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How I Escaped the Trap of Gray Area Drinking
Freedom from drinking! I never thought I’d get here. I drank my last glass of wine 450 days ago, after sliding gradually into a bottle-a-day habit (sometimes a little more) over a period of at least 20 years, from around the time I started perimenopause until I was 69 years old. I’ve read some interesting […]
Imagining a New Life … Sober
Sometimes I have a hard time imagining a new sober life for myself, which is laughable and sad. I’m a fiction writer. I can write a thousand different lives for myself. I ride bareback across eastern Montana. I’m an archaeologist on Monday, a foreign correspondent on Tuesday. How can I imagine a life in which, […]
Retrieving Me – My Sober Journey
I was always worried about being left behind as a child. Overlooked by the neighborhood kids during summer tag games, left off the list for high school party invites. Even as an adult, accomplished in my field, when a smooth talking heavy hitter turns away from me mid-sentence for someone deemed more worthy, that same […]
What Does it Feel Like to go Alcohol-Free ?
Maybe you are like me. Like I was. I could guzzle 1-2 bottles of wine a night. Wine was my friend. Alcohol made me happy and took away my anxieties. I drank alcohol to feel free. Yet deep down and for too many years I knew I was drinking too much. I knew because I […]