Fear not

I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.  Only I will remain.

Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear, Dune

Set Aside Prayer

God, please set aside everything I think I know about myself, everything I think I know about recovery, and everything I think I know about you.  Please help me to have an open mind so I may have a new experience and discover the truth.

Walker Area Men’s Retreat, September 14-16, 2018


In “The Seagull” he wrote, “After… a glass of vodka you are no longer Peter Sorin, but Peter Sorin plus somebody else,” a Jeopardy! clue on 2019-01-04 reminded me of the quote from Edward Rowland Sill, “First the man takes a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes the man.”  Chekhov must have read Sill’s, An Adage from the Orient, because he didn’t write the Seagull (1895) until after Sill died in 1887.

Good mentorship

Even though I can’t solve your problems, I will be there as your sounding board whenever you need me.

Sandra K. Lamberson

The opaque Ninth Step

There’s some bad sponsorship in here somewhere: Anonymous letter offers cash, asks for forgiveness for 30-year-old crime.


Crazy don’t take no holiday

Marti R., 2017-11-18


Margo: “Oh, honey.  We both know that rehab is about more than nachos and backgammon.”

Eliot: “Is it?  Is it, Margo?”

The Magicians, Season 2, Episode 10