Good Advice to the Newly Sober: You Do Not Have to Be Good

Anytime someone quotes my favorite Mary Oliver poem “Wild Geese,” I react just like one of Pavlov’s dogs. My pulse quickens, I salivate, and I have to fight back the urge to jump up and down and squeal, “MARY OLIVER! I LOVE HER TOO! SHE SAVED MY LIFE! I STARTED A POETRY BLOG BECAUSE OF HER!” … More Good Advice to the Newly Sober: You Do Not Have to Be Good

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

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

Goodbye Sandy

Originally posted on Courtney Rundell:
I met Sandy toward the end of 7th grade at the graffiti wall where all the smokers hung out. She had porcelain skin, dyed hair, tiny feet and balls of steel. You guys get to meet her next week. You’re welcome. We were best friends for 10 years. Our addictions brought…