A Tragedy Happening in America—>You Can Help

There’s a tragedy happening in America…hundreds of thousands of deaths As per the Centers for Disease Control: from 1999 to 2018, we’ve lost 450,000 people to drug overdoses One of them wasn’t me: as a result, America has a person spending today getting a valuable resource into the hands of as many people as possible […]

What Are You Addicted To?

What are you addicted to? Addiction can make our lives dull washes of gray, like slate waves on an endless shore as the rain drains the clouds There are many definitions of addiction Your proposed definition: Addiction is a behavior pattern/thought process in which we compulsively engage, and which hinders our transformation into our Best […]

The Gift of Resentments

Whom do you resent…more importantly, why? Resentments—the way we manage them—can be key to recovery* (*we’re all recovering from something, or know someone who is) At the roots of my resentments of others, was the subconscious prod… They seem to be getting away with something I can’t! Take a close look at someone you resent…observe if […]

Privileged White Male

I had been ready to resent the whole white race, but as I got to see more of white people, my resentment was softened, and a spirit of cooperation took its place —Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.  Society bestowed upon me many unfair advantages, due to the color of my skin (white) and my socioeconomic status […]

Just/Justice

The best word in the American lexicon might be “justice” The worst? Might be “just” “See those Black guys hanging out on the corner? They’re up to no good. I just know it” “Those Latinx women in the back of the store? Gonna shoplift. I can just tell” I’m ashamed to say I’ve done it, […]

Ed’s Second Chances Week of 07Sep20

Monday Labor Day holiday Tuesday “In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher” —Dalai Lama Wednesday Fact: No situation is perfect Fact: We can choose to focus on what is working—or what isn’t—about any given situation Assertion: What we focus on, expands What will you choose to focus on? Thursday Things work […]

Ed’s Second Chances Week of August 31 2020

Monday It’s said humans learn by doing; yet it seems humans learn by believing That’s why stories of human triumph are so important We see others accomplish & overcome, we believe we can, too  Tuesday Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You […]

Dawn’s Early Light

“Oh say, can you see? By the dawn’s early light…” From where I write about how fortunate I am to have not only received Second Chances, but with them the opportunity to extend Second Chances to others In the pre-dawn light of my Ashburnham, Massachusetts front porch, the sun Rises & Reveals… Through the trees, […]

Ed’s Second Chances

To attain knowledge, add things every day. To attain wisdom, remove things every day ― Lao Tzu I’m proud of many things I’ve accomplished in life since getting clean off meth Achieving a dream of publishing a book, certainly, and my renewed dedication to getting it into the hands of as many readers as possible  […]

Anxiety/Prayer

Recently I received, from a mental health practitioner, a diagnosis of Anxiety Disorder… Which I chose to see as a key to freedom from Anxiety! The great philosophers tell us: Our challenges come not from our circumstances, but rather the views we take of them And like my inspiring colleague Ernest Kirkwood—who served three decades’ […]