Thank God for Despair – Grapevine Article June 1965 by E.M.

. . . the unease that makes us want to do a better job of living – From the June 1965 Grapevine IT IS AMAZING and a little depressing to see so many of our members drive themselves like madmen for perfect peace of mind and absolute serenity. Bags under their eyes, frowns on theirContinue reading “Thank God for Despair – Grapevine Article June 1965 by E.M.”

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.”

The Millwright’s Apprentice – Grapevine Article September 2015 by John F.

A lesson he received long before he got sober still resonates Mill construction is demanding work, and it is attended by a subculture of iterant tradesmen that have little reluctance to leave town. The social bonds are uncertain and housing is marginal at best. Broke and homeless, I was lucky to find work as aContinue reading “The Millwright’s Apprentice – Grapevine Article September 2015 by John F.”

Progress Rather Than Perfection – As Bill Sees It #167

On studying the Twelve Steps, many of us exclaimed, “What an order! I can’t go through with it.” Do not be discouraged. No one among us has been able to maintain anything like perfect adherence to these principles. We are not saints. The point is, that we are willing to grow along spiritual lines. TheContinue reading “Progress Rather Than Perfection – As Bill Sees It #167”

In the Grip Of Rage – Grapevine Article September 2003 by Marc S.

He became his father and lived to know his pain firsthand I was eleven years old the night I was awakened by a woman’s screams and the thud of a body slamming into the other side of my bedroom wall. That sound is distinct and sickening, etched into my auditory memory to this day. AnyoneContinue reading “In the Grip Of Rage – Grapevine Article September 2003 by Marc S.”

Clarity – Grapevine Article September 1975 by S.B.

IF YOU HAD to choose one word to describe your sobriety, which would you choose? There are so many marvelous benefits to being sober, but if I had to put it into one word, I would select “clarity.” The meaning of “clarity” has changed slightly. In the seventeenth century, according to the Oxford English Dictionary,Continue reading “Clarity – Grapevine Article September 1975 by S.B.”

At Last No Longer Apart – Grapevine Article November 1967 by F.M.

This is the third article in the Grapevine’s series by authors of the personal histories in the Big Book, Alcoholics Anonymous. The Big Book was published in 1939; the revised, enlarged version came out in 1955. Now, the author of “Stars Don’t Fall,” page 401 in the revised edition, reports on the vital experience–some of it roughContinue reading “At Last No Longer Apart – Grapevine Article November 1967 by F.M.”

God’s Courage – Grapevine Article September 1997 by Doug B

When I’d been sober for two weeks, I had my first panic attack. I was in a store shopping with my brother. We had a full cart and I told him that I had to leave. He said that we’d check out and be on our way shortly, and I said I had to leave–“Now!”Continue reading “God’s Courage – Grapevine Article September 1997 by Doug B”

Courage – Grapevine Article August 1974 by V.W.C.

We have learned courage by trying, and through AA we can channel it into new and beautiful ways ACROSS THE YEARS of sober living in AA, I must have said and heard the words “grant me the courage” several thousand times. Yet only recently did I sit down and figure out exactly what courage meansContinue reading “Courage – Grapevine Article August 1974 by V.W.C.”

The Prodigal Relapser – Grapevine Article by Benny P.

His message? Love the repeated relapser until he can love himself “I can’t believe I need a miracle to get sober!” I blurt out in the middle of someone’s share. The meeting becomes quiet and I sob in my seat, the same seat I have sat in for over ten years trying to get sober.Continue reading “The Prodigal Relapser – Grapevine Article by Benny P.”