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Once Over Lightly
BOOZE Advertising Department: Someone (we wish we knew who) has gone to the trouble of putting together a collection of booze ads and appropriate...
Carrying the Message (by C. F.)
I am an American Indian and proud of it. But I am not proud of the fifteen years I wasted in drunkenness and filth on skid rows all over the country...
Funny Things Happen (by Ed F.)
AMONG THE many things I'd lost by the time I got around to AA was my sense of humor. Now--with fourteen months of dryness and maybe a month or so of...
Thank God for My Despair (by Dr. Earle M.)
IT IS AMAZING and a little depressing to see so many of our members drive themselves like madmen for perfect peace of mind and absolute serenity....
Sidebar (by Living Sober)
Excerpts throughout this issue are reprinted with permission of A.A. World Services, inc. Living Sober is an 88-page booklet available from A.A.W.S...
PO Box 1980 (by I. McI.)
When first coming into AA, I jumped from one part of the program to another. After three months, I suddenly realized other members were talking about...
About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment (by Reuters)
Many of these items are contrary to AA philosophy. Their publication here does not mean that the Grapevine endorses or approves them; they are...
PO Box 1980 (by D. M.)
When I came to AA, I was constantly reminded, "First Things First." Sobriety, according to the AA program, had to be the priority if I was to get...
Fire Hazard (by B. P.)
SHORTLY AFTER my tenth AA birthday, a funny thing happened on the way to a meeting. It was so subtle I didn't even notice it. But looking back, I'm...
Sidebar (by H. O.)
My first six months in the program, I heard the same things, over and over: "Easy Does It," "First Things First," "Let go and let God." The saying "...