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Grapevine Copyright Agreement Form

tcr! · Jun 19, 2020 at 7:57 pm

It only took almost 2 and a half years but the AA Grapevine finally accepted my written submission! ๐ŸŽ‰

Grapevine Copyright Agreement Form

Here’s the piece I submitted: Alarm clock crazy, no thanks.

#alcoholism #writtenword #lettherebehope

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Momma J Momma J · Jun 19, 2020 at 8:26 pm

Awesome! Congrats!

BoJack Horseman Hooray

tcr! tcr! · Jun 19, 2020 at 9:12 pm

Thanks!!

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thewattsolak · Jun 19, 2020 at 8:48 pm

Can’t wait to read it!!

tcr! tcr! · Jun 19, 2020 at 9:13 pm

Me, too! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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JJ · Jun 19, 2020 at 10:32 pm

How super cool! Congratulations ๐ŸŽˆ

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jenkins_arts · Jun 20, 2020 at 6:08 am

Great news! Write On!

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JJania · Jun 20, 2020 at 7:33 am

Keep coming back

Old man clapping

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Kris HB · Jun 20, 2020 at 11:35 am

Whoo hoo turtle

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glenn.cremer glenn.cremer · Jun 20, 2020 at 12:05 pm

Congratulations!

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Susan VK · Jun 20, 2020 at 7:07 pm

Congratulations! This is the beginning of a whole new route for you! ๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŽˆ

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Ryan Waters · Jun 21, 2020 at 4:32 pm

Now that’s an accomplishment

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cormanang · Jun 21, 2020 at 7:45 pm

You are amazing!

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Toilet paper back on the shelves

tcr! · May 31, 2020 at 4:22 pm

I’m glad that people quit acting like toilet paper was a national emergency … ๐Ÿšจ๐Ÿงป๐Ÿšจ

Toilet paper back on the shelves

← Previously, Previously#photos #lettherebehope #toiletpaper

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Kelly K · May 31, 2020 at 8:36 pm

You could almost say, “Order is restored in our country” (laced in sarcasm and ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ™„)

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Irene · May 31, 2020 at 9:06 pm

Where’s the northern?

tcr! tcr! · Jun 1, 2020 at 8:19 am

Charmin was responsible for the shortage in the first place. They had warehouses full all along.

Irene · Jun 1, 2020 at 8:23 am

Don’t squeeze it

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less than exotic and more than toxic

tcr! · Apr 30, 2020 at 1:12 pm

I was talking with Jimi the other night and I realized something again: I don’t have anything to feel bad about. Because the good news that comes with walking a straight narrow path is that I go about my day feeling good, like I’m headed in the right direction.

No secrets to keep. No regrets to wrestle. No guilt to produce. If you’ve done any of that you’ll know what I’m talking about. You know what I mean when I say that, “I’m worried that particular somebody will find out about what I’ve done.” Or whatever.

I ain’t got none of that. And I’d have to think hard for the last time I did.

Yeah, I got a whole other book of sad stories of drunken stupors and less than exotic and more than toxic secrets. Where I was worried somebody’s husband was going to find out or that my ex-wife would learn the truth. But I won’t because those stories are no longer relevant. I tried in earnest to clean up those mistakes as best I could.

My point being is that I walk with my chin up in the here-and-now. Because that’s the kind of life we’re all supposed to live.

Well, I could tell you the story of when I was 19-ish and drunk and disorderly and pissed on a girl’s couch because I was mad at her. But I guess I don’t feel bad about that.

Rubber Horse Mask

๐Ÿด #photos #lettherebehope

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Momma J Momma J · Apr 30, 2020 at 1:14 pm

You RocK

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JJ · Apr 30, 2020 at 4:19 pm

Yes! This is what I’m talking about!
Jimi’s the man.

tcr! tcr! · Apr 30, 2020 at 7:46 pm

I think so, too!

