A Daily Message

Grow a beard!

Dear Hope Nation, Keith trying to grow a beard After 10 days of seclusion, I’ve recognized one lie I’ve told myself for years. Back when I was using, I assumed I’d eventually be locked up by the state for some period of time. My vision of, say, five years in prison—always, for some reason, in…

Hopemore

ear Hope Nation, By the time you finish reading this, you will have experienced the creation of a new word! Read on to become the first kid in your neighborhood to utter these syllables and grasp their meaning. My friend, Tito, is very impatient, so I know he wants to read the word first, then…

A Gratitude List

Dear Hope Nation, One of my favorite books of all time is Middlemarch. Written almost 150 years ago by a woman whose pen name was George Eliot, it tells the story of a small English Midlands town, primarily through the eyes of Dorothea, an orphaned young woman who has an impact on the lives of…

Which will you choose?

Dear Hope Nation, This morning I had a phone conversation with a friend of mine, a minister who also works in recovery. Michelle, who is much smarter and kinder than I—but not as funny—expressed her concern for folks who have never had to be alone before, but now are living in, for all intents and…

Don’t suck on hairdryers

Dear Hope Nation: True Confession: I am an odd man with odd interests, particularly when it comes to history. I know more than any normal person should about major-league baseball of the 1920’s, the Washingtonian Movement of the 1840’s, and controversies in the early church. More darkly, I’ve read much too much and spent more…

Dear Hope Nation, As we await the unfolding of the coronavirus here in the United States, I want to remind you of something you know but may be in danger of forgetting: You don’t have to use. If your work is canceled and you’ve got time on your hands, you don’t have to use. If …

March 16, 2020

Dear Hope Nation, As we await the unfolding of the coronavirus here in the United States, I want to remind you of something you know but may be in danger of forgetting: You don’t have to use. If your work is canceled and you’ve got time on your hands, you don’t have to use. If…