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I wanted to be a Movie Star!

Born and raised in Hollywood, movie palaces were my churches and old movie stars, my angels. When I first saw the luminescent Myrna Loy...

The Hungry Heart – The Making of the Movie

The Movie My name is Bess O’Brien; and I made the documentary film, The Hungry Heart, two years ago. What a ride it has been! The...

Between the Fall and Rise

Between the call and wrap of the shooting for Between the Fall and Rise – a story about love, heroin and homelessness – I...
beyond the growing pains of alcohol abuse recovery

Beyond Growing Pains

Like many alcoholics, I never had an off switch when it came to alcohol. My grandparents told stories of how, after their parties, I...

The Grand Prince of Moscow

During this past year, I have learned about my power and a power that is greater than myself. Just over a year ago, in...
drug and alcohol addiction recovery and a pulpit for the muse

Recovery: A Pulpit for the Muse

I hardly wrote a word during the most active years of my alcoholism. It was as though my disease had me absolutely convinced that...

Girl On The Edge

Growing up in California’s San Fernando Valley in the ‘60s was just like in the movies – sunshine and rock ‘n roll. My favorite subject...

Celebrations of Recovery AAtlanta 2015

The theme of the International Convention of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) this summer in Atlanta, Georgia, is “80 Years – Happy, Joyous and Free.” From...

Everyday Miracles: Synchronicity

Recently, I presented a workshop on counselor wellness at a major addictions conference on the East Coast. While the conference was fantastic, the journey...

Recovery Tech: My Recovery Upgrades

When I got sober, I was 19 years old. I had pink hair, a nose ring and worked at a tattoo shop. During my...

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