Friday, September 30, 2016

Sept. 30, 2016 - Donald Trump on a middle-of-the night Tweet rampage

Know how to tell when Donald Trump is on a Twitter rampage on his computer in the middle of the night? The screen is covered with white-out!

Sept. 30, 2016 - Photo gallery: Images of sexual assault that shock and provoke

Sept. 30, 2016 - Trump's company broke U.S. law in dealings with embargoed Communist Cuba

Sept. 30, 2016 - USA Today hasn't sided in any presidential election in 34 years - until now

Sept. 30, 2016 - USAToday.com - Opinion: Op-Ed and Commentary - USATODAY.com

Sept. 30, 2016 - Trump Foundation not certified as charity to solicit money

Sept. 30, 2016 - Addiction and Recovery: Today's Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Friday, Sept. 30, 2016

Sept. 30, 2016 - Addiction and Recovery: Step by Step

Step by Step
Friday, Sept. 30, 2016

"11. - Our relations with the general public should be characterized by personal anonymity. We think AA ought to avoid sensational advertising. Our names and pictures as AA members ought not be broadcast, filmed or publicly printed. Our public relations should be guided by the principle of attraction rather than promotion. There is never need to praise ourselves. We feel it better to let our friends recommend us." - Alcoholics Anonymous, 3rd Edition, 1976, Appendices, "The Twelve Traditions" (long form), p 567.

Today, no "praise" inasmuch as my drinking is concerned, be it years of sobriety or a decision to attend my first meeting tonight. While it is appropriate to give a quick pat on the back for working toward recovery, the overwhelming "credit" belongs to AA without which we have no lifeline to grab and hold onto. If I should boast about my sobriety as my own achievement, if I become complacent in sobriety or if I neglect to do what the program requires I do, I have probably neglected my responsibility to be one of its "success" stories anonymously. Today, I will be stingy in claiming my sobriety as my own accomplishment and instead remember that it's largely the product of AA. And our common journey continues. Step by Step. - Chris M., 2016

Sept. 30, 2016 - Addiction and Recovery: Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Friday, Sept. 30, 2016


AA Thought for the Day
There are no leaders in AA, except as they volunteer to accept responsibility. The work of carrying on AA - leading group meetings, serving on committees, speaking before other groups, doing twelfth-step work, spreading AA among the alcoholics of the community - all these things are done on a volunteer basis. If I don't volunteer to do something concrete for AA, the movement is that much less effective. I must do my fair share to carry the load. AA depends on all its members to keep it alive and to keep it growing.

Am I doing my share for AA?

Meditation for the Day
When you look to God for strength to face responsibility and are quiet before Him, His healing touch causes the Divine Quiet to flow into your very being. When in weakness you cry to God, His touch brings healing, the renewal of your courage and the power to meet every situation and be victorious. When you faint by the way or are distracted by feelings of inferiority, then rely on the touch of God's spirit to support you on your way. Then arise and go forth with confidence.

Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may lay myself open today to the healing touch of God. I pray that I may not falter or faint by the wayside, but renew my courage through prayer.

Hazelden Foundation

Sept. 30, 2016 - Addiction and Recovery: A Day at a Time

A Day at a Time
Friday, Sept. 30, 2016

Reflection for the Day
No matter what other people do or don't do, we have to remain sober and free from other addictions for ourselves. When our program of recovery becomes contingent on the actions or inactions of another person - especially someone with whom we're emotionally involved - the results are invariably disastrous. We need to also remember that intense dislike is as much an emotional involvement as newfound romantic love. In short, we have to cool any risky emotional involvements in the first few months of our recovery, trying to accept the fact that our feelings could change quickly and dramatically. Our watchword must be "First Things First," concentrating on our number one problem before anything else.

Am I building a firm foundation while steering clear of slippery emotional areas?

Today I Pray
May I always remember that healthy relationships with people are necessary for my recovery. But - that substituting an obsession with either a love or hate object is as dangerous to my self-being as any other addiction.

