Texas

Ronnie Alcoholism, Big 4 : Addiction, Big 4 : Homosexuality, Big 4 : Mental Illness, Bigotry, Bipolar Disorder, Childhood, Closure, Family, First Drink, Homophobia, Homosexuality, Insecurity, LGBT, Milestones, Past, School, Struggle, Substance Abuse, Texas 0 Comments

Last week was a bittersweet one for me. I went on very quick road trip with Richie to handle some business in Texas, where I was born. Although we were there on business, we took some time to try and visit some places from my childhood in Dallas, and some touristy things for Richie. It was bittersweet because on our way we stopped in a little town named Sulphur Springs, population 15,000, and every bit of the stereotypical Texas that people commonly see the state as. Although I know both sides of Texas; the major metropolitan city of Dallas that is progressive, and then the very ‘red’ rural side.

Christmas

Ronnie Big 4 : Addiction, Big 4 : Christianity, Big 4 : Homosexuality, Big 4 : Mental Illness, Bipolar Disorder, Celebration, Christmas, Clobber Passages, Credit, Expectations, Family, Gratitude, Humility, Idolatry, LGBT, Life, Lifestyle, Mental Illness, Praise, Prayer, Self Care, Triggers, Unity, Walking Away 0 Comments

It’s safe to say that pretty much everyone is ready for the end of the year, but we have one more holiday to get through first. The one that has so many meanings to so many people. Yes, Christmas; the most misunderstood, stressful, and risky. This holiday affects me in all of the Big 4; Christianity, alcoholism, mental illness, and homosexuality. I always dread going into this holiday because of all the implications it could have on me. Will I forget to acknowledge the true meaning of Christmas? How many events will I go to that there will be alcohol? How will my mind handle the stress and anxiety of all the expectations surrounding this day? How many ‘Clobber Passage’ zealots will I be able to avoid before one of them throws one of those scriptures at me?