Sox Take Pennant; NFL Week 7 Schedule, Lines, Picks; High School Round-Up

Red Sox Eliminate Detroit, Await St. Louis...

The Boston Red Sox are headed to the World Series after a thrilling 5-2 win over the Detroit Tigers Saturday night.

Shane Victorino hit a grand slam in the 7th inning made all the difference, and Detroit Rock City never recovered. It was the second time those suckas were done in by the Salami, and I enjoyed each one mightily.

We will play the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series. Game 1 is Wednesday night, at Fenway Park. Boston swept St. Louis in 2004 to end an 86 year World Series drought.


10/20 1:00 ET New England -3.5 At NY Jets 43.5

The Pats may be getting Rob Gronkowski back, although he is likely looking limited. If they do play him, they'll most likely use him to prop up their 30th of 32 teams red zone offense. That alone makes me think that we can beat the crummy Jets by more than 3.5 friggin' points. A win would open up a nice lead in the AFC East for the Pats.

Pats, 27-17

10/20 1:00 ET San Diego -7.5 At Jacksonville 45.5

Jacksonville may win this one, just to screw up the standings some. I don't actually feel that enough to bet on it, but I have this nagging feeling. I can't even bet them beating the spread, so I'll go for the over/under and hope that doing so quiets the voices.

San Diego, 21-13


10/20 4:25 ET At Kansas City -6.5 Houston 39.5

Who-ston was being spoken of as a Super Bowl contender right up until, in his 8th year or so, they figured out that Matt Schaub can't play QB in this league. Don't get me wrong... if I was rounding up a Powderpuff game, he'd be like my first or second choice (Some of the girls from my era are in the dreadnought class), and we'd probably start him. However, I'm not sold on Kansas City yet, and this would be a funny L to hang on them.

Houston, 21-20

10/20 1:00 ET At Detroit -2.5 Cincinnati 47

The Lions and the Bengals are historically inept, and- even though they're good this season- there's a chance that both team buses get lost or hijacked and neither team makes the game. They could just pick people out of the stands to play... a good GM would relish the chance to do an off-the-cuff draft from 70000 possible players. If you put the camera on the crowd, it'd be a bunch of fat guys yelling, "I played backup tackle in high school!"

Detroit, 14-10

10/20 1:00 ET At Miami -7.5 Buffalo 43

That is a mighty large point spread for what I see as a very average Miami team. That makes me think Buffy, although I only feel Buffy covering the spread. Buffalo, you see, is a below-average team.

Miami, 17-13

10/20 1:00 ET At Washington PK Chicago 50

I like Chicago, I love the spread, and I despise the over/under with the intensity of 1000 white-hot suns.

Chicago, 20-17

10/20 1:00 ET At Philadelphia -3 Dallas 55.5

Maybe a few of the Dallas players died this week, because I have no idea how they aren't favored over an ugly Philly squad. I don't even think Dallas is that good, but they're a point better than Philthydelphia.

Dallas, 28-27


10/20 1:00 ET At Carolina -7 St. Louis 42

Cam Newton will either get 35 fantasy points, or throw 3 interceptions and lose the game himself... and perhaps even God doesn't know how to tell which one is coming any given week.

St. Louis, 19-17


10/20 1:00 ET At Atlanta -6.5 Tampa Bay 43

If you told anyone that, by week 5, Tony Gonzalez would be poor-kid-at-Christmas-wishing to go back to recently 2-14 Kansas City from one-play-from-the-Super-Bowl Atlanta... well, to be honest, sh*t like that happens now and then, so no one would swoon or anything. Fortunately, Tampa just tore the heart out of their recent rebuilding effort by ridding themselves of their franchise QB, so everything should balance out some.

Atlanta, 21-14


10/20 4:05 ET San Francisco -3.5 At Tennessee 41

There appears to be some great advantage to playing in Tennessee that I am unable to visualize. Whatever it is, the mob feels that San Francisco is less than 4 points better than a lucky-to-be .500 Titans brood. I'd laugh at them, but they have taken a lot of my money over the years. However, I'm perfectly happy moving that decimal point over a place, or mistaking the over/under for how many Frisco gets.

SF, 41-6


10/20 4:25 ET At Green Bay -9.5 Cleveland 46

I won't move the decimal point ever on this one, but I would be comfortable adding 9.5 to that 9.5.

GB, 38-20


10/20 4:25 ET At Pittsburgh -2.5 Baltimore 40.5

I'm not taking that rotten Pittsburgh team I've seen this year over the Super Bowl champs, even if the champs are struggling.

Ravens, 28-24


10/20 8:30 ET Denver -6.5 At Indianapolis 57

Indy has knocked off some heavyweights... but notice that Peyton Manning's former owner sort of pulled Peyton Manning's ho card this week. That owner knows that Peyton gags on big games, so he's trying to make this a bigger game for Manning in order to elicit said gag reflex. That's the work of a man who knows in his heart that Peyton Manning is straight pup ussy. Unfortunately, any team that plans to cover Wes Welker with Darius Butler is going to lose by 35.

Denver, 54-19


Monday Night Football Line
10/21 8:40 ET At NY Giants -3.5 Minnesota 47

The Giants are 0-6 or so, but they're also only 3 games back in a division Michael Vick and Tony Romo play. They can come back, and a night spent smacking Josh Freeman around on national TV could start their momentum up. I do wonder what the "X" is in a "We'll give you Stevan Ridley and X for Adrian Peterson" scenario that Minnesota says yes to. "X" may equal "Cape Cod," and that scares me.

NYG, 28-7


Last Week: 4-10

This Week: 1-0

YTD: 46-45


High School Scores


D-Y 48, Falmouth 0

D-Y was in there like swimwear. Spencer "For Hire" Tyler and Corey Desimone each rang up 3 TDs.


Marshfield 32, Sandwich 13

Marsh Vegas has themselves a Sammich.


#8 Barnstable 20, #5 B-R 14

Hayden Murphy busted a 48 yard TD with a minute left to win it for Barney. Actually, make that "Hayden 'Motherf***ing' Murphy." Throw in a loss by #6 St John's Prep, and Barney could be Top 5 now.


Old Rochester 56, Wareham 8

Crikey, Wareham may need to go to the hospital-type OR after this whipping. 


Apponequet 56, Bourne 6

You know you had a bad game if the kids from the next town can taunt you with "Ha ha...  we only lost by 48."


Mashpee 56, Monomoy 38

If you took the Over on that 95 point over/under for this defensive strugle ....well, sorry about that.


Plymouth North 20, Nauset Nada

Christian Carr, which sounds like a crossword-pussle hint for the Popemobile, brought two touchdowns to the party. Nauset got snuffed by both Plymouth teams in two weeks.

Nantucket 28, Old Colony 6

Keenan "Ivory" Phillips banged home two TDs for the Whalers. Nanny improved to 3-3.


Upper Cape 42, Holbrook/Avon 6

UCT had a rough early season, but they are back in full force now. John Dumont and Dylan Derby combined for 220 yards rushing and 5 TDs.


