Today’s Quote

“Follow the voice of your heart, even if it leads you off the path of timid souls. Do not become hard and embittered, even if life tortures you at times. There is only one thing that counts: to live one’s life well and happily… ”

~Wilhelm Reich, 24 March 1897 – 3 November 1957


Today’s Quote

Today’s press conference in Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory. The damage inflicted by President Trump’s naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is difficult to calculate. … President Trump proved not only unable, but unwilling to stand up to Putin. He and Putin seemed to be speaking from the same script as the president made a conscious choice to defend a tyrant against the fair questions of a free press, and to grant Putin an uncontested platform to spew propaganda and lies to the world. … No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant. Not only did President Trump fail to speak the truth about an adversary; but speaking for America to the world, our president failed to defend all that makes us who we are — a republic of free people dedicated to the cause of liberty at home and abroad. American presidents must be the champions of that cause if it is to succeed. Americans are waiting and hoping for President Trump to embrace that sacred responsibility. One can only hope they are not waiting totally in vain.”

~John McCain, U.S. Senator

Sobriety and Friday the 13th

I have always loved Friday the 13th, but it also holds an extra special place in my heart for a reason other than the obvious (horror movies, superstition, etc.).  Exactly six years ago today, and also on a Friday the 13th, I checked into detox, and thus began my journey into sobriety.  Although horribly drunk at the time, I can remember that day and evening so clearly, as though it was yesterday.  I cried a lot, I spent time on the floor during intake because I was dizzy and thought I would puke, I laughed at ridiculous things, and most of all, I was terrified.  Terrified of how I would figure out how to live without alcohol.  You see, even though I was beyond my bottom at that point and desperately wanted to get sober, I had spent so much of my adult life in an altered state, I didn’t know how I was going to handle even the simplest things.  But, through tons of hard work, self-searching, tears, and painful truths, not only did I sober up, I have managed to stay sober.  I am so grateful to my supportive family and to even be here today.  Many wonderful things have happened in my life over the past six years and I feel I have grown a lot as a person.  Quite a few difficult things have happened as well, and thanks to the tools I learned from the wonderful people of AA, I got through.  Life requires us to constantly evaluate and work on ourselves, and I am blessed to be granted a second life in order to continue on this journey.

Happy Friday the 13th everyone!


Another beautiful light in the world has gone out.

May your soul and your demons finally be at peace.

“Travel changes you.  As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small.  And in return, life — and travel — leaves marks on you.  Most of the time, those marks — on your body or on your heart — are beautiful.  Often, though, they hurt.”

~Anthony Bourdain, June 25, 1956 – June 8, 2018



“I don’t know who you are or where you came from, but from now on you’ll do as I tell you, okay?”

~Princess Leia Organa, Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)


“Luke, you’re going to find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view.”

~Obi-Wan, Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)


“Remember, a Jedi’s strength flows from the Force.  But beware.  Anger, fear, aggression.  The dark side are they. Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny.  Luke… Luke… do not… do not underestimate the powers of the Emperor or suffer your father’s fate you will.”

~Yoda, Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)