My Sober Story Video Series

by | Dec 24, 2021 | COMMUNITY

Sometimes the body makes decisions for the mind. Sometimes it side-steps the brain and all of its rambling nonsense. You see athletes in the Olympics or people in acts of extreme heroism do this. Muscles popping. Faces contorted into white-knuckled fists. In agony but still fighting on, hoping to make something turn into gold. Afterwards, wondering, “How the Hell did I get here?”

For others, like me, maybe the decision to quit drinking wasn’t as action packed. Maybe not as dramatic. But it was a life-changing decision all the same. However, this is something we all have to think about, and it takes a long time.

Being able to share my story, and these stories, helps to strengthen our amazing community. 

“My Sober Story” shares five sober stories from our community. 

Laura Mae Lucas, Black Liquid, Faith Anne Broache, Parker S. Galore, and S. Preston Duncan are local artists, organizers, heath coaches, and most importantly – people just like you and me.  This is our community, and these are their stories.

“My Sober Story” is a video series made available through an Alcohol Education and Prevention Grant by the Virginia ABC. Production of the video series is by Wharton Major‘s R. Anthony Harris (Director, Editor) & Joey Wharton (Cinematographer), along with John Reinhold (sound engineer) and Todd Raviotta (Editor).

Information regarding the grant can be found here:

“My Sober Story” series will be released on YouTube by RVA Magazine starting Monday Dec 27th. We drop a new video each day at 12pm!  


December 27th, 2021 12pm: Laura Mae Lucas @pixitrainer
December 28th, 2021 12pm: BlackLiq @blackliq
December 29th, 2021 12pm: Parker S Galore @parker_galore 
December 30th, 2021 12pm: Faith Anne Broache @_vitriol_
December 31st, 2021 12pm: S. Preston Duncan @sprestonduncan

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Ryan Kent

Ryan Kent

Ryan Kent is the author of the collections, Poems For Dead People, This Is Why I Am Insane, Hit Me When I'm Pretty, and Everything Is On Fire: Selected Poems 2014-2021. He has also co-authored the poetry collections, Tomorrow Ruined Today, and Some Of Us Love You (both with Brett Lloyd). His spoken word record, Dying Comes With Age, will be released by Rare Bird Books in 2022. Ryan is a staff writer for RVA Magazine and maintains a pack a day habit. (photo by D. Randall Blythe)

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