Here is where I find my joy! On our walks! "There is no joy without sorrow, that in fact it is the pain, the suffering that allows us to experience and appreciate the joy. Indeed, the more we turn towards suffering, our own and others, the more we can turn toward joy." The Book of … Continue reading Meaning in Suffering?
Dear Readers, I don't look at days sober anymore, unless I write a blog post. I don't even think of it much. I just carry on with life! As I reflect on seven years of not drinking, I realize all of my worries about quitting did not materialize. Not that it was easy, and there … Continue reading 7 Years
Dear Readers,So many people struggle with trying to stop drinking.I was one of them.It took me several years to first come to the acceptance I had to stop, and then trying to stop.This was not easy.Below is my story. I am sharing it in hopes it might help someone today. I have been sober since September 4, … Continue reading Why Did I Stop Drinking
On Our Walks, Photos by Mr. and Mrs. UT Dear Readers, The light is changing here, and we have less daylight now. It's very noticeable to me, and can sometimes lead me to feeling a bit more reflective, and at times blue. However, I love hiking in fall, and taking fall photos, so I am … Continue reading All That I Have
North Shore, Minnesota Dearest Readers: It has been a long, long, time since I last wrote! Yikes! No excuses. Just stopped for a break, and never came back. I really don't have much to say any more, and I feel my creative poems and thinking really dried up. I also have been just distracting myself … Continue reading Depression, Broken Bone, 45 Years of Marriage, and Other Good news!
Dear Readers, Mr. UT is making dinner, as he does every night, and I am writing. We are still walking almost every day, and we actually ate in a restaurant and had pancakes! I will be flying to see a friend in Arizona next week! I am a bit nervous about flying still, but I … Continue reading Escaping Victimhood
Dear Readers, Mr. UT and I are now fully vaccinated, and I am slowly making my way back into the world. I actually met a real life fully vaccinated friend for coffee, and it was just delightful. I went to another yoga class, which was way too hard for me, but I loved it anyway. … Continue reading Generosity
Dear Readers, I don't often write about drinking, because I usually write about how I deal with life as a sober person. However, I felt compelled to write about the topic of hiding drinking problems. As most of you have probably already read or seen on the news, that drinking problems and alcohol abuse, have … Continue reading Are You Hiding Your Drinking?
The Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota Dear Readers, Mr. UT and I are still walking! We finally had a bitter cold stretch, which lasted way too long, but we walked through it all. Getting outside is my one sure way of keeping my spirits up. I find it hard to motivate myself, however, so … Continue reading How I Get Out of a Low Mood
Dear Readers, As Mr. UT and I were walking yesterday, I knew a poem was coming to me. So I share it here: I felt it today, The warmer sunshine, The longer lighted skies, Though winter is not yet over, Feelings of hope begin to rise. Actually, this winter has been very kind to us … Continue reading Of Service