From the May 2002 magazine.

A Drinking Man's Calendar

Recently a friend of mine had a number of good things happen soon after he said they might happen. "Does simply saying things make them come to pass?" I asked him. "No, he replied, "writing things down does." This certainly has been true in my experience, too--but not always in ways I planned.

For one thing, writing something down proved to me I was an alcoholic, although my plan was to prove just the opposite. It began while I was getting divorced from an active alcoholic. I could always straighten up in a crisis, and during the divorce I sobered up enough to convince myself that I...

-- Eric H.