100 Days of Writing – Day Forty-Five

Smoking cessation – Day 36 I’m continuing on my quest to be a long-term nonsmoker. Today is day number thirty-six and although I’m still using nicotine lozenges, I haven’t found it necessary to light up a cigarette in five weeks. I’m realizing there were distinct reasons why I chose to smoke,,,up to a pack aContinue reading “100 Days of Writing – Day Forty-Five”

100 Days of Writing – Day Forty-Four

Year forty-two of teaching….teacher workday number one Today was my first day back in the classroom to begin my forty-second year in the teaching profession. I’m going to be doing a maternity leave interim for the first eight weeks of the school year and today was our first teacher workday. I got a lot accomplishedContinue reading “100 Days of Writing – Day Forty-Four”

100 Days of Writing – Day Forty-Three

Continued absitenence from smoking and a close call…. Thirty-four days, six hours, thirty minutes….that’s how long it’s been since I smoked my last cigarette. Even now, over a month later, I still have cravings and urges to have “just a smoke or two.” But I know full well where that will lead,,,a place I’m notContinue reading “100 Days of Writing – Day Forty-Three”

100 Days of Writing – Day Forty-Two

On Friday night, high school football returns for yet another season and once again, I’ll be covering games on the radio for a local AM station. It’s something I’ve done most every season since 1985 and I’m looking forward to another season of local high school football action. For the first Friday night, I’ll beContinue reading “100 Days of Writing – Day Forty-Two”

100 Days of Writing – Day Forty-One

A Story to be Told: Lost at Sea Several year ago, I dropped by a local historical cemetery and viewed some of the many tombstones of those who were buried there, including some of my relatives. During my search, I came upon a marker for someone I had not known, but it definitely had aContinue reading “100 Days of Writing – Day Forty-One”

100 Days of Writing – Day Forty

Just random writing today…whatever pops into my head. Today is Tuesday. I’ve had over one month now since my last cigarette and even though I still get cravings, I haven’t found it necessary to pick up a cigarette. For that, I am grateful. I’ve avoided smoking 584 cigarettes over the twenty-nine-day period and have savedContinue reading “100 Days of Writing – Day Forty”

100 Days of Writing – Day Thirty-Nine

What are five things I can do when I get the urge to smoke? I have a good friend Michael who, like myself has in the past been addicted to smoking. Although I was addicted to cigarettes and him to smoking a pipe, the results were much the same: nicotine became addictive and began affectingContinue reading “100 Days of Writing – Day Thirty-Nine”

100 Days of Writing – Day Thirty-Eight

It’s been a long journey for all of us, the Covid pandemic. There have been its darkest days, periods where it seemed to be losing its punch, and then the appearance of variants and a roller coaster ride of case numbers. Until this point, I’ve been able to dodge the Covid bullet, but many willContinue reading “100 Days of Writing – Day Thirty-Eight”

100 Days of Writing – Day Thirty-Seven

There was a time in my life, over twenty years ago now, when I was going through a particularly difficult time in my life. I was struggling with a lot of life changes and wasn’t really sure what to do with my meandering thoughts and ample extra time. One Friday night, I went to theContinue reading “100 Days of Writing – Day Thirty-Seven”

100 Days of Writing – Day Thirty-Six

Today is a milestone day for me in many ways. It was twenty years ago today that I began my journey of abstaining from alcohol use. That’s a total of 7305 days in all. August 10, 2002 also marked the beginning of my involvement in the recovery community, of which I am still a member.Continue reading “100 Days of Writing – Day Thirty-Six”