Ramblings of a Former Madman

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The Secret, narrated

This book is dedicated with compassion to the walking wounded, their families and the countless casualties of alcoholism.
Alcoholism is alive – a mysterious, soul-destroying and murderous entity. I refer to it as The Stranger.

I recorded the following stanza to help others understand what it is like being held by The Stranger.

What does a 25-year-old Pop Star & a 57-year-old Nuclear Physicist Have in Common?

Not a damn thing. Well, that was my initial thought.

I first heard of Demi Lovato’s relapse and hospitalization last week through a friend of mine, Kurt. We were having one of our routine conversations and the topic just wove its way into it as contemporary, newsworthy issues have a way of doing.

I knew little of Demi Lovato as a popstar, entertainer, or her personal life prior to my conversation with Kurt. Walking back to my car, I decided I would find out a little bit about her. What intrigued me was the fact she was a self-confessed addict, in addition to alcoholism.

Why Did I Write This Fucking Book?

Hi. My name’s Jim Spina. I’m a recovering alcoholic.

The idea to write my book I Almost Murdered a Complete Stranger just came to me, title and all, while I was walking out of a major Medical Hospital in Baltimore, almost two years ago today.

I was told I was a high priority; they even admitted me to the top floor. My prognosis wasn’t looking great.

dad: the renaissance man and my hero

My father has worked at least three jobs since before I was born. He’s teaching Architectural drafting, building houses, remodeling kitchens and bathrooms, and playing the sax in his band until the wee hours of the morning.

I’m pretty sure there’s nothing my dad can’t do, nothing he doesn’t know everything about.

Everybody’s always telling me that my father’s a genius; all I know is that he’s my hero. I’m always bragging about him to all of the other kids.

What’s at the end of your rainbow?

Let’s take a moment and reflect back upon all the cheer St. Patrick’s Day has brought us each over the years! It’s truly an enchanted day, leprechauns, lucky charms, shamrocks, green apparel, pots of gold, rainbows, and gallons of green beer.

It’s quite a day!

Ramblings of a Former Madman

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