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bernadette-jansen-op-de-haar's picture
Jan.23.2011
This week I nearly attended a meeting. Luckily I spotted in time that I should have registered in advance. So I didn’t have to go! Conclusion: Arnold Jansen op de Haar doesn’t like meetings especially not when it turns out to be an: ‘inspirational get together’ to reflect upon ‘providing a cultural...
mylene-dressler's picture
Jun.30.2010
If you see someone sitting in a park on a blanket, surrounded by all his belongings, you know the story isn't going to be a happy one.  And yet that doesn't diminish its light. Ron is sitting on a blanket, his thin legs covered by another one, near the shore of Ellis Lake in downtown Marysville...
sue-glasco's picture
Nov.06.2009
Where did the week go?  I started with laundry from the weekend on Monday.  The first week in the month also holds both our regular board meeting of the Illinois Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association and also the local women’s club. The board meeting was supposed to be a very important...
sherrie-theriault's picture
Oct.21.2009
October 21   REFLECTIONS OF YOU    When people meet me they listen and stare, then the familiar words tumble from their mouths, “there is something about you.”  I know it’s the reflection of every person I saw at the meeting last night, the sober voices that created them, also the mirror of years...
sherrie-theriault's picture
Sep.07.2009
September 7   THE FRUIT BOWL    Meetings are living and precious fruit.  I must squeeze every drop from them, even the lemons.  I am privileged to be among the succulent growth and pungent fragrance of determined hearts and minds.  The infusion of strength, the vitality received from the essence of...
sherrie-theriault's picture
Aug.23.2009
August 23   MEETING INVENTORY     The manicurist at the meeting sits and does her nails; the discussion goes on around her as she files away.  Cell phones go off for the people who can’t put their lives on hold for their sobriety.  The knitter knits and the dissenters descend; with the chatting...
sherrie-theriault's picture
Jul.18.2009
July 18   FAR OFF PLACES      Meetings too near home are unsatisfying to me.  On smooth, simple days local meetings are fine; I catch a meeting, just slip it in.  On rough days I yearn for an out of town meeting.  After these many 24’s I’ve come to realize I need the ride as much as I need the...
sherrie-theriault's picture
Jun.29.2009
June 29   HEAT EXCHANGE     I stand in the shower and let the water run.  The water carries away my temperature in exchange for its own.  I leave the enclosure restored.  Mentally, a meeting does this for me.  I change hot topics for more moderate positions, cold indifference for warm regard. ...
sherrie-theriault's picture
Jun.08.2009
June 8   THREE ROOSTERS    The three roosters come to the meeting to hear themselves crow.  The membership purely spectators in the longest, lowest, loudest sobriety competition.  Those of us in the fray are like picked-on-puppies who learn slowly not to put our heads up to spare our eyes and...
sharon-cupp-pennington's picture
Apr.05.2009
I attended my first meeting of an honest-to-goodness, real, live writers group yesterday — the Writers Club of Pasadena (Texas). Oh, I’ve participated in online writing/critique groups for more than ten years; I’ve been a member of Writing Well, where I’m one of three moderators, for the past eight...