April 11, 2011
April 2, 2010
Well, it’s a start. Go see the new blog:
All suggestions welcome!
April 1, 2010
I’ve been trying to figure out how to make the comments section of this blog suck less, but I’m at a complete loss. The options seem to be limited with a free account — but I could be missing something. I think that will require and upgrade, or our own domain, which will require $, which might then require advertising of some sort.
Before I do anything like that, I’m wondering if you all think that the comment threading sucks as much as I do. Does it suck enough to do something about it? Those skinny tiered comments, the lack of formatting… It’s hard to follow a debate. Do you think it needs to be fixed, or am I just being to fussy? Do you have any suggestions?
One thing I had in mind was to attach a message board to the blog. Any thoughts on that? My thoughts on that are that having to navigate to another page to discuss posts might just be too unwieldy, but then again, members could start their own threads…
What do you think? Upgrade? Message Board? Leave it alone? Any other ideas?
March 31, 2010
Go read this article by Paul A. Toth at The Nervous Breakdown:
Toward the end of the comments section, the author poses a topic for discussion:
Question:If alcohol really is a disease, shouldn’t it primarily be treated by physicians?
No one seems to have engaged him on this question yet.
March 27, 2010
Alcoholics Anonymous orientation meetings
One month ago the department started an Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) orientation program.
This program is designed for those offenders who are court ordered to attend AA meetings, Hancuch said.
In the past anonymity was a problem, as it put the AA facilitators in a tough spot having to verify who was coming to the meetings, Hancuch said, adding that many AA attendees outside of the court system do not want their identity known to everyone, and like that the program is anonymous.
In addition, it could sometimes be disruptive to the meetings when people who are court ordered to be there were just thrown into the mix of people choosing to be there, he said.
To help combat these difficulties, now the courts can order someone to take the eight-week orientation program.
This program is run by AA volunteers and goes through an overview and run down of the 12 steps.
This way, if a person continues on into regular AA meetings, he or she has already been briefed and has a better idea of what to expect.
From here offenders will also know how to get a sponsor and which meetings might work best for them if they wish to continue on.
March 27, 2010
AN ABILITY to avoid the politics surrounding alcohol consumption and a leadership structure described as “benign anarchy” are two of the reasons why Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) has thrived since it arrived here over 70 years ago, according to the author of a new book on the group.
Trinity College Dublin academic Shane Butler said the AA’s “inverted pyramid” style of governance has helped it to avoid many of the pitfalls that political and religious institutions have encountered since it was established here in 1946.
“They don’t get distracted by institutions,” he said. “What they have done is kept their eye on the ball from a point of view of following its only purpose – to help people who are absolutely flattened by alcohol consumption.
I’m curious, but I’ll have to wait till it shows up in the library. If anyone’s planning to read it, send in a review.