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The Lure of Being Secure: Don’t Bite the Bait

  A hundred people are staring at me, smiling. Palms upward, radiating energy. An uncomfortable smile emerges. I focus on the women in front of me. Her China white teeth glisten from the middle of a warm brown tone. I can feel her love. Now I smile. I think I love her. I know she loves me. When the chanting ends she pulls me into her arms and whispers. … [Read More...]

The Needy Podcasts

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The Alcohol & Addiction Podcast Presents: Marc “PlayinWitDreams’ Kennedy

In this episode I talk to professional poker player Marc 'PlayinWitDreams' Kennedy about on how he managed to separate himself from the tribe and choose to live an … [Read More...]


The Alcohol & Addiction Podcast Presents: Vicki Hogarth

This week my guest on the Alcohol & Addiction Podcast is Vicki Hogarth. Vicki is a writer who has had publications appear in outlets such as The Guardian, The … [Read More...]


The Alcohol & Addiction Podcast Presents: Laura Willoughby MBE

Laura Willoughby MBE is a consumer campaigner and has been a local councillor in Islington for the past 12 years. She was also the Chief Executive of the National … [Read More...]

The Needy Reader


Choose Yourself by James Altucher, a Book Review

  Vulnerability. … [Read More...]


Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget by Sarah Hepola

I can see the man in front of me. He is staggering all over the place. He stops, lifts his can up to his mouth and arcs his head so far back I am sure he is going to … [Read More...]

Recent Blog Posts

The Lab

  The lab is full of naked Asian women wearing blue latex rubber gloves, hairnets and facemasks. It’s not a dream. I haven’t slept. It’s a premonition. … [Read More...]

Flying With the Coalmine Canaries

  After Cobain came Clooney. … [Read More...]

Am I to Blame For All I’ve Heard?

  What goes on behind those eyes? … [Read More...]

Brainwashed Since Birth

I didn’t choose to drink alcohol. … [Read More...]

The Vow

  I stared in the mirror. I had never seen eyes as cruel as the ones that returned fire. What had happened to me? I was falling apart. I could handle that. But my marriage? That was precious. I would not allow my marriage to fall apart. It was time to buy myself a bouquet … [Read More...]

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