AFTER – Grapevine Article April 1989 by Anonymous

It’s a well-know AA fact that the Big Book underwent intense scrutiny and exhaustive discussion before reaching print in its final form. In fact, Bill W. often referred to himself as the referee of these “discussions” rather then the Big Book’s author. Below, excerpted from chapter five, are some examples of the changes that cameContinue reading “AFTER – Grapevine Article April 1989 by Anonymous”

Each Day A New Beginning – July 31st

Love doesn’t just sit there like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; re-made all the time, made new. – Ursula K. LeGuin We love to be loved; we love to be held; we love to be caressed. A show of appreciation we love too. And we love to know we’ve been heard.Continue reading “Each Day A New Beginning – July 31st”

Learning To Live One Day At A Time – Grapevine Article November 1970 by Anonymous

The essence of AA I HEARD the question “Do you think you can stay away from a drink for 24 hours?” on my first exposure to AA. My answer was quick: “Sure I can. I’ve done that many times.” Then came the simple and surprising reply: “That’s what we suggest in AA–that you stay awayContinue reading “Learning To Live One Day At A Time – Grapevine Article November 1970 by Anonymous”

The Whisper of Humility – Grapevine Article March 1955 by E.M., MD.

ONE PART of our great program–the Twelve Traditions–has come to mean life itself to me. The Traditions, as written by our co-founder Bill, define for me clearly and precisely how to get well and stay well. They tell me who God is, what He does, and where He functions. They show me what spirituality isContinue reading “The Whisper of Humility – Grapevine Article March 1955 by E.M., MD.”

In Partnership – As Bill Sees It #220

As we made spiritual progress, it became clear that, if we ever were to feel emotionally secure, we would have to put our lives on a give-and-take basis; we would have to develop the sense of being in partnership or brotherhood with all those around us. We saw that we would need to give constantlyContinue reading “In Partnership – As Bill Sees It #220”

The Empty Tank – Grapevine Article June 1955 by Anonymous

THE engine on my car snorted, coughed and died. I knew my wife was glaring at me. Of course, I wasn’t looking at her. I was intently studying the road dead ahead. It had suddenly become very interesting now that I couldn’t get there. The springs on the seat beside me squawked and then cameContinue reading “The Empty Tank – Grapevine Article June 1955 by Anonymous”

The Serenity Prayer – Grapevine Article April 1975 by J.W.

A personal interpretation THE CONCEPT of acceptance used to trouble me. It was not until I looked deeply into the Serenity Prayer that an answer began to appear. “The serenity to accept. . .” Somehow, I think, I had unconsciously imbued that phrase with a meaning it just doesn’t have. I thought of it asContinue reading “The Serenity Prayer – Grapevine Article April 1975 by J.W.”

There’s Power Here – Grapevine Article April 1986 by K.K.

She was back attending our morning group after an absence of several months. The chairman was asking for final remarks before closing the meeting when she exclaimed, “There’s power here!” I thought, “Wow! She’s right.” Around these tables pushed together in the church’s kitchen our Higher Powers combine to supply spiritual food for our dailyContinue reading “There’s Power Here – Grapevine Article April 1986 by K.K.”

God, the Verb – Grapevine Article April 2002 by Doug B.

To get to Step Two, you have to get past Step One. That was what I was told when I first came into the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous. It made sense to me. The Steps are in order; they build upon one another. It was logical. My drinking, my attempts to control it, and allContinue reading “God, the Verb – Grapevine Article April 2002 by Doug B.”

Mashup On Laughter – Three Short Grapevine Articles That Remind Us Of Laughter’s Wisdom And Power to Unite & Heal

Rediscovering Laughter BY: B.M. April 1984 THE FIRST time I heard laughter coming from an AA room, I had the thought (and thoughts were not easy to come by at that stage of my sobriety) “What are these people laughing at? What’s so funny?” Nothing had been funny in my life for a while, andContinue reading “Mashup On Laughter – Three Short Grapevine Articles That Remind Us Of Laughter’s Wisdom And Power to Unite & Heal”