Achievement & Avoiding Entanglement [Re-Post]

[Thoughts] Now in mid-June, I cannot help but look back at how much has transpired since I wrote this piece. Sober is still power! [Original Post] Twenty-four days after moving to Texas, I interviewed for and secured employment. This was five weeks ago. During those five weeks, I've had the opportunity to drive and operate … Continue reading Achievement & Avoiding Entanglement [Re-Post]

The Secret of Yogurt Revealed! (comedy)

Recently, I enlightened my family with a compelling notion. Although, this idea wasn't arrived at without personal sacrifice and required days of analysis. My conclusion: Because Low-fat Greek Yogurt is undoubtedly healthy, whatever I add to such a yogurt is assimilated, and becomes healthy as well. Bottom line: if I add Chocolate Chip Cookies to … Continue reading The Secret of Yogurt Revealed! (comedy)

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

Coming Soon? Food Delivery Terror? [Edit & Re-Post]

[Original Post] We've had the Craigslist Killer. Uber and Lyft assaults. Taxicab Crimes and Assaults. The 1970s Tylenol Poisonings. Hopefully, we won't have a Door Dash Pubic Hair Terrorist! Joseph Shanklin March 8, 2022 [Edit & Update] I posted this in March, hours after having an overpowering feeling that Food Delivery Drivers are mishandling the … Continue reading Coming Soon? Food Delivery Terror? [Edit & Re-Post]

Careful What You Wish For [Edit & Re-post From October 2019]

For those with addiction issues, maybe you've heard or said this before, "No matter what I do, the drugs always find me!" Yes, that's precisely what happens and exactly how it works. Even if the addict stays away from the people from their past and avoids creating new relationships with drug users, the drugs will … Continue reading Careful What You Wish For [Edit & Re-post From October 2019]

Journals [Embracing The Universe Part III, Choosing Ignorance Over Crazy]

Prelude: It's important to remember that I wrote this more than 18 months ago. The experience took place several years before that time. Yes, I realize this piece may sound . . . a little odd. 😊 Part II Recap: Even if I had known what was going to happen, I could not have prepared … Continue reading Journals [Embracing The Universe Part III, Choosing Ignorance Over Crazy]

Painless Reality

If we live a life of truth and reality, nobody can hurt our feelings. If we're already aware of our personal issues and shortcomings, nobody can hurt our feelings. If we've already owned all of our shit, then there are no surprises. Joseph Shanklin January 2, 2022

Preparing To Turn The Page

The countdown continues. In two days, I'll board an airplane to Texas once more. Unlike the previous 16 trips I've taken in the past 14 months, this ticket is not a roundtrip flight. Why would I return to Colorado if everything I want and need in Texas. Except for a few members of our family, … Continue reading Preparing To Turn The Page

My Thoughts This Morning [Sabotage Does Not Exist]

Pictured: me, my daughter, and the llama at the Texas Renaissance Festival. She loves llamas! My thoughts this morning. Sabotage does not exist. I've written about my sobriety and my history with addiction many times. Some of you may know I've come back from losing everything. My sobriety, hard work, and passion for all I … Continue reading My Thoughts This Morning [Sabotage Does Not Exist]

Reflection of Self

Recently, I posted something about my Crash Report. [Crash Report] is the name I have given to my Dream Journals. Back in January, I began recording my dreams. The key, of course, is documenting every available detail as soon as I open my eyes. Otherwise, as you undoubtedly know, the dream tends to fade away. … Continue reading Reflection of Self