Riga, Latvia

I had the recent pleasure of visiting Riga; such a beautiful city with a tragic, war-filled history.

Here are some random photographs. I’ll try to caption what I can remember in the upcoming days.

-SMW-

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Sobriety

Here’s a little non-poetic, personal stuff for ya.

6 months ago, 181 days precisely, I embarked on a new journey; the journey of sobriety. After years of punishing my body and bad decisions, it was time. The catalyst that created the realization is irrelevant, but it became apparent that I no longer had a grip on the whiskey… it had a grip on me. It’s one of the best decisions I’ve made…. and though I do miss the taste of beer (especially this Bavarian beer), I do not miss being drunk, embarrassing my wife and kids, and waking up hungover.
So, here’s to 6 months…. and to another 6 coming up.

If you think you need help or that you may have a problem, you probably do. Get it. I had a sober buddy. If you don’t have one, check out an AA meeting. Help is out there.

-SMW-

The Unforgettable Greet

Once our paths converged
There was no denying it.
The rivers flowed backwards and
The ground trembled beneath our feet.
The wind whipped the leaves into a frenzy
Scattering foliage for miles.
Temperatures dropped around us
Subduing the chaos and freezing the world
As our lips touched clasped together.
Tongues twisting and turning,
Such a passion was released
That it set the world ablaze.
In the fire I’ll remain;
Unhinged and unharmed,
Ravishing you forever
And never letting go.