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On Common Sense

The spirituality he found in the rooms harkened back to his childhood in Missouri


When I was growing up in southwestern Missouri, common sense was thought to be a gift from God. You either had it or you didn't. It wasn't something you could learn in school. We were taught reading, writing and arithmetic, but nothing of common sense. In Jasper County, Mo., you were born with it.... Read more

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The August Issue of Grapevine Is Here

This month's special section features stories about sober travel


"Some day we hope that every alcoholic who journeys will find a Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous at his destination," it says in "A Vision for You" in the Big Book. "…Those of us who travel drop in as often as we can. This practice enables us to lend a hand, at the same time avoiding certain... Read more

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A New Kind of Love

In sobriety, she learned how to love herself and others


I'm sitting at the base of Greylock Mountain, in Atlanta, Idaho. It's very quiet and I have the gift of this opportunity to contemplate. Soon, I will have my three-year sobriety birthday. It doesn't sound like long, but it's not been easy for me. I am one who has had to work at it. It took lots of... Read more

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