Me

I’m an old guy, born in 1944. Been around long enough to have a lot of ideas, opinions, and not be afraid to articulate them. I’m also a recovering alcoholic, and if you know anything about drunks, you know they have their share of opinions, too.

I grew up reading. I have a brother and sister 13 and 16 years older, respectively, and a brother 7 years my junior, so I was, for practical purposes, the only kid on a hardscrabble farm in Central Florida. My parents believed in education and provided us with what opportunities they could. Principally, that amounted to books, as we were poor — although I didn’t realize that until many years later. With no electricity on the farm until I was about seven, no TV, and no other kids around, I began reading early (by the light of kerosene lamps) and haven’t stopped since.

In my checkered career I’ve been a lifeguard, college student, paint salesman, pilot, flight instructor, gun shop clerk, police officer and administrator, security guard and rehab worker.

I got sober in 1989 along with my wife, who now works as a grief and addiction therapist and is also my hero. Two daughters, one granddaughter, two wonderful sons-in-law, and two black cats. Life is good.

I’ve been writing all my life, too: lesson plans, technical writing, editing, articles for trade journals, training handouts — I even once wrote an accreditation manual for a police department — over 1000 pages. Think that was deadly boring? Trust me, you’re waayyy low!

I’ve also been journaling for most of my adult life, in fits and spurts. Going back over some of the old (how embarrassing!) stuff from my newly-sober years, I realized that it wasn’t too bad. Not too long after that, I began writing for various sites on the Web, as well as for my own pleasure.

These are some of the results. I hope you enjoy them.

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5 thoughts on “Me

  1. Thanks for having this website and putting who you are on there. I too am in recovery, coming up on 11 years in February. I came across this website while I was doing some research on HIV/AIDS. I feel fortunate not to have been exposed myself and I feel like this disease has been swept under the rug again, just as it was in the beginning. I guess I just wanted to let you know that I enjoyed your web and it helped me to decide to fight about getting more HIV education in our local high school.

  2. I read one link about the US debate on sexually education. I have explored your blogs and they all seem very interesting. I am not in recovery despite the fact I have grown up with addiction in my home for at least 12 years of my life. However, my mother is in recovery and has been for 4 years. Believe me, I know the struggle. Being the child of a addict is almost as hard as being the addict. I want to congratulate you and the person who left the prev comment Ginger….Keep on in recovery. I love positive messages…

  3. Cracker Boys stung. You are correct and also so wrong. Segregation was and is so wrong and I won’t go back there. However the “Great Society” of 1965 killed the U.S. We have drifted ever since.

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