Creating Dreams named a Top Recovery Site...
This website has received a Top Rated Recovery Site ranking from the website
12Step.org The Creating Dreams website is one of twenty sites to have this
honor with a five star ranking. I am humbled and honored to receive this
At the end of 2008 and the beginning of this year I was given an Expert Status
recognition from two websites. Self-Growth and E-Zine have given me this status
because of my writing abilities and the value of my experience, strength, and hope
which I share through my stories, poems, and articles.
The links to these sites are found in the resources area tot the right on every
page of Creating Dreams.
Letterhead logo created...
It's amazing the friendships that can develop with having a website. Someday, I need to sit down
and write a story about it for my ramblings page.
But today, I'd like to introduce you to Todd, the owner of Milagro Website Design. Todd and I
have chatted numerous times in the last couple of years and I've come to really appreciate his
I recently asked Todd for some help in creating a letterhead type logo. I told him what I wanted
and not only did he bring my dream to life, but he improved upon it.
Not on a "pity-pot," nor ranting or venting... I'm just tired..
This is what I wrote to introduce my poem I'm Tired. This psychological poem has found homes on
numerous blogs as well as MySpace profiles. It was written when I was at an extremely low energy
level. Both mentally and physically.
It has surprised me though how many people have been able to relate to the meaning of this verse.
One of the latest uses has been with the picture to the right. Click on the picture and see how the two
together form perfect harmony. Than read the reviews about the picture and the poem.
If you'd like to view the video it is on the recovery page and the music video can be seen here.
Creating Dreams T-Shirt Line...
The website Serenity Happens has followed this website since its early stages. Over a
period of time, I've gotten to know the sites administrator. And we have developed a good
friendship. He has surprised me more than once with unique ideas for my own PR
campaign. Recently, he informed me that his AA/NA gift store was going to start marketing
a line of shirts, with my name and this sites name on them. They are available in woman's
and men's tee-shirts as well as the one pictured. Click on the picture to go to their site and
to place your order. I was also informed that another logo for another line of shirts is in the
works! For the record, I did not commission this shirt or the design to be produced. I will not
receive any commissions on any of its sales. I just think it is pretty awesome that someone
believes enough in my message to put my name on a tee-shirt. It's true serenity happens!
The poem A Thousand Times is now a song
My dream of changing 10-12 poems into songs was started when the band Moes Haven
converted my poem A Thousand Times into a song. If you would like to hear the song and see
the video, it is at the bottom of the poem, click on the link to Betty's Mother's Day. Or it can also
be found with a link on my home page. Or if you'd like to help with this project please e-mail me.
The goal is thriving... for the poem Surviving
In 2009, an inner city school in Mississippi used the poem Surviving for a reading class. The students read a novel about a
depressed young man who runs away, searching for his father. The teacher will then make a comparison between the
poem and the story.
Time will tell, but this may not be a one time deal. Future lesson plans may include other stories or poems of mine.
National Nursing Home Week...
Was observed the week of May 11, 2008. I had the honor of giving a presentation at the Gardenside Nursing Home in
Fairbury, NE on May 12. I shared my love of poetry and my story with the staff and residents of Gardenside and read
poems from my book Damaged Merchandise, the Purple Power CD, as well as some poems that are only found on the web.
A new name...
On August 4, 2009, I was adopted into the Wolf Clan of The
Cherokee Nation. My life in recovery began when I found a
Higher Power of my understanding. That understanding led
me to Native American spirituality. I found a lot of comfort with
their ways. The ultimate goal was to be accepted by the
Natives. And it became a reality, with the birth of
"Messenger." Click here to learn more.
Naked Daze With Dave is blog of the month.
November of 2009 was a ground breaking month for my still relatively new blog - Naked Daze With Dave.
It was honored as site of the month at the Sober Blogs Directory. Click the banner to view the directory and click the links to
the blog found in the left hand corner of every page on this site.
I'm still not a very consistent blogger but I'm learning and it's great to be recognized for it.
2010 is the year of lounging...
A change of lifestyle and a change of priorities will lead to a more relaxed way to live life. It's time to
lounge. This will be a blog series click here to read along...
Below is the write up that appeared in
the SAMHSA publications for the
National Alcohol and Drug Addiction
Recovery Month in 2006.
This is what the e-mail said about this honor. "This award was created for people we feel have an inspiring story of recovery,
whether physically or emotionally. After reviewing your website and reading your inspirational story of recovery, we feel your
story instills a feeling of hope in us all. Therefore, we want to recognize your story so that others may also feel inspired and
hopeful in their own recovery."
