First Things First

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Ham on Wry
FIRST THINGS FIRST: Some of you have written expressing concern that because Once Over Lightly has been discontinued, the Grapevine may no longer...
No Time On My Hands (by L. K.)
Those of you who were early subscribers to the Grapevine perhaps remember a column called "Time on Your Hands," which ran in the first six or seven...
Ham on Wry
A NEWCOMER, after hitting three meetings a day for two weeks, says, " 'First things first,' 'Easy does it,' 'One day at a time,' I feel like I'm...
The Bridge Back (by W. H.)
One of the workshops I attended at a recent AA convention was called "Hiding Out in AA." I had been praying for relief from old regrets and it turned...
The Matter That Matters (by Paul H.)
The why of it--why a person becomes an alcoholic--doesn't seem to matter greatly. The question of whether I came from a dysfunctional home has little...
Communication Is a Two-way Street
"It is important for members of the professional communities to try to understand AA more accurately, but it is equally important for members of AA...
A Sink Full of Dishes (by Mary C.)
Our slogan, "First Things First," has taken on critical meaning in the most mundane of my affairs. But I want you to know that it wasn't always that...
In All Our Affairs (by Sue S.)
AA in the workplace? No one knows I'm a member and most wouldn't understand. But I do try "to practice these principles in all my affairs." and it...
PO Box 1980 (by Danny F.)
I am an alcoholic who took about ten years to get three and a half years of sobriety. I always felt uncomfortable around AA because there were drugs...
Into Sub-saharan Africa
Although AA has been present in South Africa since 1946, and the first Swahili-speaking group was formed in Kenya in 1975, groups where African...