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Red Sugar Cubes

She found the spirit of the holidays outside a cocktail

During my last holiday season before sobriety, I tried hard to infuse myself with the spirit of giving and service, hoping that charitable activities would alleviate the malaise that hovered over me day and night. I spent about five minutes considering which volunteer activities would offer the greatest amount of satisfaction for the fewest unpleasant tasks. I decided to volunteer with the SPCA, standing in front of store windows at a department store to encourage people to adopt puppies that flopped around in shredded newspaper in the windows where mannequins usually stood. Had I been a...

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