Terrible Twos

Yesterday was my daughter’s second birthday and, as one does, I decided to kill some time by checking her development against a series of online checklists. I recognize that this is not unlike my obsessive drunken readings of countless, “Are YOU an alcoholic?” articles that I used to do, cocooned in my office with aContinue reading “Terrible Twos”

And the earth was chaotic and void

I’ve started quite a few projects, since the start of the year, that have a reading-a-day element to them, not the least ambitious of which is beginning the practice of Daf Yomi, or a page-daily Talmud study that begins again every 7 and a half years. Just projecting myself 7 years into the future makesContinue reading “And the earth was chaotic and void”


Will I ever get through a counseling session without thinking how bad I need a drink? Even after all of the work I did this morning, still making myself vulnerable feels awful and wrong. Funnily enough that’s the big topic that came to light, today, as we spoke about the successes and failures of theContinue reading “Vulnerability”

Bonus #16

Was still feeling restless after I posted earlier, so I ran upstairs and pulled out the clippers.  A shave and haircut later I was kicking myself for not doing it before holiday dinners.  Sometimes you feel like shit because you look like shit, there’s just no way around it.  “I like your hair; you lookContinue reading “Bonus #16”

15 Ways to Wait out a 15-minute Craving

It’s another one of those stormy gray days that I used to spend out in my office in the backyard, drinking warm drinks and playing around with words.  Or at least pretending to get some work done.  I’ve recreated that feeling as closely as possible, today, and am feeling a bit less deprived then IContinue reading “15 Ways to Wait out a 15-minute Craving”

Things Normal People do Sober

I think it surprises a lot of people that you don’t just wake up feeling like roses once you decide to cut back on the booze.  If I hadn’t done this so many times before then I might be pretty upset at the three days I’ve spent in bed this week, at the splotchy messContinue reading “Things Normal People do Sober”

Home for the Holidays?

I was somewhat surprised to learn this year that the night before Thanksgiving is the biggest drunk-driving holiday in the U.S., beating out both New Year’s Eve and St. Patrick’s day. There’s even a term for it: Blackout Wednesday. The winter drinking doesn’t stop there, though. I’m super lucky and have two more holidays toContinue reading “Home for the Holidays?”

A Site is Born

We left our dashing hero at bit of a crossroads, yesterday, didn’t we? I, for one, had no idea how the story would play out. I felt a little restless, messed about in a few projects, and then decided that I was going to sit back down with WordPress and finally figure out how toContinue reading “A Site is Born”

Home Alone

Wait a minute, hear that? Neither do I, because somehow fate has conspired to gift me a day where the wife and all four kids are at various holiday parties and events. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love my family. 99% of the things I do on a daily basis are in service toContinue reading “Home Alone”

An Unlikely Day Eight, or: Welcome to Week Two

I’ve heard it said that no one ever regretted not drinking, the next morning, and just assumed it was one of those obnoxiously cutesy AA needlepoint sayings like let go and let god, or keep coming back! But I woke up feeling like shit today and was, not-so-surprisingly I guess, glad that I didn’t have a hangover on top of itContinue reading “An Unlikely Day Eight, or: Welcome to Week Two”