Serenity Now!

Our mother loved, loved, loved The Serenity Prayer. The Serenity Prayer is the common name for an originally untitled prayer by twentieth century American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr. The prayer has been adopted by Alcoholics Anonymous and other twelve-step programs. The best-known form is: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, […]

The Know-It-All

Mother never attended a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous to our knowledge. However, for one who did not attend, Mary certainly thought she knew all about Alcoholics Anonymous and about alcoholism in general. She would often tell Abby and me that the alcoholics were just trading one addiction for another. ¬†When asked to clarify, she would […]

Denial in the Glass Menagerie

Our mother had problems with addictive behavior – alcohol, food, pills – whatever the substance, she was not familiar with the concept of moderation. ¬†Since she never was one to admit her powerlessness over anything, she was not a candidate for a 12 step program. With her drinking problems, she could have benefited from Alcoholics […]