Archive for December, 2008

Will it be hard for me, newly sober, not to drink on New Year’s Eve? Nope. My friends have asked me, and I’ve told them that. It’s just one night of celebrations, which many people think is silly and overrated anyway.¬† Thankfully, there are now plenty of organized alternatives to getting blottoed. For example, lots […]


almost Times Square time fizzy drinks without ferment my first fresh new year


It’s the gift that keeps on giving. It made me happy to stay up late wrapping presents, setting out Santa’s cookies and carrots for his reindeer. It had me waking up early, hangover-free, and ready to face a crisp, cool Christmas day. It’s brought me some nice new friends, a new appreciation for my old […]


When I think of all the times in my alcoholic career that I drove while buzzed or flat-out drunk, I am ashamed — and amazed. Thank God/heavens/My Higher Power that nothing more horrible than a dented Volvo ever came of those wild rides. Now that I’m sober, I feel I have an opportunity to do […]


On Tuesday, I went to an AA meeting and collected this chip to mark my second month of sobriety — 60 days of not drinking. When I type that, the length of time seems so…short…minor…insignificant. Yet it also seems huge, and like an eternity. At this particular AA group (one of several I attend), each […]


I love NBC’s “The Office.” And this Thursday’s show had me laughing out loud. If you’re not a fan, I won’t try to defend the show to you. You either get it, or you don’t. For the writers, no subject is too taboo for source material: Homosexuality. Racism. Sexual discrimination. Cancer. Obesity. Even alcoholism, which […]


I have a dear friend who discovered she had celiac disease about two years ago. If you’re not familiar with the disease, those who have it can’t eat anything that contains gluten — a protein in wheat, barley and rye. Their bodies can’t process the protein and have an abnormal immune¬†reaction, and this can lead […]