Thursday, June 30, 2005

today's quota: Art, Beauty, Addiction, and Bills

Two Williams Squared
An exercise in juxtaposing William James and William S Burroughs:

"Genius is the art of nonhabitual thought." - William James

"Why should we think upon things that are lovely? Because thinking determines life. It is a common habit to blame life upon the environment. Environment modifies life but does not govern life. The soul is stronger than its surroundings." - William James

"Words, colors, light, sound, stone, wood, bronze belong to the living artist. They belong to anyone who can use them. Loot the Louvre! Steal anything in sight." - William S Burroughs

"I'm running out of everything now. Out of veins, out of money." - William S Burroughs

One More for the Road
For words by one more William, or Bill, see here:
Ask Bill W.

quipping post: New Davinci Code

Dark secret behind odd grin on
Davinci's Mona Lisa exposed...

Image source:

One Toke Over
List of organizations that help you with what ever you are abusing your body, mind or spirit with, and other links, too:
Web Site For Those Who Are "One Toke Over The Line"

resources online: Art, Recovery, Spirituality, and Creativity

Sam English
"Artist Sam English (Chippewa) has supported Native sobriety and wellness over the years by painting many original artworks for use by different Indian organizations involved in healing, education and other fields" (Wellbriety Magazine quote). See his art here:
Sam English - Native American Painter

Wellbriety Magazine Volume 6 for 2005

Creative and Spiritual People
"Centered Path offers resources for our community of fellow creatives: a community which reaches across borders, denominations, and creative disciplines":
Centered Path Website

Be More Creative
"Thinking, Working and Living More Creatively":

Monday, June 27, 2005

today's quota: Alcohol-Free Today

"It didn't happen overnight. It happened gradually. I was unhappy with my life and myself. As the years went on, it got worse. I was drinking every time my eyes were open... I couldn't afford to buy the drink but I still got it from somewhere... I lied and tried to keep it a secret but they could smell it a mile away. I knew it was a problem. I didn't like the person I was. I didn't like the hangovers. I was ill... It's amazing to be alcohol-free. I am there for the kids now, in body and mind. I do my housework, my washing and the cooking. I won't say I haven't have been tempted to try a drink since but I have resisted. I don't want to go back to that ever again."
- Tracie Oliver, quoted in '' article

convention news: AA 2005 International Convention News & Sites

Memo to bar owners: Keep the coffee going
"Canada Day (July 1st) weekend is notorious for bringing out the badly behaved boozers on the nation's highways and lakes. But downtown Toronto will be seeing an influx of teetotallers as more than 50,000 Alcoholics Anonymous members descend on the city for the 2005 World AA Convention (June 30 - July 3)":
Read the Globe and Mail Story Here

2005 AA International Convention
This is the official Alcoholics Anonymous convention main page:
Official AA Convention Info

Convention Volunteers
The Toronto 2005 Local Host Committee volunteers info:
2005 Convention Volunteers Site

Toronto Alcoholics Anonymous Website
Official site of the Greater Toronto Area AA Intergroup:
AA Toronto

odd news queue: Latest Unusual Drugs & Booze Stories

Soldiers take armoured vehicle to buy vodka

Children's toys blamed for drug addiction

Man charged with drunken joy-ride in stolen plane

Prisoners can no longer hire maids who provided food and booze

Chris Martin says drugs do nothing for him, but chocolate does

Anger over beer ad that says difference between a wife and a lover is 30 kilos

Pub crawler does like a banana and splits

Russians drinking 'industrial spirits' concocted from perfume, skincare products and anti-freeze

Under-the-tongue marijuana spray on the market in Canada

Bonking, brawls and booze for Brits

U.S. pot-flavoured lollipops with names like Purple Haze and Rasta

Cannabiscuits for mutts made from marijuana seed

Man died after lightning struck metal cross he was holding

Water-stained plaster resembling Jesus sells for $2600

multimedia: Flash Animations & Free E-Cards

Feel Good Interactive Flash Page
I found this 'Feel Good' flash animation at the Hallmark free e-cards pages:
Feel Good!

Two Pages of Encouragement Flash Animations Here

Just for Fun Animations:

Decode Signs

One Big Toy

Four Pages of Just for Fun Flash Animations Here

Free Animated E-Cards

Friday, June 24, 2005

today's quota: The Sway of Alcohol and Addiction

"The sway of alcohol over mankind is unquestionably due to its power to stimulate the mystical faculties of human nature, usually crushed to earth by the cold facts and dry criticisms of the sober hour."
- William James

Ever get that mystical feeling,
like you've done this before?

If you're still suffering because of addiction,
you don't have to face it alone - 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

quipping post: A.A. Gilligan Style!

