Friday, October 29, 2004

daily quota: Love; Inferior; Pleased

"To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance"
- Oscar Wilde

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
- Eleanor Roosevelt

"Wine makes a man more pleased with himself; I do not say it makes him more pleasing to others."
- Samuel Johnson

quipping post: Hallows Eve

Alcoholic Skeleton
Did you hear about the alcoholic skeleton who quit drinking? He had no 'body' left to drink with.

Another Skeleton
A skeleton walked into a bar and said: "Give me a beer...and a mop."

Two vampires walk into a bar. One orders some blood, the other wants some plasma. The bartender says: "Let me be sure I've got this right. That's one blood and one blood lite."

The above jokes might be good for a laugh...
But if you or someone you know is still suffering, there's nothing funny about that. You don't have to face it alone -- there is always hope and free help available.
See here:

Alcoholics Anonymous: Letter to Anyone New to A.A.

For Family and Friends: What is Al-Anon?

links added today: Links; Networks; Cartoons

Dennis Recovery Links
With lots of links to NA and AA sites:
Dennis Recovery Links

"... together we can do what no one of us can alone, the same principle that actually founded the recovering community more than 65 years ago":

Recovery Cartoons
"A Fresh Look At The 12 Steps and 12 Traditions":
Recovery Cartoons

other links added this week:

--- Alcohol Concern UK ---

--- JACS --- Recovery Is Everywhere

--- Regional AA Saskatchewan --- Talk About Recovery

--- NA Recovery --- NA Recovery Chat

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Live online every Saturday night, Anne Kelly hosts a radio talk show on Cable Radio Networks broadcast around the globe:
From 9 to 10 pm Pacific; 10 to11 pm Mountain;
11 pm to 12 am Central; 12 to 1 am East Coast:
Speaker Anne Kelly

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Thursday, October 28, 2004

daily quota: Feeling Bad or Worrying

"If you believe that feeling bad or worrying long enough will change a past or future event, then you are residing on another planet with a different reality system."
- William James

quipping post: Too Thin

Two drunks are stumbling through town when they come across one of their drinking buddies, passed out on the sidewalk. As they're trying to revive him the first drunk says, "I'm getting worried about him. I don't think he's been eating at all." The second drunk agrees: "That could be his problem. I mean, you haven't been eating much and you're too thin. And I haven't been eating much, and I'm too thin. But I swear, he's thinner than both of us put together."

links added today: Regional; Everywhere

Regional Saskatchewan AA
Area AA Intergroup in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada:
Regional Saskatchewan AA

Recovery Is Everywhere
"You meet recovering addicts like us everyday":
Recovery Is Everywhere

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

daily quota: One Thing; Deep Waters

"I've learned one thing. That when a man is at rock bottom, when there's no place else he can go, except up...that the only thing that's really important in this world to him is that somebody somewhere cares."
- Johnny Cash

"God brings men into deep waters not to drown them, but to cleanse them."
- John H Aughey

quipping post: Even Though He Was Not a Praying Man

A drunk was stumbling home when he suddenly felt the unimagineable--something warm trickling down his leg. Even though he was not a praying man, the humiliation made him plead: "Please God, let it be blood."

links added today: JACS; Alcohol Concern

"Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically Dependent Persons and Significant Others":

Alcohol Concern UK
"Supporting Treatment, Providing Information":
Alcohol Concern UK

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

daily quota: Teachers; Hitting Bottom

"If I am walking with two men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself."
- Confucius

"To hit bottom is to fall from grace."
- Doug Horton

quipping post: Drunk Takes a Fall

A drunk got a new job working at a construction site. On his first day, hungover from the night before, he fell two stories and landed flat on his back. As he was shaking it off, seemingly without much injury, the foreman rushed over, "Goodness gracious man, are you alright? Quick, someone get this man a drink of water!" The drunk replied: "Is that all? How far does a guy need to fall to get a beer?"

link added today: Recovery

Talk About Recovery
This is "a bbs style support group for recovery discussion forums online. Review the posts. Chat about all types of recovery including alchoholism, emotional, psychological, medical, narcotic and 12 step programs":
Talk About Recovery

note: Working on a new site cuts into the couple of hours I usually enjoy finding and posting new material on dryblog every day (I will post a link to the new site when it's up and running). So if you've been visiting here for some time now, for the next while you might recognize some daily 'quotes' and 'quips' as reposts of ones that I have used before. Many would have been posted a year or more ago, so since I've forgotten about many of them myself, hopefully you will like them too. New links will still be added daily every Monday thru Friday!

