Well ruger, I am only about 3,000 miles NW of the NE Region, but I am still going to respond to Tom's opening post anyway.
I wish I could get out for a ride now, but we have enough snow and ice on the roads to make that a very bad idea at the moment. The temps are just above freezing right now, but it was down to minus 19*C (about 3*F below zero), without counting wind chill, a couple of mornings last week when I was loading the truck.
I feel great sorrow for those who die as a result of abusing drugs and or alcohol.
I feel even worse for the family and friends who they leave behind grieving for them.
My religious beliefs teach me that we all lived as spiritual beings, sons and daughters of a Heavenly Father and Mother, before we were born into mortality. Our time here on earth is a time to learn and prepare to return to live with them. Jesus Christ was the first born of their spiritual children in the pre-mortal life, and the only one who was born on earth of a mortal mother and an immortal father. He was the only one who lived without sin and was thus able to die and take our sins upon himself in the Garden and upon the Cross and atone for them if we confess and repent.
There are different degrees of glory in the heavens after this life. Those who take their own life here will not find relief in death, but will still have the same cravings and addictions, but not have their body to help overcome them.
I have read many books with stories from people who have had near death experiences. Most of these experiences have happened to people who are not members of my church, some who had no particular religion but have seen and heard things while out of their bodies and returned to share what they saw. Many of their experiences coincide with what I have been taught since I was a child, and confirm what I already believe.
So if I call one of you a brother or sister, I believe is literally true that we are all brothers and sisters, spiritual sons and daughter of the same Eternal Heavenly Father. Many reading this will not believe as I do, and reject most or all of what I have written. Still I love each of you as brother or sister and want the best for each and every one of you.
I hope that have not offended anyone with anything I have written here, as that was certainly not my intent.
So as brother Tom recommends, get your wind therapy, clear your lungs and your mind.
Prepare for the day ahead. Look for those you can help with a kind word or a hand up today.
Don't just be passive and have a good day.
ACTIVELY MAKE A GOOD DAY!!