Lullaby 

The train is so soothing as it sails on the rails of the tracks. I love the train. I love the people and interacting with them. I love that I have already made friends with Bunny and Nick. I love that Allen and Nick exchanged phone numbers at the train station. I love that Walt Miles, the Birmingham Station Agent, and I took a selfie. I love that my dear friend, Kevin Dearmon, whom I met on the train in 2010 as he was working his train attendant shift, and I talked by phone yesterday. I love that his Amtrak boss from New Jersey is on our train today. I love that a fellow passenger named Walker helped us with questions because he is a seasoned train passenger. I love watching the world outside my window. The train is singing me a lullaby. I love the train.

Slowly Taking A Fast Train

“I like trains.  I like their rhythm, and I like the freedom of being suspended between two places, all anxieties of purpose taken care of:  for this moment I know where I am going.”  Anna Funder, Stasiland:  Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall

Today I leave on the train for New York for a month.  I bought a one-way ticket.  To some people, I might as well be traveling to the moon.  Why am I going?  Because I need to go.  I will be writing, staying sober and sharing my adventures in the city.  Others eat, pray and love.  I will walk, write, and see life through sober eyes.  The purpose of my blog is to share with you that you can do anything with a clear head, a belief in a higher power and do the next right thing.  Yes, I sound like a puppet for a 12 Step Program.  But, four months ago I was in a fetal position wondering how I was going to quit drinking and live a sober life.  With the help of some fellow recovering alcoholics, the love and support of my family, friends and most of all, my husband.  I am proof that a 12 Step Program works.  Even if you are not an alcoholic, you can have a clear head, a higher power and do the next right thing.  Join me as I share my journey living sober with fun, adventure, and maybe some ups and downs.  I will continue my more serious blog Coffee and Kafka at www.cookiestoner.com.  If you enjoy this new blog, please share it!  I will be arriving at Penn Station, NYC, tomorrow, Wednesday, February, 24 at 1:46 p.m.  Join me as I travel and explore!  If you have any places in New York, you want me to showcase send me a message or comment!  I am looking forward to showing you a good time as we take the city together!  www.rhondacookiestoner.com!  Share it!