Traveling Mercies, by Anne Lamott. So, what do you think? That is, those of you who have picked up a copy of Traveling Mercies? Caucasian woman, dreadlocks, mischievous smile, great mind, great writer, political activist, recovering addict, a mom, an encourager. “Thirst” is a chapter in Traveling Mercies, that gives some insight into this woman’s journey with substance abuse and recovery. Lamott’s chapter – “Thirst” – is amazing . Here is an excerpt, as she recalls a day in 1985, when she wanted to quit drinking:
” … I woke up so hungover that I felt pinned to the bed by centrifugal force … literally glued to my pillow by drool …”
Anne Lamott then talks about beginning her attempt to quit drinking:
“I was doing quite well …until five o’clock that first night … panic set in … clarity … I understood that the problem was not that I drank so much but that I drank too quickly. The problem was with pacing. So I had a good idea. I would limit myself to two beers a night. Two beers! What a great idea.”
Anne’s “addict-rationalization” is profound along with classic denial, and honesty about her ambivalence as an addict. Anne Lamott is a woman of beautiful wisdom. Yes, I love Anne Lamott’s writing, and am thankful for her encouragement.
Steve Wright, a comedian whose humor is different from anyone I’ve ever encountered, does one-liners with a whiff of philosophy, and a bent towards thinking outside the box.
“For my birthday I got a humidifier and a de-humidifier … I put them in the same room and let them fight it out.” Steven Wright
“You can’t have everything. Where would you put it?” Steven Wright
And lastly, my dogs. I have two. One of them is the Bernese Mountain Dog … to the right, here.
If one of our kiddos is sick, or not feeling well, or sad, Stash (the “a” is pronounced with a short “o”) will go and sleep somewhere close in their rooms.
The other dog is older and more private. She is actually on a secret mission outside of the country right now. And, she often avoids cameras. I am so thankful for our dogs. Recently, I read a post entitled “Not raised by wolves but damn near close”, on the blog “Northier Than Thou”. He puts good words to the amazing sensitivity of our pets … and he has a topical index, where you can find the topic of animals. At some point, check it out. I hope he will not be offended if I say that I think his posts are a bit long for me … and because of that I sometimes have to scan. (http://northierthanthou.com/category/animals/)
Okay, I’m out. My suggestion for today: Be encouraged.
- Anne Lamott on Writing (jasonbrooks.wordpress.com)
- Anne Lamott on how to tackle the Great Blank Page (likestrawberrytea.com)
- Beautiful: Writer Anne Lamott on How to Become Who You Are Meant to Be (scottfree2b.wordpress.com)
- Help Thanks Wow by Anne Lamott (ellenolinger.wordpress.com)
- The Wednesday Reviews: Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott (rookswriter.wordpress.com)
- Narrowing Down (scherazadesnotes.typepad.com)