My First AA Meeting

I remember the weather was cold, but I don’t remember with precision what year it was; 2015 perhaps. Let’s go with 2015. The year is not as significant as the experience. I was, after all, reluctantly coaxed into my first AA meeting. The first and last AA Meeting I would attend for my recovery. IContinue reading “My First AA Meeting”

Broken Strings

This evening I was tuning my acoustic/electric guitar and had the strong anticipation to write and record some music. As I began to drop my tuning down from a standard to a much lower tone, my sixth string broke. If that’s happened to you, you know that emotion. Breaking a string takes you on anContinue reading “Broken Strings”

And Then There Was Silence

About fifteen years ago, my father and I went to our family property to cut down a tree for the Christmas holiday. There were adventures along the way that required us to lug that tree out with some toil, but we got it in the end. As memorable as that adventure was, the thing thatContinue reading “And Then There Was Silence”


It is difficult to keep up on a blog during the holidays. But I had this cross my mind several times so I thought I would share it.  When an individual is in recovery they will often hear of the terms “slip” or “relapse.” I don’t think it necessary to delve deeply into the meaningContinue reading “S.L.I.P.”

“No Matter What”

I have both love and loathing for the following statement: “I will always be there for you, no matter what.” The second half of that sentence is what I wish to put under the microscope. Honing in on the use of this promise helped me understand myself and expectations from others. It also brought magnifiedContinue reading ““No Matter What””

Catching the Vision

This picture popped up on my feed from three years ago. It is from a project we did in rehab called a Vision Board. For those of you that are unfamiliar with what a Vision Board consists of, it is a collection of clippings from magazines that you glue onto a poster board. There areContinue reading “Catching the Vision”

Letting the Train Wreck

It carries a near cryptic message when said, but it also holds a lot of truth when applied to the right situation. “Sometimes you just have to let the train wreck.”  My father had probably said this in high volumes to me in the past, and like most children, it was filed into the distantContinue reading “Letting the Train Wreck”

The Keys to Understanding

This last week I decided to read through my journal that I had written while I was in treatment. The notes from three years ago (almost to the day) are still applicable and worth sharing; they certainly shed some light on the difficult time I was going through. It was the holidays and the AndyContinue reading “The Keys to Understanding”


Where to begin? Where do I begin with the first post? I think sporadic topics rather than a rigid structure of chronological events is the way to do build this blog. Whatever my mind, heart and gut tell me will become the narrative compass. So here we go….. In difficult situations, the most daunting taskContinue reading “Wayfinding”