In my day, we didn't have self-esteem, we had self-respect, and no more of it than we had earned.
- Jane Haddam
If a kid asks where rain comes from, I think a cute thing to tell him is 'God is crying', And if he asks why God is crying, another cute thing to tell him is 'Probably because of something you did.
- Jack Handy
Life really can be so simple... You create your opportunities by asking for them.
- Patty Hansen
Vision is not enough, it must be combined with venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps, we must step up the stairs.
- Vaclav Havel
We sometimes get all the information, but we refuse to get the message.
- Cullen Hightower
If what you did yesterday seems big, you haven't done anything today.
- Lou Holtz
It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it.
- Lena Horne
Some people pay a compliment as if they expected a receipt.
- Kin Hubbard
After the game the king and the pawn go in the same box.
- Italian Proverb
The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress.
- Joseph Joubert
Monday, October 31, 2011
In my day, we didn't have self-esteem, we had self-respect, and no more of it than we had earned.
Posted by Fireman John at 9:33 PM
Friday, October 28, 2011
latest headlines about celeb substance abuse
Lohan's Dad Arrested After Balcony Chase
Actress Lindsay Lohan's estranged father, Michael Lohan, has been hospitalized for observation after being arrested for the second time in a week on domestic violence-related charges. Police said Lohan jumped from a third-story balcony when police responded to a 9-1-1 call at his girlfriend's apartment.
Steven Tyler: Substance Abuse 'Not the Issue'
Steven Tyler, injured in a fall in a hotel shower in Paraquay, said his mishap had nothing to do with substance abuse. "People thinking that is natural and normal, it still bothers me," said the Aerosmith frontman. "But it's something I have to deal with for the rest of my life."
Michael Douglas' Son Pleads Guilty to Drug Charge
Cameron Douglas, 32-year-old son of actor Michael Douglas, has entered a guilty plea to new charges stemming from arranging for drugs to be delivered to him in prison. Under the plea deal, prosecutors agreed to add only 1-1/2 years to the sentence he is presently serving for trafficking drugs.
Drunk Driver Hits Cop Head-On
A 50-year-old California man has been charged with felony driving under the influence after colliding head-on with another vehicle in Murrieta. It didn't take long for the police to arrive on the scene. Deepmohinder Singh Kapur, 50, crashed into a Riverside County Gang Task Force officer's vehicle.
87 Year Old Arrested With 228 Pounds of Cocaine
When 87-year-old Leo Sharp was pulled over for an improper lane change, he refused to let Michigan State Trooper search his car. After calling a drug-sniffing dog to the scene, troopers found 104 bricks of cocaine with an estimated value of $3 million in his car.
NYC Doctor Arrested Twice in 2 Days for DWI
A New YOrk City doctor with homes on Park Avenue and in Ancramdale has been arrested twice in one weekend for driving while intoxicated. She was first arrested after she reported her vehicle stolen and police found it on her property crashed down a large embankment. She was arrested the next day speeding with a blood-alcohol level of 0.19.
Posted by Fireman John at 2:17 PM
Friday, October 21, 2011
Imagination is the highest kite one can fly.
- Lauren Bacall
You don't get to choose how you're going to die. Or when. You can only decide how you're going to live. Now.
- Joan Baez
There is a way to look at the past. Don't hide from it. It will not catch you - if you don't repeat it.
- Pearl Bailey
Luck? I don't know anything about luck. I've never banked on it, and I'm not afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: hard work - and realizing what is opportunity and what isn't.
- Lucille Ball
Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.
- Carl Bard
You grow up the day you have your first real laugh at yourself.
- Ethel Barrymore
An error doesn't become a mistake until you refuse to correct it.
- Orlando A. Battista
What is the difference between an obstacle and an opportunity? Our attitude toward it. Every opportunity has a difficulty, and every difficulty has an opportunity.
- J. Sidlow Baxter
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
- Melody Beattie
Listening to your heart is not simple. Finding out who you are is not simple. It takes a lot of hard work and courage to get to know who you are and what you want.
- Sue Bender
Posted by Fireman John at 9:47 AM
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
the week's celebrity substance abuse news
Lindsay Lohan Booted From Community Service Program
Actress Lindsay Lohan is having a bit of trouble meeting the community service requirements of her probation. She has been kicked out of the L.A. Downtown Women's Center program where she was supposed to serve 360 hours because she missed nine scheduled appointments and left early when she did show up. She is now supposedly working with the Red Cross.
Alice Walton Arrested for DWI on Birthday
The second richest woman in America, Alice Walton, daughter of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton, was arrested for driving while intoxicated and spent the night in jail on her 62nd birthday. She failed field sobriety tests and refused to take a breathalyzer. It's not her first drunk driving arrest.
