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Siren Song (by Rawlins R.)
I have told the following story at several AA meetings as a reminder to all of us not to be too complacent concerning our illness: An old man stood...
In Search of the Secret (by George V.)
On joining AA, I was struck by the jovial mood of the members and wanted to know their secret. I grabbed the Big Book, the Grapevine, and the new...
A Headache and a Mouth Full of Cotton (by Jim M.)
On February 14, 1961, armed with a smart blue suit and a very impressive briefcase, I marched into a midtown hotel. It was thirty-nine days since my...
Requiem for a Resentment (by Mel B.)
I was surprised to learn recently that I may be a party to offenses against certain rights. That's because some alcoholics consider it a violation of...
A Daily Reprieve (by Florence K.)
As I walk out into the early dawn to pick up my newspaper, I raise my eyes to the beautiful Florida sky and say, "Good morning, God." It wasn't...
The Most Dangerous Small Area in the World (by Bill F.)
How many times over the past twenty-eight years have I sat in AA meetings and listened to various members--good sober AAs every one--tell how anger...
Chair Master (by Bruce H.)
Those first few weeks in AA, Frank had begun to drive me nuts. He couldn't resist. At the end of every meeting, as soon as I left the table and...
Practice These Principles (by Marie K.)
Whenever I see people fleeing from the opportunity to hear a discussion about the Traditions, it gives me pause for thought. I recall some things I...
Reciprocal Strength (by Jack M.)
It's almost forty-seven years since AA entered my life and changed everything. How was I to know that sobriety would last so long? It appeared at...
On the Green (by Charles R.)
Yesterday I climbed the Rockies. I climbed the Rockies again today. Not the real mountains but the treadmill Rockies, thirty minutes of huffing and...