AFTER – Grapevine Article April 1989 by Anonymous

It’s a well-know AA fact that the Big Book underwent intense scrutiny and exhaustive discussion before reaching print in its final form. In fact, Bill W. often referred to himself as the referee of these “discussions” rather then the Big Book’s author. Below, excerpted from chapter five, are some examples of the changes that cameContinue reading “AFTER – Grapevine Article April 1989 by Anonymous”

Knowledge Is Not Enough – Grapevine Article April 1953 by H.G.

But the actual or potential alcoholic, with hardly an exception, will be absolutely unable to stop drinking on the basis of self-knowledge (Big Book, page 39) THIS is not the story of my drinking career, which pray God is over. That story would be more lurid than some, not so shocking as others. A typicalContinue reading “Knowledge Is Not Enough – Grapevine Article April 1953 by H.G.”

Start Forgiving – Grapevine Article September 1979 by R.E.

Her own guilt disappeared at the same time her anger did ONE NIGHT, a woman asked at a meeting I attended, “How do you get rid of guilt?” This struck a nerve, because I was still full of my own guilts. After the meeting was over, an answer came to me: “Start forgiving.” What–give upContinue reading “Start Forgiving – Grapevine Article September 1979 by R.E.”

Each Day A New Beginning – July 31st

Love doesn’t just sit there like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; re-made all the time, made new. – Ursula K. LeGuin We love to be loved; we love to be held; we love to be caressed. A show of appreciation we love too. And we love to know we’ve been heard.Continue reading “Each Day A New Beginning – July 31st”

Learning To Live One Day At A Time – Grapevine Article November 1970 by Anonymous

The essence of AA I HEARD the question “Do you think you can stay away from a drink for 24 hours?” on my first exposure to AA. My answer was quick: “Sure I can. I’ve done that many times.” Then came the simple and surprising reply: “That’s what we suggest in AA–that you stay awayContinue reading “Learning To Live One Day At A Time – Grapevine Article November 1970 by Anonymous”

The Whisper of Humility – Grapevine Article March 1955 by E.M., MD.

ONE PART of our great program–the Twelve Traditions–has come to mean life itself to me. The Traditions, as written by our co-founder Bill, define for me clearly and precisely how to get well and stay well. They tell me who God is, what He does, and where He functions. They show me what spirituality isContinue reading “The Whisper of Humility – Grapevine Article March 1955 by E.M., MD.”

In Partnership – As Bill Sees It #220

As we made spiritual progress, it became clear that, if we ever were to feel emotionally secure, we would have to put our lives on a give-and-take basis; we would have to develop the sense of being in partnership or brotherhood with all those around us. We saw that we would need to give constantlyContinue reading “In Partnership – As Bill Sees It #220”

Recovering From Fear & Resentment – Grapevine Article September 2002 by Ernst S

Life was changing in a way I didn’t want it to. I wanted the old life back, but was determined to survive the collapse. I was building a passive solar house on thirty acres. A stream bordered my land, and a hill that caught enough wind to generate electricity. I’d put in organic gardens andContinue reading “Recovering From Fear & Resentment – Grapevine Article September 2002 by Ernst S”

The Empty Tank – Grapevine Article June 1955 by Anonymous

THE engine on my car snorted, coughed and died. I knew my wife was glaring at me. Of course, I wasn’t looking at her. I was intently studying the road dead ahead. It had suddenly become very interesting now that I couldn’t get there. The springs on the seat beside me squawked and then cameContinue reading “The Empty Tank – Grapevine Article June 1955 by Anonymous”

The Serenity Prayer – Grapevine Article April 1975 by J.W.

A personal interpretation THE CONCEPT of acceptance used to trouble me. It was not until I looked deeply into the Serenity Prayer that an answer began to appear. “The serenity to accept. . .” Somehow, I think, I had unconsciously imbued that phrase with a meaning it just doesn’t have. I thought of it asContinue reading “The Serenity Prayer – Grapevine Article April 1975 by J.W.”