No Friendly Direction But Down – Six Feet Down: A Larissa Update

Sunday, April 15, 2018 Keith Howard 0

Suicide. Offing yourself. Doing yourself in. That seemed like the only option to me 10 years ago, and that’s where Larissa is now. Each night she passes out with the hope she’ll die in her sleep, and when she wakes up in the morning with a foggy and throbbing head, shaky hands and a bellyful of dread, she asks for the courage to kill herself today. So far, thank God, she hasn’t found it. READ MORE


In Praise of Beverly Cleary

Saturday, March 31, 2018 Keith Howard 0

Beverly Cleary created a world where goals were set, plans were made and achievements were accomplished. I lived in my own world, where boredom loomed around every corner and had to be destroyed by any means necessary, another symptom of wickedness. READ MORE


America is NOT The Wasteland, Although I Can Be a Hollow Man

Sunday, March 25, 2018 Keith Howard 0

Donald Trump has done a lot of dumb things, a lot of crass things, a lot of cruel things and a lot of dishonest things. Still, despite cries from my liberal friends, he is not a tyrant-in-training (although that may be his fantasy), nor is he wreaking vengeance against his enemies. I don’t think he’s been a good president so far, but he’s not evil. America is not the Wasteland. The universe just reminded me of that. Let me explain. READ MORE


A free-association scream (900 or so words of id-driven rage at addiction poured onto the page without editing or re-reading)

Saturday, March 17, 2018 Keith Howard 0

Readers know I’m not a God guy at all, not real interested in whether the Big Joker in the Sky is paying attention. Still, I pray 50 or 75 times a day, saying the same prayer over and over and over: “Thank you, God.” For today, I’m going to amend that prayer to “Thank you, God, and please help Larissa find a way to want to find a path to sobriety.” READ MORE


No more crises because that’s all life is

Saturday, March 3, 2018 Keith Howard 0

I don’t relate this to embarrass Larissa or anyone else who’s struggling to find a way to struggle to quit drinking. I danced that same dance for years, making a decision to quit drinking and believing that decision was the same as accomplishing the goal. READ MORE

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