ABOUT THE PUBLISHER
Challenges Editor & Publisher, Donna Bailey-Thompson.
child of a one-parent family (her father died before she was
born; her mother was a career woman, first by choice and then
by necessity), Donna was a latchkey kid before the phrase
she married a scholar, continued her education, adopted two
children, and divorced. Two more marriages followed--both
to alcoholics. One was mentally and physically abusive, the
other emotionally cruel. It was during the third marriage
that she came to recognize what constitutes alcoholism.
realized she was not "too good" for Al-Anon, she
became an active member, and also participated in four private
family treatment programs and various facilitated support
groups as well as one-on-one therapy. Also, to further her
recovery and expand her knowledge, she attended seminars,
workshops, read and studied extensively the effects of alcoholism
on "significant others."
14,000+ hours of peer counseling experience, has facilitated
"Women Who Love Too Much" groups, and has
35 years' experience as a freelance writer and/or editor.
The basis of her autobiographical book-length manuscript,
Stark Raving Sober, was a Northeast (Hartford) magazine
cover story (January, 1983).
happily married from 1989 until her husband's sudden collapse
(full cardiac arrest) in 1995.
In September 2006, Stark Raving Sober
was published. For more information, please visit www.starkravingsober.com
In October 2009, Donna launched www.TheArtsEtc.com, a growing site featuring the performing arts from Northampton MA to Hartford CT. Visitors are always welcome.