Garden Hose Sobriety – Grapevine Article by Jeff M October 2006

Having fun wasn’t much fun One of the last AA meetings I attended before my self-styled graduation from Alcoholics Anonymous was at La Tuna Federal Prison. Set in a windswept desert plain, La Tuna rises up like a Spanish hacienda surrounded by razor wire and thick white walls. I saw myself supporting AA with myContinue reading “Garden Hose Sobriety – Grapevine Article by Jeff M October 2006”

Nuggets Of Truth – Grapevine Article January 1982 by Anonymous

Having trouble with Step Four? Capture your insights as they occur I WAS SHAMED into the program nearly four years ago. Since then, our family has experienced a number of positive changes that I would not have believed possible. I am now aware of the influence in our lives of a benevolent Higher Power whoContinue reading “Nuggets Of Truth – Grapevine Article January 1982 by Anonymous”

Faith – Deed or Creed ? A Grapevine Mashup

As I read the Daily Reflection we will be discussing this morning July 4th entitled ‘Natural Faith’ , I realized that for some this reading may feel like a condescending projection about an experience of God that makes certain something that many in AA find otherwise. This article takes extracts from 4 different AA GrapevineContinue reading “Faith – Deed or Creed ? A Grapevine Mashup”

So That’s A Spiritual Experience! – Grapevine Article January 1977 by Ed O.

Not always a flash of light, but being capable of doing what we couldn’t say do before I CAN REMEMBER, early in my sobriety, feeling depressed because I not had a spiritual experience. I was sure that I alone had not undergone a sudden change of heart. This impression came from listening to some otherContinue reading “So That’s A Spiritual Experience! – Grapevine Article January 1977 by Ed O.”

Here & Now – Grapevine Article June 2022 by Maryellen O.

Through cancer and COVID, this longtimer finds joy in service and accepting life exactly where it is I had no idea when I walked into AA 36 years ago that I’d be where I am today. I’ve been sober more than half my life, surrounded by so much love. God has graced me with moreContinue reading “Here & Now – Grapevine Article June 2022 by Maryellen O.”

Making Room To Grow – Grapevine Article June 1997 by Ron D.

“Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.” So reads Step Six. After the guilt and remorse of my last drunk had faded, I didn’t think this Step had any application in my life. Now that I was no longer drinking I wasn’t a bad person. Character defects? I couldn’t seeContinue reading “Making Room To Grow – Grapevine Article June 1997 by Ron D.”

Learning To Relax – Grapevine Article July 1965 by V.W.

When I was a small boy living in the city of New Orleans, a tropical hurricane practically wrecked the city, but my home was untouched. After the storm, my father and I were walking in Audubon Park, surrounded by the casualties of the gale. Giant live oak trees lay on all sides, uprooted after centuriesContinue reading “Learning To Relax – Grapevine Article July 1965 by V.W.”

Tradition Five: What A Group Ought To Be Grapevine Article May 2006 by Anonymous

An AA says we can’t transmit what we don’t have The first thing Tradition Five tells us is what a group is, or at least “ought to be.” We are not a sociological entity, although sociologists find us fascinating. We are not a therapy group, although remarkable healing takes place among us. And we areContinue reading “Tradition Five: What A Group Ought To Be Grapevine Article May 2006 by Anonymous”

Reasonable Fear – Grapevine Article June 1982 by D.K.

It keeps our memories green and our hearts grateful FEAR, FOR THIS alcoholic, is a two-edged sword. It really cuts both ways. If you don’t believe me, read on. When I drank, in periodic binges, the panic inside me cut through the anesthesia of alcohol and tranquilizers. Sheer, free-floating terror demanded that I seek oblivion.Continue reading “Reasonable Fear – Grapevine Article June 1982 by D.K.”

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.”