June 2016 Table of Contents

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Read letters from readers in Dear Grapevine

On the Cover:
Fun in Sobriety

In Good Company
She took a leap of faith into her first sober rafting trip and her HP supplied the extra paddles

Like Madison Square Garden
Hotdogs, newcomers, guitars, tattoos and plenty of AA coffee. This was no ordinary talent show

Related: Just Say Yes

Out of the Gutter
With the Steps at their back, they take their aim. These sober bowlers are striking it big and sparing nothing but joy

Related: Serious Business

1100 Incredible Miles
Packed with a lot of gear and a little insanity, a Kansas man hops on his bike and heads to Atlanta for AA's 80th big year

Fellowship on Ice
For these members in Ontario, this long-time tournament is the kind of AA action they love

Related: Heart & Hip

Steps and Traditions
Defects, What Defects?
Step Six doesn't make us into robots. It helps us get the willingness to change

Related: He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

Raising the Roof
For a motion to raise money to fix up a church, Tradition Six hit the nail on the head

Our Personal Stories
Going Down
He was escorted to the elevators the day he was fired. Then booze escorted him to AA

Related: Notes from a Drunken Wedding

Drunk Mother
Her husband knew something was wrong, but it took a while to find out why she was acting so strange

Back to Court
The last time she was here, she had broken teeth, two broken ribs and an eye swollen shut

Spiritual Awakenings
A Sweet Sign
On a beautiful country drive to visit his sisters, something was trying to get his attention

Emotional Sobriety
Lightening the Load
With her sponsor showing the way, she unexpectedly becomes a caregiver and learns to take care of herself

Related: Keep on Playing

In Every Issue
At Wit's End
Alcoholism at Large