An answering service call I took five months ago has shown me how AA functions in other cultures. The call was from a Latino mother. “Mi español es muy poco, muy mal,” I told her, but I got across my being in AA, took her phone number, and said that “un hombre con español” wouldContinue reading “One Language – Grapevine Article July 1996 by Louise S.”
Category Archives: Friendship
In Remembrance of Ebby – Grapevine Article June 1966 by Bill W
IN his seventieth year, and on the twenty-first of March, my friend and sponsor “Ebby” passed beyond our sight and hearing. On a chill November afternoon in 1934 it was Ebby who had brought me the message that saved my life. Still more importantly, he was the bearer of the Grace and of the principlesContinue reading “In Remembrance of Ebby – Grapevine Article June 1966 by Bill W”
Table For One – Grapevine Article June 2017 by Robyn R
How one member found she doesn’t need a man on her arm or a drink in her hand to define her When I arrived in the rooms of AA, I often heard members say that they were “unemployable.” For my part, I still had a job (holding onto it mostly by blackmail), so I beganContinue reading “Table For One – Grapevine Article June 2017 by Robyn R”
The Challenge of Sponsorship – Grapevine Article June 1989 by Jim N.
Right from the start, AA spread simply by one drunk talking to another. Bill W. called on Doctor Bob in 1935 in Akron and AA was born. A physician, Dr. William Silkworth, who had worked intensely with alcoholics, was quick to see the possibilities for growth in this approach. But he was also vocal andContinue reading “The Challenge of Sponsorship – Grapevine Article June 1989 by Jim N.”
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.”
A Whole Person – Grapevine Article January 1982 by J.B.
He had changed in sobriety–and it showed THERE WAS a time when my main problem was trying to get enough courage to kill myself. I am a victim of leprosy of the soul, commonly called alcoholism. They tell me it is incurable. I believe them. I have seen many people die a miserable death fromContinue reading “A Whole Person – Grapevine Article January 1982 by J.B.”
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.”
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.”
In the Wake of the Wave – Grapevine Article March 2005 by Chris W.
A report from Phuket, Thailand The moment of silence before we begin meetings here in Phuket has taken on new levels of significance since December’s tsunami. Many of us have shared as to how the principles of AA have guided our actions in attending the wounded, searching for the dead, and helping to rebuild theContinue reading “In the Wake of the Wave – Grapevine Article March 2005 by Chris W.”
The Joy Is in the Journey – Grapevine Article December 1994 by B.J.B.
Eighteen years ago I made a beginning in the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous. For nine years I’d hidden literature about AA in my bureau drawer before I finally began to learn what the words in these pamphlets really meant. When I first came into the rooms of AA, I was a bit grandiose. I’d sitContinue reading “The Joy Is in the Journey – Grapevine Article December 1994 by B.J.B.”