Addiction

Nikki Sixx, Michael Jackson and Pedophiles, Part 2

June 26, 2012 Crime and punishment

Last year, Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx created a Twitter shitstorm when he opined about Michael Jackson being an alleged pedophile. At the time, I wrote a blog post about it being a fascinating case study in human nature. This week marks the third anniversary of Jackson’s death, and the case study has taken an interesting […]

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I’m Not a Guru, a Doctor or a Cult Leader

June 20, 2012 Communication skills for the crazy

I’ve been getting an increase in messages asking me for advice on how to deal with family challenges and addiction. Whenever that happens, I start to get a little scared. Not for me, but for you. Mood music:  The Needle And The Damage DoneNeil YoungGreatest Hits One of my relatives recently suggested I shouldn’t be […]

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Will E-Cigs Get Me Over Smoking?

June 14, 2012 Addiction

Update: July 26, 2012: I’ve been leaning on my crutch like a motherfucker during a trip to Las Vegas. But I haven’t touched the real thing or drank, which is progress. I’ve been using electronic cigarettes lately. Why, you ask? Let me try to explain. When I’m in the mood to feel sorry for myself […]

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Zombies Are Addicts, Too

June 8, 2012 Addiction

Zombies have become the new American superhero, revered in countless Facebook memes and magazine articles. Now we have real people eating other real people. Mood music:  Zombie StompOzzy OsbourneNo More Tears I normally wouldn’t touch a topic like this, because zombies are a work of fiction. But lately people have been trying hard to will […]

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Grief Management Put to Music

June 7, 2012 Grief management

Weeks after a loved one dies and we’ve allowed ourselves to fall apart, we have to make a choice: Stay in a fetal position, hidden from the world, or stand up and move forward. This is a little tribute to someone who made the latter choice. Mood music: I don’t know Ian Clark very well. […]

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Sometimes, Sobriety Sucks

June 1, 2012 Sobriety and abstinence

Some days I wish I could have a glass of wine or six. This leaves me with two choices: Fall off the wagon with zeal or stay sober and resent the world with zeal. It’s funny, because binge eating was the addictive behavior that got me into the most trouble and I don’t get this […]

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Welcome to the New OCD DIARIES!

May 25, 2012 Adventures in writing

After many hours spent re-categorizing 900-plus posts, buying a new domain and building a new blog from scratch on WordPress.org — plus a few spousal disagreements along the way —  I give you the new OCD DIARIES. Mood music:  Standing in the SunSlashApocalyptic Love What’s new besides the new banner, design and background color, you ask? Quite […]

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Parental Overload: No Big Deal

April 25, 2010 Children's issues

Nothing like a week of screaming kids to realize OCD aint what it used to be. Mood music for this post: “Mama Weer all Crazee Now” by The Runaways: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0nKcHaQowY&hl=en_US&fs=1&] A week like the one I’ve just had would have been impossible just a couple years ago. The kids were on school vacation, the same […]

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MomDay Monday – School Daze

April 22, 2010 Children's issues

Every school has its issues. Issues with teachers. Issues with other parents. Miscommunication. Problems with other students. Every school. There’s no getting around it. We’re all human. We all have failings. And a school is, after all, made up of us imperfect humans. But at what point does a school have so many issues it […]

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Happy and Productive in the Debris Field

April 20, 2010 Children's issues

The author used to come unglued around chaos. Now it floats past him. Mood music for this post: “Sons and Daughters” by The Decemberists: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5H8DwJI0uA&hl=en_US&fs=1&] Looking at the week ahead, it’s amazing I’m not hiding in a foxhole right now. I’m working from home the first part of the week while the kids are on […]

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