27 April 2021

17 of 180 QUOTES by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous in ALL DRINKING ASIDE (Chapters 31 - 40, Part Four of Nine)

 Chapter 31 Unnatural Disaster

"The unexamined life is not worth living." - Socrates

*****

TWO LIVES EXAMINED is the Eventual Price of Entry into a Sustainable Recovery: The ADDICTED LIFE & the LIFE IN RECOVERY that is RECONSTRUCTED. I am Worth it. I am Worthy. I am Becoming Whole.

*****

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This Quote by Socrates (pictured) opens Chapter 31 (Unnatural Disaster) of All Drinking Aside.

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"There are two ways to slide easily through life - to believe everything or to doubt everything. Both ways save us from thinking." - Alfred Korzybski

*****

I am far from religious in the traditional sense, but even MOTHER TERESA had periods of being deeply tormented by DOUBT. By my view (and likely Korzybski's), her inward turmoil only increased her CONVICTIONS finally. Learning of her internal dialogues only increased my admiration of her accomplishments. She REVEALED HER INTELLECT & HER HUMANITY through measured INTROSPECTION. 

*****

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This Quote by Alfred Korzybski (pictured) closes Chapter 31 (Unnatural Disaster) of All Drinking Aside.

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Chapter 32 I Killed Reality, Reality Killed Me Back

"In a full heart there is room for everything, and in an empty heart there is room for nothing." - Antonio Porchia

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COUNTERINTUITIVE? Not at all. Like the hearts that beats in our chests, Antonio Porchia's heart in the pictured Quote seems, too, to be a muscle whose use increases its strength and disuse leads to atrophy. 

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This Quote by Antonio Porchia (pictured) opens Chapter 32 (I Killed Reality, Reality Killed Me Back) of All Drinking Aside.

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"You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom." - Malcolm X

*****

Peace and Freedom are JUGGERNAUTS thrown around, weighty and larger than life like Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox. It is no exaggeration to say that I was imprisoned by Alcohol, an onerous burden that excluded choices that did not include it. Peace, Tranquility and Harmony were in no part part of my Daily Passing Out and Coming To. Purposeless beyond itself, Addiction was my Taskmaster.

Recovery or Addiction: "Know Peace or No Peace" (not my construction), but that is fine. 

Recovery is mine, sublime. 

*****

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This Quote by Malcolm X (pictured) closes Chapter 32 (I Killed Reality, Reality Killed Me Back) of All Drinking Aside.

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Chapter 33 I'm Sober. Jean-Paul is Dead.

"If you wish to make an apple pie truly from scratch, you must first invent the universe." - Carl Sagan

*****

Ultimately, the wellspring of creativity is others, as far I can see. Anything I've ever considered original with me, upon reflection, has been a mere reconfiguration of my experience with others, including the origins of words. If I were to speak at length on Humility, it would always include this Sagan Quote.

And yes, I'm Still Sober & Jean-Paul is Still Dead. Nothing funny there.

*****

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This Quote by Carl Sagan (pictured) opens Chapter 33 (I'm Sober. Jean-Paul is Dead) of All Drinking Aside.

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"I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship." - Louisa May Alcott

*****

MY SINKING BOAT, afloat a Sea of Alcohol, was Steered by Fear. For 30 years Control over Alcohol slid from my fingers and 8 years of failed attempts at Sobriety did not Bolster me. Today, 17 additional years later, this Alcott Quote finally makes sense to me. Learning to Live Sober has sailed my ship through Pneumonia, Cancer & whatever the next storm may be. 

Notice how I was Afraid (in "My Sinking Boat") became "I am not Afraid of Storms [in Recovery], for I am learning how to sail my ship."

Today, a Realistic Optimism guides my ship, Louisa May. A Sober Salut to you is offered here!

*****

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This Quote by Louisa May Alcott (pictured) closes Chapter 33 (I'm Sober. Jean-Paul is Dead) of All Drinking Aside.

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Chapter 34 Seeing Eyeball to Egg Yolk

"You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality." - Ayn Rand

*****

Passing out drunk onto a plate of eggs, EYEBALL TO EGG YOLK, as it were, did not stop my alcoholic descent. It was funny, darkly, not quite portending the increasingly dangerous bingeing blackout drinking days to come. Yes, darker days and deeper consequences would soon catch up to me.

