Running On Sober

I'm not empty, just sober

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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Autumn, Running and Rambling

When friends start checking-in with me with random “Send up a flare every now and then why dontcha’?” and “Hey girl, just checkin’ on you” and “Here’s a picture of some flowers from my garden, just because I thought you may need them” (Michelle is just the sweetest, I swear) type of messages, I start to think that maybe I should poke my head out of my hidey-hole cave to say, “I’m […]

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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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Brother Jon is Three Years Sober!

Meet BroJo ... proving that Mormons (and Sober folks) can be normal people too.

There’s something pretty special about a guy who dedicates his three-year sobriety anniversary blog post to another person. I mean, who celebrates three years of sobriety by writing about someone else? Brother Jon, that’s who. I met “BroJo” early last year after his post “Feel the Beat of the Rhythm of the Nineties” was Freshly Pressed. It’s no secret that I’m an 80s music fan (visit my guest post “A Defense of […]

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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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Weekly Photo Challenge: Texture (Forever in Blue Jeans)

I'd much rather be "Forever in Blue Jeans"

There are few things I enjoy more on a summer evening than sitting on the porch with a glass of sweet tea watching the sun set. Except, maybe, sitting on the porch with a glass of sweet tea watching the sun set in my favorite pair of blue jeans and flip-flops. To capture this lazy summer-time moment, I snapped this picture with my iPhone camera. I then applied an “Amatorka” filter […]

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