Monday, October 25, 2004

daily quota: In Your Mind

Yoda: "Always with you it cannot be done."
Luke: "... This is different."
Yoda: "No! No different. Only different in your mind. You must unlearn what you have learned."
Luke: "Alright, I'll give it a try."
Yoda: "No! Try not. Do! Or do not. There is no try."

- from the film, 'Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back'

quipping post: Not So Bad

"It might not be so bad. For all we know, the Vorta might be gluttonous, alcoholic sex maniacs."
- from the TV series, 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine'

links added today: Alcoholism; Sister Sites
Info about "Alcoholism, Alcoholsim Symptoms, Alcoholism Signs, Treatment":

Two Sister Sites:

NA Recovery
"We believe in Narcotics Anonymous because we know it works. Narcotics Anonymous is concerned with the disease of addiction and doesn't focus on any particular substance":
NA Recovery

NA Recovery Chat
"We are a sister site to NA":
NA Recovery Chat

Friday, October 22, 2004

daily quota: Side-Tracked

"I got side-tracked; it wasn't that I was born needing six drinks, just Twelve Steps."
- Trip S, 'Alkiespeak'

quipping post: A Little Short

A fellow took his girlfriend out for drinks and when the tab came he fidgeted and got a sheepish look on his face, "I'm a little short, would you mind covering it?" The girlfriend had heard this before. "I know that times have changed and women are expected to pay too, but can't you be a gentleman and pick up the bill just once?" Raising her voice, she added "Is there a 'real' man in this place?" One drunk sitting at the bar shouted back: "Why, are you buying?"

links added today: Zone; Thought

The Recovery Zone
"A 12 Step Resource Guide":
Recovery Zone

Thought for the Day
This feature from Hazelden has been added to the 'daily readings' list in the link column:
Today's Thought

Other links added this week:

--- Addiction Recovery Guide --- Alcoholics for Christ

--- Gift of Serenity --- Joy to You & Me

--- Losing Tom ---

--- Narcotics Anonymous UK --- Recovering Couples Anonymous

Thursday, October 21, 2004

daily quota: Children Of Alcoholics

"We know that children of alcoholics (clinically referred to as COAs) are at greater risk for substance abuse problems in their own lives. But we also know what to do to help them avoid repeating their families' problems. We can break the generational cycle of alcoholism in families...

To help a child of an alcoholic, one must take the first step -- show care for a child with an alcoholic parent. Since research shows that one in four children lives in a family with alcoholism or alcohol abuse, many adults will not have to look far to find a child to help...

Perhaps the best way adults can help COAs is to provide them with accurate information about alcoholism to help them develop the skills needed to cope with their day-to-day challenges."

- Sharon Mockridge ''

quipping post: Ham on Wry

AA Grapevine Site
'Our Meeting in Print Online' publish a Joke of the Month and a Cartoon, inviting "you to join the fun and think of a caption for the cartoon":
AA Grapevine

links added today: Narcotics; Joy

Narcotics Anonymous UK
The information on this site is provided for:
- those who think they may have a drug problem
- for professionals working with addicts seeking recovery
- for recovering addicts:
Narcotics Anonymous UK

Joy To You & Me
"Codependency recovery, inner child healing, joyous spirituality":
Joy To You & Me

One of the stories on 'Joy To You & Me'
"My friend Robert died the other day. He died alone in a hotel room and his body wasn't found for two days. He weighed 125 pounds when he died..."
I weighed barely 125 pounds myself when, by the Grace of God, I walked into the rooms of AA...
Read the story here:
The Death of an Alcoholic

