The Key to Belonging – Grapevine Article September 2000 by Karen S.

Growing up, I was an angry, lonely, frightened kid. I didn’t know how to make friends, and I wasn’t sure I wanted to. Recess was the most painful part of my day–I’d sit on the outskirts of the playground, sensing that I wasn’t welcome to play tag or kickball. I watched the other children, takingContinue reading “The Key to Belonging – Grapevine Article September 2000 by Karen S.”

The Great Fact – As Bill Sees It #331

We realize we know only a little. God will constantly disclose more to you and to us. Ask Him in your morning meditation what you can do each day for the man who is still sick. The answers will come, if your own house is in order.But obviously you cannot transmit something you haven’t got.Continue reading “The Great Fact – As Bill Sees It #331”

The Power of the Program – Grapevine Article July 1978 by C.S.

Continuing work on the Steps will keep us connected with I HAD COME to the AA program and had found a new way to live. Life was good. I experienced a level of freedom and happiness I had never before known. Then, after almost five years of peaceful, contented sobriety, the honeymoon was over. InContinue reading “The Power of the Program – Grapevine Article July 1978 by C.S.”

Dr. Bob The Fundamentals – In Retrospect – Grapevine Article September 1948

It is gratifying to feel that one belongs to and has a definite personal part in the work of a growing and spiritually prospering organization for the release of the alcoholics of mankind from a deadly enslavement. For me, there is double gratification in the realization that, more than thirteen years ago, an all-wise Providence,Continue reading “Dr. Bob The Fundamentals – In Retrospect – Grapevine Article September 1948”

The Voice On The Tape – Grapevine Article January 2004 by Gay B.

After almost two decades, she stumbles upon the woman who saved her life THAT voice, I thought. That’s the woman on the tape! I was sitting in a noon meeting that I had not attended in three months. I had been the secretary but had had to give it up because of a conflict withContinue reading “The Voice On The Tape – Grapevine Article January 2004 by Gay B.”

Dr. Bob: A Tribute – Grapevine Article January 1951 by Bill W

Note – The section of this article in bold below may be a useful way of supplement to the section of the AA Big Book Chapter ’A Vision For You’ which recounts the humbling origins of A.A. and the essential beginning of one alcoholic helping another that is still its foundation. You can see thisContinue reading “Dr. Bob: A Tribute – Grapevine Article January 1951 by Bill W”

Keeping It Simple – Grapevine Article March 1979 by C.R.

She learned to live her way into good thinking BEFORE I came to AA, I centered my life around intellectual accomplishments and analytic thinking. You name it–I analyzed it! My favorite topics included: (1) me, myself, and I: (2) me and my relationships with other people; and (3) me vs. society and its injustices. YouContinue reading “Keeping It Simple – Grapevine Article March 1979 by C.R.”

The Search For Self-Approval – Grapevine Article October 1967 by M.D.B.

How the AA program deals with our need for self-approval and recognition by others OBSERVE an alcoholic at the ripest point of a bender, and you’ll see a pretty complete demonstration of proven ways to lose friends and alienate people. Almost anything he does, from talking too loudly to burning holes in a hostess’ carpet,Continue reading “The Search For Self-Approval – Grapevine Article October 1967 by M.D.B.”

Simple But Not Easy – Grapevine Article November 2008 by Scott N.

What does making coffee have to do with sobriety? Even very early in my sobriety, I had a begrudging recognition that there was wisdom in the simple phrases I saw posted on the walls of meetings. I had some contempt for these cutesy expressions and the people who said them. I also had serious doubtsContinue reading “Simple But Not Easy – Grapevine Article November 2008 by Scott N.”

An Atheist Speaks Out – Grapevine Article May 1962 by E.L.

I AM an alcoholic and an atheist. I am addressing this to those alcoholics who have had trouble with the religious overtones in the AA program. But let me state first that it depresses me to think of what life would be like without AA. It has been long on my mind to write thisContinue reading “An Atheist Speaks Out – Grapevine Article May 1962 by E.L.”