miscellaneous thoughts – addiction, books, and new years resolutions

oh boy, i haven’t posted in ages! let’s have some random stuff here then:

stuff #1 – we are on vacation in arizona right now – on our last leg, in a tiny place called congress, which is close to wickenburg with the huge population count of 5,000. supposedly, wickenburg is known for its fancy addiction treatment centres. i had a quick look at the websites of four of them but so far nothing looks like something i would recommend. as much as i think the 12 steps are great, i have a problem with them being a required part of a treatment centre. that’s not how the 12 steps work. and i have a problem with a treatment centre where the only books you’re allowed to read are AA’s big book and the bible. but i guess it works for some people.

stuff #2 – been thinking a lot lately about how to keep blogging and partaking in social media. to what degree do i want to contribute to the overwhelming symphony (cacophony?) of virtual voices out there? how will i help make the world a better place if i do that?

stuff #3 – the second edition of my poetry book is out. should i have a l(a)unch party? oh, that’s so much work. i totally don’t feel like organizing ANYTHING right now. but you know what, that book is darn good. it was fun to look at it four years later and to spruce it up a bit.

stuff #4 – i am reading – i am reading – i am reading – ok, i’m gonna say it, i am reading eat pray love right now. yup. i finally did it, grabbed the book off my sister-in-law’s shelf and went to it. it’s actually not that bad – there are a few neat ideas in there so far. for example the petition to god. will it make my “best books of 2011” list? no.

stuff #5 – oh, but HERE is a book that will make the list – alistair mchoag’s rollercoaster memoir invisible driving about his life with bipolar disorder. holy razmatazz! no need to be interested in mental illness to read that book, all you need is a love of reading. a review is coming up, and i’ll have to gather all my half and quarter wits to come up with something interesting after all the rave reviews he already has.

sleepingstuff #6 – resolutions. resolutions? i don’t know. i engaged in a bit of a rant against the typical approach to them in an interview with CBC parenting columnist michelle eliot the other day. more and more, i prefer themes rather than resolutions – ideas or actions i wouldn’t mind pursuing in the coming year, without going crazy about it for three weeks and then slacking off (“i will exercise of 60 minutes every day!”, “i’ll stop smoking forever!”). so two themes i’m proposing for this year is to slow down, and then to slow down some more. and extermination. of guilt.

aaah. slowing down. maybe i should stop now and go to bed.

and you?


  1. I like your “stuff” !
    Not sure if you heard of Nechi institute in Alberta. But we’ve developed a pretty good curriculum on addictions and substance abuse. In particular, incorporating indigenous knowledge and knowing into the process.

    I also read eat, pray, love and like you it is not on the top of my list but it filled the spot like cereal. Light, fluffy and some tasty bits.

    Resolutions, nope. Not doing it this year. However, I have given myself a 365 day challenge. Not sure if it should have been only a 7 day challenge. But I will give it my best shot to see it though. http://365daysbitingmytongue.blogspot.com/

  2. Dear Isabella,

    I’m posting these as a comment on your change therapy blog because I think they may bring a smile. They are not the usual New Year’s Resolutions, and you may notice that #3 helps with #2, and #1 helps with the other three. I’ve never had resolutions that were resources for each other before.

    I’ll keep you posted on how this goes.

    My 2011 New Years’ Resolutions:

    1. Take inventory of everything that brings a smile.

    2. Talk to strangers.

    3. Ask this question: “What do you want?” Ask myself and ask other people.

    4. Give more; pretend to be fearless.

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