It is a joy to be recognized for my humble attempt of spreading the word of recovery. But this award speaks so much of what I
believe... we can never forget our hopes and dreams... yes we need to live in reality... but never forget your dreams.
Sharing my Story...
On May 18, 2010, I was recognized for having an inspiring story of recovery. And because of that I
received the award on the right. Click on the award to read the criteria for receiving this honor.
Since these books are for sale through Paypal all books are sold up to 50% off the suggested retail price. Click on the
autographed photo above or go to the books page or click on the title of the book above. All sales are shipped within 48 hours.
Another Award For Naked Daze With Dave...
On November 22, 2010 I received the award on the left from the website on-line counseling degrees. Lauren Wilson said,
"Congratulations! Lauren here, and your blog, Naked Daze With Dave, is an essential part of our resources!
As a website dedicated to help those considering a career in counseling, we only provide the best information available.
Whether it's a resource that explores the how to counsel an alcohol abuse patient, or provides insight on depression, we
provide them for those seeking to obtain this information. This is why we've featured your blog, as it is one of the best to teach
After accepting the award from Lauren I was also told, "Your site is amazing. We hope you'll find this award as motivation to
persevere in your blog. All in all, we thank and appreciate you for writing great content and hope you'll continue to do so."
with some news
Naked Daze With Dave named a Top Health Blogger...
I received this e-mail on February 15, 2011. "Wellsphere has awarded you the Top HealthBlogger
status to recognize your contribution to helping people live healthier lives — Congratulations! We have
prepared a personalized Top HealthBlogger badge for you, which you can post to the sidebar of your
blog. This badge highlights you as a top blogger within the Alcoholism community, and helps us
distinguish you and elevate your postings on Wellsphere."
Naked Daze with Dave shares my thoughts on a variety of subjects. Most of the time they are to short to be included on
Creating Dreams but yet I want to share them with you. If you would like to see another side of my recovery I invite you to
2011 a year of exploring...
What a year. I started it in England celebrating the New Year in a nice quiet spiritual setting. When I got back to the States, I
was contacted by groups in Jamaica and South Africa asking for permission to use my cancer poems for their cancer fund
raising events. A major fund-raiser was held in Maryland with Purple Power as its main source of income.
In September I was the keynote speaker at a recovery event in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Upon my return I got involved with the
practice of NLP and became a Certified NLP Master Practitioner in November. And a major conference was held in Melbourne,
Australia at the end of November on the 12 Promises of AA. The major text used for this conference were my articles on the
And as December settled I ended my year where it began... in England.
2009 Blog award from Nurse Practitioners...
They complied a list of the Top 100 Best Overcoming Addiction Blogs and Naked Daze was included. This is what the site had
to say, "This is a blog that has tons of information! The author of Naked Daze with Dave has authored several books on
addiction and recovery, and his blog provides an outlet for his day-to-day musings." Now with a new look and easier navigation
Naked Daze has a little bit of everything for everybody. Stop on by and have a look.
Another year in England...
I started 2011 in England and I ended the year in England as well. I really enjoyed my experiences in
England and as soon as I got back I knew I would be returning. It's a beautiful country and a beautiful
place to spend the holidays. Like last year I updated often on Naked Daze.
The Dream Comes True...
Sobriety has brought to me many dreams... some of those
dreams I have had the fortune to see become reality.
First there were the books, then a newspaper column,
speaking, and traveling were just a few. The latest dream
has been the "oldest" dream... one that I began to wonder
if it would ever become a reality.
That dream was seeing my poetry become songs. In May of 2012, the words of
poems became the lyrics for songs. 12 is a musical CD on the poetry of the 12
Steps and 12 Promises of AA. The amazing part of this dream was my fortune of
finding true professionals who took this challenge on. Recorded in its entirety in
Manchester, England. Click here to read more about 12 and listen to some of the
The Power of Powerlessness...
On July 16, 2012, I will be in Lincoln, Nebraska on the
Doane College Campus as a guest at the
addictions/psychology class. Part of the discussion will
be about my poem I Was Powerless. The poem though
won't be read, it will instead be watched. The video is
Ranked Number 2...
In August of 2012 another honor was given to
my blog. The resource center called Addiction
Blogs, has Naked Daze list as the second rated
blog on addiction.
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In The Square...
Starting in May of 2013, thought provoking quotes with
a photo can be found on the home page.
Why the name From The Square? In many midwestern