I hope your January is off to a good start. I had such a delightful holiday season with all of my kids home and everyone enjoying and savoring each other’s company. I’m looking forward to what 2019 has in store! If you need a little break from the start of the new year, check out my favorite links from around the web this week…
And a short Scottish poem about motherhood and pregnancy.
And, some great reader comments on An Eternity of Dry Januarys and How to Cope:
Nader said: Thank you for keeping the journal - and thank you more for sharing it with all of us. Perspective. Yours is amazing (again) and enlightening (as usual). You have given credence to getting a buzz from friends and family as the highest high without the next morning low or the "Did I really say that" mistakes we all make in between. I will raise a glass of tap water to you!
Steve said: What a great article! Does MILLER qualify for your teetotaling family members starting with "M"? There's nothing better than feeling comfortable in your own skin regardless of what others might be doing. As the pastor of our church, I freely tell our folks that there are 4 reasons that I don't drink: (1) I come from a long line of alcoholics and don't want to risk joining the ranks. (2) I don't like the idea of not being in control of myself -- I can't afford for anything to steal what little brains I still have left at 61. (3) I don't want to be a stumbling-block to others who might be struggling with alcohol. (4) I'M ODD ENOUGH SOBER!! The world isn't ready to see what I would be like under the influence!!!!
Ellen said: I remember when I quit smoking, I would sit downwind of smokers and inhale deeply. After being diagnosed I stopped drinking for 15 years. I also stopped carbs and sugar, lost 45 pounds, felt so much better with a homeopathic plan and have improved greatly. There is no silver bullet for anyone, you have to be your own best advocate and take your diagnosis by the horns. My diagnosis was bleak at best, however, life seemed fuller, I didn't sweat the small stuff, and found beauty everywhere.
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