Slogans – Grapevine Article February 1964 By M.S.

ONE of the oddest propensities of this fellowship, it has often seemed to me, is AA’s preoccupation with slogans. They festoon the walls of our meeting rooms. Easy Does It shines forth in Gothic splendor from one large frame, while another suggests A Day at a Time. They are as prominent, and perhaps as essential, as cups ofContinue reading “Slogans – Grapevine Article February 1964 By M.S.”

The Back-Slider – Big Book Story from 1st Edition by Walter B

When I was graduated from high-school the World War was on in full blast. I was too young for the army but old enough to man a machine for the production of the means of wholesale destruction. I became a machine-hand at high wages. Machinery appealed to me anyway, because I had always wanted toContinue reading “The Back-Slider – Big Book Story from 1st Edition by Walter B”

A Death In The Family – Grapevine Article February 2004 By Nick K

He went to a meeting; his brother went to a bar What is that saying–when God closes a door, he opens a window? I have found this to be true in my life since getting sober. I have been sober since May 1996. With the help of a sponsor who told me what to do,Continue reading “A Death In The Family – Grapevine Article February 2004 By Nick K”

‘Acceptance Was The Answer’ pages 417,418,420 4th Edition

Page 417/418 – And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing, or situation – some fact of my life – unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing or situation as beingContinue reading “‘Acceptance Was The Answer’ pages 417,418,420 4th Edition”

Our Basic Trouble (Step 3) – Big Book pages 60 – 63

Being convinced , we were at Step Three , which is that we decided to turn our will and our life over to God as we understood Him . Just what do we mean by that , and just what do we do ? The first requirement is that we be convinced that any lifeContinue reading “Our Basic Trouble (Step 3) – Big Book pages 60 – 63”

Becoming An Atheist Renewed My Faith In AA – Grapevine Article By Kirk J.

He stopped believing in God—and started believing in the life AA had given him I got sober in AA in June 1987 and have remained sober ever since. Before coming to AA, I didn’t think much about God, except that I knew I did not believe in the Christian God. When I first came toContinue reading “Becoming An Atheist Renewed My Faith In AA – Grapevine Article By Kirk J.”

Humility – April 1974 Grapevine Article By M.D.B.

A word whose meaning causes arguments, but a quality we all aspire to when we understand it FOLLOWING a recent noon AA meeting, a member I scarcely knew said that he wanted a word with me. He appeared very agitated as we stepped into the privacy of an adjoining room. Naturally, I thought he wantedContinue reading “Humility – April 1974 Grapevine Article By M.D.B.”

Big Book Story – 2nd Edition ‘He Thought He Could Drink Like a Gentleman’

I WAS BORN in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1889, the last child of a family of eight children. My parents were hard working people. My father was a railroad man and a Civil War veteran. I can remember that in my childhood, he was ill at ease with the children because he attempted to assert anContinue reading “Big Book Story – 2nd Edition ‘He Thought He Could Drink Like a Gentleman’”

Living Sober – Chapter 25 Getting Out Of The If Trap

Emotional entanglements with people are not the only way we can get our sobriety dangerously hooked to something extraneous . Some of us have a tendency to put other conditions on our sobriety , without intending to . One A.A . member says , “ We drunks * are very ‘ iffy ’ people .Continue reading “Living Sober – Chapter 25 Getting Out Of The If Trap”

Making Peace With The Holidays – Grapevine Article December 2020 By Paul B.

This Christmas Eve, a lonely newcomer learned that choosing joy was the way to go It was 1984 and Christmas was approaching. I hadn’t had a visit nor heard from a single friend or relative since I had moved into this recovery house more than three months earlier. No one called to say they missedContinue reading “Making Peace With The Holidays – Grapevine Article December 2020 By Paul B.”