I was out late on a Saturday night last weekend and saw a group setting up lawn chairs for their sober night out. There is apparently a group here in Freiburg that encourages people who it is possible to have fun on the weekend without drinking.
If I am ever downtown again, I will get the group’s info, because before I could head over there, I got into a discussion about how AA turns people off because it is all about Christianity. While this might be true in some groups, I was lucky enough to get sober in Santa Cruz, where it takes all kinds. I even went to a pagan AA group.
Because I worship trees, y’all.
But a higher power, or god or spirituality does play into the its message, and while AA might not be what I stuck with, spirituality certainly is a big part of why I got sober and why I stay lucid. I am over the moon to have been able to write about it awhile back on one of my favorite blogs, Mystic Medusa. If you get a chance, please head over and read The Non-Drinking Neptunian. [click to continue…]
Awhile back I wrote about how I was working on a project I am really excited about. I live next to a center for asylum seekers, and Germany has been in the news a lot throughout the last year for the number of people it’s accepted from war-torn countries. Why not interview some of these folks? Why not tell their stories?
I talk to many kids outside the center (Neka is a big draw). There are a lot of families around my neighborhood from Afghanistan, Syria and Iran. The easiest place for me to start, though, was with my niece’s father, Omar. Omar is Kurdish and grew up in Syria, in Aleppo, the biggest city in Syria. He lived there until 2012, when bombings forced him and his family out. While his father and a few of his brothers went north, he moved to Turkey, which is where he met my sister.
Since then, so many things have happened in Omar’s life, and he has shared many stories I would love to relate in my writing as well. Once my mother-in-law said of the plants in my garden that didn’t die after my weeks-long vacation: It’s amazing to see what life will go through to survive. I feel so blessed that he has opened up his life to me and to my readers. [click to continue…]
“Intuition is seeing with the soul.” ~ Dean Koontz
When I was a kid, I would stand in the shower in the morning and hear these voices in my head. They were quiet, slow, slurred, and they scared the shit out of me. I mean, people who heard voices were crazy, weren’t they?
The voices were especially loud when I got near water.
So I would shake my head violently, as if I could shake them out of my brain. And it seemed to work. But when I got quiet, was by myself, they would come back. It was always slurred, hard to understand and frightening. So the only solution was to eliminate being by myself and avoid being quiet at all times. [click to continue…]