life itself: a memoir

For more than five generations, every member of my family has battled a vicious disease; a tradition passed down from parent to child through denial. It is in our blood, and it is an integral part of who we are. The disease is alcoholism, and there is no known cure. The only way to break with this tradition is to confront the truth. Lest our pain be in vain, we must not let history repeat itself.
—  “No One Said Life Was Fair” a poignant and humorous memoir about growing up in an alcoholic family by Mary Kate DeCraene. Available in paperback and on Kindle at

Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.

Frederick Buechner // Now and Then: A Memoir of Vocation