To be sung to the 'Gilligan's Island Theme Song' music:
"Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale, a tale of an AA group, discussing agenda topics because they give a poop, the first mate was a skinny alkie boy, the skipper's an alkie too, 5 passengers showed up that day and they were alkies too, yes they were alkies too -- the meeting started getting rough, the purpose, it got lost, if not for the presence of a loving God, group conscience would be lost, group conscience would be lost, the GSR got the meeting back on track, maintaining unity, with Gilligan, the skipper too, a millionaire and his wife, a movie star, the professor and Mary Ann , AA Gilligan Style!"

Recovery Skits
The above parody is from this website - read the whole AA Gilligan Style skit and many more hilarious works on Tony's website:
Recovery Skits Home Page

links added today: New Blog and Love Addiction

Like The Camel
"The Camel each day goes twice to his knees and picks up his load with the greatest of ease. We serve one Master, the Camel and I, and stay for that day completely dry":
Like The Camel Blog

Brighter Tomorrow
"For Love Addicts with Love Addiction." Hear Susan's radio interview or read her writings:
Brighter Tomorrow Website

new: Website Portal & New Dryblog Forum

The new website I started working on has been delayed for a few reasons, my own procrastination being one of them :) but it should be ready to go in the near future... dryblog will still be online and here's something new, the addition of a Dryblog Forum at Recovery Crossroads (see below).

Recovery Crossroads
As Groucho Marx put it, "I wouldn't want to join any group that would have me as a member." That aside, dryblog is now a member of the new Recovery Crossroads portal of recovery sites.

Here you will find multiple website menus and forums all in one place. You can get your very own free blog, access to recovery radio shows, multiple articles, audio clips, step studies, big book with audio, chat rooms, and much much more! It's fully operational while being developed.

The forums and many other areas of Recovery Crossroads are accessible once you have registered. A conformation e-mail is then sent to you and you're good to go - registration keeps the forums recovery-safe. Take a moment to join us as it is completely free!

Share some inspiration or a smile with others in the Dryblog "Quotes" & Quips Forum. Post humorous or recovery quotes, pictures, jokes, videos, links to stuff, or comment on posts at dryblog. You can also join in recovery discussions by posting or just reading topics in the other forums.

Feel free to browse through all the different websites involved without registering (see the website menu) and much more here:

Click here for the Forums Page

Sunday, June 19, 2005

today's quota: Addiction Recovery - A Daily Reprieve

"Rust never sleeps."
- Neil Young

"Every day you wake up in pain like death, then you go out and score, and that is transfiguration. Each day becomes all of life in microcosm."
- Bill Evans quote

"Alcoholism left me totally self-centered. It has been a daily struggle to recover from self-promotion, selfish motives and the whole ugly range of defects grounded in self-centeredness. Thank God for our AA Steps..."
- From the 'Daily Reprieve' Website

Daily Reprieve Site

quipping post: Party Animal Pictures

Too much make-up, in my opinion....

Click to see all the Party Animal Pictures

Party Animals Page 2 Here

More Stuff & Nonsense

links added today: Bottomless, Detox, Gratitude, and Recovery

The newest member of the 'Alcoholic's Diary' sites:
Bottomless Blog

Alcoholic's Diary Website

"The affliction of addiction and rocky road of recovery":
Detox on the Rocks

"Grateful recovered Alkie and happy as hell to be alive":
Gratitude Blog

The blog page of the 'Recovery Inn' website & forum:
Recovery Inn News

Recovery Inn Forum Page

Recovery Inn Website

Thursday, June 16, 2005

today's quota: The Addiction Game

"Between the ages of 15 and 18 little was heard of Garrett. In Juan Para he bought himself a hotel room for two years with money he had saved and organised a schedule to learn how to drink. In the first three months he forced himself to disintegrate his mind. He would vomit everywhere. In a year he could drink two bottles a day and not vomit. He began to dream for the first time in his life. He would wake up in the mornings, his sheets soaked in urine 40% alcohol. He became frightened of flowers because they grew so slowly that he couldnt tell what they planned to do. His mind learned to be superior because of the excessive mistakes of those around him. Flowers watched him. After two years he could drink anything, mix anything together and stay awake and react just as effectively as when sober. But he was now addicted, locked in his own game..."

