Not being a stranger to the allure of alcohol, drugs, and tobacco, I've fought my darlings to a standstill and then to personal victories. But I've also seen friends fall and die because their wars seemed unwinnable when pitted against substance abuse.


"Don't rain on my parade!" The young woman who whispered this to me did so as I pointed out that the exact idiom used in 1965 had been just "cool," not "like cool."