Creating Dreams, with Dave Harm's Recovery Timeline...
using AA chips
1/16/1986
after suicide
attempt
1/16/1987
one year dry
1st AA meeting
6/9/1991
return to insanity
start drinking -
but quit drugs
2nd and last AA
meeting
9/4/1994
there is no control I
am an alcoholic -
start court
proceedings
weigh 160 lbs
start writing
War Zone
start AA go
anywhere from
3-7 days a week
seeing 3 different
counselors -
weigh 185 lbs -
spent Xmas alone
start writing a
book "What
were the
dreams?"
laid off work - go
to work at church
& school
Village Board
Member
Bishop's Committee
Episcopal Church
Lutheran Church
Board of Trustees
drinking out of
control
weigh 195 lbs.
done with courts
marry Betty
AA participation
drops - first poem
published
Damaged
Merchandise
is
published -
Creating Dreams
launched
book War Zone is
published - start
The Poets Quill
become active
again in AA - going
twice a week
begin writing
poems about
cancer
A Thousand
Times
becomes
a song
get divorced
may have quit
drinking - but
returned to
smoking pot
tried to control
drinking
time to get out
of the insanity -
move
1st actual chip
I've acquired in
over 10 years
"Purple Power" is
released -
Freedom
Seekers
group is
formed
recovery news
Sobriety Birthday...

The majority of people involved in recovery celebrate their birthday on a specific date.  I don't.  My last drink came on the Saturday before Labor Day.  Till this
day, I have celebrated my birthday on Labor Day weekend.  So there are years where my celebration is no more then three days early, while other years it's
no more than four days late.

For me, the date isn't as important as that weekend.  A lot of pain and misery were associated with that weekend.  I can still remember like it was yesterday,
what happened on Friday night, all Saturday and Sunday.  Then my "plan" taking shape on Monday - Labor Day.  

My official day is September 4th.  But I always recognize it on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend.
Creating Dreams
accepted for
publication -
named a mod at
ACOA
see my CODA roots
and go back to
bachelorhood -
offered 1st paid
speaking event
Holiday Season spent
in England - multiple
honors for
Naked
Daze -
NLP
Practitioner - receive
certification to
become a master
baker
keynote speaker in
Hot Springs -
become a NLP
Master Practitioner  
- 2nd year in
England - the CD
"12" is made -
speak at Doane
College - become
a life coach
Spend time in
London -
between divorce
and starting new
life, it took three
years to become
debt free -
become a
hypnotist
11 days after the
anniversary I
have open heart
surgery and my
heart valve is
replaced,  a
week later have
two feet of colon
removed, 10
days later have 2
litres of fluid
removed from
heart
On the day before
my 21st BDay, I
get married, both
CDs become
available as
MP3s, on Jan. 1st
I move to England
- start process to
acquire SIA door
supervisor licence
First sober
anniversary spent
out of America -
spent the end of
2016 and start of
2017 in The
Christie cancer
hospital - approved
by UK Govt for SIA
Security Licence -
audiobook of "Dam
Mer"
2013
2001
2001
1999
1998