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Dry Wit: The End of An Era

I spent more hours registering for wedding gifts tonight than I ought to have, but as I did, I realized something really crucial: this column, as it has stood, is pretty much all done.

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Dry Wit: Words That Don’t Quite Sting

I was talking with a friend the other day about a rotten situation we were in with a friend who, for reasons unbeknownst to us, was being deceitful and manipulative, and when called out on her behavior, just layered on further lies and couldn’t, for lack of a better word, figure out how to fight […]

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Dry Wit: Fugeddaboudit

I realized some essential toggle switch in my brain had flipped when I honestly couldn’t think of something to write about this week.

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Dry Wit: Sober Spirituality For the Rest of Us

Regardless of what sobriety program you choose, eventually you’re going to run into mention of a Higher Power, or the need for spiritual experiences and spiritual growth. For those of us who have a little bit of a bad taste in our mouth from religious experiences, the emphasis on spirituality in sobriety can be daunting.

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Dry Wit: Fierce Bitches

I don’t know about you, but I’m having a helluva week.

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Dry Wit: Different for Everybody

I was talking with another sober gal the other day about our going-out habits post sobriety (I don’t, much, but more on that later), and I mentioned that one thing I absolutely could not give up was getting fish and chips at the pub. “Ooh, you can’t do that!” she exclaimed.

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Dry Wit: Mantra, Make It Happen

In case you couldn’t tell, I’m prone to moping. I’m a major moper. It happens to the best of us – idealists in particular seem to get discouraged when anything less than optimum happens, and it takes some serious mental training to move away from the mope and into the cope.

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Dry Wit: Come On, Get Hard-Assed

So, this last week, a friend-of-a-friend contacted me because she’d been following the progress of my sobriety both here and on my personal blog, and she had a problem: a person close to her had just revealed to her that he suspects he has a drinking problem, and she wanted advice about how best to […]

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Dry Wit: I’ll Take My Self-Growth On the Rocks, Please

I’d like to meet The Doctor, take a ride in the TARDIS, and head on back to whenever and wherever it was from which I got the truly disappointing delusion that the personal growth I would experience during the earlier periods of my sobriety would be, somehow, happy.

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Dry Wit: Accentuate the Positive

You know you’ve got some work to do when your response to your sobriety program’s admonition to remove negativity from your life is, “Well, this bleeping sucks!”

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Dry Wit: Cope on a Rope

“Drinking Problem”: is that phrase not the understatement of the century? It’s such a polite way of saying, “This woman is a hot mess after one glass of wine, so just wait till you see her after the sixth!”

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Dry Wit: Getting With the Program

So, I don’t know how many of you are recovering alcoholics (you saucy wenches) and I don’t know how many of you are living or dealing with a recovering alcoholic (seriously, I’m sorry about that), but it kind of seemed that the moment I mentioned to close friends that I was quitting drinking and working […]

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Dry Wit: Coming to Grips

Hi. I’m Ruby Bruiseday, and I’m an alcoholic. That’s how these introductions go, right? Today, I’ve been sober for 22 days. Doesn’t sound so long, you say? I beg to differ.