Category Archives: Blog

Transforming Attitudes Through Art

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time”. ~Thomas Merton The art therapist shows up at our house, bumping along a rolling suitcase filled with supplies. Her hospice client, my life partner Ron’s 97 year-old … Continue reading

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From Forgetful to Surrendered: Evianne Fogel’s Spiritual Early-Stage Journey

“Mrs. Fogel, you are forgetting stuff all the time,” one of Evianne Fogel’s Job Corps students told her. Evianne was 62-years-old and she had sensed something was amiss.  But she didn’t know that her fellow teachers had been covering for … Continue reading

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Resentment Returns in Long Recovery

There are some issues that come back again and again no matter how long we have been in recovery. Resentment is one of them. It’s not so much that we are slow learners; it’s more that we are just human … Continue reading

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Clothing and Spending

More than two hundred years ago the poet, William Wordsworth, wrote, “The world is too much with us; getting and spending we lay waste our powers.” Many women in long-term recovery would agree with him. Long after we gave up … Continue reading

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Newcomer Envy

After many years of recovery I can still feel shame when this happens. And it happened again just this week: A man in my home group celebrated 6 months and he was glowing. His life was transformed, he had found … Continue reading

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Take Five and Lighten Up

The porch light was burnt out and I walked carefully up the brick walkway to our house. Because it was so dark, I analysed every footstep. I inched up the stairs and fumbled the key into the lock. Once inside, … Continue reading

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No Man is an Island─Even on St. Thomas

“As caregivers, we need to connect with each other and share our stories. ” Those were the opening words of our host, Murlene Vanbeverhoudt at a recent caregiver’s gathering at the charming Pistarckle Theater in St. Thomas, USVI. We were … Continue reading

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Baseball and Spiritual Life

The first thing I learned about baseball is this: If you raise your hand a man will bring you food. I learned this at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, and in my first year as a fan I spent most of … Continue reading

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From Awareness to Action

Awareness Does not in and of Itself Change Behavior. In order to be successful in and sustain any process of meaningful change, both awareness and action are requisite. Translating conscious awareness into intentional action in recovery from addiction and/or chronic … Continue reading

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Lean In–Go Toward

Has this happened to you: You learn a recovery skill, or a strategy in early recovery that –over time– kind of slips away, and then later you get to revive it? In “Out of the Woods” I write about this … Continue reading

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