REDUNDANT AS HELL, but Consequences would be dealt with LATER. Now, in the Drunken Moment, I wanted my drink and I wanted it NOW. But it never really was Now because the Next Drink was always just beyond reach. RECOVERY is Within Reach, because it truly is NOW. There is Nothing Else to Swallow.

Recovery is Possible, Doable, Irreplaceable. Truth AND Consequences.

*****

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This Quote by Ayn Rand (pictured) opens Chapter 34 (Seeing Eyeball to Egg Yolk) of All Drinking Aside.

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"Only fools learn from their own mistakes." - Russian Proverb

*****

This Russian Proverb has been one of the hardest truths for me to swallow. 

Self-taught, on my hands and knees, I searched for my reflection in the toilet bowl amid the stench of vomit inches from my face. I learned that the puking brought on by drinking too much would soon stop if I continued drinking sip by sip as the vomiting continued. I wish I hadn't taught myself so well.

Learning lessons from the mistakes of others would take a decade longer when I finally did get sober. 

*****

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This Russian Proverb (pictured) ends Chapter 34 (Seeing Eyeball to Egg Yolk) of All Drinking Aside.

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Chapter 35 Cocaine-Laced Icing On My Rum Cake

"If we had no faults of our own, we would not take so much pleasure in noticing those of others." - Francois Duc de La Rochefoucauld

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GOSSIPING About Others and COMPLAINING of Our Own Dire Straits are the EVIL TWINS of a Lazy Tongue. Positive Progress Dwells in a Mindset of Actions Big and Small & Not in Doing Nothing but talk, Talk, TALK.

*****

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This Quote by Francois Duc de La Rochefoucauld (pictured) opens Chapter 35 (Cocaine-Laced Icing on My Rum Cake) of All Drinking Aside.

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"When things go wrong, don't go with them." - Anonymous

*****

Dull, Insipid, Banal, Trite.

But when not Wrong, this Quote's so Right.

*****

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This Quote by Anonymous (pictured) opens Chapter 35 (Cocaine-Laced Icing on My Rum Cake) of All Drinking Aside.

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Chapter 36 A.D.D.: Alcohol Deficit Disorder

"A man's errors are his portals of discovery." - Source unknown

*****

ERROR. ERROR. ERROR.: I humbly crawled and repeatedly fell before I could remain Sober without my Go-To Substance (Alcohol). My Delusional Thinking had a Momentum all its own. So much Unravelling to do before a Sober Tapestry could be brought to light. The Terror of it All are now mere Memories. Recovery is so right for all who seek it. Time, Patience and a little Shared Courage most certainly will help. 

INFRASTRUCTURE of the RECOVERING KIND: My Internal Windows, Doors, Bridges and Roads were in Desperate Need of Construction and Reconstruction when I first got Sober. It is my Personal & Life-Long Responsibility to Create and Live a Life in Recovery. Addiction is DESTRUCTION. The Choice is Obvious and the Work is Hard, but remember that "Nothing matters more than that we remain sober because when we remain sober everything matters more." 

DISCOVER RECOVERY, then MAINTAIN, MAINTAIN, MAINTAIN.

*****

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This Quote by James Joyce (pictured) opens Chapter 36 (A.D.D.: Alcohol Deficit Disorder) of All Drinking Aside.

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"I have learned this: it is not what one does that is wrong, but what one becomes as a consequence of it." - Oscar Wilde

*****

"GET A LIFE!" vs. "YOU GET A LIFE!"

The Consequences of my Alcoholic Descent Snow-Balled and the Road to Recovery was a rebuilding of what was worth salvaging in the remaining debris and from that, the creation of a new and sober life. 

The Consequences of Addiction vs. The Consequences of Recovery?

"Get a Life!" (an Admonition in Addiction) vs. "You Get a Life!" in Recovery.  

*****

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This Quote by Oscar Wilde (pictured) closes Chapter 36 (A.D.D.: Alcohol Deficit Disorder) of All Drinking Aside.

