Old-Timers Corner

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How Do You Spell Relief? (by Bill R.)
I have been sober half my life. I came into AA shortly after my twenty-ninth birthday. I recently celebrated my fifty-eighth birthday. That's more...
Absolutely Richard (by Richard S.)
My story began on January 27, 1938, a cold snowy day in Syracuse, New York. My first remembrance of alcohol was my father coming home at eight every...
Words of Wisdom (by Ralph M.)
Charlie W. hadn't achieved forty-six years of sobriety without developing a strong sense of the Steps and Traditions, and the intuitive thought...
The Human Condition (by C.L.B.)
This is the story of the transforming experience of my entire life--the experience for which I'm profoundly grateful. My association with the...
A Tremendous Journey (by Albertine R.)
Every time I hear the third chapter of the Big Book read, it tells my story. I never want to forget what I was like. I was forty-seven years old,...
A Seat, a Cup of Coffee, and Lots of Love (by Tony L.-B.)
When I came to AA in November 1960, having had my last drink the day before, I came in total terror. Sometime in the middle of October I'd been...
Free Coffee! (by Dale D.)
My story begins when I was four years old and had my first taste of alcohol. My uncle was mixing up his "brew" and I wanted a taste. My sister didn't...
The Pain Has Made Me Stronger (by Anonymous)
I was born in Wales, Great Britain, the last child of four. My siblings had already left the nest to find employment in England. When I was twelve,...
Those Unremembered Memories (by Mel B.)
Some AA members like to say that if you can't remember your last drunk, you haven't had it! True or not, the saying has meaning to me. It reminds me...
No Bed of Roses (by Armand D.)
My name is D., a member of several AA groups in Long Beach, New York. For many years I've postponed writing to the Grapevine, which I've read...