This Week: 14-5

YTD: 83-42

Something Different & Easy Skillet Fish Dinner

      Normally I would give a story, a tip, something else. Today, is a little different, as we got the world this afternoon that my niece, at the age of 36 has passed away after a multiple years battle with cancer. She and her husband were pastors at a Presbyterian Church in New Jersey with 2 younger children. Life is not always fair, and this is one of those times that we all hate to hear about. My Mother, passed away at age 58 (also my age at the time or writing) of colon cancer, which was bad enough, then about 7 years ago we lost my younger sister at age 60, no kids and a performing pianist who perform internationally. My Father who is still with us at nearly age 92 is in fairly good health, hey look at any 92 year old jalopy and you're going to find some things going on it no matter how good it looks LOL. But has now said goodbye to 2 wives, a daughter, and now a granddaughter. As I spoke to Dad today about my niece Becky passing away we both were able to reflect a bit, grieve, and laugh together. We understand that there is for many of us a higher calling and hope that this is not all there is, and our hope is not early based. This concept may be foreign to some, "too religious for others, and just ridiculous to others. But this is what we hold to, and it is what enables us to see past the ugly of today into the beauty of tomorrow. For us life is not necessarily about the finite, relatively short span we have here on this earth but about the infinite eternal with the one who made us. Some of us do not take the time to spend thinking much on this, we push it to the back of our minds, until something like this happens. But her and her husband were so committed to it that they gave their lives to spreading the hope of tomorrow and the peace of today in being co-pastors. Talk about were the rubber meets the road, do they abandon what they have believe because of caner or do they hold onto harder what they believe to give them comfort through it all. So young, so much from out eyes ahead, but the one who made her called her home. Now what do we do with it from there? Do we heed the call or do we craw back into our holes ignoring the signs hoping it never effects us. The bell will sound, the time will come, when the time is up, what will we give in accountability for what decisions we have chosen while here on this side of the eternal. Something to ponder, something to think about. death is not a lover of life and gives no regards to age, creed, religion, race, life's preferences, it will come, what will be your response? I pray you do not have to deal with this, or that when the time comes your ending is a peaceful one, and until then you are able to live life to the fullest. 

And may that fullest be able to include some wonderful times right here on old Cape Cod.  
      Local businesses, this week I have been really hungry to go out, first for breakfast and one of the places that I love to go to is the Hole-In-One in Orleans. Only problem is working so much during the week does not allow me to go out much. Working out of my home I do not go out and drive by someplace that I would stop in. So I have to plan my weekends and Saturday mornings is when I like to go and this time of year is the best because I don't have to wait long so I get to sleep in longer before going to eat. Hole-in-One has great food, great baked goods and great atmosphere. And they have good parking out back and I have several different ways to get there. And best of all is they don't brake my piggy bank to enjoy a good breakfast. All right in the heart of Orleans. 
      Another place we love to go to when we are out and about is DJ's Family Sports Pub in Hyannis right behind the railroad tracks off Willow. My problem is I love their wings so much that I forget that have so much more. So from time to time I have to force myself to look at the rest of the menu, and behold the ribs, are total YUM, and their burgers are excellent as well. I could just go up and down the menu and brag on it all but hey, why don't you just go and check them out for yourself, and don't forget then do deliver (limited distance). 
      There are so many places I want to try and so little time and not enough money to do it with. If only I could win the lottery or make the right investments or, this or that or, or, or. Really? I also good well enough that why spend all my money on eating out when I can cook it myself. LOL. Anyway We all need a kitchen break from time to time so get out while you still can and visit some of our local best and enjoy a good meal out. We have so many excellent places that really there is no excuse to say you can't find someplace good to eat.  
      Welcome my friends, and I hope that this visits finds you in good health. As we look at the wanters around Cape Cod, the months of February, March, and April seem to have been those that have seen the most in ship wrecks then other months. It is said on several sights that 50 mile stretch from off Chatham to around Provincetown contains over 3000 shipwrecks over the years. In February of 1942 it is suspected that a cargo ship went down as the result of being torpedoed. In February of 1952 a tanker broke up about a mile off Monomoy Island. And back in February of 1907 a schooner caught fire and sank northeast of Nobska Light.  (You can check out Wikipedia, National Park Services Site and more on these and more.) Lately we have not had to worry about much going on around us and for that we are most grateful. But the dangers are still there and quite real to smaller crafts and fishing vessels and we need to keep them all in mind when this time of year comes round. We do not need any fatalities due to negligence or not being aware of the changes that have been going on through the winter months. The winds that howl echo the voices of too many spirits with unsettled business and seeking loved ones that gets very eerie sometimes, and we don't need to add to those numbers. There are those evenings like this week with the rising of the full Snow Super moon that it seems to be the most active, and from time to time one can grab a glimpse of a spirit within the spray of the the beacon light, of the fog and haze that is illuminated by the light of the moon. They are there, then not, than a voice, a cry, then silence. You just feel bad for them hoping that sometime somewhere they can find what they are looking for and lay down for eternity in rest. Not all believe in these, but they have not spent much time with me is all I can say. Anyway, I hope the weather does not play bad tricks on you and take you places you wish not to go or end up in situations that are not of your planning. And may the winds be still and sun rise higher and higher and be the warmth on your back. Time to get back to the chores around this station, I hope you great week ahead of you and may it be even better if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.   
      As I noted last month this year it is a surf & turf year, the odd months we will do turf and the even surf. So fish it is for this month. With as much as I cook and as much as my mother cooked, and knowing that I used to be a fish monger in a meat and fish market outside Philadelphia many years back, the one things I feel the least skilled at in the kitchen is cooking fish. This year I am looking to add more fish to my diet and not by going out more to eat either. A couple Sundays ago I got some monk fish and baked it and turned out pretty darn good if I don't say so myself. But I will be seeking out other recipes like the one I have today to offer. Also sheet-pan, one pot/pan, and even crockpot seafood recipes. My all time favorite however is the oven just because of the ease of it and the lower calories. So, I hope you join me this year as I get more comfortable with cooking seafood, cause we know I have no problems eating it. Now on with the show:
      This week's recipe: Easy Skillet Fish Dinner
      2      ribs      celery, chopped
      1      cup      green pepper, chopped
      1      cup      onion, chopped
      2      tsp       olive or canola oil
      4      each    plum tomatoes, chopped
   1/2      tsp       salt
              dash    pepper
      1      lb         cod, haddock, or other white fish
   1/2      tsp       seafood seasoning (my favorite Old Bay)
                          Hot cooked rice
                          Hot pepper sauce
      In a skillet, saute celery, green pepper, and onion in oil until almost tender. Add tomatoes; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Top with fish fillets and sprinkle with seafood seasoning. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 6 minutes. Break fish into chunks. Cook about 3 minutes longer or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Service over rice. Service with hot pepper sauce if you like.
      I hope you come and visit me at weekend mornings for some morning groans and moans. we try to laugh a little and get the juices going and give you something for the IM chat or watercooler. See you there at

More Life on the Cape. 2-19 & Curried Corn, Zucchini, and Bell Pepper Salad

      Oh what a wonderful season we are having, if only I were a hibernating bear or ground hog. The craziness with the temperatures are killing my electric bill and even with my wood burning insert it could be doing better if it was not either feast or famine. Meaning going light on the wood or trying to bounce it up when it get colder, but the bigger problem is that I started burning in mid November and normally I don't start burning till sometime in December. So I am starting to get a little antsy and hoping I make it through March with the wood I have. And before you ask, no I don't have the extra funds to just buy another cord, so I am stuck going month to month with higher electric and gas bills. Yuck, and I know some people would just die in my house with it being way too cool for them. But fortunately we do ok with it and have never been folks to have to have a "hot" house to live in. But life is what it is and we have to learn to adapt, even if that means putting on an extra blanket at night or putting on a heavier outfit during the day. And there is no escaping it as I work out of my home so I do not get the luxury of allowing someone else to pay for my daytime heating bill. At least I have a roof over my head to keep me dry and out of the elements, food for my stomach, and bed to sleep in. Too many, even here on the Cape do not have even that, so for that i am grateful. I now get it why so many head south for the winter of all ages, and after my back surgeries, and the cost of heating bills could almost pay for a winter place in one of them southern states that you rarely need heat, during these months. Ok I am laughing at this, as I do enjoy having 4 seasons and all that they bring. So before anyone goes off on why did you move here in the first place, can stuff that thought in your oil tank and second I came without knowing I would be experiencing back surgery and all that it brings on. Again, life is life and we all must cope with it and take the bad with the good. Even when it means we sacrifice some things to enjoy others. Life is good here on Cape Cod even if you have to look hard for it sometimes. No different than many other places in this state, part of the country, and further on, except we get to do it with sand under our feet. Hope you have a great and wonderful wherever you are but especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.     

