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Ben Franklin's bifocals Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Carl Hubbell - The Meal Ticket
[1903 - Carl (Owen) Hubbell, baseball HoF pitcher, born in Carthage, Missouri]

Billy Wilder on the set
[1906 - Billy (Samuel) Wilder, Academy Award-winning director, born in Sucha, Galicia, Austria]

[1912 - Theodore Roosevelt asks supporters to leave the Republican National Convention]

[1964 - US Supreme Court rules Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer cannot be banned]

Twelve-step Programs

The twelve-step model is quite successful and has helped millions. Hardly anyone over the age of twelve doesn't have something that they are recovering from. Many of us are recovering from so many dead ends, blind alleys, and dry holes that we have lost count. Most of the twelve-step programs have in common a recognition of the need for change, and a commitment to change a certain behavior. Where these programs fail some folks is that they may not deal effectively with the inner cravings that are the first cause of the problem behavior. Just ask your friends in AA about the dried-out drunks they have known.

William, who has never been comfortable with higher math, tries to follow a one-step program. It is based on the premise that the only step that you have effective control over is the one you are taking. If you take care to put each foot down surely in an excellent direction, you may some day look back on the path you have followed with a degree of satisfaction.

William's Whimsical Words:

Those who look too far ahead are just as likely to stumble as those who are always looking over the shoulder.

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