I Am Responsible

“My stability came out of trying to give, not out of demanding that I receive.” (The Best of Bill, pg. 46) When we welcome someone new into these rooms, it’s kind of an exciting thing for those of us with some experience in AA. That may sound odd — it’s not like we’re happy to […]

The 17-Year Itch

Across the eastern United States, cicadas are beginning to free themselves from their self-induced isolation, bursting from the earth after seventeen years of hibernation. They’ve spent far too long alone, deep within the comforting embrace of mother nature. They yearn for freedom. To live their lives, to further their species, to break free from almost […]


Narcissist. One of the most overused words I hear thrown around today — outshining even “existential” and “praxis”, perhaps. In many cases, though, as it was famously said: “I do not think it means what you think it means.” Those who favor hyperbole often label all sorts of people as narcissists, accurately or not. They’ll […]

Digging Deep

Every alcoholic has their own personal rock bottom. Once you’ve hit it, it’s time to stop digging. We don’t all take that advice, of course — but then again, it isn’t rock bottom if you can keep digging, is it? Sometimes we find ourselves losing friends, but that isn’t enough to dissuade us. Family goes […]

An Unsolved Case

Most of these blogs, in case you can’t tell, usually start with some random inspiration, are hastily written, and only later edited to make some sense (hopefully). In this case, I was learning about the history of violent crime and how it was studied in the latter half of the 20th century. You know, a […]

A Dry New Deal

I came across a study recently in which the compiled data was illustrated as a world map — with different countries being one color or another based on the average percentage of a citizen’s income they spent on alcohol. In the United States, we’re at just about 1%, which doesn’t seem so bad if you’re […]