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.

dancing with trees

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…]

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I hate this word: “Refugee”

by Rebecca A. Watson on July 18, 2016

in characters, Germany, life, The Southern Movement

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.

omar n fam smaller

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…]

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Four Questions to Ask to Awaken Your Intuition

by Rebecca A. Watson on July 10, 2016

in life, magic, Values

“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.

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…]

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5 Tips for Staying Sober on a Business Trip

woman business trip June 19, 2016

Before I started my new job, I thought my advice for staying sober during vacation was enough for anyone looking to maintain a lucid outlook during a business trip. Sure, there were a few differences, the most notable being that you are there for work, rather than play, but wouldn’t that make it easier? Turns […]

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And all the things in between

ebike commute May 22, 2016

Things in my life have changed a lot in the last many years, and while Mystic Medusa has said that other people’s change is my stagnant, I am wondering when I will be satisfied with it all. And if I could ever be satisfied with something so normal as a job I don’t hate, which […]

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I’m Gonna be on the Radio!

reading change is easy May 3, 2016

A few weeks ago I had a reading for my book, and it went really well. It felt so natural, and helped me to know I am on the right track with this writing thing. Thanks to everyone who came and supported me. It was so much fun! Another cool thing I’m doing that anyone […]

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What Three Years Without Alcohol Gave Me

gift of sobriety April 17, 2016

I celebrated three years without alcohol last month. The date snuck up on me this year actually, which I guess is a good thing. I had other things I wanted to put energy into, but I certainly hadn’t forgot I wasn’t drinking. I had just come off my first business trip/press conference sober. Believe me, […]

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My Reading at the Carl-Schurz-Haus, or Handling an Attack of The FEAR

paint brushes empty April 10, 2016

It’s been a few months since my book came out, and sometimes I forget what a big deal that is for me. A dream of mine for years, it sometimes seems like I just wrote it, published it and then went about my merry way. Like there was no struggle. And like there still isn’t […]

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Work with Me: Transcriber Wanted — Post filled

April 4, 2016

The post has been filled.  Thank you to everyone who applied.    I have had this really rad idea for a new project — in fact, I already started. The problem is that since I’m now rocking a full-time gig, in a German office, where I (attempt to) speak German all day, I am struggling […]

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A Trip to Bruges

bruges smallest bridge March 28, 2016

It’s been a bit insane lately, and I won’t bore you with details. Instead I’ll show you photos of an afternoon in Bruges I had all to myself before a work event. I know a lot of Americans might be nervous about coming to Europe, particularly Belgium, right now. But I disagree. It’s no more […]

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Before You Move to Canada …

shit happens small March 6, 2016

I read that after the results came in for Super Tuesday, that lovely event where the public weighs in on who it wants its presidential nominees to be, many people were thinking of moving to Canada. Apparently internet searches for how to move to Canada from the U.S. went up 1000%. And I get it. After […]

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