      So local business report, let's take the on the Jelly and Jam makers. The Cape seems to have an abundance of not just good but great Jelly & Jam makers. Each has their own followers and groupies, but Im not sure you could go wrong with any of them. So not sure how to do this, but make a list check it twice and then load up with the English Muffins and go for broke. Some have brick and mortar stores others you will find their products in other shops and finally you have the artisan and crafter showers. The key is don't get stuck on one and forget the rest, find a favorite then experiment with the rest. I am going to just put out the name, you will need to google or facebook or instagram them to find out 
      One of my favorites is Chatham Jam & Jelly Shop on Rt 28
      Then there is Cape Cod Cranberry Harvest, find her online and in stores and at the summer shows.
      Next up Bog Lily Kitchen, Jams & Granola, does mostly shows spring through fall. Really good.
      Green Briar Jam Kitchen out of East Sandwich, a physical shop, and online. 
      Treasure by the Sea Jam and Jelly out of East Falmouth. 
      Preserves of Cape Cod, out of Osterville, find them online or in local shops. 
      BriarLane Jams & Jellies in Wellfleet and online. Great little place in summer right off Rt 6
As noted there are so many small kitchens that make it as a side business and do no advertising, dont have a facebook page or even a website. You just need to be at the right farmers market or crafters show, or even some of our local business friendly shops carry some of these smaller kitchen creations, so check the general stores as well. So hope I have given you some ideas and hope you find something sweet and tasty to share with friends and family or take home with your on your next visit. These are some very sweet treats. 
      Hello again, and glad to see you are surviving this crazy weather we have been having. These are the days and times that we who are the guardians of the beacon get our workouts. We need to be sure the lamp room is clear of any debris, there are no critters taking refuge up there. the windows are clean and clear, and the beacon is at full power. Then we take the trip down to the ground level and outside we go and make sure the fog horn is clean and free of any debris, with all the winds we've had over the past several days a lot of sticks and leaves have gotten sucked into the bell of the horn. Also this time of year the little critters like to take refuge in and around the horn as it gets them out to the direct weather. But if that thing goes off with then in it, it could be life threatening. at the worse. Those snow white outs can be as bad as dense fog, so we need both ready to go. What many don't realize that even the lightest of snow blowing hard can cause near zero visibility so the shipping industry counts on that beacon to be at its best in these conditions. Surprising we also serve the community with those on the way home, being able to see the beacon and know that their home is nearby. Of those service people who are out and about knowing there is a beacon of hope through the evening. We are here in hopes you never need us but if you do we are at our best. Well folks I would love to stay and chat more but I need to make a check on several weather reporting stations and get them turned in. We will see you next time hopefully not as hectic. Don't forget to check in with the Mrs as I know she has been baking again and take something with you. Hope y'all have a safe and stay warm, and especially if you're doing it right here on old Cape Cod.  
      This weeks recipe is a vegetable based salad. I always find that more people will eat veggies in a salad than cooked. Most of the time that is because growing up their cooked veggies were mushy, over cooked and tasteless, or worse burnt. So they have developed an adversity to veggies, but put it in a salad, whether cooked or raw and even the veggie haters will give it a try. So give this one a try, the only cooking is for the dressing that goes over it, not the veggies themselves, so they remain crunchy and fresh and with flavor. Now on with the show before I start salivating all over the keyboard. 
      This week's recipe: Curried Corn, Zucchini, and Bell Pepper Salad
   1/4      cup      Vegetable Oil
      2      Tbsp    fresh curry powder
      2      cloves  garlic, flattened
   1/3      cup      mayonnaise
   1/3      cup      sour cream or plain yogurt
      2      Tbsp    honey
      1      Tbsp    fresh lemon juice
1 1/2      tsp       salt
   3/4      tsp       ground pepper
      2      large    red bell pepper
      5      large    zucchini, quartered lengthwise
      2      Tbsp    olive oil
      8      ears     corn, or 2 -10 oz pkg frozen corn, thawed 
   1/2      cup      red onion, chopped
      Combine vegetable oil, curry powder, and garlic in heave small skillet. Stir over medium-low heat until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Cool Completely; discard garlic. Whisk mayonnaise, sour cream, honey, lemon, salt and pepper to blend in small bowl. Stir in curry mixture. (can be prepared a day in advance.)
      You can grill or steam the bell peppers and zucchini, then cut cooked veggies into bite size pieces.  Cut corn kernels from cobs. Add peppers, zucchini, and onion. Pour curry mixture over vegetables till coated. Cover and refrigerate. (can be done up to 6 hours ahead of time.) Bring to room temperature before serving. They say services 8, I would go with 6. 
      Remember to please come join me mornings at for some morning fun, moans and groans to get your morning started. Thanks for reading, I am always happy to have you. 

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”The Effect of Alcoholism on the Whole Family”

* The devastating toll of alcoholism on the family
* The self-destruction of the addict
* For those looking for strength from their own alcoholic-driven problems
* The enabling
* Blackouts/physical and emotional abuse
* Denial
* Protecting the children
* Breakdowns
* Feelings of hopelessness
* Communication in the marriage
* Professional help
* Separation or divorce
* Ignoring the signs of teenage drinking
* Hidden emotional problems with the children
* Taking time to listen and communicate with your teen
* Giving complete support
* Being involved in their counseling, doctor’s appointments and recovery program 

“My Spiritual Changes Within” 

* Focus on relationships with our loved ones
* Strengthening your belief in your faith
* Tours to Medjugorje/spiritual renewals
* Alberta’s spiritual experience in Medjugorje
* The secrets Our Lady is giving the visionaries
* Description of the apparitions
* The importance of Confession
* Miracles all around us
* Awareness of God in our lives
* Alberta encourages us to examine our life
* Recognize the value of thankfulness
* Saying goodbye to our loved ones
* Renew the joy in life 

”Where am I Heading?”
(School Program) 

* The introduction to alcohol and drugs
* Signs of alcohol abuse
* Following the crowd
* Binge drinking
* Hereditary or a disease
* Habit, action, location, and friends
* Facing your family and school problems
* Recovery programs
* Breaking from the drinking and drug friends
* Getting on with life
* The reality of Cirrhosis of the Liver 

**Alberta is willing to talk on any topic you may want for your event. She would love to discuss what would be the best fit. Please feel free to send questions to [email protected]

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References from the Bristol Correction Office at Faunce Corner Road in North Dartmouth, MA:
1. Rui M. Lima, MA, MSW, LICSW, Director of Substance Abuse & Social Servies Programs & Treatment: Telephone: 508-995-6400 ext. 2821
2. Matthew Robitaille, Director of Classification and Programs ; Telephone: 508-995-6400 ext. 2504

Family suffering with the addict

poster family addiction

Interventions are not only for the alcohol or drug user. As family members, we have many problems ourselves. Not facing them, realizing them, and correcting them can pass the stress over to the addicted. 

