Stories from the 1940s

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Mail Call for A.A.s at Home and Abroad I AM an alcoholic. I had become a moral bankrupt. My job hung by a thread. I was faced with the dissolution of my home, and worst of all, I had lost contact with my God. I had heard of A.A., but I could not accept the fact that it was for me; I... Ernie L. February 1949
Mail Call for A.A.s at Home and Abroad SLOWLY things are taking shape. I've found so much happiness and peace of mind in A.A. I have learned to be thankful for so many little things. I know deep in my heart that if I keep trying, all those scattered parts of my puzzle will be found and... R.W. February 1949
Mail Call for A.A.s at Home and Abroad IN our alcoholic days greedy materialism, hate, self-sufficiency, bitter resentments and egotism, underscored with alcohol, seemingly compromise the sum total of our self. We had only a vague notion of the Higher Power. After we had a spiritual... K.J.C. March 1949
Mail Call for A.A.s at Home and Abroad I HAVE been reading in The A.A. Grapevine of the different hobbies enjoyed by A.A.s. The best hobbies in my life have been fishing and hunting, but because of my drinking I could not enjoy them. I made every saloon going and again twice coming back... T.S. March 1949
Mail Call for A.A.s at Home and Abroad SOME months ago an A.A. group was formed in Belfast. Having read something of the aims and ideals of A.A., as existing in America, I was sufficiently interested to become a member, although not at all optimistic as to the probabilities of good... Bill March 1949
Mail Call for A.A.s at Home and Abroad OF course, we know that we don't all think the same, but I would like to make a comment regarding the article in the January issue of The A.A. Grapevine, on those of us who are glad we are alcoholic and go around saying it. It is not the alcoholism... Anonymous. March 1949
Mail Call for A.A.s at Home and Abroad SEPTEMBER 6 was a red-letter day for me. I'd had a week of gloom. Monday night I went to an A.A. meeting to escape myself. Knowing I would be unable to sleep, I stayed late talking to an A.A. That conversation gave me new insight into the 3rd Step.... L.F. March 1949
Mail Call for A.A.s at Home and Abroad ONE thing came to my attention when I first started attending meetings--that most speakers try to impress upon the listeners just how bad they were. I think it well to impress people with how hopeless we were. But I know that I heard so many people... B. March 1949
Mail Call for A.A.s at Home and Abroad ON the 16th month of sobriety I suggest that I again take a moral inventory. I feel quite pompous. I have been complimented upon the excellent talks that I deliver at A.A. meetings. I have helped organize a group in my home city and I monopolize the... P.C. March 1949
Mail Call for A.A.s at Home and Abroad I WONDER why so many of our members still reserve the right to criticize and pass judgment upon their A.A. associates and fellow men? They surely have not stopped to realize what a powerful force they are dealing with and just how destructive it can... W.F. March 1949