5 Signs You Have a Problem with Addiction or Alcohol

Alcoholism and addiction can affect people beyond cure if neglected. Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is a pattern of alcohol consumption that causes significant distress and functioning disabilities in your daily life. With the regular offerings of alcohol at dinners, parties, and meetings, it is easy to over-consume alcohol. However, early diagnosis can prevent you or […]

From the Psycho Ward to Taylor Made Retreat

Growing up in a small town in Oregon, I promised myself I’d never touch alcohol because people forget to come home when they drink that awful stuff. At a party, I saw my friend’s father kissing a woman I didn’t know in our front hall closet, and I thought, “Jeepers, alcohol even makes you forget […]


Patience and stillness are hard for me. Much to my chagrin, they are foundational tenets of the “big book” of Alcoholics Anonymous: “…we pause when agitated or doubtful, and ask for the right thought or action.” 1 (Whom we ask is sure to be the subject of many future blogs, so I’ll just stick to […]

2019: Bringing Lightness into the Dark

Morning sunbeams peek through the grey Pacific Northwestern sky bringing nourishing light to the lush natural ecosystem of plants surrounding the Mansion on the four and a half acre estate at the Taylor Made Retreat center. Light is critical for the renewal of life. The beginning of a new year often represents a time of […]

Taylor Made Retreat Big Book Study Group

Most mornings at Taylor Made Retreat start out with a two-hour AA Big Book study group of Alcoholics Anonymous, the so-called “Big Book.” Some of you perusing this website won’t have much of an idea what that might be like, so I thought I’d give you an example of a fairly typical day’s study. This […]