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Sobriety

Disguises

On my way to Starbucks, I passed six Halloween super-stores and three adult shops touting SEXY SHOES and BEDROOM NOVELTIES. I am on the outskirts of Flint, home to strip malls (no pun) and mega stores with the acreage for parking lots so huge they could never be filled with all the American made, dirty cars people […]

Our Town

I was all set to write a post about Flint – The Forgotten Town, with the above picture as an illustration that even Macy’s doesn’t bother to repair their sign here.  A sort of Hot L Baltimore metaphor of shabbiness and broken lives. But a funny thing has happened to me since I got sober; I am […]

Reunion.

Synonyms: homecoming; reconciliation; assembly; get-together; making up; reuniting.Yes I’m here in Flint doing all the above. With my mother. With my sister-in-law. With my long ago classmates… For the heck of it, I tried to find a word for negative reunions .  It’s the way my mind works- I’ve been looking for a word for […]

I’m Really MAD at Alcohol

  I just spent the last holiday weekend of the summer really mad at alcohol. This weekend Jacksonville’s hoards camped outside my balcony on a parched stretch of sand and partied like it was 2014. There were beach volleyball tourneys, picnics, shark baiting water games and the final push to suntan before the autumn’s inevitable onset. The booze abounded.  Drunken people stumbled into […]