Sober Chronicles with Marc Lee Shannon

Sober Chronicles | Lighthouses

by Marc Lee Shannon When I get ready to write this monthly column, I call upon the universe for some muse. I’m not asking much, just a little grace from the magical, elusive word gnomes that can set me on m...
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Sober Chronicles | Intervals

by Marc Lee Shannon In my music theory studies many years ago, I learned that an interval is a difference in pitch between two sounds. The space between the notes that, along with the rhythm, tempo, meter a...
Sober Chronicles with Marc Lee Shannon

Sober Chronicles | The Art of Practicing

By Marc Lee Shannon When I was 14, I took a trip with my sister back to her home in the San Bernardino Valley in Southern California that lasted for about a month. Along for the ride was my really terrible ...
Sober Chronicles with Marc Lee Shannon

Sober Chronicles | Find Your Tribe

by Marc Lee Shannon Tribe. “A social division in a society consisting of families or communities linked by social, economic, religious or blood ties, with a common culture and dialect.” That’s the def...
Sober Chronicles with Marc Lee Shannon

Sober Chronicles | Stay Standing

by Marc Lee Shannon Some will say that they didn’t see it coming. But like that unseen icy patch right outside your front door, the same spot that is there every time the winter frost comes, the signs were ...
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Sober Chronicles | New Frames

by Marc Lee Shannon Just like everyone, when the new year comes around, I am inclined to reflect, genuflect, and over-examine my character defects. This year is no exception, and I am a little tired of the ...
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Sober Chronicles | The Holidays

by Marc Lee Shannon The holidays. For some of us it’s time to cue the late ‘40s Bing Crosby, or that ‘80s sugary Wham! seasonal pop topper (NOT my favorite) and float back in time to visit the best of ou...
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Sober Chronicles | Willing

by Marc Lee Shannon Willing. “I cannot be more willing than you to get sober.” These words are often softly spoken by the Trail Guide — the Sober Baddass to a fragile newcomer who may be struggling t...
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Sober Chronicles | Hope is not a plan

by Marc Lee Shannon Wanting something to be true. A desire that you anticipate. The outcome that you dream about and set your daily compass towards to achieve.  Hope. If you ask most recovering alcoho...
Sober Chronicles with Marc Lee Shannon

Sober Chronicles | Please. Help. Me.

by Marc Lee Shannon The road to recovery is always under construction. It doesn’t lay out conveniently like a Google Maps route or my 2016 Nissan Leaf’s navigation assistant, with its soothing, pleasant voi...