Running On Sober

I'm not empty, just sober

The Secret Keepers (reblog)


Originally posted on Mended Musings:
? I’m going to do something I’ve never done before. I’m going to ask you to share this post. Reblog it, share it on Facebook, tweet it. Someone out there needs to hear this message today. Even if you think you don’t know anyone who has been abused. Even if you don’t read the entire post. About a month ago I was asked by Dawn…

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Advice Too Good to Not Share (on quitting drinking)

You know how sometimes you read a blog comment that blows you away? You think to yourself, Dude, this comment is awesome, I hope everyone reads this. But then you know that while lots of folks read comments, not everyone does, especially not if they’ve already read or commented on the post. And then you get kind of bummed out. But then you remember, hey, this is my blog and I can […]

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On Tough Love and Advice to Those Wanting to Quit Drinking

Once in a blue moon, I’ll get an email from someone who is thinking about giving up alcohol. Most times they just say “thank you for your blog,” but sometimes they actually ask for help or advice. I received one such email this weekend, and it came at a very interesting time. See, I’ve had a “tough love” type of post in my drafts forever. Well, since last November, and […]

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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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Life in 6 Songs – Final Thoughts and Special Playlist


Hi everyone, are you missing Life in 6 Songs terribly yet? If so, don’t worry, we have a very special surprise playlist for you later in the post. Also, we have the Life in 6 Songs page where every volume is listed, so come visit anytime you’d like. I mentioned before that I had some trivia and fun stats for you — so let’s take one final look back. . . . Show me the numbers: […]

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Life in 6 Songs: Winners Announced


Thanks to everyone who participated in our Life in 6 Songs special event and series! As we mentioned last week, to thank everyone for an incredible series, we did a couple of random drawings for Amazon gift codes. Jennie’s daughter drew names for us, and without any further ado . . . Here are the winners: Drawing One: Two winners from all of our original participants (volumes 2 – 23) Winner […]

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Life in 6 Songs: Your Turn! Share & Win Prizes! (Week 24)

Or maybe we'll let a cat draw

“Things come back when I listen. The music drags out memories. That’s one thing about my life; it has a great soundtrack.” -Roddy Doyle, The Woman Who Walked Into Doors Picture your life as a movie. You’re sitting in a theater, you’ve got your buttered popcorn and your cherry slushy, your phone is in silent mode, and the lights start to go down. As the screen comes to life, what do […]

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Life In 6 Songs: Vol. 23 (Chenoa and Cindy), (plus a special announcement!)

"Clave de Sol" by Elisabeth D'Orcy via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Believe it or not, this is the last standard edition of Life in Six Songs. But “Take it Easy,” “Don’t Cry,” because “It’s Not Over;” “The Best is Yet to Come,” “Just Wait.” Sorry, I know I have the tendency to speak in song lyrics. “Please Forgive Me, “I Can’t Help Myself;” I’m only “Human.” . . . “Oops, I Did it Again.” What I’m trying to say is, we have […]

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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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Life In 6 Songs: Vol. 22 (Clocktowersunset and Eli)

Photo Credit

In six songs, tell us about your life.  By now most of you know the drill, but if you are a new visitor, welcome! We challenged our guests to tell us their life stories: “The project is simple, though maybe not easy: Tell us a story–your story–in six songs. And then for fun, wrap up your life in a bonus seventh song.” The series runs every Monday through September. We are currently booked […]

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