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Wednesday, October 20, 2004

daily quota: Flourish In Silence

"Silence is filled with positive energy. Our spirits flourish in silence, have space to breathe. I treasure these still moments. Unobscured by noise, a spiritual connection can be felt more easily."
- Judith Orloff, ''

quipping post: Kind of Gross

"People always get drunk as hell and promise themselves that they won't throw up, but when they do, everything just feels so much better. Yes, the actual throwing up is kind of gross, but after you let it all out, you feel amazing and fresh."
- Aaron Bronsteter, 'The Brock Press'

links added today: Losing; Clinic

Losing Tom
This site is mostly "A documentary film about my father's struggle with alcoholism as experienced by his family and friends, and the surrounding issues of addiction, family secrets and death and dying." Lots of good resources here too:
Losing Tom
"Medical and health information and tools":

site note: You & Me (also known as We)

Due to a temporarily increased workload at my day job (a necessity as well as a pleasure) and the time it will take to set up a new full-feature website (an exciting but time-consuming learning experience), I thought of putting dryblog temporarily on hold... But that thought didn't last long -- it's too much fun and the people I have had the pleasure 'meeting' online are too wonderful! The solution was simple: New posts will remain a daily thing (yay!) but might be just a bit 'thinner' than usual for the next while...

Whether you have a recovery site of your own or just enjoy browsing, and you happen across any recovery-related pages, stories or resources that you would like to share with others, just send a link my way and it would be my pleasure to post links to them either anonymously or with your first name only (contact info can be found near the top of the link column).

Have a good one day at a time!
Bo B.

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

daily quota: Ever Again

"I'd sit in the living room thinking that something was wrong with me... I was always waiting for the next crisis, the next time I'd send him to the store and he wouldn't come back... Do I love him? Yeah. I'll probably always love him. That hurts... It's very sad to see someone destroy their life like that... I knew he had a problem before he met me, but he said he was over it... That's not something I want in my life ever again."
- Theresa, ''

links added today: Gift; Recovering

Gift of Serenity
An Al-Anon member's personal story... "I have found a measure of serenity. You can find it, too, whether the alcoholic is still drinking or not":
Gift of Serenity

Recovering Couples Anonymous
"... The 12 Steps, 12 Traditions and Principles are adapted from A.A. The primary purpose of RCA is to help couples find freedom from dysfunctional patterns in relationships":
Recovering Couples Anonymous

resources: Dictionary; Deliverance; Running

Dictionary Definitions
"You will hear many words and phrases used in AA meetings which you may not be familiar with.You may think you know what some of them mean but you're not 100% sure":
There Is A Solution

Deliverance from a Living Hell
When I took that first drink of alcohol, I passed through the gates of Hell
Life was one big party after the other, too many to tell...":
Recovery Times

A Running
"Many of us run in an attempt to retreat from our problems, conflicts or less than comfortable consequences to our actions":
Sponsor to Sponsor

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Monday, October 18, 2004

daily quota: Statistics and Stereotypes

"The face of alcoholism and substance addiction, it turns out, looks a lot different than one might think... More than 77 percent of adults with any alcohol or drug use disorder are employed, and more than 60 percent of adults know a person who has shown up to work under the influence... Yet many people, when asked to describe 'addiction,' say it is the dirty homeless person walking a dark downtown street who carries a crinkled, brown bag-clad bottle... despite the statistics and the stereotypes, there is hope for recovery no matter the addicted person's color, age, gender, political affiliation or religion. All it takes is one hand reaching out to break through the old images..."
- John Cummings, 'Cincinnati Enquirer'

quipping post: Messed Up

A woman was letting off a little steam at her drinking husband, "It's as if you refuse to admit how messed up you are! Why won't you at least talk about it?" The drunk replied: "Well for one thing, you make 'messed up' sound so negative."

links added today: Christ; Guide

Alcoholics for Christ
Inter-denominational Christian fellowship:
Alcoholics for Christ

