Ed’s Meditations on Meth

Addiction Recovery, Criminal Justice Reform, and Other Topics

Privileged White Male

Privileged White Male

I had been ready to resent the whole white race, but as I got to see more of white people, my resentment was softened, and a spirit of cooperation took its place —Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.  Society bestowed upon me many unfair...

Just/Justice

The best word in the American lexicon might be “justice” The worst? Might be “just” “See those Black guys hanging out on the corner? They’re up to no good. I just know it” “Those Latinx women in the back of the store? Gonna shoplift. I can just...

Ed’s Second Chances Week of 07Sep20

Monday Labor Day holiday Tuesday “In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher” —Dalai Lama Wednesday Fact: No situation is perfect Fact: We can choose to focus on what is working—or what isn’t—about any given situation Assertion:...

Ed’s Second Chances Week of August 31 2020

Ed’s Second Chances Week of August 31 2020

Monday It’s said humans learn by doing; yet it seems humans learn by believing That's why stories of human triumph are so important We see others accomplish & overcome, we believe we can, too  Tuesday Courage is the most important of all...

Dawn’s Early Light

Dawn’s Early Light

“Oh say, can you see? By the dawn’s early light...” From where I write about how fortunate I am to have not only received Second Chances, but with them the opportunity to extend Second Chances to others In the pre-dawn light of my Ashburnham,...

Ed’s Second Chances

Ed’s Second Chances

To attain knowledge, add things every day. To attain wisdom, remove things every day ― Lao Tzu I’m proud of many things I’ve accomplished in life since getting clean off meth Achieving a dream of publishing a book, certainly, and my renewed...

Anxiety/Prayer

Anxiety/Prayer

Recently I received, from a mental health practitioner, a diagnosis of Anxiety Disorder… Which I chose to see as a key to freedom from Anxiety! The great philosophers tell us: Our challenges come not from our circumstances, but rather the views we...

Re-Launch

Re-Launch

Feeling ready for your second chance? As you’re finding your second act in the midst of current uncertainty, let the following be an inspiration to you We’re doing a re-launch campaign for my book, My Addiction & Recovery: Just Because You’re...

Fair & Second Chances

Fair & Second Chances

Thanks to Defy Ventures, I recently had an opportunity for several sessions with a mental health professional…she diagnosed me with Anxiety Disorder(!) Not surprising, as the better part of twenty years of my life involved shouldering the burden of...

Ashburnham (MA) Police Department

Ashburnham (MA) Police Department

Many thanks to the APD for hosting my talk, "From Addict to Awardee: How Persons in Law Enforcement Helped Me Transform From Criminal Activity to Community Service" Shown with Chief Loring Barrett (center) and Lt. Chris Conrad: I could write about...