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    I just watched DiAngelo's youtube talk, in Seattle in 2018 .. I learned so much, just in that short 1.5 hours. Thank you again, NS and Pav for recommending her. Should be required reading/watching for all white people (at least from the U.S.)!
    So many things I'd never even thought of. I'll keep searching for the book and for more videos.
    Here's the link.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45ey4jgoxeU
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    LC. I put on hard pants the other day and they cut me in two, so back to elastic!
    Big Al, I consider this place to be my journal. It is my account and if, by sharing, it helps someone else, so much the better. I can go back 10 years and see just where I was in the journey. I’ve never really journaled, but I have every calendar since I was in High school! I don’t think that counts. We are glad you are finding success. It is amazing that once we can get addiction in check, the other stipulation just works out.
    Julia, so glad to see you.
    Watching the news it looks like Gotham City. We are a mess.
    I have one thing working for me, I AM SOBER! Stay the course, everyone, Stay safe! Byrdie
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    Good evening Nesters,

    Nice day again around here, tomorrow the summer heat returns. For me that means hiding in the AC, haha!
    My grandsons are here for dinner & a visit which is nice, haven’t done this for a long while. Friday is actually the beginning of our opening up around here so I guess we;re close enough.
    Had to avoid the news for the most part today as yesterday was rather overwhelming. Please let the national healing begin soon.

    Al & Julia, good job both of you!

    Kensho. Pav, Byrdie, LC great to see you guys as well!

    Wishing everyone a safe night in the nest!

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    One week sober today. Thanks for all the support good peoples of the nest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigAl View Post
    One week sober today. Thanks for all the support good peoples of the nest.
    Congrats on a week! Also I think it's great to keep a personal thread or"journal" on here and in real life,my personal thread on here is hard to read sometimes cuz it brings back sad memories of things I've gone through yet sometimes you just need a place to get it all out without any discussion or advice,Byrdie,I don't know what the answer is with all this rioting,tbh I'm more scared of how people are acting than I ever was of c-vid! Some people are using this as an excuse to just be an asshole, yesterday a young guy stole a ladies purse and took off running right in front of the shop I work at,she ran after him yelling but I didn't go look to see if she caught up with him,Kensho, your camper trip to Sonoma sounds fun,not Italy but at least you'll get some sort of getaway this summer,I don't know what we're gonna do,I thought of driving to Phoenix cuz we've never been before then thought who the hell wants to go to Phoenix for a summer vacay?? Think it's hotter there than here from what people tell me,more humid,I wanna go somewhere but I'll just hafta see what the country is doing late summer,hugs to all and wishes for a happy AF day
    I have too much shit to do today and tomorrow to drink

    I'm taking care of the "tomorrow me"
    Drinkin won't help a damn thing! Will only make me sick for DAYS and that ugly, spacey dumb feeling-no thanks!

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    Hi, All:

    Not much to say here. Glad you liked the talk, LC. Glad spring is there!

    Congratulations, big AL! That's an accomplishment. The physical part is over, now comes the mental work. That's what takes a while. Do you have in person support there? Or a plan in place for when that inevitable hard craving comes? Set yourself up now for success in the future. You got this!

    It will be interesting to see where we are in two weeks - if the protests will be super-spreader events and we have a big surge. It seems like that is inevitable. I hope people are safe.

    Happy SOBER Hump Day,
    Pav

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    Hi everyone, checking in sober on what is Wed morning here. Deeply saddened by the events in our country right now and yet also more hopeful that we'll finally make some changes than I've ever been. The protests are largely peaceful, with most violence or damage coming from agitators (extreme left and right), and the police are showing us daily and nightly *why* there is a reason to protest in the first place. These are the most diverse crowds I've seen for civil rights (human rights) and that is part of what gives me hope. All caught on camera. I do think it's going to get harder before it gets easier, and I have to step away from time to time to self-care, but I remind myself that being systemically oppressed is FAR more uncomfortable, and so I make sure to witness all that is happening, and to listen for Black folks (and all POC) to lead the way. As white people our voices have been center stage for centuries (millenia) and it's time to listen. I truly believe that Black women in particular will save this country, and those are the voices I turn to most.

    Aside from all of that (which is a LOT!), things have been good with work, and I'm giving myself permission to work at about 75-80% of what would be a maxed out schedule. I can only do "maxed out" for a few weeks anyway, so the current level is really more sustainable. I can pay my bills but I also have time to relax, do housework/projects, tend to my dad, etc.

    I find it easy to stay sober at this time, as anguishing and painful as it is, because it feels SO important to both witness what's happening and to stay vigilant. I do not see leadership at the national level and I do not in any way trust the so-called leaders we have in place there. And although I am not really a person who prays, I'm as close as I can get to praying that we vote in a change in Nov. And that has nothing to do with politics, it has to do with decency.

    Yes, we will have to brace for a possible super-surge in the next couple of weeks, as protesters are not always masked and they are often packed together in tight spaces. We will cross that bridge when we come to it I guess.

    Have a safe day everyone.

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    Wags, I hear ya on the 75% schedule. I have heard a lot of people comment on how much they like not being so stressed and pressed for time. Out capitalistic culture has generated a work work work attitude that is maybe profitable, but not as good for the spirit. I love my down time!

    I am also worried about the super spreader events, but at the same time so appreciative of people literally risking their lives for this important time in our history. We all have to speak up now and say what is right and not allow negative voices to override the airways. It feels like time to work for fairness, equality, and love.

    An old friend of my husband's stopped by last night for a patio dinner. It was nice to see him. He is getting a divorce, and has a 7 yr. old. I was able to share with him some of my experience coming from a divorced family. I hope I helped. It was almost unbearable though being outside, as the mosquitos just hatched (I thought we might have a bite-less summer!), and they were hungry.

    Pauly, Arizona is brutal in the summer!! My husband's parents are living down there for the first time through this summer and we can tell they are a little cabin-fevered with the 110 F degree temps. BUT, getting out of the house is such a treat. Maybe a good AC hotel?? There are some nice higher areas in the state like Flagstaff that wouldn't be so hot. Do you Air BNB? They are up and running - just not sure how they clean their places now.

    Anyway, thanks to everyone here for sharing - you are such a good group of people and I appreciate being a part of it. Don't drink - you won't regret it.
    Kensho

    Done. Moving on to life.

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    i am still sober. hope you all are fine dear people.
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    Greetings Nesters,

    Hot & humid here too today. Had 1 storm blow thru earlier this afternoon & another expected this evening. Lots of damage reported where my daugher lives. She tells me they have been without power for close. To 6 hours. No AC, ugh.

    Al, a big CONGRATS to you or your 1 week AF
    Keep moving forward & have no regrets!

    Pauly, how about a lake front somewhere on a mountain instead? I could go for that right now myself.
    Do you report these crimes when you see them? You really should so the police could keep a closer eye on the area.

    Pav, living out in the country away from the big cities has it’s perks. No one around here was involved in the big crowds protesting, most likely. It will be interesting to see what shakes out in a few weeks.

    Wags, it’s good not having to operate at full speed all of the time! Imagine having a minute to catch your breath & maybe even relax a little, nice
    I also want to stay very alert & aware of things going on so that I can respond accurately & in a timely fashion. Keeping everyone healthy is no little job!

    I feel sorry for anyone having to raise kids alone. It just always seemed like such a full time job & one where you could always use a little help. Maybe people are a little more flexible these days & will manage just fine. Nice. That you can support an old friend!

    Julia, good for you!

    Hello to everyone else & wishing a safe night in the nest for all!

    Lav
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