Addiction Recovery Guide
"Addiction should be understood as a chronic recurring illness that requires treatment":
Addiction Recovery Guide

resources: Ask; Magazine

Lets Ask Bill W
Dear Bill, "How do medicine and religion differ in their approach to the alcoholic?"
Read Bill W's answer here:

NICD News Magazine
Published in the middle of each month,
the October 2004 edition is now available online:

Friday, October 15, 2004

daily quota: Recovering People

"People who suffer from addiction face too many issues today, and I for one hope that we will unite in our efforts to live free from the spiritual, physical, and emotional destruction addiction plagues on those in need. Those living in recovery can "pass on" the spirit of recovery by building and strengthening the recovering community, becoming instruments of hope and faith for others who are searching for the miracle, and grace we know each day as recovering people."
- Samantha Hope-Atkins, 'Recovery Month Transcript' 2004

quipping post: Teachings

Flash Cartoon: Buddhist Monk Multi-Tasking
"You don't need to give up everything and live in a cave in the snow to successfully practice the teachings of the Buddha":

links added today: Healing; Sober

Healing Resource
Online resources; download resources; links:
Healing Resource

Sober Talk Online
"This is the home page of the SoberTalk online Alcoholics Anonymous group. On this site you will find meeting schedules, announcements and other resources":
Sober Talk Online

Other links added this week:

-- Big Book Quotes --

-- Sarah's Recovery Page -- Sober Cartooners

resources: Help; Sobriety; Recovery; Multimedia; Radio

12 Step Help
"Come on In! Have Some Coffee. And check out the menu":
12 Step Cafe

What Is Sobriety
"This is my sobriety, continuing to live my daily life. Facing the reality of my Cerebral Palsy. In the progress I might be the inspiration for another person to keep the vigil in Alcoholics Anonymous":
Online Recovery

Recovery Is Possible
"I’ve noticed over the years in my recovery that numerous addicts and alcoholics just don’t believe that recovery is possible for them...":
Recovery Times

Multimedia: Remember the Child Within
This WidomFlash animation "reminds us to have compassion for our Self and embrace our inner child with safety and love":
The Child Within

Health and Recovery Radio
Live online every Saturday night, Anne Kelly hosts a radio talk show on Cable Radio Networks broadcast around the globe:
From 9 to 10 pm Pacific; 10 to11 pm Mountain;
11 pm to 12 am Central; 12 to 1 am East Coast:
Speaker Anne Kelly

Thursday, October 14, 2004

daily quota: I'll Never Be Alone Again

"I'm really quite reclusive but everyone thinks I'm social... I mostly played hooky from school. I pretended to be sick all the time. In high school I turned down our fraternity and as a result was an outcast. In my junior year, I was on the fringe and picked on. So I started drinking on spring vacation and was immediately accepted at all levels of society. Alcohol was the key to the social kingdom...

I went into corporate sales and climbed the ladder pretty fast. But my drinking was getting increasingly worse. I had 11 states and was on the road all the time, spending time in bars, alone. By the end of 1958, at age 24, I had my first alcoholic seizure... My boss was in AA and he offered me all the United States (sales) with one condition: I give up drinking. I said I didn't want to travel that much...

My AA sponsor took me to a meeting in a gymnasium where I was struck still and felt like fluid was filling my body up. And I was struck with the notion, 'I'll never be alone again.' I didn't sleep for two weeks. It was the greatest feeling of elation... I haven't even thought about drinking in 39 years."

- Martin Dodd, ''

quipping post: Thirsty

Animation: Thirsty Work
Short Flash movie about a 'special' home brew:

link added today: Grrr
"Hope you like what you see. Even if you don't, though -
Play it safe. Comprendé?":

resources: Fixing; Dual

Fixing Me, Not You
"Suddenly I saw I could do something about my anger, I could fix me, instead of trying to fix them...":
Sweet Sobriety

Dual Diagnosis Story
"For me I was definitely bipolar long before I ever touched my first drink or drug. However I never drank like a normal person would..." Click the link or 'toon for this story:
Sponsor to Sponsor

