I am outraged. We elect our political officials to work for us, don’t we? And yet – we basically just let them do whatever they want, in so many ways. WHY DOES THIS MADNESS CONTINUE? I’m not even talking about the fact that they bemoan this ‘fiscal cliff’ as the latest buzzword tells us – while they receive gigantic salaries that they absolutely DO NOT deserve. Or the fact that they hire limos and private planes and drink $25 glasses of orange juice on the dime of the rest of us, the … [Read more...] about Newtown, Connecticut: Let’s Stop the Insanity
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Has anyone else noticed how early the Christmas Chaos began this year? Here in Vancouver, a number of people became so disgruntled by the early onset of Christmas music in some of the stores—in the middle of October—that they took to Facebook en masse and complained. One store in particular, Shoppers Drug Mart, appeased the naysayers by stopping that music, but only after they drew their line in the sand, assuring us that the carols would resume again at the end of October. And they … [Read more...] about Addicted to Christmas Chaos? Taming the Madness this Holiday Season
Ah, Christmas! The very thought of it brings to mind warm, loving families, cozy fireplaces, sugar plum fairies, and the very gifts you’ve been secretly hoping for. Definitely the most wonderful time of the year… Unless… Unless you are the loved one of someone with an addiction—and then that beautiful snapshot can look completely different. In truth, the Christmas season is the most difficult time of the year for people who love someone struggling with addiction. The anxiety that … [Read more...] about It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year–or is it…?
“Rape is rape.”That’s what Barack Obama said on the Jay Leno show.Unfortunately, he was compelled to comment on this issue because the male Republican misogynists are at it again.It wasn’t enough for Todd Akin to oh-so-stupidly announce that women who are “legitimately raped” have a biological mechanism that will enable them to spontaneously end their resulting pregnancies. Now Richard Mourdock has outed himself as a bona fide idiot by stating that when women find themselves pregnant as a result … [Read more...] about Rape is Rape
A few weeks ago, to the delight of all the recovering addicts in the Lower Mainland, Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson declared that September 30th would be “Recovery Day.” The last weekend of September saw a variety of Recovery Day events in many places across Canada and the US. While cities like Atlanta, Georgia celebrated their 4th annual Recovery Day, Vancouver enjoyed its first of hopefully many more days like this to come. As a recovering addict myself with 25 years clean and sober, I was … [Read more...] about Groovin’—Clean & Sober—On a Sunday Afternoon: Vancouver Celebrates “Recovery Day”