You know those “On this day, X years ago…” reminders we get from FB, iPhotos, or the TimeHop App? The ones that happily proclaim, “Whether you like it our not, let’s remember one year ago today!” Well, they risk a certain cringe factor for this Alcoholic of yours. 1 year ago? 2 years ago? The… Continue reading Teetering
Yesterday was a pretty special day for me. It marked 1,000 sober days. That’s right, folks. Goodbye triple digits, hello quadruples. A month or so ago, my mom asked if I’d go to a meeting to get my 1,000 Day chip. I had to break it to her that AA doesn’t do 1,000 Day chips.… Continue reading And NIGHTS!
Folks, Family & Friends! Announcement – We currently live in Bend, Oregon. I am realizing I forgot to report this news now that people are making plans to visit, and they still think we’re on the Mountain. So here it is – Internet Official. This must mean it is time for a more general life… Continue reading We Live in Bend Now
On January 17th, 2021 Betty White turned 99 (!), and Michelle Obama turned 57. H(late)BD, amazing ladies! It also marked the 2-year anniversary of poet Mary Oliver’s passing. And that means – I am 2 freakin’ years sober. WTF. It’s taken me over a month to write this post. I kept thinking – be PROFOUND,… Continue reading Second Sober Solar Circumnavigation
Life on Misty Mountain Installment #4: The towns on Mt. Hood are small and dispersed. On its western slope, where we have spent most of our time, there isn’t really a central “downtown” like you might see in Aspen or Tahoe or Mammoth or even Big Bear. The closest you can get is Government Camp… Continue reading Netflix Foots the Bill
Life on Misty Mountain Installment #3: After 9 months at Misty Mountain, one of the things that I have come to appreciate most is our proximity to the perpetual flow of water. Maybe it’s because I spent much of my life in drought, both in Northern and Southern California. I learned that water was precious… Continue reading Drop by Drop
Life on Misty Mountain Installment #2: In the 7 months we’ve been at Camp Quarantine we’ve experienced 3 seasons and a variety of “weather.” It is certainly a change from the very predictable, year-round sun of SoCal. Mt. Hood sits smack-dab in the middle of the Cascade Range which starts at the very top of… Continue reading Layer Up
Life on Misty Mountain Installment #1: It seems our days are numbered here at Misty Mountain. We’ll spend the next few months enjoying the Winter Wonderland that we’ve been told is Mt. Hood Forest, but in early 2021 it looks like we’ll be heading somewhere else. With an end in sight, I’m feeling the need… Continue reading Orbit
They say there are 3 responses when threatened – to fight, flight or freeze. For the last 12ish years, when I was still drinking, I was in constant “flight” mode. Drinking was an escape from pretty much everything – overwhelming work, strained relationships, cable news, civil unrest, jeans that no longer fit. Anything that… Continue reading Be Eunuch.
Sweatember stops for nothing – not fire (so last week…), smoke (all.the.time), floods (under a flash flood warning RIGHT NOW), or rain (tomorrow 🤞)! 10 ACTIVE-ities down, 13 to go! Thank you to The Phoenix for giving us a space to connect and heal during these crazy times. There’s still time to change and save… Continue reading Nothing