September 18





Never juggle knives and butter at the same time or you will just spread your problems around.  Passing on the knives is the first best idea, leaving the butter in the dish is the second.  I have gotten many funny schemes into my brain; gotten them in with ease, it is the getting them out of my brain I struggle with.  Crowbars and coercion have been my favored tools; ineffective though they may be, I am persistent, while wishing to be dexterous.  It took me years to realize the problem with juggling is that it begins with me throwing things and ends with disaster if I can’t catch it all.  What slips through my fingers through daily living is hard enough what I throw into the fray for showmanship is, too much. I needn’t be the fool flinging my pins when my goal is to stay on them.




Learn a song in case of karaoke kidnapping





What will become of the fine lines

I use to divide good news from bad?

How will I handle life with no screen to keep

the silt from shifting across my personal landscape.

A delicate crosshatch had kept little checks in little boxes

Now the checks are bouncing randomly,

No pattern or restraint.

My old bookkeeping has come to an abrupt end

Leaving many questions and much uncertainty.

I lift the green visor from my brow,

Looking for answers from the periphery.

Taking the long view

I put down my pencil and pick up my paints.

Sling the easel over my shoulder

And walk away from meticulous survival.

The fine lines I have now are in my brush strokes

And even bad news is somehow good.


You are reading selections from More Sober on the Way to Sane and Lines From My Life by Sherrie Theriault




About Sherrie Theriault

Sherrie Theriault, writer and outsider artist lives in northwest New Jersey where she writes villain-free fiction for children and young adults, creates coloring books for all ages, writes daily inspiration books for the recovery community and has other works of collected poetry; also adult fiction. Books available on Amazon.com include the following: Cala Mae The Deep Dark Day In The Congenial Chronicles The Holland’s Adventure Fill Me In Fill Me In, Too Filled In Sober on the Way to Sane More Sober on the Way to Sane Lines from My Life More Lines from My Life On-Liners to Live By My Sponsor Said… Elissa: Queen of Carthage Was Love Lost Order of Protection The Story Precedes the Question Can You See? What the Birdies Told Me about You What the Birdies Told Me about You Coloring book The Enchanting Dog Sherrie’s books are available at Blue Stockings, Manhattan, NY, The Clinton Book Shoppe, Clinton, New Jersey, Giovanni’s Room, Philadelphia, PA, Easy Does It in Long Beach, CA and The Latest Thing in Costa Mesa, Ca. You can find Sherrie’s art work at Hang-Ups Gallery in Allentown, PA or online at: SerendipitousGallery.com Please feel free to contact her there if you have any questions.
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