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Mary's Sober Diary   Sobriety/Recovery Journals

Started 12/8/08 by marylouise50; 48573 views.
Brian (BrianB125)
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From: Brian (BrianB125)

1/1/19

I woke up this morning at 5:30 in West Virginia and went downstairs.  My first thought that something was wrong with the furnace, it was too warm.  I looked at the thermometer and it was 71 degrees in the house - but then I noticed that it was 57 degrees outside - on January 1!  The world is going through strange times.  2018 was strange, I imagine 2019 is going to be just as strange.  All I can do is wish all the best to everyone and hope we all get through it.

Wish I could send you some of my lentil soup with andouille sausage - it clears out the passages.

Brian

MaryLouise3

From: MaryLouise3

1/2/19

Thanks, Brian. I'd love genuine andouille sausage, hard to come by here. Lentils are one of my stand=by ingredients and I might take a break from chicken soup this week!

As desertification worsens across the Sudan and Sahara, the warmer air and currents will create more typhoons and hurricanes etc across oceans. After the shock of extreme waterless drought here in the last couple of years, I watch global climate shifts very closely -- most of our underground aquifers in the Karoo are now used up and we have several towns  without dams or water  supplies. And our wildfires began early this season.

xMary

MaryLouise3

From: MaryLouise3

3/8/19

Just posting a quick message here because someone on a LifeRing mailing list was asking about journals or blogs on Delphi and I thought a new post might be easier to find.

I'm not sure many people use online blogs or journals these days because of the erosion of privacy on the Internet -- everything is linked to social media and most of us are now reluctant to post personal information anywhere  because  of the information gathering by various social media orgs.

All the same, I do know that keeping private and online journals was a big help for me in the first few years when I was figuring things out and the responses and conversations helped me move forward and make friends.

xMaryLouise

Brian (BrianB125)
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From: Brian (BrianB125)

3/9/19

I looked at the controls to see if there was any way to restrict viewing to members of the group - but as I expected, I couldn't find any.  There may be just no way to get the group intimacy and privacy of an in-person AA meeting online.

The privacy issue has never been a big concern of mine, but I know it is for many people. 

Brian

MaryLouise3

From: MaryLouise3

3/9/19

Hi Brian

Somebody on the Safelist wanted to start an online journal, hoping for feedback and encouragement. I know I learned so much both from keeping a journal here and reading responses, the rambly conversations that developed.

But it is different now and I do think posters need to be aware of privacy issues unless they want to keep posts very general and anonymous, which often isn't what we do in early sobriety. The longer we are sober, the less concerned we are with aspects of privacy -- but these days social media tracers and surveillance spiders can link us to sites and posts not intended to be made public.

Ongoing quandaries -- thanks for checking on the possibilities. Are you enjoying early spring?

xMary

Brian (BrianB125)
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From: Brian (BrianB125)

3/9/19

Not so early spring this year, I'm almost out of wood in West Virginia - but some crocuses are coming up in the garden, so maybe spring will come soon.

MaryLouise3

From: MaryLouise3

3/19/19

Trouble getting in, my usual difficulty with Delphi.

This has been a  mixed bag of a week -- 13 years sober on 17 March, a nice solid 'bakers dozen' as someone commented.

Then Cyclone Idai hit the Mozambique coast and has caused enormous destruction in the Chimanimani  area of Zimbabwe as well as the port city of Beira. Given that the damage caused by Cyclone Eline in 2000 still hasn't been fully repaired, I don't know how long it will take to get these areas up and running again. Death tolls rising and the danger of cholera or typhoid.

Down here we have severe power cuts because the lines from Cahora Bassa power scheme are damaged after the cyclone struck, so black-outs of electricity for up to seven or eight hours each day. Some of us have been collecting medical supplies to send to Mozambique and Zimbabwe, but I'm hoping more relief aid comes in sooner rather than later.

Tough times --

Brian (BrianB125)
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From: Brian (BrianB125)

3/22/19

Mary,

Congratulations on 13 years, that's really wonderful.

I've been reading about Cyclone Idai in the news, it sounds awful.  Unfortunately, we hardly ever have any news about Africa unless it's bad news.  We been having major flooding here in the midwest - the worst flooding since some time in the 30's. Where I live, we seem pretty lucky.  About all we get is a bit more rain than usual, which can be a problem for a gardens - but we shouldn't complain.

Hoping for the best for you.

Broam

MaryLouise3

From: MaryLouise3

3/31/19

Hi Brian

Had to get my desktop pc fixed and upgraded, battle to get back into Delphi -- it doesn't like Chrome and I no longer have Mozilla Firefox.

Yes, I saw those Mid-West flood reports. Out here of course there is no established rescue back-up in place (and these cyclones are not frequent), no insurance to pay for rebuilding, no infrastructure in rural areas, and deforestation has contributed to the severity of the flooding.

Hoping your spring is lovely. Out here it is now cooler and the tree foliage changing colour. Very pleasant.

xMary

Brian (BrianB125)
Staff

From: Brian (BrianB125)

3/31/19

Mary,

Good to see you back, unfortunately, you didn't miss much - we are getting a few visitors but no new posts.

It's not clear that the situation is the midwest is a whole lot better than in Africa - though people have more money.  Evidently the levees in the midwest are not maintained in any kind of coordinated manner - some are local, some are state and some are federal and many haven't been maintained in years.  Coupled with floods from previous years and falling grain prices because of the trade war with China, it looks like many farms may go under.  It's just a hard time to be in rural America.

On a completely different note, I wonder if you have read Salman Rushdie's review in the NYT of Namwali Serpil's book The Old Drift?  He mentions a number of women African authors and I wonder what you think of them?

Also, I just read Great Expectations again - I don't think I've read it since college.  And I came across this amazing passage

"Miss Skiffs brewed such a jorum of tea, that the pig in the back premises became strongly excited, and repeatedly expressed his desire to participate in the entertainment."

I just can't imagine coming up with something like this.

Brian

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