Intervention is a final step hoping to get the user to admit themselves into a recovery program or a rehabilitation center. If they are under eighteen, this is in your control. Over that age, they are in control.

Alcoholic and Addicts are great manipulators. We are great for carrying the load of feeling guilty when we make demands. We do need to treat this problem as a group–and listen to each other. 

After losing a husband and daughter from substance abuse, I could list many mistakes I chose, which I will list another time. Doing “nothing” and thinking this problem will ride itself out, is foolish. It’s not going to go away without dealing with it. And if you don’t, your loved one could be walking head-on into a freight train. 

Some users want help while others think they can handle the drinking or drugs. Like my daughter, Lori, she told her sister that she couldn’t see her life without a drink. That’s after three rehab stays to dry out and get counseling. 

I don’t take the blame for her death. We all have choices. But, I will take the blame for not listening, and staying by her side more with conversations which would have shown I loved her. Words are good, but the action is better. 

What I would give to go back and handle the problems when I saw them; some, I didn’t. It’s too late to get her or Richie back. I’m reaching out to family members saying, “Don’t give up on them, show your love, listen, put an arm around them, go to counseling together, if underage and they are killing their organs, admit them without guilt. Better they hate you than you burying them.

And last, pray together. Yes, pray. Go to your place of worship. 

Alberta Sequeira
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What is and isn't Working for the Alcoholic and Addict

Having a loved one who is hooked on alcohol or drug abuse is horrifying. I lost both my husband and daughter from this world-wide disease. When I did, I wanted to know what I could have done better. Where to get the answers? I went directly to the source; the alcoholics, drug and prescription users who are struggling to get their life back. I asked them over 23 questions to learn what they think is and isn’t working in their programs. What do they need from us as family members, counselors, or doctors? 

One woman started drinking at five years old and another at seven. They follow what the parents do.  This is why I believe education with substance abuse should start in first grade.  Children are more informed about the use than we think.

This is the book not only family members but the professionals. As for readers who are struggling themselves, this is a book you will be able to relate to yourself. This book is a benefit to add to libraries and bookstores.

There are thirty-four testimonial stories of users from the USA and Canada. They are raw and honest. 

Addicts Statements:

Negotiating the ups and downs of the first few years of recovery contain numerous pitfalls which those in recovery must have the right kind of help with. The best-intention of friends, family, lovers, and co-workers can be healthy supports or obstacles to long-term sobriety. Having the addicts tell their story of what worked for them and what didn’t or doesn’t work would be a most helpful addition to the literature on the subject of addiction and recovery.
Addicts sharing their experience, strength, ​and hope with others​ is​ something that only a recovering addict or alcoholic can do.
It is a unique gift. ~John Daubney ~ Author, Mentor, and Retreat Leader
I was tired of getting sick, my hands shaking, my vision deteriorating, my nose bleeding, my bowels moving sporadically, not sleeping and feeling safe, along with the violence and running from many situations being paranoid to the point of staying home all day.
I would tell doctors and counselors to listen to us. We are drinking for a reason, but we can’t stop on our own. Help us to identify the reason we are drinking. What are we afraid of? What are we trying to hide, our insecurities, our short-comings? Maybe we just don’t like who we are sober and truly believe we are better people when we are drinking or using drugs. Most of all treat us as humans, not a disease.
It was very enjoyable to write this and take a look back on​ the journey to recovery! It helps a lot with letting go. The past does not define me anymore. It also reinforces the gratitude I have for sobriety.
~ Anonymous


I​ thought the book was an excellent account of the lives and stories of those people …

Many​ addicts stories
Very informative reading many addicts stories. What made them seek help. What helped them stay sober. What length of time needed in treatment. What treatment programs need.

John R. Daubney
5.0 out of 5 stars​ A Light in the Darkness!
Rarely has any​ book described a solution to such a devastating public and personal health issue, in such a variety of voices and pathways, as does Alberta Sequeira’s “What is and isn’t​ Working for the Alcoholic.”

Thomas Cirignano
There’s no better source of insight and understanding that​ the thoughts and beliefs of those afflicted. This was an ingenious concept. Each authentic and emotional story within this book gives you an understanding of the delusional workings of the alcoholic and addicted mindset. 

Alberta Sequeira
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A Dream & a Bitter Bikini Cocktail

