In the past few days, I’ve noticed an abundance of melancholy postings about Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death. After a long period of recovery, Hoffman apparently overdosed on heroin although I suspect we won’t know exactly what happened in those last moments despite the speculation that will invariably happen. As a recovering alcoholic, I see these… Read More

12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs. I have more friends than I can count dealing with addiction. I know this because I’m open about my addiction and recovery, which gives people license… Read More

My wife and I have been going to CrossFit Broad Ripple for 15 months. In that time it’s fair to say that our bodies have changed dramatically. This transition from 162-pound skinny runner to 190-pound athlete has been a bit easier for me than it has been for my ballet dancing wife. Still she loves… Read More

Give me some rope Tie me to dream Give me the hope To run out of steam Somebody said It could be here We could be roped up, tied up Dead in a year Oh I love you more than words can say I can’t count the reasons I should stay One by one they… Read More

By every standard applied to Armstrong’s decision to come clean, my decision to get sober was a disingenuous act designed to make sure I could continue to make money and regain some standing that I’d lost after years of lying to people. *** I don’t know Lance Armstrong personally, and I have no desire to… Read More

When I found out that Steve Jobs passed, my life with technology flashed before my eyes. I’d been preparing for this since Jobs stepped down as Apple’s CEO a few weeks because. Still… I tried to explain to my students today why Jobs was so important. And I did that the only way I know… Read More

Unless you are one, you’ll never understand one. I’m convinced of that. Because it’s irrational. It’s not anything that can be understood logically. When the panic sets in, when the manic descends upon you, when the engine revs, and the paranoia strikes, there isn’t anything I wouldn’t do to have that drink. Not anything. If… Read More

I absolutely cannot wait to buy Season 4. I’m at times frightened and comforted by the realitis of this show (although I’m always quick to point out that everyone is much better looking on this show than it was in real life). Your father is a child in a man’s body, he cares for nothing… Read More

I turned on the television tonight after a long day of running, reading, thinking, and relaxing. I felt good, better than I expected on this long weekend. For addicts, long weekends are hard. I fight the urge to leave my shades down, to hide from the world. I’d girded myself for the destructive, self-loathing wave… Read More

‎Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. — Steve Jobs I’m overcome with melancholy today, mired in the sadness of contemplation. It began with Steve… Read More