Running on Sober

I'm not empty, just sober

So You Want to Quit Drinking

Wright, Bing. Broken Mirror/Evening Sky (Anscochrome), 2012. Archival Inkjet Print.

(the following poem contains profanity and raw imagery. it is not intended for young, nor sensitive, eyes. it is inspired by several bukowski pieces, each linked to in the footer. while bukowski, to my knowledge, never sobered up, there are few who understood alcohol’s powers as well as he did. I’d like to think he had both bluebird and kraken in his heart, and would not hesitate to let you borrow […]

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Sadie, Anna, Avetts and CHICKEN!

See what I mean?

It’s been an exciting couple of weeks here at Running on Sober. Ruby Browne‘s guest post, “Summertime Sobriety,” was a huge hit with everyone. WordPress even showcased it on their Freshly Pressed feature! Thank you everyone who read, commented and supported Ruby on a vulnerable topic so many of us can relate to. And a huge thank you to for continuing to shine a light on topics of addiction and sobriety; […]

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Amy Winehouse, Feb. 16, 2007.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File) (via)

It was a Saturday evening, and I was thinking about drinking. I was crying. I remember how the mascara stung my eyes. I didn’t have a Kleenex, so I used the bottom of my shirt to wipe my eyes. The black of my mascara and green of my eyeliner made abstract streaks of art on my t-shirt. Alice, the homeless lady with salt and pepper hair, no teeth, and deep […]

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Dear Someone Who Decided to Stop Drinking: a helpful post from Lisa McColgan

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I was asked earlier this week if I had any posts I could recommend to someone struggling with treatment for alcohol addiction. My first thought was my poem, “So You Want to Quit Drinking.” My second thought was a post I’d seen shortly after I began blogging: “Dear Someone Who Decided to Stop Drinking.” I looked up that post–from October 2012!?!–and it’s still as relevant today as it was then. It […]

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“This Will Be The Last Time”

Sometimes I miss certain people the way I miss drinking. I romanticize them forget that if it didn’t work then or then or then why would it work now? But it’s so easy to forget the bad so easy to lie to yourself when you want something someone. Want to feel how you felt back then. This time will be different I know it. So I say fuck it and pick […]

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Michelle Has Been Published! Woo-hoo!

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You all know Michelle (MamaMick) Terry, don’t you? I think the entire internet must know her by now, as friendly, bubbly, and genuine as she is. But if you are one of the rare few who don’t yet know Michelle, you’ve been missing out on a wonderful brave lady. Michelle and I met in October 2013 and became fast friends. We discovered many shared interests: running, eating chocolate frosting (right out of the […]

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The Voice of the Adversary (a selection from Mary Karr’s “Lit”)


Came across a selection from Mary Karr’s book Lit as I was gathering poetry and material for Words for the Year. Although I haven’t posted much here lately, I thought it would be good “food for thought” for my sober (or working on it) friends and their families. Karr writes about “the voice of the Adversary.” It’s that voice of anger and spite that rips out of nowhere, and after it […]

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From My Mom


I shared a note from my mom nearly three years ago, soon after I began this blog. I always thought I would revisit that post, dress it up, add some cutesy little stories, but sometimes no embellishment is needed. Like a poem, some words stand on their own and linger in our hearts . . . reminders of our own experiences. You don’t need my stories with this note. You have […]

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Guess Who’s FOUR! Years Sober?


Yep, that would be me. Somehow I made it to four years of sobriety!    Remember me mentioning those extra four seconds (on my recent half marathon time) and how awfully proud I am of them? They remind me of my four years of sobriety, and they also remind me of my mom. During one of my childhood math homework sessions, I remember seeing “4!” and having no clue what it meant. So I […]

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