Life can be a dream sometimes, especially for an early teenager falling in love with a place that he only know during the summer. But the lure and the love of the land mesmerized that young man and the fantasies and dreams became entrenched in all he did and thought. Cape Cod became his life nearly 24/7. Over the years as I grew older I knew that someday I would live on Cape Cod. I knew that it would be my home, it was just when and how. School came and went, as did the vacations with the parents and life with a family began. Life was rude when one has to realize vacation time does not happen a month at a time when you are new to working. Year after year though, afford it or not I would pack up the family and make the pilgrimage to the Cape for that one, too short, week that I had. Over the next 25+ year we made it just about every year with the exception of a few. But the dream never ended. Finally the opportunity came and the move was made, As in all things there were some issues that were not the best mixed in with the sweetness of coming to the place I have always dreamed of to call home. Over the last 6 years I have enjoyed my home while learning to deal with back surgeries, right in the middle of house repairs turned remodel. All appliances having to be replace and water heater, roof and more. Today I am 2 year out from the last surgery, praise the Lord a solid roof and a dry house. But my poor kitchen still is in the midst of the start of a redo. There are still another 47 to 63 projects that need done as most year round older homes on the Cape. Although I am glad not to be living in one that's over a 100 years old as that would have put me over the edge by this time. As a kid all we see is the glitter, the glam, the fun in the sun on the beach. But reality is, life still goes on with all the studs of life showing, the roof and appliances that need dealt with and unexpected health issues that come our way. Do those things tarnish a little boys dreams and hopes of a life on the Cape, Nope and I will cherish ever day and moment I am allowed to call this place we call old Cape Cod home. If that is your dream I hope your dream comes true some day, and if not, may your visits fulfill the dreams you have and bring you happiness all the rest of the year. Well until we meet a came, have a great and wonderful, especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.     
      Local business report, why I have not done this soon I am not sure, but during the winter these should be at the top of our lists during the cold months.
      First up is Hot Chocolate Sparrows, located at 5 Old Colony Way in Orleans, https://www.hotchocolatesparrow.comand on facebook is just the place to get that Hot Chocolate, Hot Coffee, Hot Tea, and for that Valentine sweethearts they have pastries, sandwiches & soups and then there is the chocolate shop. The Shop does have free Wi-Fi so you can sit, drink your coffee, do that report, study for that midterm or just read an online paper. So please check them out and enjoy a wonderful hot beverage. 
      Next up is the Cafe Chew at 4 Merchants Rd, Sandwich, online at and on facebook. The have Hot Tea, Coffees and Espressos. They also specialize in breakfast and lunch goodies. So if you are in the Sandwich area and need a warm me up, check out Cafe Chew.
      What about Pie in the Sky located at 10 Water St, Woods Hole, on line at, facebook, instagram and more. Top of the list for me right now is the have the Hot Coffee, Hot Tea, and Hot Chocolates, they do breakfasts and lunch items. So you don't have to drive all the way to Sandwich or Orleans to get a good cup of Joe, Tea or HC, You folks in down in the Falmouth/ Woods Hole corner of the Cape have a hot little spot to serve your needs. 
      Now for the additions and other places as you travel the Cape need to check out. These are some of my tops spots as well, 
      Snowy Owl Coffee Roasters located 6A in Brewster, some of the best cafe coffee on the Cape in my opinion.
      Cape Cod Coffee Roasters, Mashpee & Cafe at Mashpee Commons. I love this coffee in my house every morning.
      Nirvana Coffee Company in Barnstable across from the Courthouse on 6A 
      Three Finns is the new player and a great place in West Dennis on RT 28 at the curve, GREAT coffee.
      And Chatham Perk  is a hot spot for your hot beverage. 
   So have a wonderful time at all these plus more that I am not even aware of and enjoy to your hearts delight.  
      Welcome my friends, I hope the warmer weather has been good to you and for you. It's been interesting for us here at the lighthouse as we don't get a lot of opportunities to crank up ye old fog horn this time of year. But the other night it was thicker than Ma's winter bean 'n maple bacon soup. and that's pretty darn think, you know the stick to your ribs kind. Then with a side of corn bread and butter drizzled with maple syrup and green beans and ham hocks. Now look whatcha all did, went and got me off track thinking about food and we all know where that leads too, me in trouble. Anyway, one of these times I have got to talk about the cookins and eatins of a lighthouse kitchen. But we will leave that for another day. But the fog was pretty bad for this time of year, but with the temperatures so high and the waters and ground still so cold it is a perfect combination for fog. We even had the wattage on the light turned up a bit to be sure it cut through that stuff. It's nights like this that you can get that feeling of what some of those Whalers to Frigates to Clippers to you name it had to go through, and then hope they don't find one of the shoals or pop up sand bars along the coast lines. The bigger they came the more they wanted to stay out further until the last moments of turning into the harbors. Even the smaller ones that did not draft as deep wanted to stay out as channels changed often and the currents off the Cape can be mighty dangerous and push an unsuspecting captain through the thickened fog into shore before he could have a chance to react. So when these nights come about this time of year, and the air gets eerily quiet and the fog roles in, at times you can almost hear the cries and clammer of crews on ships passing by praying that this night is not the one they meet a watery grave. Yup we have a role here on the shores not only on the Cape but along every coast line around the globe to help protect those who travel the seas to make it home safely to sail another day. Well folks I need to get back up and tend the lamp again tonight, looks like we may have a few more before we get back into real winter weather again. So be careful, take your time and may the light of a beacon guide you home safely, especially if you are right here on old Cape Cod. 
      This month is a little different type of cocktail than I am used to. I have not used bitters a lot and am just learning about them and how to use them. So when saw this recipe I thought it was a good start and also fit the theme for this year and the other thing it is so simple. So if you have never had or are just getting into bitters this is a good and easy one to start with. Now just for those legal eagles, please be a responsible drinker and a responsible host. It is better to either have one less or give up the coach for someone to sleep on, then never have them again. Ok one last thing, you can find this recipe on many sites so take your pick who to give credit too. Now on with the show and this week's recipe:
      This week's Recipe: a Bitter Bikini Cocktail.
      1 1/2      oz      Campari® bitters
         1/2      oz       triple sec
            1      oz       dry vermouth
      Shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a rocks glass over ice.
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Time To Start Planning & Cheesy Shrimp Bites

