I am an aspiring writer currently writing a book on the Sober Revolution we are in the midst of, a book about essays that will change the way you think, and a novel about a serial killer. I am also working on a book of poetry.
Colorado Sand Dunes
In the summer of my eighth-grade year, 1983, my father, mother, brothers Bill, Marty and I took a three week road trip to see the Grand Canyon. I recall the absolute of dread of going on that trip. I remembering thinking how much I would miss my best friends, Gina and Stacie who lived next door.
Friends with Benefits
According to my friends with benefits, a boyfriend and girlfriend status is basically marriage without the paper, and I think he's right. We've had our current relationship status for about two years now and we've barely had a fight. I was on a mission to reduce the drama in my life, and this situation gives me a fancy date night, a best friend and confidante, and the best sex of my life all in one without any drama. If that isn't goals, I don't know what it is. As he would say, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
High School Prom Circa 1988
I went to prom with my high school sweetheart, who later became my first husband. My high school senior prom was in May of 1988. One of my childhood best friends went as well with her boyfriend at the time. Prom was a much more low-budget production back in those days, while at the same time, the 1980’s had a “too much is never enough” feel to it. The 1980’s were very glam. The hair was big, permed and hair sprayed to death. Jeans couldn’t be tight enough, and boobs couldn’t be big enough. Cocaine hurricanes on the weekend were a real thing and everyone wanted to be the wolf of Wall Street.
Adventures in Driver's Education
The driver's license. A rite of passage for some, but an increasingly terrifying challenge for others. Today's student, what with the cost of driving a car, is more likely than any other time in history to opt out of having a car. Further, with apps like Uber available, there is less of a need. Increasingly, students are waiting until they are older until they get a job, but not having a license has a cost.
Family Roles in Addiction
You can barely turn on the news without hearing about the drug problem in America. Benzos, pills for anxiety, are quietly killing people, as fentantyl has soared to the top story on addiction. It seems that every family has been impacted the pill crisis gone wild. Let's talk about how the family reacts and interacts with one another once a family member has slipped into addiction.
Road Trips are Coming Back in Style
During my sixth-grade year, I took a road trip with my father. My father was a radio astronomer, professor at Umass, and part-time consultant at NASA. We went to California on business; it was the trip of a life time. We landed in Sacramento and travelled for three weeks on the road until we reached our destination. Airline travel was so very different then, but I learned a lot about his work in radio astronomy and we stopped at all kinds of little and unique places and that have given me a love for little and unique museums.
Single is the New Black
I've never been so happy in my whole life, and I'm single. Why rock the boat? I have money, brains, and my health. What more could a person ask for? I can tell you from your experience, that if you don't have your health, you've got nothing. I'm an aspiring writer, I travel the world, and I'm the CEO of my own life and I like it. I've got 99 problems in my life and being single isn't one of them. In fact, I'd have 299 problems if I were in a relationship.
The Body Wants Sex, The Heart Wants Love, But my Soul needs Peace.
I'm having a day! I woke up this morning and my account was overdrafted. If you are one of my followers, you know that I am sober. One of the most underrated aspects of sobriety is the peace that comes with not lying to people, not stealing from friends or family. No lawyer, probation officer or cop is looking for me. I owe no one money. It's quite a lovely existence actually. I'm almost 52 years old. I'm not in high school. I'm done with drama - for real. I should've been done with it years ago, but I was an addict. No one has more drama than an addict - it's just the way it goes. I got sick of my own drama, so I'm sure as shit not putting up with yours. Like I said, I'm having a day. I'm done with one-sided friendships, drama queens, energy vampires, and needy girls. I'm almost 52, but please don't wait until your as old as me to hear this - no amount of money, no one person, no job, is going to bring you peace until you are at peace with yourself.
I grew up in a town where dreams go to die as my friend would say. Our big claim to fame was a burning river and a race track where you bet on horses. Doesn't that sound inviting? To make matters worse it seems to have the same level of addiction that you find among minority disenfranchised populations like American Indians, or any ghetto in the world, for that matter.
My Father, the Radio Astronomer
My father was one a kind. I know millions of people feel the same way, but with a father that was a radio astronomer, an intrepid explorer and my biggest fan; it's hard to feel any other way. He was so ahead his time in every way. Although the world will remember him for work on quasars (do a Google Search on William A. Dent, Radio Astronomy and you will find he he is semi-famous in the world of physics and astronomy), I will remember him most for being both caring and daring. His biggest impact on my life, however, will be his undying support and how he helped me see the world without prejudices. I've been told that I'm adventurous, goal-minded and and the least judgemental person you will ever meet.
The Power of Unconditional Love
I always listened to my aunt; I did better than listen - I internalized what she had to say. I do remember her telling me that when I found a guy that I could go on vacation with, where we just sat around enjoying the ocean, instead of flying over it, swimming through it, or any other stresslaxing activity, then I had found the one. I think I stumbled into it with one of my best guy friends. As he was a best friend first, during our friendship, I have flourished as a writer and I've decided I'm a late bloomer - I'm coming into my own at the age of 51. I couldn't have done it without the unconditional love I received from my parents, children and friends.
Do you believe in reincarnation? I do - here are 10 qualities to look for.
Reincarnation literally translated means to become flesh again. Reincarnation is a very popular belief in other countries and religions, but due to the grip of Christianity here in the United States, it isn't so much on this side of the globe. We don't know what happens when we die, so why is believing in reincarnation a sin? or why will it lead you to hell? The body loses 21 grams when it dies - is that the weight of the soul? Doesn't that soul have to go to heaven, hell, or back to Earth in the form of reincarnation? Reincarnation is a very common component of Hinduism. According to Hinduism, these are the ten basic signs that you have been reincarnated.