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Recovery Share: When Pills Really are the Answer

Even before I got into recovery, I always had a serious aversion to taking pills. I can’t say exactly what it was about, considering all the other toxic crap I put into my system. All I know is that pills, along with needles and anything that went up my nose, always freaked me out – and I’m...

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Hiking in Tuscany: The Pania di Corfino

What is it like to go hiking in Tuscany? You start in dense forest, with occasional views of tree-covered slopes stretching to the horizon. You climb higher to see bald-topped mountains in the distance and tile-roofed villages dotting the hillsides. You emerge in a cluster of houses as quaint as the hobbits’...

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Watching Soccer in England – When to Go

What's the best time to go watch soccer in England? As I sit here planning my trips to watch soccer in England during the upcoming season, I find myself thinking there are two ways to approach this thing. One way is to say, “When can I go, and what games will be happening while I’m there?”...

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Portland Heritage Tree #1 – American Elm, Downtown

Sometimes a tree is impressive for what it looks like. Other times, for why it’s there, or who put it there. Still other times, for where it is. In the case of Portland Heritage Tree No. 1, all of these things apply. Wonderfully framed in a urban courtyard, a curvy pillar of nature’s beauty...

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(Re)Finding Recovery on the Road

Every now and then I get tired of 12 Step World. It might be depression getting to me, or laziness, or more often I start putting personalities ahead of principles. “I don’t want to go to that meeting, because I’m tired of those people.” A good way to stop going to meetings for a while, or longer. Problem...

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2014 FA Cup Road Trip: Fulham at Sheffield United

I have two general rules for watching English football in person: 1, Don’t sit with the away fans unless you’re one of them, and 2, To really see what it’s about, get yourself to a proper FA Cup tie. Good news for me: I did both at the same time. Bad news for me: I went to Sheffield United to see Fulham...

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Portland Heritage Tree #179: The Corbett Oak

First there was a wilderness, although the people living here wouldn’t have called it that. They called the big river Multnomah, and they would have lived, hunted, and gathered here for many centuries. There would have been many trees here, and what we now call the oak tree would have been particularly...

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Recovery Share: Getting a Better Map

I’ve been reading this book called The Spirituality of Imperfection, and after a long, mildly annoying Part 1, it immediately gave me a great insight at the start of Part 2. (Recovery lesson: don’t quit before the miracle!) The insight came in the form of an analogy, which I will paraphrase and re-state...

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Family-Friendly Columbia Gorge Hikes: Wachlella Falls

If you're looking for a kid- and family-friendly hike in the Columbia River Gorge, look no farther than Wachlella Falls. It isn't just that the falls itself is beautiful; the trail is also easy to reach, easy to hike, and potentially not too crowded -- if you can get an early start. I snuck out on a Thursday...

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A Step 3 Prayer

Higher Power, … Grant me honesty, courage, humility, and serenity, to face that which keeps me from you and others. -- Life With Hope, p. 13 I once spent hours going through this prayer with my sponsor. What strikes me about it is that we don’t ask our Higher Power to keep us sober, or to make...

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