      So are you planning your summer vacations yet? If you are like me and the company I work for, they are scheduling time off 6 months out, so June and July are already mostly booked up and August is coming real fast. Is that cottage available again? Is the Hotel or Motel still in business? How early can I book that weekend or week to ensure I get what I want? Most of us aren't thinking about that as we are more focused on staying warm, planning a quick winter escape to a warmer spot on the planet or maybe you are a skier and just looking to find a slop you can slap one or two boards under your feet and take on getting to the bottom without a broken limb. But we really need to the time to sit down with the significant other and figure this out. If you are lucky enough to have family here, you definitely need to put in your time so you can either avoid the other members you don't get along with or schedule when the ones you like are there. Funny how I am finishing this blog up while watching the weather and temperatures to the west side of the big ditch are either near or below zero and wind chills are just dangerously low. What better time then is there then now to get that planning started. Over the next couple months we will look at things you can do that does not cost money, cost a little money or things that you might want to save up for. If we don't start planning now, then summer will be upon us sooner than we know and we will be without a place to stay or money to do the things we want to. So here we go with another year past us and a new year of vacationing on the horizon. I sure hope that Cape Cod is on your list to come visit, we have so much to offer and it is so close to so many reading this. We are looking forward to seeing you all and hope you have a warm safe winter. Oh and buy the way, if you have the time we are still open for business through the winter. Have a great and wonderful and especially if you can do it while right here on old Cape Cod.   
      Cape Cod business report: I'm looking to drive home the Salt companies and Spice and Herb Businesses. First up is Atlantic Spice Company, located in North Truro at the corner of North Shore Rd and Rt 6 just before you get to Truro Vineyards, Web address is and on Facebook. This is another business open year round both the store as well as online store. They are well stocked year round and have just about anything and everything you would want from spices and herbs to salts to teas. Yes I said teas. They do not get into coffee that is a whole nother critter. They do have quite a collections of kitchen gadgets as well. I know they are a little out of the way, but make them part of a package deal with going to P'town for the weekend and the winery and a few other up the arm. Check them out.
      Next is 1830 Sea Salt of Cape Cod, now they do no have a physical store but they available online at in local shops including Cape Cod Beer. They are our of Chatham and enjoy making a quality product the old way. Read their story on their home page, then go purchase some wonderful crafted salts. Oh they also do wedding and celebrations favorites and gives. 
      Next up is Wellfleet Sea Salt Company, find them on facebook or on the web at Wellfleet Sea Salt Company. I have used their salts and have been pleased beyond words. The flavors in the salts are amazing and adds and enhances the flavor of whatever you are cooking. You can buy direct online, direct when they are doing the farmers markets and artisan shows. Give them a try and you will not go back to box store salt ever again. 
      Folks with it comes to bulk spices and herbs and such other than these, and they are good at what they do but right now other than going to a grocery store or specialty grocery store, finding someplace that carries a full line of spices, herbs, salts, teas is just not going to happen. You will need to either head off Cape or order online. At which time I would strongly suggest looking at our own Atlantic Spice as they are always fresh and move a ton of spices and herbs all year round. A specialty shop like that is hard to keep going here on the Cape year round. We are growing in size but we are spread out, so it is not convenient for someone from Hyannis to Falmouth to Sandwich to drive to North Truro, nor would it be profitable to do the other. So if Atlantic Spice is not an option for you, plan your off Cape trips to include a good spice, herb and tea shop while you are off Cape, but buy your salts locally you won't go wrong.   
      So another week has gone by and we here on the Cape have seen little to no snow, not that I mind that one bit you know. Whoever in charge of that stuff they can keep it on the other side of the ditch where it belongs. Although the older I get the more these bones and joints don't seem to like the cold either, or extreme changes in weather. But that's all part of life and living here on the Cape. Did you all see that one of our own towns here on the Cape made one of them big time on-line magazine to 10 beach towns to live in? Yup the Town of Barnstable did and all it has to offer. Personally I think any of our towns along either side of the arm from bridges to point could have but who am I. Did you all know that Sandy Neck Light is at the opening of Barnstable Harbor as it opens up to the Cape Cod Bay. Sandy Neck was opened back in 1826 but then the light was put out in 1937. Finally a skeleton town was up up in 1952, but the tower was not put back into service until 2007 when it was opened under private run and is used today for private navigational purposes only.So it is not open to the public, but if you ever go whale watching you can get a good look at her. Check out Cape Cod Lighthouses for more on our local towers and some information on each. Although privately owned Sandy Neck is still our sister lighthouse and we like to keep in touch whenever possible. 
      Well other than the cold, we have really had a mild winter so far. The seas have been relatively calm, no major Nor'Easters, no major navigational changes to channels and harbors. This is a lighthouse keepers dream winter for here on the Cape. I feel like somehow I'm cheating you out of some information or something when there isn't much to report. I'm still doing the normal winter chores, fixing and repairing little stuff that just gets worn with all the tourists and groups that come in, and especially with all the kids. But I want all to touch, the feel and to get to know this place and that means things are going to need some TLC every now and then. If I don't taker care of the place the Spirits get a little restless and tend to go on more animated night roamings to get my attention that things need done. And yes I listen, I can only take a couple nights of that then they start to get on my nerves and I love my sleep. Speaking of sleep, that young reporter gentlemen came a little later than normal and is pushing my bed time. So I am going to let you all go for this round and I am going to get some shut eye. They say some high winds are coming in and 5am comes early as I need to have reports turned in for the weather people. Have a good one and,,, well you know, especially if you can have it right here on old Cape Cod. 
      Well with the big game this weekend I thought I better do it right and appetizers and finger foods are the order of the weekend. The other fun thing is that we start right out of the kitchen in January with a fifth Wednesday and we know that is appetizer are the name of the game when there is a fifth Wednesday in the month. This year we are not going to form and stick with the seafood theme. So hope you find this months feature a fun and tasty treat and easy to share with those you love and care to share some great eats with. Now before the game is over and we all missed it. On with the show; 
      This week's recipe: Cheesy Shrimp Bites
      6      each      English muffins, split
      6      oz          shredded cheddar cheese
      1      stick       butter (room temperature)
      1      Tbsp      mayonnaise
      1      tsp         Worcestershire Sauce
      1      tsp         garlic powder
      1      tsp         seasoned salt
      1      cup        shrimp pieces, diced
      Blend ingredients in order as listed. Spread on muffins and cut into quarters. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. Serve warm. 
      Well I hope you have enjoyed reading, now please come join me weekdays morning at for some Morning Thunks, Thoughts & More. We get the morning started with a theme word that is revealed on Fridays, and just try any way to put a smile on your face and a few weird observances to useless knowledge information. So hope to see you at  

