Lucrezia Borgia and Gratitude
- Another day
- A kick-ass God
Today's shout out is to Lucrezia Borgia the infamous daughter of Pope Alexander VI.
Ulysses S. Grant and Gratitude
Today's shout out is to Galena Illinois leather shop clerk and United States President Ulysses S. Grant.
- A clear dry morning
- My allergies are good(partially due to the clear dry morning)
- S celebrated ten months of sobriety yesterday
- Yesterday's A.A. picnic was the best one yet
Gratitude List & Pola Negri
I would like to give a shout out to silent film star Pola Negri
- Today's road trip
- Another awesome right of restful sleep
- Good health
- A love of history
- And of course, my old buddy God
A Multitude of Things
Where do I start? My mother drives me nuts
! I know your mother drives you nuts too.
Yesterday, I got this chatty four page letter from her in which she casually mentioned that my 86 year old father
is now in hospice care
. The problem is that I do not know how to react to that. I have no idea if it true
I don’t know why it is true or not because for as long as I can remember, my mother has been dying
. I remember coming home from elementary school and her telling me that she was not going to live that much longer
. She told me that she had some disease that she was not going to tell her doctor about because she wanted to die
anyway. I remember her calling me in college (in the late 1980’s) to tell me that she probably only had a short time left. Why was she dying? “Oh a multitude of things,”
she would say.
For the past ten or twelve years I would occasionally get the “your father is dying” call. Why was my father dying
? Again she would say it was a multitude of things. Then I would rush home to find my father essentially unchanged from the last visit.
Is my father getting hospice care? Maybe? Will my mother tell me the truth? You got me.
Today I am grateful for:
- Alcoholics Anonymous
- I have been mothered by a number of wonderful women in the program
- My life today
I promised myself that I would write a gratitude list every day for the next 21 days. So here goes:
- Another night of excellent sleep
- My allergies are barely noticeable today
- A new $50 gift card
- A fully planted garden
- My sponsees and what I learn from them
- The opportunity to work a short day today(and still get paid for a whole day)
- The opposite of dread(whatever you call that)
- A beautiful spring in New England
Sam could use your prayers again.
Alcoholics Anonymous is a Dangerous Cult
A few days ago, Vicarious Rising
linked to a Newsweek article
about a rouge Washington D.C. based group of Alcoholics Anonymous
. It seems the group has abandoned many of the teaching of A.A
. in favor of their own potentially harmful ideas. The bad publicity has of course energized many of the A.A. is a dangerous cult
folks, God bless them.
Today all I know, or for that matter care about is that Alcoholics Anonymous works for me
. I resigned from the debating
society long ago.
My Totally Crappy Day
I had a totally crappy day today. Then I got home and I found out that two of my sponsees
are in crisis. I got so involved in trying to help both of them that I forgot all about my totally crappy day.