Living The Principles – Grapevine Article February 1993 by Tom F

It was 1967 and I was attending my first Southwest Wisconsin AA Conference. I saw him in the crowd and thought, What a weird-looking character. He had large soulful eyes and a haircut so short it made his head look shaved. If he’d been wearing a brown robe, he could have passed for a monk.Continue reading “Living The Principles – Grapevine Article February 1993 by Tom F”

Where I Belong – Grapevine Article May 1999 by Mickey H.

Tradition Three – The only requirement for AA membership is a desire to stop drinking For as far back as I can remember, I never believed I belonged anyplace. When I was growing up I didn’t feel I belonged in my family, in the little town that I lived in, in the church I attended,Continue reading “Where I Belong – Grapevine Article May 1999 by Mickey H.”

Let’s Use Them Wisely – Grapevine Article September 2020 by Susan D.

“Nothing can matter more to the future welfare of AA than the manner in which we use this colossus of communication.” —Bill W., 1960Audio Player00:0000:00 I have had amazing experiences already within virtual AA meetings, and over time I’ve come to the conclusion that there is very little difference between those and physical meetings—something thatContinue reading “Let’s Use Them Wisely – Grapevine Article September 2020 by Susan D.”

Our Old Ideas – Grapevine Article August 1952 by L.M.

What did they have to do with our drinking? “SOME of us tried to hold on to our old ideas, but the result was nil until we let go absolutely.” I think this statement raises a question in the minds of many of us. The question of “what could our old ideas have to doContinue reading “Our Old Ideas – Grapevine Article August 1952 by L.M.”

Ideas That Work – Grapevine Article by May 1981 by J.A.

A TOPIC frequently discussed at AA meetings is “surrender.” This word, when I first got sober, had a sense of “Grit your teeth and bear it.” Now, ten years later–in the light of the Third Step–it means something entirely different. The question as I see it now is: “Surrender to what?” Some years ago, myContinue reading “Ideas That Work – Grapevine Article by May 1981 by J.A.”

Tenth Step Thoughts – Grapevine Article October 1962 by C.D.A.

Would AA’s Fourth Step have changed the ending of the famous old horror story? THREE-QUARTERS of a century ago, Fanny Stevenson, frightened in the night by her husband’s cries and moans, prodded him into wakefulness. In a dawning state of consciousness he was annoyed, and not for the usually mundane reason. Robert Louis Stevenson, whoContinue reading “Tenth Step Thoughts – Grapevine Article October 1962 by C.D.A.”

Squeezing Out the Sponge – Grapevine Article November 1962

“Slowly at first, then with sudden clarity, Dr. Bob began to understand. Bill had been able to control his drinking problem by the very means that Dr. Bob himself had been trying to use–but there was a difference. The spiritual approach was as useless as any other if you soaked it up like a spongeContinue reading “Squeezing Out the Sponge – Grapevine Article November 1962”

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.”

The One I’d Never Make – Grapevine Article March 2021 by Karen M.

This was how low my disease brought me.  One night, I drank myself into a blackout and then I stabbed a cop. When I woke up, there was a woman police officer reading me my rights and I was handcuffed to a hospital bed. I explained that she had the wrong room, the wrong personContinue reading “The One I’d Never Make – Grapevine Article March 2021 by Karen M.”

The Good Old Times – Grapevine Article June 1985 by Anonymous

SEVERAL YEARS AGO, I crawled back to AA after a slip lasting more than a year. Along with a deep thankfulness for being home again, I’ve occasionally experienced some irritation (perhaps a stab of false pride) on being told by another member, “I don’t have to drink again–you did it for me!” That slip broughtContinue reading “The Good Old Times – Grapevine Article June 1985 by Anonymous”