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Chapter 37 Alcoholic, Straight or Iced

"Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world." - Arthur Schopenhauer

*****

My Field of Vision became limited in my Addiction. Like a Horse wearing Blinders, all I saw on the Road Ahead was Another Drink. In Recovery my Perception went from Constrained to Expansive.

*****

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This Quote by Arthur Schopenhauer (pictured) opens Chapter 37 (Alcoholic, Straight or Iced) of All Drinking Aside.

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"There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact." - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

*****

"I am a high-functioning alcoholic. Obviously you don't understand the creative process." That's what I may have at one time answered if confronted by others about the mounting negative consequences of my daily bouts with drugs and alcohol.

Does "I was only fooling myself" ring any bells?

My degree of dysfunction was never considered. I was always too busy protecting my bottle.

*****

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This Quote by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (pictured) closes Chapter 37 (Alcoholic, Straight or Iced) of All Drinking Aside.

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Chapter 38 Bartender, Give Me My Level of Addiction

"Simplicity is complexity well done." - Jeff Jarvis

*****

I saw a T-Shirt on the Boardwalk which reads: "Do I have a Drinking Problem? I drink. I get drunk. I fall down. No Problem!" Intuitively we know the intent of this humorous approach. It is an admission or both "Leave me alone" & "I need help."

And yet, there are those who will disagree with me. PROVES MY POINT: It is Simply Complex! haha 

*****

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This Quote by Jeff Jarvis (pictured) opens Chapter 38 (Bartender, Give Me My Level of Addiction) of All Drinking Aside.

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"We are slow to believe that which if believed would hurt our feelings." - Ovid

*****

In the most Twisted Sense, I HURT MY OWN FEELINGS. You see, Alcohol Deadened All Feelings, not only those I wished submerged. How COULD I believe this substance had such power over me? I cannot fully blame myself as so many in the world seem to do. Too many have Stigmatized Addiction so neatly and conveniently. Were it not so Stigmatized, might I have sooner seen myself losing control of what I now correctly call a Substance Use Disorder? 

"If Wishes Were Horses, Beggars Would Ride."

*****

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This Quote by Ovid (pictured) closes Chapter 38 (Bartender, Give Me My Level of Addiction) of All Drinking Aside.

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Chapter 39 Deadly, Slowly, Consequently

"I don't do drugs, I am drugs." Salvador Dali

*****

ALCOHOL was "my poison, my prison. A brick wall, a trap door, a cancer, a bad joke, an empty bottle, an excuse, a leaky faucet, a loan shark, a broken promise, a cracked mirror, an earthquake, an avalanche, a train wreck, a recurring nightmare." ALCOHOL WAS MY INSANITY.

Drugs flowed through me. Now, I flow with my Recovery and am resolute, determined, unflinching. I will that I will not drug today.

I wish anyone who is reading this the same. 

*****

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This Quote by Salvador Dali (pictured) opens Chapter 39 (Deadly, Slowlly, Consequently) of All Drinking Aside.

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24 April 2021

14 of 180 QUOTES by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous in ALL DRINKING ASIDE (Chapters 21 - 30, Part Three of Nine)

Chapter 21 (My Power Grid)

"Never confuse movement with action." - Ernest Hemingway

*****

My attempts to regain power over my drinking was like "rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic" as it was sinking. My actions were futile in the face of repeated catastrophic results. 

Surrender to Win. 

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This Quote by Ernest Hemingway (pictured) opens Chapter 21 (My Power Grid) of All Drinking Aside.

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Chapter 22 (The Intelligence of Trees)

"Hard work is a prison sentence only if it does not have meaning." - Malcolm Gladwell

*****

ADDICTION is HARD WORK & MEANINGLESS, Malcolm. 

That PRISON DOOR feels SOLDERED SHUT, yet is WIDE-OPEN. 

INSANITY, Mr. Gladwell, INSANITY.

*****

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This Quote by Ernest Hemingway (pictured) opens Chapter 21 (My Power Grid) of All Drinking Aside.