- Michael Ondaatje, 'The Collected Works of Billy the Kid' quote, pp. 28-29

recovery resources: Lose the Monkey

Want to get the addiction monkey off your back?
You are not alone and recovery is possible, see here:

Alcoholism Recovery

Narcotics - A Way Out


Problem Gambling

quipping post: Stoned Gargoyles & Star Wars Fathers Day

Gargoyle Trivia
"Gargoyles can usually be found hanging out on top of churches smoking weed if they aren't lurking around in downtown bars with bad designs..." Click for more:
Facts about Gargoyles

Source: "Worst Free Online Magazine"

Star Wars Father's Day Cartoon
Luke and Leia find the perfect card for their dad, Darth Vadar here:
Star Wars Father's Day

Cartoon Source:

What the?...
No kidding, I found this poster promo in 'What's New' at:
Official Star Wars Site

That's enough of that (for now), onward with more recovery resources...

new links added: Daily Reading Pages

New everyday, added to the 'daily readings' list near the top of the right column:

Just for Today NA - Narcotics Anonymous Recovery Reading

Motivator - Daily Message of Motivation & Personal Development

Zodiac Horoscopes by Linda Black

Viking Wisdom

online: Alcoholics Anonymous Photo Gallery

Cybriety AA Photos
A fabulous collection of photos compiled by David G. To enjoy this visual walk through AA history, click the link below and then on 'AA Photos':
Cybriety - Info about Alcoholics Anonymous History and more

Monday, June 13, 2005

today's quota: Drug and Alcohol Addiction Real-Life Stories

"To lose a life like this was unnecessary and I never want anything like this to happen to anyone... Shawn was a beautiful person... I don't have the words to explain the damage drugs can do. We want to make sure his death was not in vain. We hope that by being open and honest about what happened to our son, kids will learn more than just impersonal facts on paper and these painful situations will stop happening."
- Greg and Pat Redd, 'Melrose Free Press' quote

Running on E - A Play about Addiction
The above quote is from an article about a play produced by a couple who lost their son to drug and alcohol abuse:
Read Their Story Here

recovery stories: Sharing Experience, Strength, and Hope

Recovery Times
New stories here - Tom often updates his site with current and unique recovery articles for alcoholics, addicts, codependents and more for every aspect of addiction:
Recovery Times - Personal Stories, Articles, and More

A Brighter Tomorrow
Susan Peabody is a professional writer and counselor. See the info page and click on 'Play It Again Sam' to read her first article for Terry D's Recovery Life site:
A Brighter Tomorrow with Susan Peabody

See New Recovery Life Articles and Stories Here

New Web Ring
dryblog is now a member of this new ring of addiction sites:
Recovery Universe Web Ring
Recovery Universe Web Ring by orchidpsycho
[ Join Now | Ring Hub | Random | << Prev | Next >> ]

odd news queue: Tragedy, Drunk Convention, Chocolate Sausage and more

Some of the past week's unusual news stories:

Depressed man got drunk after AA meeting and ran over lady planting flowers

Pilots found guilty of operating jet while drunk

Drunks gather at drinking convention to get soused

Text messaging helps young smokers quit

Taxi company recalls cabs with unlucky #4 in license plates

If you want to burn a few extra calories, laugh

Chocolate sausage wins the day

Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant gets in the mood to rock by ironing

Romanian civil servants bring in an exorcist

Image of Jesus found on potato chip (with picture)

Friday, June 10, 2005

Alcoholics Anonymous Marks 70th Anniversary

"From two men meeting in 1935 to over two million members estimated worldwide today, Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) celebrates 70 years of 'one alcoholic talking to another' as over 40,000 A.A. members from around the world gather in Toronto this summer for the 2005 International Convention, June 30 - July 3, 2005..."
AA Press Release

Clip Art Medallions

today's quota: Do Your Work, Then Step Back

Fill your bowl to the brim
And it will spill.
Keep sharpening the knife
And it will blunt.
Chase after money and security
And your heart will never unclench.
Care about people’s approval
And you will be their prisoner.

Do your work, then step back.
The only path to serenity.

- Lao-Tzu, translated by Stephen Mitchell

A Grand Slam Insight
The above quote is from a post submitted by Herb Ely (thanks!)
and it's from a piece he wrote titled 'A Grand Slam Insight' here

quipping post: Dangerous One-Liner & Recovery Cartoon

Dangerous Combo
"Is there anything more dangerous in this world than a bottle of wine and an eBay account?"

- One-liner from Gadzillion Things To Think About

Monthly Recovery Cartoon
Click to see the whole comic strip at the Greater Philadelpia NA site

new recovery links: Blog; Skype; Steps Zine; Walking Big Book

"Topics you'll find here will focus generally on recovery, but are not strictly limited":
Drunkablog - A New Weblog

Online AA Skype Meetings
For "all those out there that have a difficult time getting to meetings and those who need more AA in there lives" (Skype is free internet telephony):
AA Skype Meetings

Steps For Recovery
The June issue of the monthly magazine is online here:
Steps Zine

Recovery Horoscopes for June here

Walking Big Book
"The One, The Only Walking Big Book T-Shirt":
Walking Big Book