Tagged with Getting sober

Those Dark Café Days

(Apologies to Joni Mitchell.) There’s this Joni Mitchell song that I just absolutely love, and that always reminds me of getting older whenever I listen to it—it’s “The Last Time I Saw Richard.” The last part of the song contains the following lines: All good dreamers pass this way some day Hidin’ behind bottles in dark … Continue reading

Happiness as Possibility

A few weeks ago, I told my students about a prayer that Fr. Ferriols once said in class: “Panginoon: Posibilidad, posibilidad, posibilidad. Amen.” A few days later, after I mentioned Fr. Ferriols’s prayer in class, a former student—who is now my colleague and who has been sitting in my classes (I feel so old!)—lent me a copy … Continue reading

Saturn, is that you?

[Originally written on 8 March 2012 at 19h50 on my smartphone.] I don’t know why I’m writing this here. I could’ve easily turned my laptop on, and written what I have to say there. But writing on my laptop seems so formal; I always have to write carefully on it. And what I have to … Continue reading

What do comedy, flow, and zest have in common?

Productivity. Yep, you read that right: Productivity. It’s what comedy, flow, and zest have in common. See, a few weeks ago, I got to read Adam Dachis’s contribution to Lifehacker’s “What We Use” series. In it, he identified comedian Jerry Seinfeld’s productivity secret—as software developer Brad Isaac had revealed it—as one of the tips and … Continue reading

Late New Year’s Resolutions

There are two obstacles in my pursuit of happiness: alcohol and cigarettes. Let’s begin with my relationship with alcohol first. I started drinking young. See, my dad believed, and still believes, that one needs to know how to hold one’s drink, so he taught me how to drink when I was eighteen. Okay, fine, my … Continue reading