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Kelly K · Apr 30, 2020 at 11:26 pm

Is Jimi the horse head? ๐Ÿค”
Also beautifully written sentiment.

tcr! tcr! · May 1, 2020 at 7:44 am

The horse head is the life left behind ๐Ÿ˜Š

Kelly K · May 1, 2020 at 6:05 pm

That concerns me, but I’ll go with it.

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Irene · May 1, 2020 at 9:58 am

Glad you’re where you’re at and have been for a long time!! โค๏ธ

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lisa8 · May 2, 2020 at 4:06 am

I dont like the horse head…naturally…but I get it man. Well done!! โค๏ธ

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Keep going!!

tcr! · Apr 6, 2020 at 8:04 pm

Keep going

I left a note for all the people walking on the sidewalk๐Ÿšถโ€โ™‚๏ธ

#photos #lettherebehope

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Kelly K · Apr 6, 2020 at 7:45 pm

Nice!

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marney0160 marney0160 · Apr 7, 2020 at 6:47 pm

Big thumbs up

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Mar 11th, 2020 at 5:00:19 pm

tcr! · Mar 11, 2020 at 5:00 pm

We got plenty of toilet paper at Target here in St. Charles, Illinois.

plenty of toilet paper

๐Ÿงป #photos #lettherebehope #toiletpaper

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Inwardly summiting a spiritual Mt Everest

tcr! · Dec 29, 2019 at 5:04 pm

Audio (MP3): 20191229 - Inwardly summiting a spiritual Mt Everest

Poinsettia in the sun

Seeking equality, fairness, the greater good…that does something remarkable for me. It breaks my selfish bubble. It makes me a whole human being. It gives me freedom.

But wait, there’s more. So much more. Seeking balance and harmony for all…brings me out of my despair. It brings light to my darkness. It brings healing to my pain. It lifts me up and out of feeling down and blue, up to the level of okay I was looking for much of my life. And being okay inside and out is the remarkable place I was talking about earlier.

When I make life not all about my pleasure or my suffering, oh wow is it good. It’s elevation.

Like inwardly summiting a spiritual Mt Everest and bringing everyone else up top to share the view.

You probably already knew all of that but it took me almost a lifetime to figure out.

#photos #goteam ๐Ÿ˜Š #lettherebehope #diariespodcast

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Momma J Momma J · Dec 29, 2019 at 5:56 pm

I’m glad you got there!

tcr! tcr! · Dec 30, 2019 at 5:18 pm

As am I!

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Dec 29, 2019 at 7:14 pm

๐Ÿ˜Ž

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Dec 29, 2019 at 7:15 pm

I wanted to put the praying hands thing people use but my standard issue is better/closer to how I feel.

tcr! tcr! · Dec 30, 2019 at 5:18 pm

It’s a good standard issue

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marney0160 marney0160 · Dec 30, 2019 at 4:39 pm

Words I needed to read today. Ty ๐Ÿ’–

tcr! tcr! · Dec 30, 2019 at 5:18 pm

You are most welcome!

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chrisrich · Dec 31, 2019 at 5:51 am

Wonderful words!

tcr! tcr! · Jan 4, 2020 at 10:02 am

Thank you!

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Uncle Timmy · Jan 4, 2020 at 10:08 am

Dont ever stop writing your thoughts.
Hits home every time!

tcr! tcr! · Jan 4, 2020 at 10:15 am

Thanks man! I haven’t felt much like writing these past few months but positive words like yours pump up my motivation.

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The summer of 2019

tcr! · Sep 27, 2019 at 10:00 am

Audio (MP3): 20190927 - The summer of 2019

Morning green lights

Peeps, it was a busy summer.

Most of it was spent cleaning and packing up my house. That was a lot. I lived there for 11 years, the longest place I’d ever lived in my life. I threw away countless bags of trash, of life debris and clutter. โ›ธ

In June Sara and I went to see Ludovico at the Cadillac Palace in Chicago. Maggie and I went to Gay Pride in Aurora. Sara took all of us to Cantigny Park for my 47th birthday. We played mini golf in the dark during Swedish Days.

