Anonymity Preserved – Grapevine Article November 1968 by Jim M.

Some time ago, the Canyon Club in Laguna Beach, Calif., which housed most of the meetings in that city, was destroyed by fire. The groups were temporarily without a meeting place. One AA family stepped into the breach by starting a meeting in its home, a three-level structure on the side of a hill, withContinue reading “Anonymity Preserved – Grapevine Article November 1968 by Jim M.”

The Quest for Spirituality – Grapevine Article March 2020 by Earle M.

A good number of years ago, I found myself bewildered and uncertain about the meaning of spirituality and how one achieves it. After a rather frantic search, I fell upon an idea that presented a solution. I realized that by combining Step Twelve, Tradition Twelve, and the last sentence of the book Twelve Steps and TwelveContinue reading “The Quest for Spirituality – Grapevine Article March 2020 by Earle M.”

Anonymity – Grapevine Article January 2000 by Diane O.

Its Necessity Today I believe that anonymity–the spiritual substance of it–is more important than ever today. The spiritual substance of anonymity–self-sacrifice–is the cement that binds us, that allows us to stay alive and well and growing. Most of us arrived in AA as egomaniacs, power drivers, manipulators, glory seekers, and islands unto ourselves, self-obsessed andContinue reading “Anonymity – Grapevine Article January 2000 by Diane O.”

Dr. Bob The Fundamentals – In Retrospect – Grapevine Article September 1948

It is gratifying to feel that one belongs to and has a definite personal part in the work of a growing and spiritually prospering organization for the release of the alcoholics of mankind from a deadly enslavement. For me, there is double gratification in the realization that, more than thirteen years ago, an all-wise Providence,Continue reading “Dr. Bob The Fundamentals – In Retrospect – Grapevine Article September 1948”

The Search For Self-Approval – Grapevine Article October 1967 by M.D.B.

How the AA program deals with our need for self-approval and recognition by others OBSERVE an alcoholic at the ripest point of a bender, and you’ll see a pretty complete demonstration of proven ways to lose friends and alienate people. Almost anything he does, from talking too loudly to burning holes in a hostess’ carpet,Continue reading “The Search For Self-Approval – Grapevine Article October 1967 by M.D.B.”

A Spoke In The Wheel – Grapevine Article March 1989 by G.H.

One Tuesday night a lonely confused woman named “Sara” walks through the doors of Alcoholics Anonymous. Sara feels alienated and depressed, feelings she has had most of her life. She is completely demoralized and knows she will never be accepted or feel loved by anyone again. But through all this despair she doesn’t want toContinue reading “A Spoke In The Wheel – Grapevine Article March 1989 by G.H.”

It Might Have Been the Time – Grapevine Article February 1950 by Lois (Bill W.‘s Wife and Al-Anon Founder )

I too needed spiritual development IT is hard to say just when Alcoholics Anonymous began. It may have been at the time a friend came to see my husband, Bill. Or it may have been at the moment of Bill’s spiritual experience. Most AAs feel it is the time six months later when he metContinue reading “It Might Have Been the Time – Grapevine Article February 1950 by Lois (Bill W.‘s Wife and Al-Anon Founder )”

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.”