November 2016 Table of Contents

Read the Letter from the Editor  
On the Cover: Our Twelve Traditions


"Our protective mantle "
AA provides us a warm tent
of anonymity to discuss our  
drinking—when we’re ready

"You just never know 
Ring the alarm! There’s a
disruptive member in the room


"Thanks but no thanks
What one AA group did the day a,  
kind priest offered them money 

"A benevolent guardian"
They showed him love
though he was still drunk. It
was their primary purpose

Steps and Traditions  
"Spending time with God"
No matter where she is,
she has conscious contact

"Before I act" 
Though we might not be famous, 
one member thinks it’s important to 
be careful about what we say—and post—in public
Related:A strong dose


Our Personal Stories
"Dying to be loved"
At age 20, liquor had done its
job. It made her believe she had
nothing to live for
Related:Model citizen


"A hundred miles of bad road.
His grandfather told him he
was headed the wrong way.
He sure wishes he’d listened
Related:Gold hoops & silver spirals

"Happy sweltering Thanksgiving. 
It’s 100 degrees, the family is 
nuts and the turkey’s burning.
Thank God mom is sober

"Bye bye, for now"
Even after many years, he still
needs to change course and turn
the ship to keep the focus on others
Related:Precious & fragile


Into Action
"Ordinary hero"
When it comes to going to any
lengths, she’s reminded that she’s
just another drunk

Spiritual Awakenings
"Higher Power Unleashed"
One snowy night, a simple gesture
from a furry friend gave her the lift she needed
Related:Under the stars

"Let’s do this"
Far away on a beach one day,
she discovered a new way to trust

"Counting days with Eddy"
Sometimes gratitude can come
from the most heartbreaking places

What's on your mind?
"What we say matters"
One member says that when we go
to the podium, we have a job to do

In Every Issue
Dear Grapevine
Discussion Topic 
At Wit's End
Alcoholism at Large