Wednesday, March 30, 2005

today's quota: Get to the Root

"... If you want to get to the root, just get to know your mind. This mind is basically the root of all mundane and supramundane phenomena. As long as the mind does not become obsessed with all good and bad, you will realize that all things are basically just so."
- Ta-mei (ca. 805)

Daily Zen Meditation
I found the above quote on this site:
Daily Zen

quipping post: Chocolate & Marijuana

"Researchers have discovered that chocolate produces some of the same reactions in the brain as marijuana. The researchers also discovered other similarities between the two, but can't remember what they are."
--Matt Lauer

links added today: Clean & Sober Weblogs, Journals, and Such

A Lumbering Soul
"198 days since my last drink. 477 days since I started blogging":
Lumbering Soul

An addicts journey on the road to better
understanding himself and the people around him:

Heroine Girl
"This is my true story..." From the gutter to the stars:
Heroine Girl

Shade's Blog
The adventures of a sober corn in Alaska:
Shade's Blog

new issue: Meeting in Print Online

AA Grapevine
Read selections online from the April 2005 Edition,
"Navigating the Middle Years of Sobriety":
Current AA Grapevine

Monday, March 28, 2005

today's quota: Why, What, and Pudding

"Instead of asking, 'Why am I an alcoholic?' ask, 'What am I going to do about it?'"
- Brian L, 'Meeting Wisdom'

"If you don't eat your meat, you can't have any pudding!
How can you have any pudding if you don't eat your meat?"
- Roger Waters, Pink Floyd 'The Wall'

quipping post: Drinking Gadget

Beer Belt
Promoted as "Never be thirsty again!"
Beer Belt Gadget Here

Wonderfully Wacky Home Page

recovery tips: Non-Alcoholic Drinks & Cooking without Alcohol

Non-Alcoholic Drinks Index
Don't know what to drink now that you've put the plug in the jug? No worries! Here's an extensive index of alcohol-free drink recipes:
Non-Alcoholic Drinks

What about Non-Alcoholic Beer?
Get the skinny on "near-beer" and alcoholism recovery:
About Non-Al Beer

Is the Alcohol Gone?
The truth about cooking with alcohol and alcohol-free cooking hints:
Is the Alcohol Gone?

Alcohol-Free Recipes Here

Non-Alcohol Search
Several pages of recipes for cooking without booze:
Non-Alcohol Recipe Search Home Page

Thursday, March 24, 2005

today's quota: Easter and Recovery

Wishing everyone sober serenity this Easter season!

"Love one another as I have loved you."
- Jesus

"Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day's own trouble be sufficient for the day."
- Jesus

"Look at all my trials and tribulations
Sinking in a gentle pool of wine.
Don't disturb me now, I can see the answers
Until this evening is this morning, life is fine."
- Tim Rice lyrics, Jesus Christ Superstar 'The Last Supper'

"Once my friend told me that he had found Jesus. I thought to myself, 'Woohoo, we're rich!' It turns out he meant something different."
- Jack Handey

quipping post: Easter Bunnies & Drunk Joke

The Fate of Chocolate Easter Bunnies

Easter Service
A drunk managed to stay dry Easter morning so he could make it to church. After the service he was ready for a drink, when the preacher pulled him aside and said, "It's good to see you here again. You would make a good soldier in the Lord's Army!" The drunk replied, "I've been in the Lord's Army for years now." The pastor didn't understand, "Then why do we only see you at Christmas and Easter?" The drunk put his arm around the pastor's shoulders and whispered: "Shhh...I'm in the secret service."

Humor can sometimes be the best medicine...
But if you or someone you know is still suffering this Easter, there's nothing funny about that. You don't have to face it alone - there's always hope and help available.
See here:

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

Narcotics Anonymous: Who, What, How and Why

For Family & Friends of alcoholics: What is Al-Anon?