Life on the Cape January 2019 & Cran-Apple Delight Crisp

So how we doing this week, are you surviving the rollercoaster ride of weather. You know one thing that just drives me crazy living here on the Cape? The major package delivery services, and let me start by saying our UPS regular is by far the best of the best. he know us, he know my dog, He toots the horn when he is coming to our house to let us know he is there and is just a delight whenever he comes to our house. But the other two main package delivery people could learn a few things from our UPS man. Neither one, toots, knocks, rings the bell, nothing, and unless you see them coming or going you have no knowledge they have even been there. At least FedEx like my UPS guy puts my packages in plastic bags if it is raining and we are not home. On the lest of these is our UPSP person. Somewhere when our last guy retired the new younger guy missed out on a whole lot of, what it is to be a customer based person. I think he feels that since he lives in his truck it gives him a right to be grumpy, grouchy and at times lazy as all get out. He will do all he can not to have to get out of his vehicle, even if that means stuffing something that really should be brought to the door into my mailbox, even if it means leaving the box door open and the package half hanging out in the rain. Seriously? And it is a wonder his vehicle stays running, and I wonder how many brake pads he goes through a year. He flies from box to box, and can hit 30mph in 30 inches between my neighbors mail box and mine and still stop on a dime. The biggest complain of all three is they all, even bless his heart my good guy, they all tend to fly down our street and we have dog walkers of all ages and capabilities, we have young parents with strollers, we have kids on bikes. If anyone can just put a plug in their ears for the South Dennis delivery guys, please just slow down a big, our street is not RT 134, Old Bass or Sutucket. It's a residential year round area with overall 75% year round, with my street 90%. I know it's a main cut through but please just slow it down a bit. And take some lessons from our UPS guy when it comes to servicing, I know time is money but so is public relations. 
      New subject, taxes, so have you gotten yours done yet. I know we are still in the midst of a government shut down but our state is still going strong and the big house with the big mouths, (both sides folks I favor neither side right now) will reopen and will be expecting your filings to be on time. I know that many of us are still waiting for the last of our interest an W-2 statements, but the sooner you start putting it together the quicker it will get done once all is in hand, or when you need to get it to your accountant or CPA. Since we are so special here in Taxachusetts we need all the time to get it all together we can get. So just a reminder, sooner together, means sooner done, even if you do own and want to wait till the last minute to file. 
      Last but not least on my list for today is a reminder, we are only coming to the end of January, winter has a lot more to go and we need to not get so excited with the lack of snow. February and March can still be brutal around here. So be on guard and don't get ahead of yourself thinking that little snow in January no snow the rest of the season. Somehow it all balances out as we are seeing with the rollercoaster temperatures. Keep the gloves and hats and boots handy, keep the scarves and mufflers at hand and don't you dare put the shovel away yet. I am sure we will still need it before it is all said and done.
     But with all the above it still is Cape Cod and it is still beautiful to be a part of. The ice blocks or bergs in the Bay, The bird life that is still around and the new ones that actually come around this time of year. You are able to see things that would normally be covered by greenery are now visible and able to be enjoyed. And there is a clearness in the skies during this time of year opposed to the warmer times of the year. So get out there and enjoy our wonderful beautiful Cape and remind yourself just why you enjoy this time of the year living here. WOW. Well that's about it, just live here as is most other places, just a better view. And if you are someplace else, we don't shut completely or roll all the carpets up, and there is much to do, see and places to stay and eat at. Some come on out and give us a visit, even in the dead of winter. Hope you all have a great and wonderful, especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.     
      Business report time: Ok one of the more interesting local businesses is The Local Juice. located at 539 South St Hyannis. Also at, on facebook, instagram and more. A short what are they about from there face book page goes like this: Locally-sourced cafe offering organic cold-pressed juices, smoothies, coffee, snacks, sandwiches and soups plus a large selection of local pantry items. We also sell our juices + goodies at local farmers' markets throughout the Cape. So if you are into the cold pressed juices, into the healthy movement, ( most of are looking to be healthy just some of you do it more homeopathically than others.) this dynamic duo has what you need. And who knows with as tasty as some of their drinks are, they might get me drinking them more often. Yes I have had them when they have been out and about, and can attest they are tasty. I make fun of a lot of the "healthy" crowds out there, but in reality I am sure we all could do a better job and being healthier. This is a great way to do it, and they also have other products that can help in keeping healthy in many different ways.  
      The other biz I have not listed for a while is at the other end of the scale, Little Miss CupCape. located at 388 Main St Hyannis. or online at or facebook, instagram and more. Do I really need to tell you what Taylor is all about? Cup Cakes folks Cup Cakes, totally filled with goodness cup cakes. big ones and mini ones. She also have cookies, and on some mornings these baked rolls that are to die for. OH and there is more, but if I told you all there would be no more surprises. She is not only a walk in shop, but she does birthday parties, office parties, weddings, celebrations. She will work with you and make any occasion an over the top special one for you and your friends and guests.  
      Hello one and all and I hope to find you unthawed from the recent deep freeze. Last time I could find us this cold was once in 2017 and then back to 2015 when we were about the same. So although it is not common for us to be about 5 degrees it does happen here on the Cape. The oceans remain mostly unfrozen and the ocean side harbors still clear of any major lockups but the spray has been a like a frozen slushy on anything that has been going in and out to sea. I have heard that there was some freezing in the Cape Cod Bay and they had some Harbor blockages but that was about it. The next couple days here we are back in the 30s-40s and should help with anything still having some of the sea foam freeze on it break free. The Super Blood Wolf Full Moon this past Sunday and the lunar eclipse had more effects on our coast line than the cold weather as these have more atmospheric affects on the high tide along with high winds. The erosion could always have been worse but any around these areas are unwanted. Yet, that is part of living on the Cape, and this should not surprise any of us and we need to learn to adapt to the changing coastal scape. Those of us along the outer shores faired ok and diid not loose much footage, and most of the stairways down to the beaches have stayed in tacked. I know some of our other lighthouse friends around the cape are still in watch mode for erosion and will over the next several years have to consider if they need to start fund raisers for when they need to move back another 100 or so feet. We are back enough that with any good fortune should not have to consider that for at least a good 50 or so years. So what have I been doing this year since I and the misses are not traveling? Well what I normal do this time of year, the weather instruments still need to be monitored, this includes sending up the weather ballon at a regularly scheduled time. I have been doing some repairs to things that just need general attention. Anymore anything major has to come from someone at the Coast Guard who has engineering degree or computer background. That stuff has really gotten sophisticated beyond my knowledge, kind of like working on my old MG Midget, all I needed to keep her running was a pair of pliers, a pair of pantyhose and a role of duck tape. Todays modern jalopies, some of them you can't even get to the engines unless you have a degree. Oh well. But we also have been doing some private civic group tours and of course we are always hosting visits from our children from the local schools. Other than that and just trying to stay warm, that's about it. So thats about it for this round, my bread is about done in the oven, (yes I bake bread as well), so I better get going. You have a great and wonderful especially if you can do it right here on Old Cape Cod.      
      This year out dessert will be that of Crisps and Cobblers. Not being a formal baker I had to go look up the difference between the two and what each actually were. on May 18,2018, put it this way "A crumble is a dish of baked fresh fruit, with a streusel crumb topping. The topping is usually made with a dreamy combination of butter, flour and sugar, with the option to include nuts. Like a crumble, a crisp is a baked fresh fruit dessert, but the streusel topping is less dense and typically includes oats." While FarmersAlmanac @ put it this way: Crisp: A crisp is fruit dessert with a topping made of a combination of oats, flour, butter, and sugar (and sometimes nuts). The topping completely covers the fruit and is baked. It is also sometimes called a crumble.Cobbler: Cobblers are a fruit dessert baked with biscuit-style topping. It’s called a cobbler because its top crust is not smooth like a pie crust but rather “cobbled” and coarse. It’s usually dropped or spooned over the fruit, then baked." Both sites actually go on to share the differences between Buckles, Crumbles, and a Brown Betty. Whodda thunk, honestly I never did before, so I learned something. There are other sites that do the same thing and I am not slighting them, these are just two sites I am familiar with and trust their information. They are not the final word I am sure, but I give them the credit for my information. So with all that, my recipes come from the faithful church gathering collections that go back more than 30 years. I love sharing good time tested recipes. Trust me unless I make a big ta-do about it I take no credit in any of these recipes, they have all been shared by others. Hope you enjoy this years offerings. Now on with the show:
      This weeks Recipe: Cran-Apple Delight Crisp
      3-4      tart      apples
         2      cups    fresh cranberries
   3/4-1      cup      sugar
      3-4      Tbsp    water
      Preheat oven toi 350 degrees. Peel, core, and slice apples. Rinse and pick over cranberries (get the unripe or bad ones out). Mix fruit with sugar and water and place in 2-quart casserole dish. Set aside.
      3/4      cup      uncooked oatmeal
      1/4      cup      flour
      1/2      cup      brown sugar
      1/2      cup      chopped pecans
      1/4      cup      melted butter
      Mix dry ingredients. Add melted butter. Spread topping over fruit. Bake for 45 minutes.
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Boston Events

From: NWU, Boston Chapter <[email protected]>
Date: Fri, Jan 18, 2019, at 3:01 PM
Subject: January Update 2019
From: [email protected]>

National Writers Union - Boston Chapter
January Update 2019

 Writers Night Out, Monday, January 21 (MLK Day)    
Our Fabulous Annual Book Party, Sunday, January 27
Our Book Party Needs You
The Beginning of America, <strong>Monday, February 4</strong>

WRITERS' DAY CAMP RESCHEDULED to Saturday, February 16
What Our Boston Chapter Accomplished in 2018
What Books Shaped Your Life?
Upcoming Events

Publicize Your Events and Services Here and On Our Website
The NWU-BOS Listserv Is Here For You
6:00-8:00 P.M.

At last month's Writers Night Out
Hello to Boston Chapter NWU Members and Friends:

There are many events this coming Monday--community breakfasts and lunches, lectures and panels and the like--to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
We encourage you to attend one or to acknowledge his contribution in your own personal his timeless "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" or watch a clip of his "I Have a Dream" speech with family and friends.

And in the evening, head over to Christopher's to join NWU colleagues and friends for our monthly chat and chew. Now more than ever is a good time to celebrate community and enjoy some intelligent conversation...

Christopher's is at 1920 Massachusetts Avenue, across the street from the Porter Square subway stop. There's metered parking on Mass Ave. and permit-only parking on side streets. (Don't park in the Porter Square Shopping Center lot; they tow.)

Hope to see you there!

Your Boston Chapter Steering Committee

Questions? Click here.

2:00 TO 5:00 P.M.

Keynote Speaker "Miss Manners" Robin Abrahams
Our annual Book Party, where we celebrate members who have had a book published in the previous year, happens Sunday, January 27th, at the Dance Complex
in Cambridge's Central Square. It's easy to reach by MBTA and parking is free on Sundays.

The day will feature short readings from our recently published authors and a keynote talk by Robin Abrahams, The Boston Globe's "Miss Conduct" columnist. Robin, who has a B.A. in theater and a Ph.D. in psychology, has experience as a stand-up comedian as well as a business writer, a teacher of psychology, and the author of Miss Conduct's Mind Over Manners. She has been writing the column since 2005.

Suggested donation is $10. Pizza and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided.

 Readers at Our 2018 Book Party


Would you like to be a SPONSOR? A donation of $25 to $100 will help us defray the costs of the book party and our Boston chapter's work. 

Or would you like to VOLUNTEER to help us set up, tear down, staff the registration desk, sell raffle tickets, or otherwise contribute to making the party run smoothly?

If you want to help us in either or both of these ways, contact Barbara Mende at  [email protected] Thank you in advance!

