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Shaking the Family Tree


Viewing comments for Chapter 11 "Epilogue"

Excerpts from addition to recovery.

  14 total reviews 
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Finding one's self, and one's worth when one has slipped through the grating all the way to the bottom is rather difficult to do because worth has gone away and no value can be found. Thanks for sharing, have a wonderful week.


 Comment Written 11-Jun-2018



reply by the author on 13-Jun-2018
    Thanks for the kind review. It's a lifetime job.

reply by Swampfox1 on 14-Jun-2018
    you're welcome
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I read with compassion, interest and empathy your story. I have known many who struggled with alcoholism both personally and (as a retired RN) professionally. Without question, working a program opens the door to a new way of life. BUT--most importantly, in my opinion it is the love of family, the hope of a legacy of love and good memories, say, for your grandchildren--which got most over the really rough spots. I am making a note, and will request this at our library. Thank you for sharing.

Karenina


 Comment Written 10-Jun-2018



reply by the author on 10-Jun-2018
    Thank you so much. I really appreciate this. And thank you for the insightful review.

reply by karenina on 10-Jun-2018
    God Bless.....
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Mustang Patty
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Hi, Dallas,

I love the use of the collage to show the growth and realizations you felt as you worked the program. And, yes, our grandchildren can rejuvenate us in ways we never thought possible...

Thank you for sharing this story,

~patty~


 Comment Written 10-Jun-2018



reply by the author on 10-Jun-2018
    Thank you for the awsome review and the bonus star
    I felt as though I was getting a second chance with the grandchildren.
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I certainly would recommend this book if I knew anyone struggling with the problem. The collage that mirrors all your negative confusions topped the sun peeping over the top speaks of your creativity which I suspect helped you beat the odds.
Alcohol is an Indian Giver. Everything I thought it gave me in the beginning, it snatched away in the end. Instead of being witty, I became an annoying bore. That self-confidence and self-esteem I craved became self-loathing.

What a paradox. It does ring true.
Thank you for sharing this brave story with your unique similes and metaphors. You're a wonder.


 Comment Written 09-Jun-2018



reply by the author on 10-Jun-2018
    Thanks so much for ypur wonderful comments. And thanks for hanging in.
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Thank you for sharing what had to be a painful collection of memories and experiences. I've know several who have shared this addiction the recovery path is one traveled for the rest of their life. My dad was a moonshiner from Georgia. I grew up around alcohol but thankfully, never acquired a taste. For over 45 years I have been a teetotaler. My only critique was the Indian giver comment. Historically, Native Americans were more often on the negative end transactions. Well written piece.


 Comment Written 09-Jun-2018



reply by the author on 09-Jun-2018
    Thank you for the kind review. Can't thonk of another phrase tha expresses what I meant. No disrespect intended

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I definitely found it very well written, in impressive expressions and a language leaving no doubt in the reader's mind about what is meant. When the reader went over the passage below, it was so vivid and real the reader was right there in that kitchen with that poster spread on the table:

>The project became an emotional roller coaster that took days to piece together. A churning storm of suppressed feelings began to fight their way to the surface, becoming a push/pull exercise of endurance. Bold, glossy metaphors depicting feelings of isolation, rage, emptiness, confusion, and vulnerability populated about eighty percent of that damn poster-board.<

I will certainly recommend this.


 Comment Written 09-Jun-2018



reply by the author on 09-Jun-2018
    Thank you so much.
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This is really an amazing journey you share here, I admire so much your honesty. I myself, am scared to drink and yet I have always attracted well-functioning alcoholic males. I feel perhaps I might be a co-dependant and/or an enabler. It makes little to no sense to me but at 78 I am presuming I will never know the reasoning at all. I admire your writing and your honesty, more than words can say...Dinah


 Comment Written 07-Jun-2018



reply by the author on 08-Jun-2018
    Thank you so much for the kind words and the stellar review.
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Sharon Haiste
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Thank you once again for showing me the way.
I've been told over and over again that my writing lacks emotion and personal involvement. I've been struggling with ways to dig out my emotions and see them in the light of day.
I will try your poster board method.
And I will look for your book.
Sharon


 Comment Written 07-Jun-2018



reply by the author on 07-Jun-2018
    Sharon, it worked miracles for me. One of those life experiences thst had a lasting impact. I tried yo include a pic of it but was unable to. It is in the original book. But even that, due to its age, didnt transfer well and I couldnt afford to do it in color. If you give me an email add might be able to send it to you
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I enjoyed your chapter. It takes the reader through Dallas' journey and tells how a collage helped her in dealing with different tough, life experiences and memories. And ultimately it assisted her with her addiction.


 Comment Written 07-Jun-2018



reply by the author on 08-Jun-2018
    Thank you so much for the great review and for becoming a fan.
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Thomas Bowling
 
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It's definitely a difficult journey to dredge up all your old memories and bring them into view. It would be especially hard to display the collage in a prominent place.


 Comment Written 07-Jun-2018



reply by the author on 08-Jun-2018
    Thanks for the great review. It is old and tattered. I use it in my lead and I think it has seen its last
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