Running on Sober

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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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Closer to Fine (a few quick updates & a dang good read)

Did I mention Game of Thrones is back? (Waves to friend A... HODOR!)

Because sometimes you read something and you want everyone else to read it too. Because sometimes you wish you could go back in time and tell yourself the words, “It doesn’t matter.” Because sometimes there are no reasons or easy answers, and even if there were, do they even really matter now? The past is the past. We can’t change it. We may never fully understand it. And you know […]

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