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.
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.
There’s a lot of talk about what alcoholism is and isn’t.
I’m here to clear that up for everyone in less than 50 seconds in the newest trailer for my 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.
With the Fourth upon us, I spent a moment reflecting upon what the most memorable Fourth of July’s have been in my life.
It was easier than I thought. Once I inserted the word memorable in my screening criteria, only a few remained.
Remember the TV series “All in The Family” from the 1970’s? It was the #1 TV show in America from 1971 to 1976 and regarded as one of the most influential television series.
I’m sorry my fellow, Baby Boomers, yes it actually was that long ago.
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.
I suffered two massive hemorrhages, causing fatal bleeding and a trip via helicopter to a hospital’s Shock-Trauma center.
Miraculously I’m alive. In the aftermath of this horrific medical trauma and near-death experience, I need to talk with you about the Stigma of alcoholism.
WHEN I REACHED END STAGE ALCOHOLISM, I WAS POSSESSED. Time and again, I narrowly escaped His murderous attempts. Not this time. I Almost Murdered a Complete Stranger: Embarrassing Truths of a Madman’s Journey is a deadpan account of a near-death experience brought on by the descent into chronic alcoholism.
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!