Running on Sober

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On Tough Love and Advice to Those Wanting to Quit Drinking

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(Editing to add: Although this post is from last year, I’m bumping it up to “sticky” status because of the great advice in the comments. If you’re considering sobriety or having a tough time with it, be sure to read through all the comments. I’m taking a little blogging break, but I hope to see you all soon. Love, christy, August 2015)  Once in a blue moon, I’ll get an […]

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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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As If (Free write)

“I’d leave him” she says as if she has any idea what she would or would not do if the shoe were hers to wear. She can’t know; she has no reference point, no experience in this subject to even make such a claim with so much authority and condemnation threaded through her voice. “He’s only doing it because you let him” I’m told over and over, as if my […]

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Courageous vs Brave (The Braveheart Chronicles by Michelle Terry)

An unedited picture of joyful me taken by my son 3 months into "being fixed."

Is there a difference between being brave and being courageous? If so, what does that difference look like? Would bravery and courageousness fight on the same side of the battlefield or face off as equal, but opposing adversaries? When I think of brave, pictures of soldiers defending their country, lion-hearted gladiators wielding swords, and Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games color my thoughts. But when I envision courage, I see common people […]

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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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