Preorder the Book that took a Lifetime to Write

The time has come to offer you my new memoir, DRYLAND: One Woman’s Swim to Sobriety, now available for pre-order on Amazon. I’ve waited years, decades for this moment. Exactly how much time has gone into this book? Oh, just my entire lifetime. Twenty years as a champion swimmer in Florida. One-and-a-half years as half-assed Peace Corps Volunteer…

An American Muslim, Courtesy of Abu Dhabi

A few days ago, I announced that I’d converted to Islam. I was surprised by how many people seemed surprised. I’d like to share a glimpse into that transformation with a few short passages from my new memoir, DRYLAND, which I’ve been working on for more than a year a year and a half. I guess…

The Sound of Sobriety

Last night I watched “The Sound of Music” sober. I’ve probably seen the film two dozen times, but yesterday marked the first time — since somewhere in my youth or childhood — that I watched the hills come alive without a drink in my hand. I saw things that I’d never noticed before. Remember the scene in which…

The Yearling

In six weeks, I will have been sober for 365 days. These ten-and-a-half months easily count among the most difficult times of my life. Being in recovery is a reckoning.  Note the use of the present-continuous form of that verb. I haven’t quit drinking. I am always quitting. I am not all better. I am getting better. I’m not reborn….