Category Archives: Alcohol and drinking

Spiritual But Not Religious

An atheist friend once caught me off-guard when she declared, “There’s a reason for everything.” It turns out she meant there is a rational, scientific explanation for everything that exists or happens, not that there is a Divine Purpose behind … Continue reading

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Beast-Angels Like Us

“I’ll never forgive myself,” Marie said, looking pitiful. I was in an addiction treatment group circle with Marie and a dozen others. Twenty years before she had a baby girl who died. Though no charges were filed, Marie admitted to … Continue reading

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The True Explorer

It may seem trite to say life is a journey, but few metaphors are more apt for describing the human experience. Personal insight and awareness often have the same gradual, unfolding nature that mirrors the action of putting one foot … Continue reading

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The Discovery

My first alcoholic drink changed my life.  It was the summer of my 14th year. Our town held a festival every July called The Feast of St. Anthony.  It was not so much a religious event, but a raucous carnival; … Continue reading

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Extremism At Its Finest

When Adolf Hitler and the Nazis rose to power in the 1930s, another radical social movement was gaining ground in the United States.  This movement had to flop, many believed, not only because the problem it addressed was so intractable, … Continue reading

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Learning From Lepers

One of the most gruesome and intriguing books I’ve ever read was written by a British physician who specialized in treating medical conditions commonly referred to as leprosy.  In The Gift of Pain, Dr. Paul Brand tells the poignant story … Continue reading

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The Legendary Arthur Mallamo

A forty-year-old memory occurred to me while I was attending a lecture about the effects of alcohol on the brain, presented by a professor of neurology from Johns Hopkins University.  As I listened to the lecture and took notes, my … Continue reading

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