Pain is the Touchstone – AA Grapevine by Anonymous August 1991

Lori and I didn’t talk much. Instead, we specialized in our own nonverbal brands of communication. That’s why it came as such a shock to me when she finally did verbalize “separation.” After five years of marriage I had settled into a monotonous routine. I knew that the marriage wasn’t exciting or even rewarding butContinue reading “Pain is the Touchstone – AA Grapevine by Anonymous August 1991”

Beyond the Self – Grapevine Article September 1970 By M.D. B.

There is something better to be found, but one has to give up to find it Dr. Harry M. Tiebout, phychiatrist and friend of AA, said, “. . .The two essential ingredients to maintaining sobriety are . . . the preservation of a reduced ego and the continued presence of humility. ” In the followingContinue reading “Beyond the Self – Grapevine Article September 1970 By M.D. B.”

Spiritual Life Is Not A Theory – Grapevine Web Exclusive By Matt M

AA reconnected him “to the world, the infinite and to other people” I had seen the change in my dad after he got sober in the early 70’s. He was immersed in AA, and I got to know his friends and “pigeons”—his sponsees. They were the first examples of what AA happiness looked like. SeeingContinue reading “Spiritual Life Is Not A Theory – Grapevine Web Exclusive By Matt M”

11th Step Prayer – Page 99 Twelve & Twelve

“Lord, make me a channel of thy peace—that where there is hatred, I may bring love—that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness—that where there is discord, I may bring harmony—that where there is error, I may bring truth—that where there is doubt, I may bring faith—that where there is despair,Continue reading “11th Step Prayer – Page 99 Twelve & Twelve”

Anger! … A Symptom of Wrong Thinking – January 1974 Grapevine Article By M.D.B.

AT ONE OF our recent closed meetings here in Toledo, the moderator touched off a lively discussion by introducing “anger” as the evening’s topic. We heard almost as many viewpoints and opinions as there were members present. We also received some valuable information for future program-working. At the outset, there was some confusion about theContinue reading “Anger! … A Symptom of Wrong Thinking – January 1974 Grapevine Article By M.D.B.”

Desperate on New Year’s Eve – Grapevine Article By Anonymous December 2015

There he sat, all alone feeling sorry for himself … would he drink? Or would he reach out? After picking up a nine-month chip, I felt great. I had a sponsor, went to meetings every day and had worked up to the Ninth Step. This is where I stopped. After unsuccessful attempts to make amendsContinue reading “Desperate on New Year’s Eve – Grapevine Article By Anonymous December 2015”

Taking that First Step – Grapevine Article By C.C.

Aided by the “limitless hope and boundless grace” of AA, she took the Step that changed her life I often hear at meetings that Step One is the only Step that must be practiced perfectly. But is practicing perfectly oxymoronic? As a perfectionist and as an alcoholic, I had a problem with this. Fortunately, myContinue reading “Taking that First Step – Grapevine Article By C.C.”

Something to Learn – Grapevine Article October 2018 by Anonymous

Laid off and feeling desperate, an AA asks for help and finds more than just a job Having become unemployed when the company I was working for was absorbed into its parent company, I sent out my resume to over 700 firms. I got only one response, which was for a part-time job across town.Continue reading “Something to Learn – Grapevine Article October 2018 by Anonymous”

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”

Step 12 Highlights – from 12 & 12 thru page 120

12th Step Theme – “THE joy of living is the theme of A.A . ‘ s Twelfth Step , and action is its key word . Here we turn outward toward our fellow alcoholics who are still in distress . Here we experi – ence the kind of giving that asks no rewards . HereContinue reading “Step 12 Highlights – from 12 & 12 thru page 120”