Love Me Some Lovato

What’s wrong with being Confident?  What’s wrong with being sober?  Not a f**king thing!  Got a bit of a crush on this one. 11 Inspirational Life Lessons From Demi Lovato Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP Demi Lovato rang in four years of sobriety on Tuesday, taking to Twitter to announce the news. “This last year I experienced so […]

The Shame Culture

I don’t believe there is a more reasonable man alive than David Brooks.  I’m often shocked watching the PBS NewHour when Shields and Brooks go at it because, come on, Brooks is a Republican and we all know what that has come to mean.  But he truly is the embodiment of what being a Republican […]

A Virtual Reality Treatment

I could see how this works.  We always talk about trying to play the tape through which is usually aligned with our inability to say ‘no’ and the repercussions thereafter.  But what if we were able to practice saying ‘no?’ POSTED: Sunday, February 28, 2016, 12:55 PM By Amanda Orr HOUSTON (Reuters) – Addicts in […]

Review: The Burgess Boys

The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout My rating: 4 of 5 stars Some writers can mask their characters’ inner worlds with plot, description, and dialogue. Some can tear off those masks and show us a startling reflection of our own inner worlds in those characters with a gently placed sentence at the end of the […]

Karma’s No B*tch: Law Two

This week’s Law:  The Law of Creation I have to admit that once we start adding more ‘laws’ than the first law, they all seem to meld, blend, and become a cohesive thing that at first glance seems to lose it’s individual pieces.  After posting the first law last week, (reap what you sow, want […]

Review: Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes

Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes by Kamal Al-Solaylee My rating: 4 of 5 stars At times I found myself forgetting the narrator was gay and making choices to ensure he could live as a gay man man because I was focused on its historical/political/socioeconomic portrayal of the Middle East. I learned a lot and am […]

A GLEEful Life: Against All Odds

Seriously?  Against All Odds? Could you possibly pick a better song to represent the longing, the angst, the desire of a young boy in 1984?  I went to see this movie with a good friend, a female, one in a rather long list of ‘friends’ who decided I was the one.  This friend, a senior […]

Karma’s No B*tch: Law One

It’s hard not to discover some great blogs out there; makes me wonder sometimes whether mine is redundant or necessary.  Regardless, what my blog is doing is helping guide me into my next steps.  Putting it Together, as the song goes.  This might not last as long as I originally had planned but that will […]

Drowning In Social Media

    I seriously don’t know how people do this blogging thing.  It’s utterly overwhelming even for someone who considers himself technically savvy.  But there’s a big difference between figuring out how to rewire a fuse box and trying to figure out how to manage all the various venues, outlets, and platforms of social media. […]

In Love with Lithium

Here’s what gets me upset:  regardless of the program, therapy, rehabilitation program, or self-help book off the shelf at B&N, attempting to tame an addiction without a thorough investigation into one’s mental health by a professional (not a therapist, not a sponsor, not a general practitioner, but someone with the specific credentials to understand mental […]

My A.S.S. (AIDS Survivors Syndrome)

After reading a startling honest and fresh blog entry by Leslie L. Smith this morning, (Why A.S.S. Is About So Much More Than Guilt), I was unwittingly startled into an acceptance I am in a period where the forces at work in my life are joining together to take me beyond the troubles of the last […]

Review: All the Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr My rating: 5 of 5 stars I’m always a bit skeptical of #1 bestsellers, new fiction at the top of all the lists. This one deserves everything–all the attention, awards, recognition. I’m in my busy season at work, trying to maintain consistency with my new websites […]

Breaking the Cycle: Writing Down a Dream

I normally don’t remember my dreams beyond the first few moments of waking.  And I usually sleep like a rock (daily swimming/biking will do that.)  But this week, almost every night, I have been not only waking and remembering my dreams, I have been able to carry them into the day, able to sequester the […]