Family & Friends of drug addicts: About Nar-Anon

online: Story; Recovery Site

Drunk Like Me
"My last drink of tequila came on Easter -- resurrection day..."
"That hard-won modesty, some say, is what the "Higher Power" aspect of AA is all about -- acquiring not religion, but humility. Hey -- whatever works."
This one-page story is about an alcoholic, his take on AA, trying an alternative program, and his interesting personal views on it all:
Read 'Drunk Like Me' Here

Recovery Life
Recovery for Addicts and Alcoholics at Recovery Life

Monday, March 21, 2005

today's quota: Bill W Quotes

" can I presume to say that my detailed theological convictions are correct? In this search I've had the advantage of what seemed to have been a very genuine and illuminating spiritual experience, together with many encounters with the psychic realm, both personal and by observation."
- Bill W, co-founder of A.A.

Personal Quotations from Bill W
I found the above quote on this linked page, see more here:
Bill W Quotes

Bill W, Co-Founder of AA Home Page Here

quipping post: Retro 1960's & Drugs

"The 1960's were when hallucinogenic drugs were really big. And I don't think it's a coincidence that we had the shows then like The Flying Nun."
- Ellen DeGeneres

links added today: Addiction Blogs


Geri Blog

Attitude of Gratitude

How It's Done

Coffee Addict

online: Spiritual Flash Presentations

Journey with Spirit - Spiritual Web Movies

Journey with Spirit Home Page Here

Saturday, March 19, 2005

today's quota: Withdrawal Symptoms

"Withdrawal symptoms can last months or years in 15% of long-term users. In some people, chronic use has resulted in long-term, possibly permanent disability."
– C Heather Ashton

quipping post: Beer Tabs Arts & Crafts?

Beer Tabs
"Some rib tickling stupidity":
Beer Tabs Humor

multimedia: Recovery E-zine; Radio; Audio; News

NICD News Magazine March-April Edition
The new edition of this free monthly online e-zine is now available:
NICD News Magazine

NICD Home Page Here

AA Radio
The blog site for AA Radio
AA Radio Blog

A History of Drugs - Audio
You can listen to this BBC presentation online:
History of Drugs

12 Step Cafe's Recovery News - Wide Variety of News Sources

12 Step Cafe Home Page Here

Thursday, March 17, 2005

today's quota: Saint Patrick's Day

"But after I reached Ireland I used to pasture the flock each day and I used to pray many times a day. More and more did the love of God, and my fear of Him and faith increase, and my spirit was moved so that in a day I said from one up to a hundred prayers, and in the night a like number; besides I used to stay out in the forests and on the mountain and I would wake up before daylight to pray in the snow, in icy coldness, in rain, and I used to feel neither ill nor any slothfulness, because, as I now see, the Spirit was burning in me at that time."
- Saint Patrick, quote from his 'Confession'

"We are not saints. The point is, that we were willing to grow along spiritual lines."
- The Big Book of 'Alcoholics Anonymous' p. 60

quipping post: St. Patrick's Day Quips

This could be me arriving at a
St. Patrick's Day party years ago:


Q: How did the popular 'Irish Jig' get started?
A: Too much stout, not enough restrooms.

Old recipe for Irish stew from my drinking days, not recommended today:
Get some meat, potatoes and lots of Guinness Stout. Drink all the stout, forget about the stew.

Be a good host - don't put green dye in the
Jacuzzi at your Saint Paddy's Day party:


I often wonder about this: Is it possible that when St Patrick chased the snakes out of Ireland, he was the only one who saw any snakes?

Q: How can you tell when an Irisman has had one too many?
A: He starts Dublin over.

This could be me leaving a
St. Patrick's Day party years ago:


recovery: Alcoholism & Addiction Support in Ireland

Alcoholics Anonymous
Ireland AA

History of AA in Ireland

Narcotics Anonymous
NA in Ireland

NA History in Ireland

Serenity Prayer in Irish

NA Ireland North

Unofficial AA Guide
Mingy's Guide to AA in Ireland

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

today's quota: A Pint of Dignity, a Sip of Humour

"In reality, AA demands nothing. Those who arrive at its doors - and nobody does by accident or without having made rather a botch of things - are free to take it or leave it, their misery cheerfully refunded. But should they wish to try a different way, they are shown what has worked for millions of others like them around the world. And considering the toll untreated alcoholism takes on families, highways, in workplaces, the health and justice systems, anything that transforms so many of the perpetrators of such mayhem into responsible citizens must be doing a lot more than talking babble."
- Jim Coyle in 'A Pint of Dignity, a Sip of Humour' (Toronto Star article)

quipping post: Give a Man a Beer Quote

"Give a man a beer, waste an hour. Teach a man to brew, and waste a lifetime!"
- Bill Owen

links added today: International English-Language AA - Unofficial Sites

AA In Cuba
"This site is maintained by 4 Canadian members of 'AA' - We have a commitment to help struggling AA groups in Cuba":
Cuba AA (English)

