We are in the process of moving, so I haven't had much time to work on this, but I just had to take the time to share with you this comment I received from a fan in Massachusetts in response to my AA post. (comment sent as it appears):
"Author: Mark Kelly
NA DOES NOT MEAN ANONYMOUS
I RAN INTO A PROBLEM WITH A LONG TERM MEMBER WHO HAS GONE OUT OF HIS WAY TO BREAK THE ANONYMITY OF AT LEAST THREE MEMBERS. (SCOTT DIED OF AN OVER DOSE AND WE KNOW THIS PERSON BETRAYED HIS FRIENDSHIP. SUEZIE RAY AND ELLEN ARE LOST SOULS. THERE ARE MANNY MORE.) THIS IS NOT A MISTAKE OOPS NO THIS IS ACTING WITH MALICE, CONTACTING FAMILIES AND EMPLOYEERS - LEADING TO JOB LOSS AND THE BREAK UP OF FAMILIES. UTILIZING E-MAIL TO SPREAD LIES!
MARK KELLY YOU CAN NOT HIDE IN NA IN REVERE ARLINGTON BOSTON BROOKLINE NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS.
THE PRESS WILL FIND OUT YOU ATTEND THE NOON MEETING OF NA TUESDAY IN WATERTOWN. NO NEW COMER IS SAFE AT THAT MEETING. BECAUSE IT IS HIS HOME GROUP USING ANONYMOUS WITH IT LISTED IS FRAUD.
HE IS AN EXAMPLE OF THE SOCIOPATHIC USE OF TRADITIONS. WOULD I ALLOW A PEDOPHILE TO RUN THE BOY'S CLUB? SHOULDN'T WE IDENTIFY A THREAT TO THE SPIRITUAL FOUNDATION? IT ISN'T ABOUT ME WORKING STEPS BECAUSE THAT WAS COMPLETED AND I NEVER DID ANYTHING AGAINST NA. I BROUGHT NA TO JAILS. THIS PROGRAM WORKS FOR PEOPLE WHO AREN'T PSYCHOPATHIC- THIS IS A PERSON NOT CARING THAT WHAT HE DID AND WILL DO WILL HARM INNOCENT PEOPLE. SO NOLONGER A MEMBER AND WILLING TO SPEAK OUT ABOUT THIS DEFILEMET OF RECOVERY"
Now, while most of my readers are literate, I do not discriminate against those who choose to pursue a path of drugs (and probably prostitution as a result) as opposed to, say, education, when reading my correspondence. If someone who admires me reaches out, who am I to deny this touching spirit a voice? Wait, not touching. Touched. Touched spirit.
On the one hand, this seems to be a cry from someone wronged by a certain "Mark Kelly." I will call him a him" for no real reason, and refer to him by name as lfarris, being that this is his email address, a good indicator that Mark Kelly isn't his real name, but simply placed as the author to make it easily identifiable by Google search. I myself googled Mark Kelly in the towns listed. The only Mark of note is the astronaut husband of Gabrielle Giffords, political shooting victim. The shooter in that case was deemed unfit to stand trial based on mental illness. You can't help but recognize a healthy dose of crazy in this diatribe, but I stop short of connecting it with this other tragic event. My search also revealed the posting of this very same notice on one of the NA 12 step recovery message forums, which has been removed. Clearly this is someone who feels slighted and has a message about it, one that won't be stopped by conventional grammar, spelling, or sense.
But there is also a far more sinister source to be considered. That someone named Mark Kelly wrote this, and is a psychopath who refers to himself in the third person. Perhaps he is someone who trolls the NA meetings for his latest victim. He's certainly angry, typing in all caps, the calling card of the angry, elderly, internet ignorant, and serial killer. A professional might even be able to scour the note for clues in the words, such as "SUEZIE RAY AND ELLEN ARE LOST SOULS" and "THERE ARE MANNY MORE" and "NO NEW COMER IS SAFE AT THAT MEETING." Yes, I can see him now, typing on the computer of his latest victim, lfarris, and sending this message out in hopes that soon the police will come and stop him. He wants to get caught, or he is just taunting officials to try to find him. Perhaps I should send his IP address to the Massachusetts Police and see if they think there is anything in it. I should at least keep it in the event of any future contact.
Maybe he is lfarris, a farsighted, elderly, recovering drug addict out to get the evil Mark Kelly and his sociopathic use of traditions. (Pedophile scout leaders? You have to ask yourself, would I?) Perhaps he's "A PERSON NOT CARING THAT WHAT HE DID AND WILL DO WILL HARM INNOCENT PEOPLE" who is leaving a trail of destruction and breadcrumbs as he destroys NA from within. I don't care, though, because my fans come in many flavors, and I embrace you all. But secretly I hope the latter is true, since they have internet in prison, but I don't believe they do in the psych ward. I know how important it is for my followers to keep in touch with me, as it is for me to hear from them.
I am humbled by your messages. But not so humbled as to not share them with the world, so keep 'em coming.