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When Dehydrated Beans and Mystery Meat Just Won’t Do…

isn’t it good to know Taco Bell’s gonna start serving booze*?!

Ay, chihuahua**.

*Do not view (or go to Taco Bell in the near future) if pictures of alcohol trigger you.

**View if you like adorable pictures of sad chihuahuas.

New LifeRing Meeting to Start in Berkeley, CA

A new LifeRing meeting is coming to Berkeley, CA, the city next door to the LifeRing headquarters in Oakland. The meeting will be on Thursdays starting Feb. 12th at the Alta Bates Herrick Hospital on Dwight Ave. near Shattuck St. Meeting time is 7:30 pm. New LifeRing convenor Larry L. reports that “it is in the CC Conference room on Level A at Herrick. Take the “B” elevator to Level A.”

The Herrick facility has long hosted LifeRing meetings and has been the site of several Annual Meetings for the organization. LifeRing meetings are held there also on Mondays at 8 pm.


Headspace Update Numero Uno

Those of you who read the blog regularly (and even those of you who don’t) may remember that I posted an item about Headspace a while back, and since I’ve found already that it’s made a difference for me I thought I’d follow up to tell you how my first 10 days of meditation went (cuz, uh, you’re really very curious…right?!), and also to invite any of you who may have tried it yourselves, or would like to try a meditation practice of your choosing, to join me on this new journey.

With that:

  • My first impressions were of how uncomfortable I was physically throughout the first several sessions – fidgeting, shifting positions in the chair I was sitting in, continuously getting various itches I just had to scratch.
  • Sometimes the discomfort had to do with my overall being on certain days, a general ooginess that made it a little harder to focus. Skeptical as I was, I decided to believe it when Andy, my smooth and soothing guide, told me that that was OK.
  • As time went on, I found it much easier to participate without all the ooginess, and more importantly, I found toward the end of the 10 days that I’d gained some clarity on a particular issue I’d been feeling so guilty and regretful over for, oh, about the past year and a half – all the stuff of my Mimsy’s that I didn’t keep I wish I had. “Much as you might have liked to, you can’t take it all with you – which is why you decided not to to begin with! – and neither could she,” I heard the better part of myself tell me, and for the first time felt some peace with it.

Now, I’m not sure if that’s all due to the meditation or not…but I still felt compelled to move forward with it anyway, and went ahead and subscribed to a year’s worth of Headspace. It’ll cost me $7.99 a month, less the sign up bonus of the first two months free, making the grand total $79.90. A year’s worth of potential mental health and well-being for less than 100 bucks a year?



What We Talk About When We Talk About Thanksgiving…



Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, and whoever you are with, if you don’t know anything else, please know this: I’m thankful for all of you! Wishing you all the best, today and everyday. Oh, and if you have something especially tasty to eat, that’s always nice, too. :)

Calling For Stories of Secular Recovery

Call for Submissions: Stories of Secular Recovery
Recovery stories provide evidence that freedom from addiction is possible. In early 2016, LifeRing Secular Recovery plans to publish a collection of recovery stories that have been shaped by secular tools, practices, and concepts. If you are in recovery from addiction to alcohol or other drugs, and your recovery is supported in a secular way, LifeRing Press wants to hear from you.
We hope our volume will represent many kinds of personal experiences and viewpoints with stories authored by a wide variety of individuals who are in recovery from alcohol or any other addictive drug.  We seek stories from all members of the secular recovery community — a community we know is filled with interesting people of diverse backgrounds and circumstances. We hope our volume will represent both a variety of secular recovery experiences and the diversity of the secular recovery community.  And we hope our volume will provide both evidence and inspiration that it is, indeed, possible to achieve and maintain sobriety using secular tools, practices, and concepts.
While the traditional structure of conflict (the struggle between our addicted and sober selves), crisis and turning point (what made us decide to seek freedom from addiction), and resolution (living in recovery) fits most recovery stories, we also seek stories with innovative structures.  In short, we want real stories of real recoveries, and encourage you to share your story, warts and all, with authenticity, passion, and a sense that your story has the possibility to change lives.
·               What was it that finally made you decide to get clean and sober?
·               Can you describe the kind of decision-making process you went through?
·               What tools, practices, and concepts helped you achieve sobriety?
·               Do you still use those same tools, or have they evolved or changed over time?
·               What gives meaning to your life in recovery?
Whether you achieved sobriety on your own or through your participation in secular recovery organizations like LifeRing, SMART Recovery, AA Agnostica, or Women for Sobriety, your story of secular recovery is important. We look forward to hearing from you. Please read our submission guidelines carefully, and feel free to contact us with any questions.
Submission Guidelines:
All submissions must include a cover sheet with the title of the piece; the author’s name, address, telephone number, and email address; and a brief bio of the author. 
Please use 12-point type (Arial or Times New Roman preferred).  Traditional essay or story entries should be double spaced; poetry should be single spaced. Pages should be sequentially numbered, with the title of the piece but no other identifying information about the author; this will ensure unbiased review by our panel of readers.  We encourage submissions of poetry; micro-essays (no more than 1,000 words); essays (1,000-2,500 words) and longer works (5,000 word maximum).
Entries selected for publication are subject to editing; the LifeRing Press editors will work with authors on the final edits and ensure that the author’s name appears as you wish in the final publication.
We prefer electronic submission of your entry, and that it be in one of the following file formats: .doc, .docx, .pdf or .pages.  You will receive an email confirming receipt of your entry.
All submissions must be previously unpublished work; all rights for future publication of selected entries will be held by LifeRing Press. Authors of stories selected for publication in this volume will receive a free copy of the book; no other payment will be made.
To submit your work electronically, please email it to:
If you must submit your work by postal service, please mail it to:  LifeRing Service Center, 1440 Broadway, Suite 400, Oakland, CA 94612. 
If you have questions about the volume, the submission guidelines, or submitting a story for publication, please email Kathleen at
Submission deadline: July 1, 2015  Entries received after this date cannot be considered for publication.