Thank You

To all my wonderful followers, Onfireatfifty has a new home. Please go to from now on to follow our stories of life and inspiration. I thank each and every one of you for your support and I hope to see you on the new site. #gratitudeforwarriorwomeneverywhere With much love, Anita Devlin


Like most of my generation, I was raised to show my appreciation to someone by writing a Thank You note. Never in my life did I imagine that one of them would be to an addiction treatment center. But addiction is an octopus. It’s tentacles reach out until it squeezes the life out of everyone. […]

Old Cats Teach New Tricks

I’m not sure what number life our cat, Daphne, is on now. It depends on how you count them, I suppose. Certainly the time she pushed out the screen from a second story window and landed in our driveway was one. Besides scaring the bejeepers out of us both, she appeared unharmed. (I think she […]

My Music Memories

Music. Memories. Inspiration. Cat Stevens’ “Moonshadow” plays on a CD that my father had made for me many years ago, I close my eyes, sing along, and I am transported back in time 30 years to my childhood with such comforting, sweet memories of my mother. I cherish these CD’s that he has so carefully […]

A Cafe Called “We Meet Again”

A few weeks ago we met again. It all happened so suddenly, just pushed into each other’s lives, maybe this time for another go? It felt like years since I tasted you last. The way it happened was just so perfect, the temperature, the combination of deep, earthy aromas, sweetness and cream. It was as […]

Anonymous Guest Personal Journey

A Sandwich, Massachusetts Family’s Personal Journey through Addiction and Recovery Addiction does not just affect the addict, but everyone around them. After reading the article “Drugs in School” in The Sandwich Enterprise, and realizing that some residents of this town are either clueless, naïve, or realistically, just turning a blind eye to this issue, I […]

The Gym

“Lets plan a trip to the beach for Spring Break!” is what I announced and I am really looking forward to seeing a new coastline, different sand, and a new and beautiful Southern beach. Watching my children play in the sand, gazing out at the ocean, listening to the seagulls, collecting different shells and seaglass, […]

I Am Not Crazy

Lyme disease is an infectious and debilitating disease that is carried by ticks. If diagnosed and treated appropriately in earlier stages, one is likely to recover; however in later stages, the treatment recovery is slower and more difficult. Chronic Lyme disease is a highly controversial catch-all term for a host of long-lasting symptoms that may […]

A Friend, Indeed

“I will need to take you to every house in the village!”my daughter Gale had declared when we arrived at her small vereda in Colombia, a two hour sweaty hike from the nearest sister enclave. That had sounded like a reasonable but undoable request even before we arrived. It was not an end of soccer […]

A Moment’s Notice

A bumpy open air jeep ride dropped us off in La Hollandita, a small sister community to the one  in which Gale, my daughter, lives. A nun dressed in chino pants and a tee shirt greeted us, as well as a Bosnian girl and a German girl who both spoke perfect English. They, too, were […]