Good Morning To Anyone Damaged By Those Who Are Damaged!

I want to take a few minutes to say "Good Morning" to those individuals who've struggled with loved ones addicted to drugs or alcohol. The people who have the love and patience to stand by the addicts' side throughout their battle with addiction. So often, we (bloggers) write about the pain and suffering of the … Continue reading Good Morning To Anyone Damaged By Those Who Are Damaged!

Acquiesce To Recovery

Re-Posted from December, 2021. 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 … Continue reading Acquiesce To Recovery

Seeing The Path

When I launched this website three years ago, my early writings were emotional rantings, free of unnecessary roadblocks such as editing and the use of acceptable grammar. I remember an early comment referring to my ability to compress multiple paragraphs into one great paragraph. Or was it one giant run-on sentence? Now I can't remember. … Continue reading Seeing The Path

Caution: Don’t Run Out Of Oxygen! (an addiction analogy)

Imagine an addiction to narcotic pain medication. Now, imagine having to worry about running out of those pain meds. It's a 24/7, never-ending worrying cycle of seeking and securing—an ongoing mission with only one objective; to prevent withdrawal. Getting high is undoubtedly essential but remains in second place next to 'not detoxing.' Pain Pill Addicts … Continue reading Caution: Don’t Run Out Of Oxygen! (an addiction analogy)

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)

Snapshots

Pictured; What do you see? For the past 20 years, I've been laboring on a project that few would spend time doing. I've been learning how to turn down the area of my brain that controls discernment. Yes, working at not seeing more than I have to see. Please hang in there. I'm not kidding. … Continue reading Snapshots

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]

When Did The Rodeo Become A Western Fashion Show?

We're spending this evening at the Houston Rodeo. Once again, I expect to see a sold out event; the Rodeo and the Jon Pardy Concert. The NRG Stadium seats more than 70,000 people. Wow, that's a whole lotta boots and hats! Even though I grew up in Montana Cowboy County, my family prepped me in … Continue reading When Did The Rodeo Become A Western Fashion Show?

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]

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