

An ambulance ride and four hours later Sam is now the proud owner of a new teddy bear and five stitches. The teddy bear was from the paramedics and the stitches were from the emergency room doctor at Children's Hospital. After it was over, I was exhausted but, I realized I was no longer feeling that nameless faceless fear that I had earlier in the day.
Monday, November 20, 2006
Arrrrrrrrrgggggggggghhhhhhhhhhh, I am having one of those days. All of a sudden everything seems screwed up. It think it is really that I am afraid. I am not even exactly sure what, I am afraid of. I feel better just writing about it.
Saturday, November 18, 2006
  Early Saturday Morning Gratitude

Friday, November 17, 2006
  Changing Our Past
"My recovery changed when I forever gave up the hope of having a different past."

Thanks to The Wisdom of the Rooms
Thursday, November 16, 2006
  Gratitude List

Wednesday, November 15, 2006
  Chuck and Sam
Chuck and Sam on Holloween. Posted by Picasa
  Sam Needs Your Prayers
Sam got tackled on the playground by a group of kids. The boy who tackled him and then sat on him, is the same boy who "accidentally" kicked him in the knee last Thursday.

I just got through E-mailing Sam's principal requesting a formal conference. Thank God bullying is no longer seen as a right of passage but rather, the offence that it is.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
  Five Pointed Star Banned from Military Graves
According to the BBC:

"Pagans in the US have filed a law suit against the government for the right to have their five-pointed symbol placed on gravestones in military cemeteries."

Ah nothing like a good old fight for religious freedom. Click here to read more.

  Gratitude List
Monday, November 13, 2006
  Connecticut Facts
1794 -- Eli Whitney of New Haven patented the cotton gin. Thanks to Brian for the idea!
Sunday, November 12, 2006
  I am back
I am back...I had a good time. I cannot really write about it yet. I hope you all had a good weekend.
Friday, November 10, 2006
  Gone Retreating
After I put Sam on the school bus this morning, I am leaving on a two day retreat. I am kind of nervous but, I am going to do it anyway.

Our new A.A. meeting met for the second time last night. Nine women were at the meeting which is three more than our first week. I know its not about numbers but, I was really impressed to see that many of us there.

If you are the praying kind, will you send one up for me? I feel in need of prayer right now.
Thursday, November 09, 2006
  What a Girl Needs
"From birth to age eighteen, a girl needs good parents. From eighteen to thirty-five she needs good looks. From thirty-five to fifty-five, she needs a good personality. From fifty-five on, she needs good cash." Sophie Tucker
There is an elephant in my living room. The elephant is that I haven’t had a job since moving to Connecticut over three years ago. And by job I mean a career oriented fulltime job. I was actively looking until sometime last March when I was turned down for what I thought was my dream job. I essentially gave up at that point.

Now here is my dilemma in a job search as I see it. On one hand, I have a lot of education. So I am frequently told that I am over qualified while being ushered out the door. On the other hand, jobs I am qualified for I do not get because I have not been working in the field lately.

Anyhow, this period unemployment has really been messing with my self esteem. I am beginning to feel like there is nothing I could do in the work place that would be of any value. I don’t talk about it in the rooms anymore. I am afraid that people will get tried of hearing it.

So here I am full of suggestions for other people and none for myself.
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
  New Blog
My husband Chuck has started a new Blog. If you get a chance, stop by and say hello.
Monday, November 06, 2006
  New A.A. Meeting
A couple of buddies and I started a new meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous. It is an all women's meeting, the first one I have been to in a long time. We are pretty excited because we had six women in attendance on the first night and the flyers had only been out two days. But, as in all things, the outcome is up to God. We are only responsible for the effort.
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Friday, November 03, 2006
  Letters to God
Letters intended for God were recently found on an Atlantic City beach by a New Jersey insurance adjuster. About 300 letters all requests for prayer were sent to Rev. Grady Cooper, a New Jersey minister who died in 2004. These letter however, did not end up on Cooper's alter as intended. Somehow the letters, many unopened, ended up dumped in the ocean.

Click here to read the rest of the story.
Thursday, November 02, 2006
  Russian Alcoholism
The gods of the site meter tell me that someone looking for infromation "russian alcoholism" found me. Click here for the original post
  Mark Foley Extends Stay
Advocate.com tells us that:
"Former Florida congressman Mark Foley, who resigned over sexually explicit messages sent to male congressional pages, is remaining in treatment for alcoholism beyond his initial 30-day stay, his attorney said Wednesday."
Will he be out in time to vote on November 7?
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
  Happy Birthday Gram
Today would be my Grandmother's birthday. Happy Birthday Gram!
Mabel Bomecke Essman
November 1, 1901 - September, 1982
  Happy Holloween
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