Category Archives: buddhism

Zen and the Art of Dragon Maintenance

Well, bearded dragon maintenance, but still. I’ve only read a portion of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, and that was when I was in graduate school. I had no concept of Buddhist principles, and even if I had, I wasn’t … Continue reading

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I’m a Resentful Egg (Sometimes)

This morning, I read an excellent article on Sobernation called “5 Daily Inventory Questions That Will Keep You Sober.” In particular, I resonated with the section on resentments and how dangerous they are.    I’ve spent a good portion of … Continue reading

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The Alcoholic’s Word of the Day: Crapulous

One of the great things about sobriety for me is the ability to read with clarity and interest and the ability to remember what I read. I never stopped reading (well, except for two years after graduate school because, man, I was … Continue reading

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Recognizing Old Habits

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been heavily influenced in my early sobriety by Pema Chödrön, an American-born Tibetan Buddhist nun (there’s a mouthful). Her take on the Four Noble Truths, and especially on the idea of suffering and the concept of … Continue reading

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Resting, Recharging, and Writing Music

Writing music has been important to me since I first sat down at the family piano and wrote a song. I had taken piano lessons for a few years, but I was never really serious about them. I struggled with … Continue reading

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Sick, Sober, and Still a Baby

About a month ago, I thought, You know, when I get sick, I bet I’ll be able to handle it better. I won’t have to worry that I can’t drink or drink as much, and with all my new-found peace with … Continue reading

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120 Days

My iPod died last week, so I was forced to use my smartphone more. The fact that I refer to my phone as a smartphone tells you I’m not completely comfortable with it, whereas I was all about my iPod. … Continue reading

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