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.”

Don’t Take Our Word For It – Grapevine Article By January 1969 by S.B.S.

An early Chicago member wrote the sequel to her story “The Keys to the Kingdom.” – From the January 1969 Grapevine The first ten years of AA in the Chicago area (1939 through 1949) were years filled with much activity. During the first four or five years, the activity was at times even feverish. OurContinue reading “Don’t Take Our Word For It – Grapevine Article By January 1969 by S.B.S.”

Life Is For Living- Grapevine Article May 1978 By J.L.

LIFE is FOR living! We are not what we used to be; we are striving to become what we ought to be, what we want to be, what we were meant to be. We are in touch with reality. We are like the rest of the human family–not all bad, not all good; just tryingContinue reading “Life Is For Living- Grapevine Article May 1978 By J.L.”

Reflection – October 25th Walk In Dry Places Entitled Different Routes to Alcoholism

Understanding powerlessness While alcoholics have much in common, the personal stories heard at AA open meetings show that we took different routes to alcoholism. Some became out-of-control drinkers almost from the beginning. Others lost control slowly after years of seemingly moderate drinking. These differences are underscored by the fact that we also differ in physicalContinue reading “Reflection – October 25th Walk In Dry Places Entitled Different Routes to Alcoholism”

Reflection – Each Day A New Beginning Saturday October 24th

The universal human yearning (is) for something permanent, enduring, without shadow of change   —Willa Cather The specter of change builds dread in most of us. We fear the effects on our personal lives. We lack faith that the impending change will benefit us. Only time can assure us of that. And it will, justContinue reading “Reflection – Each Day A New Beginning Saturday October 24th”

Deliver With Care – Grapevine Article September 2020 by Diane C

The house had two communal copies of the Big Book, and that was all. My new sponsee had very little money, so I got her a copy of each book. Last month, I began sponsoring a new woman in the program. She’s currently residing in a sober living house until August. Before the COVID pandemicContinue reading “Deliver With Care – Grapevine Article September 2020 by Diane C”

Endless Possibilities – Grapevine Article November 2020 By Snow P

While a cruise ship travel agent’s business is in rough waters, a world of AA service keeps her afloat They said, “Don’t rest on your laurels,” because the enemy never sleeps. I don’t believe I have seen any laurels around recently, but I could have been lulled into thinking I deserve some since I haveContinue reading “Endless Possibilities – Grapevine Article November 2020 By Snow P”

Reflection October 11th – Everyday A New Beginning

Be still and listen to the stillness within.  —Darlene Larson Jenks No answer eludes us if we turn to the source of all answers – the stillness within. Prayer accompanied by meditation will always provide the answers we need for the situations facing us. The answers we want are not guaranteed, however. We must trustContinue reading “Reflection October 11th – Everyday A New Beginning”

Reflection October 10th – Every Day A New Beginning

Sometimes it’s worse to win a fight than to lose.  —Billie Holiday Our struggles with other people always take their toll on us. They often push us to behavior we’re not proud of. They may result in irreparable rifts. They frequently trigger an emotional relapse. No battle is worth the damage to the psyche thatContinue reading “Reflection October 10th – Every Day A New Beginning”

$8 an Hour – Grapevine Article Oct 2020 by Bruno W

After liquor destroyed his career, he had to start all over again. With a leap of faith, he took his sponsor’s suggestion Like many people who come through the doors of AA to find sobriety, my life was in shambles. My “gas tank” was empty and I was running on fumes in all aspects ofContinue reading “$8 an Hour – Grapevine Article Oct 2020 by Bruno W”