Category Archives: Inspiration

Toodle Loo

Resist Resisting Life is in perpetual change. Often the comforts of the NOW stimulate uncertainty-discomfort-adjustment to facing the NEW. However that willingness to go forward is a fundamental driver so inherent in one’s deeper self. As the “next” chapter’s pages unfold they, so often, create the wonder, the beauty, the delicious prospect of sweetening the pallet with the fresh taste ... Read More »

Neil Diamond

Touching Hands Two words anchored in the musical gifts of Neil Diamond which induced an audience full of strangers to lift their arms high and–touch hands. Supping with pals I was angled to see a couple at the next table weave their fingers in tender touch as they sipped wine together. Their touching fingers moved ever so tenderly as their ... Read More »

Choosing Joy

His bubbling charmer of a mom, a pal since 3rd grade of my wife, Dianne. Real pals. Real longevity. Real sharing of hills and valleys of life. Judy’s greatest joy was her Hollywood handsome son. More than the apple of her eye, he was the anchor of her life. That life changed immeasurably–as did his–when the dark night phone call advised ... Read More »

Slice of Pizza

Saliva streams as casual supper host flipped open the boxes with luscious variety of still hot pizzas: extra cheese/sausage/diced black olives and peppers colorfully resting on razor thin pepperoni. The extravagance of variety assured more than just a slice of pizza. Hostess chopped accompanying fresh salad standing in full bowl abundance as the squadron of dressings sought favor. Plates overflowing, ... Read More »

Paul Anka

Paul Anka’s “My Way” At age 75, Paul Anka’s performance at the Cape Cod Melody Tent was a treasure to the ears. Spectacular choreographed videos framed the tent walls, embracing an impressive variety of major stars he wrote songs for. Starting from age 13, as Paul learned piano and guitar, he just kept on keeping on as magic flowed from his ... Read More »

Beatles Salute

Las Vegas. The cavernous stage of Cirque du Soleil was a kaleidoscope of creativity in a mesmerizing salute to the Beatles. The entire audience seemed whisked back to childhood when every color, shape, shade of light, elastic-limbed acrobat and photo cluster of the young Beatles moved as one in a series of WOW moments. When one asks what affirms the ... Read More »

Blue Man Group

Breathtaking is not hyperbolic description of the creative masterpiece called “Blue Man Group.” Intensely rhythmic drumming is the solo sound surrounding a literal explosion of second after second bursts of creative action. A stunning tribute to MAN’S deep and perpetual creativity. That night bumped right into the outdoor wedding of Trinity and Seth. An outdoor venue set in Red Rock Mountains ... Read More »

Blue Mist

Beach Treasures The welcome fog-like rain quiets the ocean surface and reminds me of the deep value of serenity. Alone here sipping a coffee, until peeking thru the foggy rain are two blue rain coated figures, poking at the sand. As they approach my car, I hit the window button making it just wide enough to speak through. “What prompts ... Read More »

Willing to Fail

Willing to Fail by Catherine Dewar Paul, RN, MPH Sam Bridgman defines determination. For his regular workout, he points the wheels of his chair towards the top of the hill. He secures his ankles with straps to keep his lower legs in place. Dressed in athletic gear, he faces the summit, where a sign reads, “13-15% Grade 1,000 Ft. Long.” ... Read More »

Invitation Update

As many of you know, I enjoy sharing my life stories in the hopes of empowering others to move forward in their lives. With this in mind, I am updating a previous blog entry with an invitation to contribute a story for one or both of my upcoming new books: “The Moment: From the Darkness of Addiction to the Hope of Recovery” ... Read More »