SC Quarterback Fails Alcohol Test, Dismissed
After being given five "second chances" by South Carolina Coach Steve Spurrier, quarterback Stephen Garcia has finally been dismissed from the team after failing an alcohol test. Garcia had agreed to submit to random testing as a condition of his reinstatement last Spring.
Ex-Weezer Bassist Mikey Welsh Found Dead
A drug overdose is suspected in the death of former Weezer bass player Mikey Welsh who was found dead after not checking out of a Chicago hotel room. Welsh, 40, had predicted his death on Twitter two weeks earlier saying, "Dreamt I died in Chicago next weekend (heart attack in my sleep). Need to write my will today."
Amy Winehouse's Father to Write Book
Book publisher HarperCollins said Mitch Winehouse, father of singer Amy Winehouse, will write a memoir, "Amy My Daughter," which is scheduled to be released in the summer of 2012. Proceeds will go to the foundation that he started in Amy's name.
Woman Tries to Buy Pot on Craigslist
Well, she wanted to meet new people. A New Mexico woman has been arrested after posting an ad on Craisgslist saying she was new in town and "looking for Mary Jane." Anamicka Dave was arrested when Roswell police officers posing as sellers showed up at the appointed time.
Posted by Fireman John at 8:57 AM
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one.
- Charles Mackay
Often the difference between a successful man and a failure is not one's better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on his ideas, to take a calculated risk-and to act.
- Maxwell Maltz
To succeed in life you need to be three main things - original, innoavative and creative.
- John Mamo
Make it a rule of life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy; you can't build on it; it's only good for wallowing in.
- Katherine Mansfield
Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.
- Maori proverb
Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.
- Joshua J. Marine
Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned.
- Peter Marshall
One can go back toward safety or forward toward growth.
- Abraham Maslow
The difficulties, hardships and trials of life, the obstacles... are positive blessings. They knit the muscles more firmly, and teach self-reliance.
- William Matthews
You wouldn't worry so much about what someone else is thinking about you if you knew how seldom they do.
- Dr. Phil McGraw's Father
Posted by Fireman John at 11:39 AM
Saturday, October 8, 2011
this week's celebrity roundup from About.com/Alcoholism;
Kurt Angle's DUI Charge Dropped
After viewing the evidence, Virginia Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Fleming decided to drop DUI charges against TNA Impact Wrestling's Kurt Angle and charge him with reckless driving instead. At the time of his September arrest, Angle had a blood-alcohol level of 0.912.
Jani Lane Died of Alcohol Poisoning
Warrant lead singer Jani Lane died as a result of apparent alcohol poisoning, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office. The 1980s glam rocker was found dead August 11 in a hotel room in Los Angeles with a half-empty vodka bottle nearby.
Steel Magnolia's Joshua Scott Jones Enters Rehab
The male half of the country singing duo Steel Magnolia, Joshua Scott Jones has entered a treatment center for alcohol and substance abuse. His girlfriend and singing partner Meghan Linsey began playing scheduled tour dates this week without him.
Another Mike Ditka Son Charged With DUI
Driving under the influence charges have been filed against another one of former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka's sons. Mark E. Ditka recently was charged with DUI for the third time, while his older brother Michael P. Ditka recently got his fourth drunk driving charge.
Jordan Schafer Arrested on Drug Charge
A Florida traffic stop resulted in felony marijuana charges against Houston Astros outfielder Jordan Schafer. Police said Schafer pulled his Land Rover with the windows down next to a police cruiser and the officers noticed a strong marijuana smell. Because it was felony possession, police seized the Land Rover.
Green Bay's Johnny Jolly Arrested on Drug Charge
For the third time in three years, Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Johnny Jolly has been arrested on drug charges. Jolly was arrested for possession of a compound containing codeine after police saw him throw a bag out of the window of his vehicle.
Posted by Fireman John at 2:34 PM
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you have now was once among the things you only hoped for.
- The Vatican Sayings, Epicurus
Get off it, over it and on with it. It's time to live your life.
When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.
- William Arthur Ward
Luck is when opportunity meets preparation.
- Denzel Washington
To live with fear and not be afraid is the final test of maturity.
- Edward Weeks
The crisis of today is the joke of tomorrow.
- H. G. Wells
There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
- Edith Wharton
I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today.
- William Allen White
There are thousands of reasons why you cannot do what you want to. All you need is one reason why you can.
- Willis R. Whitney
Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
- John Wooden
Posted by Fireman John at 7:56 PM