Ghosts of Christmas Past

Ghosts of Christmas Past

I got a gift in the form of a chance to observe myself like Scrooge did in “A Christmas Carol” when he looked into his past and saw the truth.

An annual Christmas party I have attended several times in previous years is a lively and loud event with lots of people, lots of food, and lots and lots of booze. BYOB was the theme and the focus – a chance to toast and get toasted. In my past life I thought it was big fun.

Ghosts of Christmas Past

Ghosts of Christmas Past

I got a gift in the form of a chance to observe myself like Scrooge did in “A Christmas Carol” when he looked into his past and saw the truth.

An annual Christmas party I have attended several times in previous years is a lively and loud event with lots of people, lots of food, and lots and lots of booze. BYOB was the theme and the focus – a chance to toast and get toasted. In my past life I thought it was big fun.

Consistent Persistence

Consistent Persistence

It was my very first ever AA meeting and a woman glommed on to me, pegging me as the newest of the newcomers – bewildered, numb, yet simultaneously in pain. She made sure I knew I was in the right place. Once observed, gone was my option to bolt in a moment of anxiety or slink out in a moment of shame. I would be too self-conscious to make a move toward the door.

50 Shades of Green

50 Shades of Green

Riding on the back of a motorcycle along back roads in this area on a recent warm and sunlit morning felt like a smorgasbord of fresh smells, sights, and signs of spring in the air and on the ground.

Gazing to my left, to my right, in front of me, and in the rearview mirror, green was all I could see around me much of the time. But the word “green” couldn’t begin to convey the vast array of shades within my gaze. There was pale green of the tall field grass swaying in the breeze, the deep, lush, rich green grass covering the flat meadows, and the dark green on the newest tips of the smallest baby leaves on the trees and shrubs. How do you explain or describe a color?