An answering service call I took five months ago has shown me how AA functions in other cultures. The call was from a Latino mother. “Mi español es muy poco, muy mal,” I told her, but I got across my being in AA, took her phone number, and said that “un hombre con español” wouldContinue reading “One Language – Grapevine Article July 1996 by Louise S.”
Category Archives: Attraction
Sunlight and Air – Grapevine Article May 1999 by Cheryl M.
Step 5 – Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. I came to Alcoholics Anonymous young in years but sick of soul and full of secrets. Now, in my middle age, I no longer harbor secrets, and my soul is in better health than ever. It’sContinue reading “Sunlight and Air – Grapevine Article May 1999 by Cheryl M.”
Elder Statesman Without A Country – Grapevine Article February 1983 by B.B.
When he stopped working the Steps, he was an AFTER FOURTEEN and a half years of sobriety, I found myself in an all too familiar place: tired of living, bored with AA meetings, full of self-pity, and wondering, “Is this all there is?” I had been very active in AA in the early years–secretary, chairmanContinue reading “Elder Statesman Without A Country – Grapevine Article February 1983 by B.B.”
Difficulty Reveals Character – Grapevine Article October 2021 by Ron B.
A member shares some powerful thoughts about AA’s patience, resilience and creativity during COVID-19 When I first read Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions with my sponsor some 10 years ago, I was struck by Bill W.’s description of AA members in the armed forces during World War II. Even though they were far from homeContinue reading “Difficulty Reveals Character – Grapevine Article October 2021 by Ron B.”
Faith – Deed or Creed ? A Grapevine Mashup
As I read the Daily Reflection we will be discussing this morning July 4th entitled ‘Natural Faith’ , I realized that for some this reading may feel like a condescending projection about an experience of God that makes certain something that many in AA find otherwise. This article takes extracts from 4 different AA GrapevineContinue reading “Faith – Deed or Creed ? A Grapevine Mashup”
Here & Now – Grapevine Article June 2022 by Maryellen O.
Through cancer and COVID, this longtimer finds joy in service and accepting life exactly where it is I had no idea when I walked into AA 36 years ago that I’d be where I am today. I’ve been sober more than half my life, surrounded by so much love. God has graced me with moreContinue reading “Here & Now – Grapevine Article June 2022 by Maryellen O.”
Out of This World! – Grapevine Article July 1992 by George M.
I had a surprising thought last night. As I listened to fellow AA members share, those initials AA took on a new meaning for me–Aliens Anonymous. I don’t know if every alcoholic feels like an alien, but I certainly have. Sometimes I still do. I’ve often said it was as if my second-grade teacher hadContinue reading “Out of This World! – Grapevine Article July 1992 by George M.”
Tradition Five: What A Group Ought To Be Grapevine Article May 2006 by Anonymous
An AA says we can’t transmit what we don’t have The first thing Tradition Five tells us is what a group is, or at least “ought to be.” We are not a sociological entity, although sociologists find us fascinating. We are not a therapy group, although remarkable healing takes place among us. And we areContinue reading “Tradition Five: What A Group Ought To Be Grapevine Article May 2006 by Anonymous”
Reasonable Fear – Grapevine Article June 1982 by D.K.
It keeps our memories green and our hearts grateful FEAR, FOR THIS alcoholic, is a two-edged sword. It really cuts both ways. If you don’t believe me, read on. When I drank, in periodic binges, the panic inside me cut through the anesthesia of alcohol and tranquilizers. Sheer, free-floating terror demanded that I seek oblivion.Continue reading “Reasonable Fear – Grapevine Article June 1982 by D.K.”
The Challenge of Sponsorship – Grapevine Article June 1989 by Jim N.
Right from the start, AA spread simply by one drunk talking to another. Bill W. called on Doctor Bob in 1935 in Akron and AA was born. A physician, Dr. William Silkworth, who had worked intensely with alcoholics, was quick to see the possibilities for growth in this approach. But he was also vocal andContinue reading “The Challenge of Sponsorship – Grapevine Article June 1989 by Jim N.”