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Relocating from CO to TN to pursue a life-long dream of starting a farmstead. I’m a #sober adventurer. Follow along!
Old Ford Truck. Author’s photo.

Since I was a young kid, I’ve wanted to own my slice of western folklore: a dude ranch.

I wanted a decent herd and a few horses, a good dog, a wife, an old truck, and a cabin sitting on a few thousand acres tucked beneath the Rocky Mountains with…


Little Hump Mountain, Tennessee. Photo by Mike Lento on Unsplash

I left home at seventeen. As I packed up my childhood room, a lump in my throat, I knew I would be back “home” in just four short years; after I finished my schooling. Four years turned into seven turned into eighteen. It’s been eighteen years since I’ve lived in…


A rainstorm over the Rockies in Crestone, Colorado. Author’s photo.

Six weeks ago, my wife and I decided that it was time to move back to my home state of Tennessee. After Covid, we wanted to be closer to family, closer to friends, closer to work, and surrounded by a familiar environment. But first, I must tell you about Crestone.


If you’re thinking about quitting alcohol, go ahead and do it already. I decided that I was done on March 28th of this year. After many touch-and-go decisions in my life, I realized that alcohol wasn’t doing me any favors. …


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Ethanol, also known as alcohol, ethyl alcohol, or drinking alcohol, is a neurotoxin. It’s a psychoactive drug, and nearly all of us commonly dose ourselves with it.

Ethanol is a flammable, volatile, and colorless liquid that smells and tastes awful by itself. We use ethanol in antiseptics, solvents, medical wipes…


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My wife and I used to have a recurring fight. It usually started by me asking her to grab something from the other room, her saying she was busy and couldn’t right now, and me blowing up.

Yes, it was that stupid.

What I didn’t realize at the time was…


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I want to first start by saying that I’m a bit nervous to share this story. I thought would just live between me and my wife and eventually become dormant there. We’d move on from it. However, after reading and learning more about sobriety, I think I need to share…


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Amazingly, I’ve learned more about myself in a month sober than I did in the two years prior. I use two years as a reference because that’s when I started therapy and my entire life began to morph. Therapy has been outstanding for me, sobriety has been better. While I’m…


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I live three and a half hours away from a city. The nearest town with a stoplight is an hour’s drive through mountain canyons and over an 11,000ft pass. In the winter, it’s impassable most of the time without four-wheel drive. Amazon Prime takes a week, usually, and sometimes more…


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When I was six, we were visiting my grandparents in Mississippi. They were recently divorced and no one had heard from my grandfather for a few days. My mother, worried, hurried over to his trailer, and what she would find there forever re-shaped the trajectory of my family’s history.

Lying…

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