As the cascade of coronavirus news continues to wash over me like white caps on a storm-tossed ocean, I don’t know what to feel. Watching the news out of Seattle … out of California … out of Italy … it feels like we’re all in lifeboats floating away from a rapidly sinking vessel, but instead…

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Everybody’s losing their minds about the Coronavirus, and I’m over here thinking about this old wheelbarrow. I don’t mean to downplay any alarm over COVID-19. Clearly, it’s causing a good deal of concern here at Cornerstone of Recovery and Stepping Stone to Recovery, and for good reason. After all, we look at what’s going on…

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The rain was slowly transitioning on Thursday morning as we finished up spiritual, arms around each other as we recited the Serenity Prayer. By this point, even the new guy recites it with the certainty of memory and the fervency of belief. He’s struggling to stay in the moment, the scurrying rats of niggling insurance…

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Maybe it’s because this week’s cold days and gray skies have me longing for summers on the sand, but I’ve been thinking a lot about the ocean this week. Specifically, about surfing. I’ve never been and probably couldn’t do it even if I tried, but it looks like a sport that’s breathtaking, if you’re a…

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I think it was the snow that dusted the East Tennessee countryside this week, but I’ve been thinking a lot about the ghosts of Christmas past lately. Forty-four years ago, and I’m 4 years old. A tunnel of toys and lights constructed in the old West Town shopping mall — Sears, I think it was…

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We talk a lot about gratitude around here, and for good reason — it’s one of the building blocks of a successful recovery program. There’s a saying in recovery that “a grateful addict will never use,” but I personally believe that gratitude is an essential hearth stone for everyone. Life often feels like it’s dialed…

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