Staying Sober and Carrying the Message of Sobriety.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on December 2, 2016 by gerilewis001

hopeThe primary purpose is to achieve sobriety and carry the message of sobriety to others that suffer from the malady of alcoholism. Life is so remarkably strange. Years ago in the throes of alcoholism, I often travelled and raged in Japan. I made many a friend for a night as well as friendships that have lasted decades. A very good indicator of a spiritual change is not to see friends and loved one for a long period of time. Prior to 2014 I had not been in Japan for a decade. While visiting for the first time in that span of time, many friends were amazed I did not desire to carouse in the bars, did not partake in alcoholic or other substance abuse/process/behavioral disorders. May reputation as a maniacal womanizer and drunk was quite the legend in certain circles. Most were very happy to see the change in me and some were disappointed they no longer had a drinking buddy to continue in the madness.

friendsRecently a friend has recently contacted me. He has expressed the fact his life has become unmanageable.

I find it quite incredible I am able to take him through the process of seeking  out the means to  sobriety in Japanese from America. That is how this program works. “We are fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.
There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self supporting through our own contributions. A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.”

This is right out of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Thank you for allowing me to be of service.

What a Surfer Needs to stay Clean!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on November 28, 2016 by gerilewis001

IMG_20161023_115253.jpgSurf dogs and hodads all need to wash off the sand, salt and grime from time to time. I enjoy supporting local business as well as staying clean. Therefore I do most of my shopping at country markets and fairs. One can get great handmade organic product and support local artisans.  These lovely scented and good for everybody oils and soaps are grown, harvested and produced in Selah WA by Ken and Adele Kilseimer for their  Selah Ridge line of skin care products.

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Home grown and hand ground Lavender.

 

Adele declined to be photographed but she graciously gave me a very detailed run down of the operations and her hand made manufacturing process. I purchased soaps, oils and lotions to keep myself not only in good surfing shape as the ingredients are very good endocrine system and skin but the soul as well. Hey, not only do I have a purdy mouth but clean and good smelling hair and skin to boot! Well see you in the surf and the shower too!img_20161023_115349

American guide. Cowlitz tribe. Mary Kiona.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on November 4, 2016 by gerilewis001

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The mural is located on the side of a market in Packwood, WA. The woman depicted is Mary Kinoa of the Cowlitz Tribe. She lived to be 107 years old. I became interested in her life after seeing the mural. History is all around us. Rather than succumbing to the foolishness of online propaganda that permeates Facebook and other sites. I encourage you to seek out the rich and interesting history that surrounds you at every turn.

The excerpt is from a local news paper from 1962.

Excerpt-Mary Kiona, a resident of Lewis County for more than 100 years, recalled her early years. She was born at Silver Brook, near Randle, before Lincoln became the 18th President of the United States. She said she was a descendant from the Cowlitz and Yakima tribes.

“Mary remembers when the Cowlitz and Yakima tribes used to meet at Packwood and trade goods,” The Daily Chronicle wrote. “She says an uncle of hers was the first man to discover the hot springs at Ohanapecosh.

“This woman, who seems ageless, can also recall the times she has lain upon a hill and watched covered wagons move through the Chehalis Valley.

“Mention of the Cowlitz river reminds Mary of the year of the big flood — in the late 1800s. ‘The big water came,’ she said, ‘and swept everything away. A neighbor found his bull in a tree the next day, still alive and bellowing at the tops of his lungs.’

“Mary, who is regarded as something of a soothsayer by her family, obtains advance warning on ‘big water’ from an animal at Randle that is part squirrel and part fish. ‘I heard it speak and I knew a flood was coming.’ …

“Mary doesn’t resent the white man. She just wishes he had settled in fewer numbers and not tampered with nature.

“Mary has another conviction about the Cowlitz dams. She doesn’t think they’re going to last. She believes sooner or later that another ‘big water’ will thunder out of the hills and roll over the dams. She feels sorry for the people who live below them.”

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