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"A man is his own easiest dupe, for what he wishes to be true he generally believes to be true." - Demosthenes

*****

FAR BE IT FROM ME to outpace a Greek orator, but DANG, Demosthenes, what you describe here (see pictured Quote) is the Fate of Mere Mortals! We Addicts and Alcoholics in Recovery have lived in a World of SELF-DECEPTION like no other. The Addict's Brain is deceived into believing that its Substance-of-Choice is Instrumental for Survival. Addiction Dupes Us as We Dupe Ourselves (Crazy enough for you?) into thinking that this is what we really, really want and need.

STOP! Life is hard enough without these Chains. In humble gratitude, we know that "nothing matters more than that we remain sober because when we remain sober everything matters more."

*****

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This Quote by Demosthenes (pictured) closes Chapter 22 (The Intelligence of Trees) of All Drinking Aside.

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Chapter 23 (Fireworks of Darkness within Darkness)

"It's not denial. I'm just selective about the reality I accept." - Bill Watterson

*****

SORRY, Bill Watterson. It's not you, it's  me. Addiction WAS Funny at times. Until the attempts on my life and the attempts to save my life (Death threats & Hospitals) coalesced. In the end it was NOT Funny at all (You humor me now, Bill, now that my sense of Humor has returned. Many Thanks.). 

Addiction made me feel like the Victim of an UNCHOSEN REALITY. Not Totally True, I suppose, at least until the bitter end. True RESPONSIBILITY would not be mine to own until later when I finally found Freedom in RECOVERY.

*****

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This Quote by Bill Watterson (pictured) opens Chapter 23 (Fireworks of Darkness Within Darkness) of All Drinking Aside.

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"Sometimes a majority simply means that all the fools are on the same side." - Claude McDonald

*****

FADS, MASS HYSTERIA & RIOTS are all forms of Collective Behavior. Being Wary of Group Dynamics made my Early Recovery especially difficult, but experience has shown me that I, for one, could not get Sober without help. I had to REJOIN the HUMAN RACE were I to SURVIVE.

Addiction makes all Under Its Influence look and act like fools. I am still Unraveling Addiction long after complete disengagement from the Behaviors associated with it. I am on the side of Recovery. Simply put, I am Becoming Unbroken. 

*****

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This Claude McDonald Quote (pictured) closes Chapter 23 (Fireworks of Darkness within Darkness) of All Drinking Aside.

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Chapter 24 (Triple-Digit Drunk)

"Every recovery meeting is an intervention between me and the first drink." - Jim Anders

*****

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This Quote written by me (pictured) closes Chapter 24 (Triple-Digit Drunk) of All Drinking Aside.

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Chapter 25 (Obviously Obliterated)

"Sometimes the truth of a thing is not so much in the think of it, as in the feel of it." - Stanley Kubrick

*****

Stanley Kubrick: 2001 A Space Odyssey 

Jim Anders: A Spaced Oddity

The TRUTH was not so PALPABLE to me in Chapter 25 (Obviously Obliterated) of All Drinking Aside in which this Kubrick Quote will be found. "My past unravels as my future unfurls" as stated by me there shows my GRASP on Truth was TENUOUS at best.

Today, I am not Anesthetized by Alcohol which, when it deadened one feeling deadened all. When I first got sober, the floodgates opened (sometimes not reacting to the reality at hand). Today, my emotions are more in balance, the think and feel of things intertwined.

*****

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This Quote by Stanley Kubrick (pictured) opens Chapter 25 (Obviously Obliterated) of All Drinking Aside.

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Chapter 26 (Pompeii in Motion)

"The world breaks us all. Afterward, some are stronger in the broken places." - Ernest Hemingway

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Sometimes an EPIPHANY is the result of SCATTERED SOURCES coming together. This Quote by Hemingway is one of several sources (including the visual inspiration of Kintsugi, the Japanese Art of repairing broken pottery with gold) that made BECOMING UNBROKEN the title to my second book (this one still in the works).

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This Quote by Ernest Hemingway (pictured) opens Chapter 26 (Pompeii in Motion) of All Drinking Aside.

Resolve to read it. Explore your own mind within its pages. Check out the 5 Star Reviews on the Amazon page while you're there: http://amzn.to/1bX6JyO Enjoy.



"The ego is not master of its own house." - Sigmund Freud

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I CAN'T ALWAYS BE SERIOUS (otherwise, how ever would I remain sober?). Today's Quote from my book reminds me of something I once heard in a Recovery Meeting: EGO is NOT MY AMIGO!

