"THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE is a feature documentary film about the 23.5 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Deeply entrenched social stigma and discrimination have kept recovery voices silent and faces hidden for decades. The vacuum created by this silence has been filled by sensational mass media depictions of people in active addiction that continue to perpetuate a lurid public fascination with the dysfunctional side of what is a preventable and treatable health condition. Just like women with breast cancer, or people with HIV/AIDS, courageous addiction recovery advocates are starting to come out of the shadows to tell their true stories. The moving story of The Anonymous People is told through the faces and voices of the leaders, volunteers, corporate executives, and celebrities who are laying it all on the line to save the lives of others just like them. This passionate new public recovery movement is fueling a changing conversation that aims to transform public opinion, and finally shift problematic policy toward lasting recovery solutions."
Watch a clip of this amazing movie below. If this little taste of freedom doesn't leave you wanting more, people, maybe you oughta check your pulse.
Ulric Collete is a photographer in Quebec who has worked on capturing genetic similarities between members of the same family. I think his mother/daughter portraits are simply stunning, but they're all amazing -- including the mother/son and father/son portraits.
So why am I posting this? Simply because sometimes we wonder why family ties run so deep. And seeing this, I wish I could have done one with my father. I can't help but believe it would have brought us closer together had we seen one another from this incredible perspective. Check them all out by clicking on the picture of a grandmother and her granddaughter below:
Microsoft has announced that current users of Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Phone 8.1 can upgrade to Windows 10 for free for one year after the operating system launches. Once users claim the upgrade, Microsoft will keep you updated for the supported lifetime of the device.
Follow the link and read the fine print, however. There's sort of a catch.
You read that rightly! Club East is giving away a flat screen tv during halftime. Even though you'd rather be watching Katy Perry (who?) and Lenny Kravitz, we'll be giving away a brand new, never-been-touched-by-human-hands Westinghouse 32" LCD HGTV. Stop by the counter and check it out.
We had a guest speaker today with some gorgeous tats and an amazing lead. It was great to read this as a follow-up. Since I'm going to be 65 next month maybe I need to be thinking about getting my first tat... or not. Either way, I love the way Karen at Mended Musings sustains her self-image in the following post.
"We’ve been led into a culture that has been engineered to leave us tired, hungry for indulgence, willing to pay a lot for convenience and entertainment, and most importantly, vaguely dissatisfied with our lives so that we continue wanting things we don’t have. We buy so much because it always seems like something is still missing."
"In recovery I think we learn a lot about self-awareness. We work on our defects of character, share our feelings, and really learn who we are – many of us for the first time ever. And yet, yesterday, in the thick of things, I didn’t remember what to say to myself. I realized that what I needed to do was practice what I preach, or in AA lingo, I needed to walk the talk."
Awesome post from Josie at themiracleisjustaroundthecorner on 10 healthy responses to those who have heard from someone else what AA is all about...or -- even better -- they read about it on the Internet.
“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of - throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”