Hope From The Hopeless – Grapevine Article May 1992 by Linda B.

I first came into the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous four years ago. I was suicidal, filled with rage, and completely baffled by this strange disease that had taken control of my life, my soul, my mind, and my spirit. I went into a treatment center, attended meetings there, prayed, read all the AA literature IContinue reading “Hope From The Hopeless – Grapevine Article May 1992 by Linda B.”

When No One’s Watching – Grapevine Article March 2020 by Rick R

Little routine things that cost him nothing and clear his conscience begin when he parks the car When we are satisfied that we’ve given Steps One through Five our best effort and have identified our most glaring defects and shortcomings, it’s time to affect the changes in our thoughts and behaviors by addressing them inContinue reading “When No One’s Watching – Grapevine Article March 2020 by Rick R”

Beyond Step 1 – Grapevine Article June 1974 by Sally H.

Are we missing a great and thrilling adventure because we cannot honestly say, “Here are the steps we took”? BEYOND STEP ONE lies a country most of us never visited before, not even in our dreams. It is a new land, unexplored territory. Once we step over its borders, we can never go back andContinue reading “Beyond Step 1 – Grapevine Article June 1974 by Sally H.”

You Mean There’s Already A Solution – Grapevine Article March 1988 by Boyce B.

As the AA Steps contain the message of recovery, so the AA Traditions contain that of unity. I knew this fact in spirit sometime before my head caught on to it. While still very much a newcomer to the Fellowship, I first became aware of the Traditions while observing the running of meetings. Despite myContinue reading “You Mean There’s Already A Solution – Grapevine Article March 1988 by Boyce B.”

Filet of Soul – Grapevine Article August 1987 by E.K.

I guess I have a soul. We’re told that everyone has one. You must have a soul, too. But I don’t know what one looks like, do you? I wonder if anyone does. Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations lists almost 400 quotes wherein great thinkers, writers, and poets discuss the human soul. Encyclopedias, dictionaries, and the BibleContinue reading “Filet of Soul – Grapevine Article August 1987 by E.K.”

Let’s Use Them Wisely – Grapevine Article September 2020 by Susan D.

“Nothing can matter more to the future welfare of AA than the manner in which we use this colossus of communication.” —Bill W., 1960Audio Player00:0000:00 I have had amazing experiences already within virtual AA meetings, and over time I’ve come to the conclusion that there is very little difference between those and physical meetings—something thatContinue reading “Let’s Use Them Wisely – Grapevine Article September 2020 by Susan D.”

Another Prodigal Story – Big Book 1st Edition Story by Ralph F.

“HELLO, Pal.”“Hello, Buddy!”“Have a drink?”“Got one!”“Come over on the next stool I’m lonesome. Hell of a world.” “You said it, brother, – hell of a world.”“You taking rye? Mine’s gin. God, I’m up against it now!” “How’s ‘at?”“Oh, same old hell-hell-hell. She’s going to leave me now!” “Your wife?”“Yeah. How am I going to live?Continue reading “Another Prodigal Story – Big Book 1st Edition Story by Ralph F.”

Come On! Be Happy – Grapevine Article September 1967 by E.B.R. author of ‘He Who Loses His Life’ BB Story

This is the second article in the Grapevine’s new series by authors of the personal histories in the Big Book, Alcoholics Anonymous. First published in 1939, a revised, enlarged Big Book was published in 1955. Now, twelve years later, the author of “He Who Loses His Life,” page 540 in the Revised Edition, looks backContinue reading “Come On! Be Happy – Grapevine Article September 1967 by E.B.R. author of ‘He Who Loses His Life’ BB Story”

Love – Grapevine Article March 1980 by C.H.

In AA, love is our glue WHEN I FIRST came to AA, I didn’t know how to love. I still don’t. All I know is that what I am doing feels pretty good. Externally, the evidence is there; internally, I am not sure whether I am feeling the way the songwriters and Hollywood say IContinue reading “Love – Grapevine Article March 1980 by C.H.”

Pay Attention – Grapevine Article May 1980 By B.M.

MANY YEARS ago, when I was trying to integrate constant social drinking with happy personal relationships, this futile endeavor led me to consult a psychologist (who, I see in retrospect, was an outstanding therapist) and to take what he called a “course.” He did not diagnose me as alcoholic; but he did, after the firstContinue reading “Pay Attention – Grapevine Article May 1980 By B.M.”