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”

Loss Is Gain – AA’s Humble Beginnings – Big Book pages 153 – 155

In every case, pain had been the price of admission into a new life (12&12 step 7 page 75) Years ago , in 1935 , one of our number made a journey to a certain western city . From a business standpoint , his trip came off badly . Had he been successful in hisContinue reading “Loss Is Gain – AA’s Humble Beginnings – Big Book pages 153 – 155”

‘Acceptance Was The Answer’ pages 417,418,420 4th Edition

Page 417/418 – And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing, or situation – some fact of my life – unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing or situation as beingContinue reading “‘Acceptance Was The Answer’ pages 417,418,420 4th Edition”

Big Book Story – 2nd Edition ‘He Thought He Could Drink Like a Gentleman’

I WAS BORN in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1889, the last child of a family of eight children. My parents were hard working people. My father was a railroad man and a Civil War veteran. I can remember that in my childhood, he was ill at ease with the children because he attempted to assert anContinue reading “Big Book Story – 2nd Edition ‘He Thought He Could Drink Like a Gentleman’”