Today I Will Remember
A dependency is a dependency is a dependency.

Hazelden Foundation

Sept. 30, 2016 - Addiction and Recovery: The Eye Opener

The Eye Opener
Friday, Sept. 30, 2016

Our AA philosophy is an idealistic philosophy. It has to be in order to be a happy philosophy. Some may declare that it is too much so, that we ignore more materialistic facts. Let us take from our philosophy all the good and the joy it promises. Let us give our gold no acid test.

If our philosophy is unreal and foolish in the eyes of the more materialistic world, then what of it? It enables us to be happier than those that have good sense.

Hazelden Foundation

Sept. 30, 2016 - Amen and Hallelujah for the long overdue Happy Dance Friday


Thursday, September 29, 2016

Sept. 29, 2016 - For one man, being gay with multiple sclerosis are one and the same

Sept. 29, 2016 - Obama just quietly added protections for institutionalized senior citizens

Sept. 29, 2016 - The greatest peep show on earth: More guys are playing gay chat roulette

Sept. 29, 2016 - DailyXtra.com - Playing gay chat roulette | Daily Xtra

Sept. 29, 2016 - For some newspapers, endorsing Clinton can mean lost subscribers and death threats

Sept. 29, 2016 - Arizona newspaper hit with death threats after endorsing Hillary Clinton

Sept. 29, 2016 - Editorial: Trump's rise reflects the decay of American conservatism

Sept. 29, 2016 - Pepe the Frog designated a hate symbol by Anti-Defamation League

Sept. 29, 2016 - NYDailyNews.com - Pepe the Frog designated as hate symbol - NY Daily News

Sept. 29, 2016 - Obituary: Agnes Nixon, who injected social ills into daytime soaps, dies at 93

Sept. 29, 2016 - Alabama's homophobic chief justice battles yet additional ethics charges

Sept. 29, 2016 - Addiction and Recovery: Today's Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016

Sept. 29, 2016 - Addiction and Recovery: Step by Step

Step by Step
Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016

"12. - ...(W)e of Alcoholics Anonymous believe that the principle of anonymity has an immense spiritual significance. It reminds us that we are to place principles before personalities; that we are actually to practice a genuine humility. This to the end that our great blessings may never spoil us; that we shall forever live in thankful contemplation of Him who presides over us all." - Alcoholics Anonymous, 3rd Edition, 1976, Appendices, "The Twelve Traditions" (long form), pp 567-68.

TodayTraditions 9-12, that anonymity of all those in the program is a principle rather than a courtesy. If we can understand that a principle is an ethic that governs AA, any personal grievances we have become insignificant and futile in the goal of our individual recoveries and the effectiveness of the program as a whole. As the 12th Tradition promises, anonymity has the spiritual power for us to be hungry for "genuine humility," or our desire to know and carry out the will of our higher power as we understand Him  and not our will. Today, I renew my commitment to respect the 12th Tradition and all others as AA's code of ethics. In the process, God granting, may I know the humility of the principle of anonymity and, maybe more, develop a higher sense of responsibility to my sobriety. And our common journey continues. Step by step. - Chris M., 2016

Sept. 29, 2016 - Addiction and Recovery: Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016

AA Thought for the Day
Having got this far, shall we pause and ask ourselves some searching questions? We need to check up on ourselves periodically. Just how good an AA am I? Am I attending meetings regularly? Am I doing my share to carry the load? When there is something to be done, do I volunteer? Do I speak at meetings when asked, no matter how nervous I am? Do I accept each opportunity to do twelfth-step work as a challenge? Do I give freely of my time and money? Am I trying to spread AA wherever I go? Is my daily life a demonstration of AA principles?

Am I a good AA?

Meditation for the Day
How do I get strength to be effective and to accept responsibility? By asking the Higher Power for the strength I need each day. It has been proved in countless lives that for every day I live, the necessary power shall be given me. I must face each challenge that comes to me during the day, sure that God will give me the strength to face it. For every task that is given me, there is also given me all the power necessary for the performance of that task. I do not need to hold back.

Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may accept every task as a challenge. I know I cannot wholly fail if God is with me.

Hazelden Foundation

Sept. 29, 2016 - Addiction and Recovery: A Day at a Time

A Day at a Time
Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016

Reflection for the Day
In our first weeks or months in The Program, our shaky emotional condition sometimes affects our feelings toward old friends and family. For many of us, these relationships heal quickly in the initial stages of our recovery. For others, a time of "touchiness" seems to persist; now that we're no longer drinking or using other chemicals, we have to sort out our feelings about spouse, children, relatives, employer, fellow workers and even neighbors. Experience in the Program over the years has taught that we should avoid making important decisions early in our recovery - especially emotion-charged decisions about people.

Am I becoming better equipped to relate maturely to other people?

Today I Pray
May God help me through the edginess, the confusion of re-feeling and re-thinking my relationships, the "getting-it-all-together" stages of my recovery. May I not rush into new relationships or new situations that demand an investment of my emotions - not yet.

Today I Will Remember
No entangling alliances too soon.

Hazelden Foundation

Sept. 29, 2016 - Addiction and Recovery: The Eye Opener

The Eye Opener
Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016

We members of AA have a tremendous responsibility. We must in our work discuss the most personal matters with the new guy or gal. This information is given us under desperate circumstances and should be treated as most confidential. Carelessness in this respect can and does do a lot of harm at times. Let us confine our conversations with each other to only that part of the new man's problem that pertains to his actual drinking, because that is the only phase of the problem that we can efficiently advise him on, anyway. These personal matters are matters of trust, and they deserve the same confidential treatment as a church confessional.

Hazelden Foundation

Sept. 29, 2016 - Good morning to what's going to be a gorgeous Thursday


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Sept. 28, 2016 - Pro skateboarder Brian Anderson comes out as gay with a message of hope

Sept. 28, 2016 - In historic first, Arizona newspaper endorses a Democrat for president

Sept. 28, 2016 - As Clinton builds on strong debate, Trump lobs complaints and conspiracies

Sept. 28, 2016 - Obituary: Shimon Perez, who built up Israel's defense and sought peace, dies at 93

Sept. 28, 2016 - After disastrous debate, Trump goes on the attack

Sept. 28, 2016 - Addiction and Recovery: Today's Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016

Sept. 28, 2016 - Addiction and Recovery: Step by Step

Step by Step
Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016

"1. - Each member of Alcoholics Anonymous is but a small part of a great whole. AA must continue to live or most of us will surely die. Hence our common welfare comes first. But individual welfare follows close afterward." - The First Tradition (long form), Alcoholics Anonymous, 3rd Edition, 1976, Appendices, "The Twelve Traditions," p 565.

Today, understand and respect the first tradition of AA, that I am not first and foremost and that my own sobriety and recovery contribute to the effectiveness of the program as a whole. The sobriety and acceptance for which I have worked are not solely mine but mirror AA's credibility - be it in the eyes of a newcomer or the public and various professional organizations. Because of that responsibility, understand also that the sobriety I have carries a responsibility to it. My responsibility to my sobriety, then, boils down to being in service as the first tradition dictates. If I can effectively serve, I may be contributing to my own welfare which, as the first tradition states, comes a close second. Today, my sobriety is not my own and is part of everyone else's, and I am responsible to work for continued recovery. And our common journey continues. Step by step. - Chris M., 2016

Sept. 28, 2016 - Addiction and Recovery: Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016

AA Thought for the Day
For the past two months we have been studying passages and steps from the Big Book, Alcoholics Anonymous. Now why not read the book itself again? It is essential that the AA program become part of us. We must have its essentials at our finger tips. We cannot study the Big Book too much or too often. The more we read it and study it, the better equipped we are to think AA, act AA and live AA. We cannot know too much about the program. The chances are that we will never know enough. But we can make as much of it our own as possible.

How much of the Big Book have I thoroughly mastered?

