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 )”

A Gift To Joe – Grapevine Article March 2016 by Joe T

Stuck in the rehab, he met a man who gave him a way out and also a way back in I was at the beginning of my second year of sobriety. It was late in October and the leaves were falling. The days were cool and the time of year was inviting nostalgia. My drinking friendsContinue reading “A Gift To Joe – Grapevine Article March 2016 by Joe T”

Big Book Is Born – Grapevine Article May 2019; 80 Years After It’s Original Publication

TIMELINE WRITTEN BY BILL S. | FAIRFIELD, CONN. Middle of Oct., 1937Our cofounder Bill W. travels to Akron where the group meets and approves raising funds for paid missionaries, a chain of national hospitals and the writing of a book. The Ohio members do not, however, intend to contribute any money themselves, and they sendContinue reading “Big Book Is Born – Grapevine Article May 2019; 80 Years After It’s Original Publication”

I‘m Here ; We’re Here – Grapevine Article August 2019 by Clement C.

A long-time African-American member tells his story and encourages others to get involved beyond the group I grew up in a segregated part of St. Louis, Missouri. I was one of the students who participated in the forced integration of schools. I went to integrated schools from the sixth grade through college. In many ofContinue reading “I‘m Here ; We’re Here – Grapevine Article August 2019 by Clement C.”

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.”

In the Spirit – Not the Letter of Alcoholics Anonymous -Grapevine Article by Laurie A. January 2007

Love, not worship, for the Big Book My friends (and enemies) had diagnosed the problem–I could not drink without getting drunk. They weren’t telling me anything I didn’t know. And they offered no solution except, “Just don’t drink,” or, “Stop when you’ve had enough.” If I could have done that, I would have. I’d triedContinue reading “In the Spirit – Not the Letter of Alcoholics Anonymous -Grapevine Article by Laurie A. January 2007”

Willingness to Grow – Grapevine Article July 1985 by S.M.

Working the Steps “LACK OF POWER, that was our dilemma.” “Once more: The alcoholic at certain times has no effective mental defense against the first drink. Except in a few rare cases, neither he nor any other human being can provide such a defense. His defense must come from a Higher Power.” When I wasContinue reading “Willingness to Grow – Grapevine Article July 1985 by S.M.”

‘The Unbeliever’ – Big Book Story by Hank P. from the 1st Edition

DULL . . . listless . . . semicomatose . . . I lay on my bed in a famous hospital for alcoholics. Death or worse had been my sentence. What was the difference? What difference did anything make? Why think of those things which were gone-why worry about the results of my drunken escapades?Continue reading “‘The Unbeliever’ – Big Book Story by Hank P. from the 1st Edition”

It’s All Your Fault! – December 1984 Grapevine Article By M.S.

I CAME INTO AA reluctantly, with real reservations, especially in emotional areas of my life. When I heard that even righteous indignation was something alcoholics could not afford to indulge in, I felt not only puzzled but put-upon by the very group that I had hoped could help me. After all, what was I supposedContinue reading “It’s All Your Fault! – December 1984 Grapevine Article By M.S.”

Keeping the Meeting Alive – Grapevine Article July 1991 by Kathryn K

At a recent meeting of our home group on the First Tradition, it was suggested that one of the ways we could actively promote the principle of unity was to draft a letter sharing our recent experiences with readers of the Grapevine. About three years ago, two people sat down in a church at aContinue reading “Keeping the Meeting Alive – Grapevine Article July 1991 by Kathryn K”