A Daily Message

Here’s the magic ticket

Dear Hope Nation, One of the beautiful things about working in a peer recovery center like Hope is I don’t have to pretend to be anything more or less than I am. I am a person in long-term recovery who has had love affairs with all kinds of chemicals over the years. With each new…

Gratitude is powerful stuff

Dear Hope Nation, In a previous life–and I know this is hard to believe–I was a Baptist minister, a born-again Christian. Really. Today, my spiritual life is very different, and not something I’m going to bore you with right now. Suffice to say I am not a traditional praying man, and would be loathe to…

Leaving the land of before

Dear Hope Nation,Three weeks ago, without knowing it at all, we lived in a different world, the land of Before. In the land of Before we could live our lives without compulsive hand-washing, daily government briefings and closed everythings. With a few government edicts, we departed Before and we’ll never walk its shores again. Before…

Not well, but enthusiastically

Not well but enthusiastically. That’s how I paint and, most times, live my life. And that’s good enough for me.  Dear Hope Nation, I’ve learned a lot in recovery—about the universe, about humanity and, most of all, about me. Learning about the universe has been almost uniformly delightful; practicing acceptance and gratitude really does make a difference.…

It's a Beautiful Day! Really!

Dear Hope Nation,  “There is nothing new under the sun.” King Solomon in EcclesiastesOld Solomon was absolutely right, on this and many other topics. As long as people are people and the earth is the earth, nothing new appears, just the same things in new relationships. Likewise, in recovery on whatever pathway, the foundation doesn’t…

Sicker Than Most

Dear Hope Nation, We all have heroes, sung and unsung. Today, I’d like to tell you about one of my strangest personal recovery heroes, describe what he’s doing tomorrow night and invite you to be part of it.I am a 61-year-old man in long-term recovery from both opiates and alcohol. Think of it—61-years-old! When I…