Archive for February, 2011

The Shape (and sound and smell and taste) of Things

A lot of people ask me if I miss drinking and I’m never quite sure how to answer; it’s so complicated. I enjoyed drinking for many reasons. Reasons separate from those that ultimately caused me to stop. People often assume that those who have a drinking problem like the feeling of being drunk. Perhaps some [...]

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Not Quite on the Same Page

Over the years, I did a lot of reading about drinking and alcohol abuse. Let’s face it: you can’t swing a bottle of Jameson without knocking over another alcoholism memoir. My shelf is full of them. Here are some of my favorites: Lit, by Mary Karr Parched, by Heather King Dry, by Augusten Burroughs A [...]

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Dating While Sober

Anyone who’s been “out there” knows that dating can be fun and revealing and full of potential as well as frustrating, confusing, and downright hellacious. One thing that seems to make dating possible is the presence of alcohol. In the words of Homer Simpson, To alcohol, the cause of and solution to all of our [...]

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When Things Fall Apart

About a month after I took my last drink, my somewhat confusing outpatient recovery program behind me, things fell apart. I was dating the mechanic/bodybuilder/stand-up comedian who had supported me through this process and I had just started a new job. The job was perfect…on paper. I loved their work, they loved me. The interview [...]

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Interview with Susan Piver

Susan Piver is the New York Times bestselling author of six books, including The Hard Questions: 100 Essential Questions to Ask Before You Say “I Do” and the award-winning How Not to Be Afraid of Your Own Life. Susan teaches on love, creativity, meditation, and spirituality for actual humans with relationships, jobs, deep yearnings, depressions, [...]

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Hi, My Name Is Jenna and I’m an Alcoholic?

Hi, my name is Jenna and I’m an alcoholic. The first time I said the words, I tried not to let it sound like a question. After all, the past several years had been spent asking this. Am I? Hi, Jenna, the Greek chorus sounded. This ritual was repeated 25 times as we went around [...]

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