Hold on to your hats today, because I've got a guest post that should shake things up a little. My friend, Johnny Oliver, is a law enforcement officer who has seen the impact of drugs first-hand. He's a thinking guy, and he's come up with a provocative idea to end the drug problem in this country. . . .
You've read things here by my friend, Lisa Brock, before. She posts some of the most interesting commentary on Facebook and is one of the most interesting women I know. I got to know her when we both taught at the University of Tampa but I came to appreciate her even more over the years we've been . . .
I smoked my first joint at 17. I hope you're not shocked. Actually, I don't care if you are and the reason will be clear if you read on. It was the late 1960s and I was introduced to it by a young man who looked like Jesus. That's all I remember. Oh, and that I was a little freaked out that I'd . . .
I found this on the ground next to my car in the Safeway parking lot one Sunday night when M. and I were doing a little grocery shopping. It's someone's bronze, 15-year sobriety chip that must have fallen out of their pocket that day. I felt badly and wondered if they miss the weight of it in their . . .
Whether you know it or not, mental illness has touched your life. Someone in your circle has a mental illness. You may not know it, but they do. They know it all too well. The reason YOU don't know it is that it remains hidden and one reason is the stigma. The stigma of being thought . . .
Here's what I know about addicts: They have to work their program every single day. Every single minute of it. They have to work hard on every facet of life just to corral it into functionality. What I know about addiction is that it's damn hard work to recover. And I don't know it because I am . . .
Two words, maybe three, and they hold the power of the world. No qualifications. No "but." No equivocation. Just I'm sorry. One of the saddest things in the world is when someone knows they've wronged another but simply can not apologize. The words won't form. Because the person can not . . .
I saw Flight a month or so ago, a powerful movie and a brutal look at the mind of an addict. I thought it was the airplane crash that would get to me, but it wasn't. It was Denzel Washington's portrayal of the troubled pilot. Smooth lies were the foundation for his character's life of illusion, a . . .
I saw Flight a month or so ago, a powerful movie and a brutal look at the mind of an addict.I thought it was the airplane crash that would get to me, but it wasn't. It was Denzel Washington's portrayal of the troubled pilot.Smooth lies were the foundation for his character's life of illusion, a life . . .
Curly Girl Design The night was the worst; she couldn't understand how anyone slept. ...sometimes a moment of unconsciousness stole over her but then she would wake and remember again.... And reacquainting herself with this knowledge, after the ignorance of sleep, was even more . . .