AA Tokyo
"English Speaking AA in Tokyo Website":
Tokyo AA (English)

Beijing AA Fellowship Website
"Here you will find contact information for meetings in Beijing as well as online resources for the fellowship worldwide":
Beijing AA Fellowship (English)

China AA, Xiamen
Information about Alcoholics Anonymous and meetings in China:
China AA, Xiamen (English)

Durban, South Africa AA
"Durban alcoholics resources site":
Durban, South Africa AA (English)

Scotland: AA Dumbarton
"Information about the fellowship of alcoholics anonymous, contact info, local history and structure, forthcoming events, chat room facilities, links to many other AA sites":
Dumbarton AA, Scotland

...and if you're wondering, dryblog comes to you from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

looking for something? Find AA Online

Alcoholics Anonymous Links Page
AA sites by categories, AA history and research, AA chat rooms, AA clubs

How to find AA in the UK
AA in England, Scotland, Wales

Sunday, March 13, 2005

today's quota: When You Meet a Sober Alcoholic

"When you meet a sober alcoholic
You meet a hero.
His mortal enemy slumbers within him;
He can never outrun his disability.
He makes his way through a world of alcohol abuse,
In an environment that does not understand him.
Society, puffed up with shameful ignorance,
Looks on him with contempt,
As if he were a second-class citizen
Because he dares to swim against the stream of alcohol.
But you must know:
No better people are made than this."

- Friedrich von Bodelschwingh (1831-1910)

On Alcoholism... Graphics & Poems
I found the above poem on this otherwise unrelated site - some striking alcoholism graphics here, and just beneath the last one there's also 'The Serenity Prayer: Complete, Unabridged Version':
On Alcoholism...

quipping post: Drunk Stunts and other Video Clips

Drunk Stunts
Ouch! Drunken guys shoot each other with potato guns and smash boards over their heads:
Drunk Stunts Clip

More movie clips from the same site:
Drunken Flying? - Parachute & Beer - Revenge - Water - Chlorine

You can find their home page here:
Look at Entertainment

links added today: Roots; Powered

RootsRadical - Recovery Road
"A blog from a recovering alcoholic from England. Some politics, some music, some chatter, some footie, a bit of sex, lots of rants and some recovery":

Higher Powered
"I am a gay recovering alcoholic which must always remain my priority in life. Above everything else. A sense of humour is my second priority":
Higher Powered

banner-link added today: Recovery & Art

Creative Recovery - Art, Recovery Works, Links, and more

Friday, March 11, 2005

today's quota: A Little Wouldn't Do

"I used to do a little but a little wouldn't do,
So the little got more and more;
I just keep tryin' to get a little better,
Said a little better than before."
- Guns N' Roses, 'Mr Brownstone'

quipping post: Guns N' Drunks; Drinking Too Much

Alcohol & Ammo Flash Animation
Guns n' Drunks? Yikes! Never a good combination...
On the linked page, click the green apple to Start this interactive Flash animation (with sound) and then use the 'Fire!' button in the bottom corner:
Alcohol and Ammo Flash

Signs You're Drinking Too Much
- You've forgotten where you live.
- You wonder why everyone's so mean and aggressive.
- You prefix everything with: "Don't take this the wrong way, but..."
You can see the whole list of signs here:
Too Much to Drink?

Here's another page on the same site:
Online Chat Addiction Signs

Humor can sometimes be the best medicine...
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's always hope and help available.
See here:

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

Narcotics Anonymous: Who, What, How and Why

For Family & Friends of alcoholics: What is Al-Anon?

Family & Friends of drug addicts: About Nar-Anon