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Wednesday, October 13, 2004

daily quota: Alcohol

"It causes incredible suffering. There's almost nobody who's not been touched by addiction in any number of ways -- either themselves, family members and friends, as victims of crimes or a person who makes the workplace not function very well. It's associated with a significant number of hospital beds. Alcohol is a devastating drug."
- Dr Steven N Treistman, ''

quipping post: Relationship Problems

A recovering alcoholic kept having relationship problems. It seems he had a tendency to date several women at the same time, and not be honest with them about it. His sponsor suggested a simple solution: "one Dame at a time."

link added today: Recovery

Sarah's Recovery Page
"I made this website for my own personal recovery with passing the message on to others in recovery or think they might have a problem":
Sarah's Recovery Page

resources: Qualities; Paradoxes

The 12 Qualities of Sponsorship
"Well worth reading and is a good agreement between a sponsor and a sponsee":
Serenity Found

The Paradoxes
(of how AA works):
Transitions Daily

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

daily quota: Acceptance

"With the grace of God I got sober... I was a new man. I was a renewed man. It took a great deal of acceptance to come to terms with being an alcoholic, but the acceptance was key to my sobriety. If I had not gained acceptance at that time in my life, I would not be standing here today."
- Dennis Eckersley, Baseball Hall of Fame induction speech

links added today: Display; Cartooners

Big Book Quotes Display
"A random quote will be generated every 15 seconds":
Big Book Quotes

Sober Cartooners Circle & Triangle
"We, in Sober Cartooners, strive to become well rounded people. As members of A.A., we use the principles embodied in A.A.'s Circle & Triangle":
Sober Cartooners

resources: Grow; Magazine

Where Does Your Garden Grow?
"Each day we wake up we begin planting seeds. The seeds of action and the seeds of thought..."
Recovery Times

Online: Wellbriety! Magazine
Summer/Fall 2004 Vol 5 No 14 and other issues available online:
White Bison

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Monday, October 11, 2004

today: Thanksgiving Day Holiday Monday in Canada

"Happiness is the realization of God in the heart. Happiness is the result of praise and thanksgiving, of faith, of acceptance; a quiet tranquil realization of the love of God."
- White Eagle

The above cartoon is obviously just a humor piece...
but if you or someone you know is still suffering, there's nothing funny about that. You don't have to face it alone -- there is always hope and free help available.
See here:

Alcoholics Anonymous: Letter to Anyone New to A.A.

For Family and Friends: What is Al-Anon?

the usual mix of daily posts return Tuesday, October 12th
... as always, I hope you have a good one day at a time!

Leftovers anyone?
There's a year of old blog stuffing still stewing in the archives (oh yummy!);
to browse, see the monthly list at the bottom of the links column:

Friday, October 08, 2004

daily quota: No Better And No Worse

"In 20 years of AA, I've never once experienced antagonism because of personal differences... The only arguments I've witnessed aren't because someone is rich or poor or black or white; they're because someone isn't being truthful to themselves or to the group about their addiction. You don't come to a mutual-help meeting as a Republican or Democrat or a millionaire or a bum; you come as someone who is trying to stay clean and sober. You're no better and you're no worse than the person sitting next to you, but you're all better for being there and for trying."
- Rick R, 'Alive and Free' Hazelden

quipping post: Every Morning

A newcomer to recovery asked an oldtimer what worked for him. "For starters, it's one day at a time, so I make sure to say a prayer every morning before I have breakfast with my wife." The newcomer found that interesting: "Wow, she must be a pretty bad cook."

links added today: Life; Page; War

Day In The Life
A day in the life of alcohol and drug recovery:
Day In The Life

Minnesota Recovery Page
A directory with lots of resources for AA recovery and other addictions:
Minnesota Recovery Page

This Is A War
Scroll down and click on some of the many categories such as 'Addictions':
This Is A War

Other links added this week:

-- Addiction Resource List -- Alcoholic / Mother

-- Astrofysh -- Buddhist 12 Steps

-- Croc's NA Site -- Sober On The Beach

-- Psybersquare --

-- NACoA: National Association for Children of Alcoholics