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Botsford · Sep 27, 2019 at 10:08 am

Life is good! Enjoy the ride๐Ÿ˜Š

tcr! tcr! · Sep 27, 2019 at 11:38 am

๐ŸŽก

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Pelletier · Sep 27, 2019 at 10:09 am

Can I give you BOTH a “Happy” and a “Sad” like?…… Gonna miss you at the office.

tcr! tcr! · Sep 27, 2019 at 11:25 am

Maybe we’ll all hook up again at MATS next year!! ๐Ÿš›

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Rich J · Sep 27, 2019 at 10:17 am

Who’d a thunk it. Your life change has led you on an incredible journey so far, hasn’t it?

tcr! tcr! · Sep 27, 2019 at 11:26 am

It most certainly has ๐Ÿ’ซ

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Laurie · Sep 27, 2019 at 10:21 am

I am so very happy for you! You are a great guy! ♥๏ธ

tcr! tcr! · Sep 27, 2019 at 11:26 am

Thank you!

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asquared01 · Sep 27, 2019 at 10:23 am

Sounds like a fantastic summer! Congratulations on the move and the new job! :)

tcr! tcr! · Sep 27, 2019 at 11:27 am

Thanks!! It was pretty fantastic. ๐ŸŽ‰

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flood · Sep 27, 2019 at 10:40 am

It’s so great to hear how well you are doing- congratulations!! ๐Ÿ˜Š

tcr! tcr! · Sep 27, 2019 at 11:32 am

Hard telling where I’d be at if it wasn’t for the good people at the Kane County Judicial Center! ๐Ÿ˜Š

flood · Sep 27, 2019 at 11:58 am

๐Ÿ˜Š

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sprout · Sep 27, 2019 at 10:50 am

Congrats, old friend. Happy that you’ve found the happiness you deserve.

tcr! tcr! · Sep 27, 2019 at 11:36 am

Thank you. The last time you were in Chicago was November 2013. I think you’re overdue. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Ritter Parcel · Sep 27, 2019 at 11:35 am

So happy for you and Maggie! You both deserve happiness. Cant wait to meet Sarah hint hint lol

tcr! tcr! · Sep 27, 2019 at 11:37 am

So when are you and Mike coming to visit? Bring Justice, too!!

Ritter Parcel · Sep 27, 2019 at 11:45 am

Mike, he has spoken lol

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Lewis · Sep 27, 2019 at 11:49 am

Very cool…best wishes to you and Sara.

tcr! tcr! · Sep 27, 2019 at 5:36 pm

Thank you!

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cormanang · Sep 27, 2019 at 12:09 pm

TEAM TCR rules. I am happy for you my friend.

tcr! tcr! · Sep 27, 2019 at 5:36 pm

Thanks!!

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Sep 27, 2019 at 12:44 pm

๐Ÿ˜Ž

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DeeDee · Sep 27, 2019 at 1:52 pm

Ulysses S Unicorn

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Momma J Momma J · Sep 27, 2019 at 2:36 pm

I’m so happy for you, so proud of you!

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Raes · Sep 27, 2019 at 2:41 pm

Life is a journey…and new beginnings to look forward to.

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tism tism · Sep 27, 2019 at 4:29 pm

W00t!

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franh franh · Sep 27, 2019 at 4:56 pm

Couldn’t be happier for you buddy. Life is good.

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elaineorr · Sep 27, 2019 at 5:26 pm

Lots of good thoughts

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edox edox · Sep 27, 2019 at 5:34 pm

Video (MP4): congrats fireworks spiral

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Irene · Sep 27, 2019 at 9:59 pm

Were you able to transfer within your company or is it a brand new job? Best wishes to all of you on your new beginnings !! How exciting, how fantastic, make the best of everything… Much love!

tcr! tcr! · Sep 28, 2019 at 10:10 am

Whole new company, fresh start… And thank you!!

Irene · Sep 28, 2019 at 12:50 pm

Good for you. Good luck!

