Universal Synchronicity [To Be Or Not To Be]

Maybe you've heard or said, "anything so difficult isn't meant to be?" Or, possibly, "everything just fell into place?" Whether we're talking about a complicated project or something as basic as driving to the local supermarket, when things don't go as planned, it's natural for people to blook for an explanation and ask questions. Questions … Continue reading Universal Synchronicity [To Be Or Not To Be]

Damages [Spring 2019]

This was one of my first pieces of writing. At the time, I was still in my first year of sobriety. Title: DAMAGES Avoiding pain is natural. In fact, that's why it's there. Pain is a signal to the brain, informing us that something is wrong. Through our efforts to avoid the uncomfortable, we protect … Continue reading Damages [Spring 2019]

Acquiesce To Recovery

The following was copied from my column. I write for a treatment newsletter in Colorado. Close your eyes and allow your mind to scroll back to the past, back to the world of drugs and crime. Whether last month or last year, let's journey back to the inescapable emptiness of getting high. Do you have … Continue reading Acquiesce To Recovery

The More You Know, The Less You Know: Explained

Quite a few years ago, I arrived at a theory. I realized that no matter how much I learned over the course of one year, I felt as though I hadn't made any progress. Still, I would always look back and think, "wow, I didn't know much last year!" I believe the more we know, … Continue reading The More You Know, The Less You Know: Explained

Community of Faith

As a family, we split our Sunday Church Service between several different locations. Like most major cities, the Houston area is home to a diverse variety of faiths and religions. Today we're attending The Community of Faith [COF]. It's close to home, and does a great job at delivering a message. Joseph Shanklin March 13, … Continue reading Community of Faith

Restarting The Journals

Much like everyone, my life has been a rollercoaster of good, bad, pain, love, loss, birth, death, coping, and recovery. Recovery and preparation for what's coming next. Everything we survive prepares us for something else. Well, that's the idea, anyway. Once again, I don't believe my pain is special. Simply put, it's my pain. One … Continue reading Restarting The Journals

My Thoughts This Morning [All Things Are Possible]

I finished high school more than 30 years ago. I remember having English classes during the first and fourth periods. I failed English classes because I rarely attended English classes. I rarely participated in English Class because I either didn't show up for school until lunchtime, or I left after lunch and didn't return to … Continue reading My Thoughts This Morning [All Things Are Possible]