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This Quote by Sigmund Freud (pictured) closes Chapter 26 (Pompeii in Motion) of All Drinking Aside.

Resolve to read it. Explore your own mind within its pages. Check out the 5 Star Reviews on the Amazon page while you're there: http://amzn.to/1bX6JyO Enjoy.




Chapter 27 (F--k You, Gentle Reader)

"Delusions of grandeur make me feel a lot better about myself." - Jane Wagner

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DELUSIONS OF GRANDEUR were low on the list of Symptoms exhibited by my Addiction to Alcohol. But Best Believe my Perceptions of Reality were altered by this Chemically-Induced Insanity. Denial, Anger, Fear, Depression, Self-Pity and Doubt led the Parade. Hospitalizations, Detoxes and Rehabs trailed not far behind. Monkey Off My Back But Circus Still in Town, Clean up of the Debris began, kicked up by my unsteady feet. Like a Freakishly Bad Movie Franchise, Relapse I, II, III and IV followed. 

Confusions, Illusions & Delusions, 

Contusions & Infusions. 

Party over, a Realistic Humility accrued once the Tail Quit Wagging This Dog. 

"Nothing matters more than that we remain sober because when we remain sober everything matters more."

*****

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This Quote by Jane Wagner (pictured) closes Chapter 27 (F--k You, Gentle Reader) of All Drinking Aside.

Resolve to read it. Explore your own mind within its pages. Check out the 5 Star Reviews on the Amazon page while you're there: http://amzn.to/1bX6JyO Enjoy.



Chapter 28 (Didn't You Used to Be Somebody?)

"I find that the harder I work the more luck I seem to have." - Thomas Jefferson

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It took HARD WORK (see pictured quote) to get from DIDN'T YOU USED TO BE SOMEBODY? (the title of the Chapter that contains this T.J. Quote) to feel okay WITHIN MY OWN SKIN.

Won't Simply Stopping Alcohol and Drug Use and Abuse be Enough?

Luck is for Losers and I always Lost at the Drinking Game. When I did stop, it was ALWAYS through hospitalization, so Sobriety was a Gift of sorts. Sustained Recovery would have to be Earned. 

Occasionally I have been forced to believe in the Wisdom passed down through the Ages. Thomas Jefferson is one of those Sages.

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This Quote by Thomas Jefferson (pictured) closes Chapter 28 (Didn't You Used to Be Somebody?) of All Drinking Aside.

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Chapter 29 ( Reuptake Alcohol, Delusional Effects)

"When I do good, I feel good. And that is my religion." - Abraham Lincoln

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This Quote by Lincoln SPEAKS FOR ITSELF. 

Why?

Because Lincoln SPOKE FOR HIMSELF.

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This Quote by Abraham Lincoln (pictured) opens Chapter 29 (Reuptake Alcohol, Delusional Effects) of All Drinking Aside.

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"It only takes one person to change your life - you." - Ruth Casey

*****

I ALONE COULD DO IT, BUT I COULDN'T DO IT ALONE.

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ALL DRINKING ASIDE: The Destruction, Deconstruction & Reconstruction of an Alcoholic Animal  

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This Quote by Ruth Casey (pictured) closes Chapter 29 (Reuptake Alcohol, Delusional Effects) of All Drinking Aside.

Resolve to read it. Explore your own mind within its pages. Check out the 5 Star Reviews on the Amazon page while you're there: http://amzn.to/1bX6JyO Enjoy.



Chapter 30 (Hammer and Chisel)

"The world is full of people looking for spectacular happiness while they snub contentment." - Doug Larson

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I WANTED ONLY TO NOT DIE AND TO NOT DRINK (Got more than I asked for).

*****

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ALL DRINKING ASIDE: The Destruction, Deconstruction & Reconstruction of an Alcoholic Animal  

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This Quote by Doug Larson (pictured) closes Chapter 30 (Hammer and Chisel) of All Drinking Aside.

Resolve to read it. Explore your own mind within its pages. Check out the 5 Star Reviews on the Amazon page while you're there: http://amzn.to/1bX6JyO Enjoy.