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tcr! tcr! · Sep 28, 2019 at 10:50 am

PS- there’s a lot of false starts in life. Keep going… ๐Ÿ’–

Morning green lights false start

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annekothe annekothe · Sep 28, 2019 at 11:29 am

๐Ÿ˜˜

tcr! tcr! · Sep 28, 2019 at 1:02 pm

๐Ÿ˜˜

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A lone pink Starburstยฎ

tcr! · Sep 23, 2019 at 5:33 pm

A lone pink Starburst

God doesn’t hate me as much as I thought.

#photos #lettherebehope

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thewattsolak · Sep 24, 2019 at 7:57 am

My least favorite flavor. I would have taken it as an insult.

tcr! tcr! · Sep 24, 2019 at 9:35 am

I can barely tell the colors apart when I’m eating them.

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Hater McGhray Hater McGhray · Sep 24, 2019 at 8:44 am

That is a sign. You are the chosen one.

tcr! tcr! · Sep 24, 2019 at 9:35 am

I feel like Keanu now!

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An open twelve pack

tcr! · Sep 15, 2019 at 10:03 am

We’re sitting in a hotel lobby in Council Bluffs, Iowa drinking coffee. Some people come down with an open twelve pack of Bud Light.

One guy is nursing a blue Gatorade and an ice water. He’s refilled his water cup three times. Most of the time his hand is holding up his head.

I don’t know about you guys but I’ve never regretted not waking up hungover.

#alcoholism #lettherebehope

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Karly · Sep 15, 2019 at 10:07 am

Counciltucky. The armpit of Iowa. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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thewattsolak · Sep 15, 2019 at 10:36 am

I had the same thoughts when we were passing through Las Vegas over the summer.

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Momma J Momma J · Sep 15, 2019 at 11:51 am

Me either! I haven’t had one for many years actually.

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Clarke J · Sep 15, 2019 at 12:42 pm

So true.

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Kelly K · Sep 15, 2019 at 12:58 pm

Not once!

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Sep 15, 2019 at 3:41 pm

It’s nice to wake up sober.

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DeVoe · Sep 16, 2019 at 6:53 pm

Yes have to agree!!

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sometimes you want something so bad

tcr! · Sep 5, 2019 at 1:47 pm

Audio (MP3): 20190905 - sometimes you want something so bad

Video (MP4): 20190905 - sometimes you want something so bad

Peeps, you know how sometimes you want something so bad. Think about it day after day, get angry and frustrated because nothing changes… I get it. I’ve had my fair share of being stuck in jobs, relationships, stuck in some kind of mud.

But trust me when I say that good things are being sorted out in the background. Too often it takes a long mother-clucking time but the stars *will* align. Possibly a couple years later.

It’s okay to give up hope now and then, but keep some trust in your back pocket. The cosmos will sneak up and scare the shit out of you with beautiful things. Be ready.

Purple Pepper Plant Flower

PS- I don’t play in the symphony but sometimes I pretend I do ๐ŸŽผ ๐ŸŽถ

#photos #flowers #lettherebehope #diariespodcast

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Kelly K · Sep 5, 2019 at 3:12 pm

It’s so funny that no matter how many times God has done in my life, exactly what you are talking about, that I still question it for the “next thing”?

tcr! tcr! · Sep 5, 2019 at 4:01 pm

Yep, I posted this as a reminder for myself as well. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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keamoose keamoose · Mar 27, 2020 at 5:06 pm

“good things are being sorted out in the background” - love it.

tcr! tcr! · Mar 27, 2020 at 6:09 pm

Yep. That’s how they do ๐Ÿ˜Š

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Mar 27, 2020 at 8:12 pm

I am the drummer for the Modern Jazz Quartet.

tcr! tcr! · Mar 28, 2020 at 8:37 am

Did eorr ever give you back your drumsticks?

jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Mar 28, 2020 at 8:39 am

YES!!! I was like a hyperactive 8 year old at Disneyland too. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Mar 27, 2020 at 8:14 pm

I have to agree with keamoose too. Love the epistles of tcr.

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lisa8 · Mar 27, 2020 at 8:39 pm

Love ya ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

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๐ŸŽ™ Listen now โ†’