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.”

Anonymity’s Spiritual Dividends – May 1955 by Anonymous

IN Bill’s January Grapevine article, the value of anonymity as group protection and insurance was spelled out in letters big enough for a blind man to see. It drove home the importance of anonymity to AA’s survival and continued effectiveness. Of equal interest to me,[1] however, were the suggestions scattered throughout that anonymity is no ordinary insuranceContinue reading “Anonymity’s Spiritual Dividends – May 1955 by Anonymous”

Humility Takes Center Stage – Grapevine Article July 2020 by David S.

His chance to impress everyone at the big event became a starring role for Step Seven Finally, I would have my moment, if only a brief one, in the AA spotlight. Oh, never mind those leads at my local AA groups, wonderful opportunities that they were to share my experience, strength and hope. This wouldContinue reading “Humility Takes Center Stage – Grapevine Article July 2020 by David S.”

Planting Seeds – Grapevine Article June 2020 By Karen C.

After years of hard work, a committee in Northern California starts a successful prison sponsorship program Since 1987, one of the defining characteristics of my sobriety has been my participation in the NorCal (Northern California) Hospitals & Institutions (H&I) Committee. While I’ve loved all my service work, carrying the message of AA to the alcoholicContinue reading “Planting Seeds – Grapevine Article June 2020 By Karen C.”