FEBRUARY 4, 2019

Our Boston chapter will be the curator of a reading and discussion of The Beginning of America: Personal Narratives About Being Mixed Race in the 21st Century, edited by Cathy J. Schlund-Vials and Tara Betts, at Porter Square Books on February 4, 2019, from 7 to 9 pm. 

Four contributors to this "race matters" anthology will share their personal accounts of being mixed race people in the United States: Nadine Knight, Abra Mims, Via Perkins, and series editor Sean Frederick Forbes. Nadine Knight Director of Africana Studies at Holy Cross College in Worcester. Abra Mims blogs on mothering and race, and is writing a memoir. Via Perkins is a Boston area journalist. Sean Frederick Forbes is series editor of the 2Leaf Press Explorations in Diversity series and director of the creative writing program at the University of Connecticut. For a review of the anthology, click here. 

The collection of personal narratives by 39 poets, writers, teachers, professors, artists, and activists articulates the complexities of interracial life. This absorbing and thought-provoking collection of stories explores racial identity, alienation, with people often forced to choose between races and cultures in their search for self-identity. While underscoring the complexity of the mixed-race experience, they offer a genuine, poignant, enlightening and empowering message to all readers.  

10 A.M. to 4 P.M.

This is Charles Coe, inviting you to join me for our next WRITERS' DAY CAMP, a writing workshop happening Saturday, February 16th from 10 to 3 at the Brookline Community Foundation, 40 Webster Place, Brookline (Brookline Village). PLEASE NOTE THAT THE DATE HAS BEEN CHANGED.

The day will include writing prompts and exercises, discussion of each others' work and coaching on how to read before a group...a day of "serious fun." If you're looking to jump start your writing, please join us. 

"We left charged up and inspired and ready to hit the keyboard."-- NWU Boston co-chair Barbara Beckwith, describing our recent WRITERS' DAY CAMP.

The workshop is in Brookline Village, two short blocks from the Brookline Village T stop, with ample on-street metered parking. 

The event is a fundraiser for the Boston Chapter of the National Writers Union, of which I'm co-chair. The fee is $100 (sliding scale available). VEGETARIAN LUNCH PROVIDED. To register, or for more information: [email protected]

I'm the author of two books of poetry and one novel. Memento Mori my next volume of poetry, will be published in April of 2019. I've taught at numerous writing conferences and served as poet-in-residence at Wheaton College and the Chautauqua Institution in Western New York. I've taught in Dingle, Ireland, for the Bay Path University MFA-Abroad Program and am on the faculty of Newport's Salve Regina University, teaching poetry in their new low-residency MFA Program.

We've had a great response to our request for the titles of books that have shaped your life, writing or otherwise. We're hoping to hear from even more of you. If you're so inspired, please email your thoughts on up to four books to [email protected]


I stumbled across Pearl Buck's The Good Earth as a grade school library rat. It's the book that sparked my early interest in becoming a writer, one that's become deeper and more meaningful over the years with every re-reading. 


I am still moved by the story of Abraham in Genesis. I wrestle with my own inner voice and God by exploring the voice and God that guided Abraham.
James Joyce: Ulysses and Finnegan's Wake guide me.  Ulysses helps me enjoy my stream of consciousness. The Wake inspires plowing with weirds. 
Whitman, Dickinson, and Frost continually move me to co-create life and death artfully.
Dostoevsky and Marquez reveal the magic infusing my life.

by Co-Chair Barbara Beckwith

As both the publishing and political worlds faced turmoil in 2018, our Boston Chapter kept on keeping on!

We (unlike our government) know how to communicate. We keep in touch with both close-by and far-flung members who live throughout New England, via our monthly e-newsletter (thanks to Update editor Barbara Mende and copyeditor Susan Schopp). We also know how important it is to get together in person, which we do on the third Monday of every month at our Writers Night Out social/networking gatherings in Cambridge.

We welcomed fresh perspectives from Willie Wideman-Pleasants, who joined our nine-member Steering Committee this year, and from Roger Leisner, a new delegate at the three-day NWU national Delegate Assembly where representatives of all 12 chapters met to set the union's agenda.

We co-sponsored, with indie Porter Square Books, a lively conversation between authors Randy Susan Meyers and Meta Wagner. Our co-sponsored series continues in 2019, featuring the editor of and contributors to The Beginning of America: Personal Narratives About Being Mixed Race in the 21st Century. After our 2017 Black Lives Have Always Mattered reading, Willie Pleasants interviewed the contributors on her Boston Neighborhood Network cable TV show, Willie's Web.

We shared the value of the NWU's nuts-and-bolts free-to-members contract advice and grievance support, with the value of having a dedicated writing space, at The Writers Room of Boston's Open House (thanks to Mary Bonina) featuring our chapter.

We showcased our members' accomplishments via kudos,, Facebook, and our annual book party. And added our voice to the Massachusetts Artists Leadership Coalition, thanks to John Hodge and Charles Coe.

We offered a four-hour Writers' Day Camp workshop for poets and non-fiction writers, co-sponsored and led by Charles Coe, who will offer a second, five-hour workshop in 2019.

We accomplished this all, despite publishing and political turmoil, because we know our words matter: "I'm a firm believer that language and how we use language determines how we act, and how we act then determines our lives and other people's lives" - Ntozake Shange

Literary Events in the Boston Area

National Writers Union, Boston Chapter, World-Famous Annual Book Party - Sunday, January 27, 2019

The Beginning of America, Co-Sponsored by NWU Boston and Porter Square Books - Monday, February 4, 2019

Writers' Day Camp - Saturday, February 16, 2019 (RESCHEDULED)


Please send any news of a publication, award, or writing-related appearance that has already happened, to your editor, Barbara Mende. (A piece on your own blog or website doesn't qualify.) Send 50 words or less, plus your name and a link to the publication, event, or website where readers can find more info about you or the happening. Don't send notices of work that will be published in the future. Do send news of future events, but see the "Upcoming Events" block for that.

Are you speaking or reading from your work in the near future? Do you want to publicize an event that writers would be interested in? Can you provide a service, such as editing or indexing or publicity, for your fellow union members?

Our Boston Chapter website, which you can reach at or, is here for you to use. Not only that but if you send us an announcement of a specific event by the second Monday of each month, we'll try to include it in these updates.

Please send us news of any upcoming events that you'd like us to publicize, along with links to the venue or PDF posters if you have them. If you'd like to promote your services, plug your latest book, tell us about something writing-related that happened to you, or post anything else you can think of, we'll try to give it a place on the website. And we'd love to hear from you if you'd like to contribute to these updates.

Send all your news to your webmaster.

Here's another way you can communicate with your fellow members - and not only about writing. All NWU-Boston members are invited to sign up for the NWU-BOS online discussion list. Send a blank email to [email protected], and you'll quickly get a notice that you're in. Then send any message you like (within the usual bounds of netiquette) to [email protected]

Use the list to publicize your achievements or announce an event. Use it to look for editors or illustrators or babysitters or accountants or Patriots tickets. Use it to advertise a room for rent or a concert you're in. You can even attach pictures or links or PDFs. It's one way we writers can help each other.

The more people who join, the more useful it will be. It won't be high volume, and you can unsubscribe easily. Try it!

Questions? Email your webmaster.
Co-Chairs: Barbara Beckwith and Charles Coe
Editor and Webmaster: Barbara Mende
National Writers Union, Boston Chapter, 8A Appleton Street, Cambridge, MA 02138