How 14 groups grew to 22 – Grapevine Article January 1945 by Frank S.

This article was reprinted in the the November 2018 Grapevine that focused on AA History. In 1944, AA’s cofounder, Bill W., swings through California to lend a helping hand to the new groups Just over one year ago, Bill made a two-month visit to the West Coast, one month of which was spent in LosContinue reading “How 14 groups grew to 22 – Grapevine Article January 1945 by Frank S.”

From the Grass Roots- Grapevine Article October 1952 by Anonymous

AN APPEAL THE most wonderful thing that has happened to the alcoholic, is the discovery that he can lead a happy normal life if he wants too, and that he does not have to do it alone. In this AA garden, grow many varieties of patience, understanding, tolerance and love. . .some perhaps unsuited toContinue reading “From the Grass Roots- Grapevine Article October 1952 by Anonymous”

From Control to Surrender Grapevine Article by Patti S

She couldn’t believe that she was actually an alcoholic until the night after her first meeting Although I didn’t start drinking until I was in college, my alcoholic mind was developing from the moment I was born. That I had an alcoholic mind in my teenage years was evident from the poetry I was writingContinue reading “From Control to Surrender Grapevine Article by Patti S”

Principles and Personalities – Grapevine Article June 1971 by J.C.

Keep your eye on the principle and don’t let the personality bug you MY NAME is Joe C. I have been sober four years now, and the last three have been happy years, though the first was miserable. I never want to live through that year again, and, if I don’t pick up that firstContinue reading “Principles and Personalities – Grapevine Article June 1971 by J.C.”

Crayons, Cookies & Kisses – Grapevine Article November 2019 by D.B.

With Steps, coffee and baskets of toys, some California mothers stay sober together Having been around these rooms for some time, I have formed and rejected many opinions regarding special-interest groups in the hallowed halls of Alcoholics Anonymous. I would like to share an experience that began as a special-interest group, but has grown intoContinue reading “Crayons, Cookies & Kisses – Grapevine Article November 2019 by D.B.”

The New Me – Grapevine Article April 1964 by G.H

Here’s one way to meet an “unforgettable character. I, TOO, can boast of having met an unforgettable character. Me! I know this person only slightly. Our awareness of each other began only three years ago when I was reborn, through the AA program, into a brand new way of life. At first my attention wasContinue reading “The New Me – Grapevine Article April 1964 by G.H”

Anonymity Preserved – Grapevine Article November 1968 by Jim M.

Some time ago, the Canyon Club in Laguna Beach, Calif., which housed most of the meetings in that city, was destroyed by fire. The groups were temporarily without a meeting place. One AA family stepped into the breach by starting a meeting in its home, a three-level structure on the side of a hill, withContinue reading “Anonymity Preserved – Grapevine Article November 1968 by Jim M.”

Fred’s Story; Self Knowledge Doesn’t Work – Big Book pages 41 thru 43

“I went to my hotel and leisurely dressed for dinner. As I crossed the threshold of the dining room, the thought came to mind that it would be nice to have a couple of cocktails with dinner. That was all. Nothing more. I ordered a cocktail and my meal. Then I ordered another cocktail. AfterContinue reading “Fred’s Story; Self Knowledge Doesn’t Work – Big Book pages 41 thru 43”

A Grateful Holiday – Grapevine Article January 2020 by John K.

Though not the fancy getaway he was used to, the journey this year was to himself My drinking had gone from being a way to escape life’s pressures to a long, slow descent into hell. But the end came quickly, a few weeks after one fateful Christmas. If you saw my life a couple ofContinue reading “A Grateful Holiday – Grapevine Article January 2020 by John K.”

A Christmas Carol – Grapevine Article August 2007 by Kim M.

From hallucinations to hope If I close my eyes, I can still feel the sting of cold sleet hitting my face as I walked out of the emergency room that morning. I can still feel the bitter taste in my mouth, and the waves of nausea that rolled through my stomach. I told the emergencyContinue reading “A Christmas Carol – Grapevine Article August 2007 by Kim M.”