Meditation for the Day
We need to accept the difficulties and disciplines of life so as to fully share the common life of other people. Many things that we must accept in life are not to be taken so much as being necessary for us personally, as to be experienced in order that we may share in the sufferings and problems of humanity. We need sympathy and understanding. We must share many of the experiences of life, in order to understand and sympathize with others. Unless we have been through the same experiences, we cannot understand other people or their makeup well enough to be able to help them.

Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may accept everything that comes my way as a part of life. I pray that I may make use of it in helping other people.

Hazelden Foundation

Sept. 28, 2016 - Addiction and Recovery: A Day at a Time

A Day at a Time
Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016

Reflection for the Day
Now that we're free from our addictions, living life one day at a time, we can begin to stop making unreasonable demands upon those we love. We can show kindness where we had shown none; we can take the time and initiative to be thoughtful, considerate and compassionate. Even with the people we dislike, we can at least try to be courteous, at times literally going out of our way to understand and help them.

Just for today, will I try to understand rather than be understood, being courteous and respectful to all people with whom I'm in contact?

Today I Pray
May I never forget my old sponge-like self, who soaked up every drop of affection and attention my family or friends could give me, until they were sapped dry. May I learn to be a giver, rather than a constant taker. May I practice offering interest, kindness, consideration and compassion until sensitivity to others becomes second nature to me.

Today I Will Remember
Giving is part of being.

Hazelden Foundation

Sept. 28, 2016 - Addiction and Recovery: The Eye Opener

The Eye Opener
Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016

We have all had the pleasure of knowing intimately several men who might be classed as "Gentlemen of Leisure" and what a squirrel cage they were usually in. They labored all night long to get in jams that required a staff of lawyers all the next day to extricate them.

It takes a big man to make effective use of leisure.

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Sept. 28, 2016 - Time to get groovin' on a gorgeous Hump Day Wednesday


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Sept. 27, 2016 - Just for the heck of it, the 12 lousiest TV shows of all time

Sept. 27, 2016 - RollingStone.com - 12 Worst TV Shows of All Time - Rolling Stone

Sept. 27, 2016 - Treatment of addiction as a perception disorder

Sept. 27, 2016 - Supermodel Nyle DiMarco sets out on yet another career, as a Chippendale

Sept. 27, 2016 - NewNowNext.com - Nyle DiMarco Makes His Chippendales Debut | NewNowNext

Sept. 27, 2016 - Transcript: Orlando shooter gave police the reason why

Sept. 27, 2016 - Editorial: What worked for Trump in primaries failed against Clinton

Sept. 27, 2016 - Editorial: Clinton shifts the election in her direction

Sept. 27, 2016 - WashingtonPost.com - Editorial: Clinton shifts the election in her direction - The Washington Post

Sept. 27, 2016 - Who won the first presidential debate? Commentators say Clinton hands-down

Sept. 27, 2016 - Addiction and Recovery: Today's Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016

Sept. 27, 2016 - Addiction and Recovery: Step by Step

Step by Step
Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016

"There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance - that principle is contempt prior to investigation." - Herbert Spencer

" ...(A)ny alcoholic capable of honestly facing his problems in the light of our experience can recover, provided he does not close his mind to all spiritual concepts. He can only be defeated by an attitude of intolerance or belligerent denial.
"We find that no one need have difficulty with the spirituality of the program. Willingness, honesty and open-mindedness are the essentials of recovery. But these are indispensable." - Alcoholics Anonymous, 3rd Edition, 1976, Appendices, "Spiritual Experience," p 570.

Today, to close my mind to the possibility of a power greater than myself is equivalent to self-absorption and, as such, my recovery program predictably will fail. Not only does a program that focuses on my wants and needs trample the 12th Step to help the alcoholic who still suffers, it is destined for failure. There is humility and gain in service to others if for no other reason than the possibility that higher power exists and can pull me from inside myself and heed the lessons of other alcoholics. In the process, I may learn that what I think is the enormity of my problems is minuscule against the problems of others. And our common journey continues. Step by step. - Chris M., 2016