Who I Really Am – Grapevine Article March 2021 by Andy A.

Being reminded of the man he never wants to be again keeps this father on the path of a good life The two AA meetings I attend most frequently are Big Book meetings. In these meetings, we move sequentially through the book, front to back. So I always know which chapter will be read atContinue reading “Who I Really Am – Grapevine Article March 2021 by Andy A.”

The Human Condition – Grapevine Article June 1998 by C.L.B.

This is the story of the transforming experience of my entire life–the experience for which I’m profoundly grateful. My association with the Fellowship has given me the opportunity to begin the process of becoming a different kind of person. During the years that I drank, I was the kind of person I never wanted toContinue reading “The Human Condition – Grapevine Article June 1998 by C.L.B.”

Sharing The Pain – Grapevine Articles July 1996 by Caroline B.

The Fourth Step helped open the doorway to the past When I was in treatment, I set a goal to do a yearly Fourth Step. I became convinced that the only way to stay sober was to do a yearly housecleaning. But looking back over three years of sobriety, I can see that my initialContinue reading “Sharing The Pain – Grapevine Articles July 1996 by Caroline B.”

Lack of Meetings – Negative Attitude – Grapevine Article July 1980 by L.C.

I HAVE BEEN sober in AA for nearly five years, and a great deal has happened since my first meeting. I tried to follow the Steps to the best of my ability for the first few years. I was working at a menial job, which yielded a menial pay check. I was single and livingContinue reading “Lack of Meetings – Negative Attitude – Grapevine Article July 1980 by L.C.”

The Changing of One Small Heart – Grapevine Article October 1992 By Carla D.

“Mom, can you take me and Andy to the tennis courts on the way to school tonight?” “Mom, can you drop me off at Scott’s? It’s on the way to the courts.” “Mom, can Jason spend the night since the other boys won’t be home? You could pick him up on the way home fromContinue reading “The Changing of One Small Heart – Grapevine Article October 1992 By Carla D.”

Mashup – Grapevine Article ‘ Lifeline’ with Big Book ‘A Vision For You’ pages 152 & 153

A sober woman living alone during the pandemic finds strength and fellowship by dialing numbers When the Covid virus hit, it suddenly became no longer safe and acceptable to hold hands in our AA meetings and offer each other a friendly hug. Then the meetings closed down and I began my quarantine at home, workingContinue reading “Mashup – Grapevine Article ‘ Lifeline’ with Big Book ‘A Vision For You’ pages 152 & 153”

The Headache of Soul – Grapevine Article July 1961 by C.A.

Its cunning, its power, its baffling nature manifests itself in subtle ways WHEN I was in graduate school almost thirty years ago, I had a professor whose wife was allergic (or, as the allergists would say, “intolerant” or “sensitive”) to aspirin. To me, aspirin is a harmless pain reliever. To her, it was a deadlyContinue reading “The Headache of Soul – Grapevine Article July 1961 by C.A.”

Chill Wind of the Soul – Grapevine Article July 2003 by Hank M

He thought he was the only one who felt so empty and alone In the days before I took my first drink, I remember seeing a photograph of a renowned existentialist philosopher. He was standing on a tiny ice floe, floating in a vast and otherwise empty sea, totally, absolutely alone. I remember thinking, evenContinue reading “Chill Wind of the Soul – Grapevine Article July 2003 by Hank M”

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.”

Another Prodigal Story – Big Book 1st Edition Story by Ralph F.

“HELLO, Pal.”“Hello, Buddy!”“Have a drink?”“Got one!”“Come over on the next stool I’m lonesome. Hell of a world.” “You said it, brother, – hell of a world.”“You taking rye? Mine’s gin. God, I’m up against it now!” “How’s ‘at?”“Oh, same old hell-hell-hell. She’s going to leave me now!” “Your wife?”“Yeah. How am I going to live?Continue reading “Another Prodigal Story – Big Book 1st Edition Story by Ralph F.”