November 2018 Table of Contents


Read the Letter from the Editor
On the Cover: AA in the Early Days

How 14 groups grew to 22
In 1944, AA’s cofounder, Bill W. swings through California to lend a helping hand to the new groups

With just a few weeks sober, a newspaperman learns that some Twelfth Step calls really pay off

New Years in Akron
I remember … the amazing friendliness of Akron AA in 1938

A bunch of drunks
How a couple lucked out by living around the corner from Manhattan’s 24th street clubhouse

Bill’s wife remembers
Desperate attempts to quit liquor, fistfights in the house and flying shoes. Early AA had it all

Can I buy you a drink?
In 1963, at a ski lodge in Quebec, an alcoholic makes a friendly offer. Boy, did she get the wrong guy

Steps and Traditions
Many steps to prayer
A longtime agnostic member shares about his wonderful journey with Step Eleven and how he meditates while walking with his dog

Step right up
A member shares his thoughts about anonymity, attraction, promotion and setting up an AA booth at the county fair

Even in a bar
Early in my sobriety, I was given a very personal understanding of the importance of anonymity

Our Personal Stories
A desperate dad
Trying to manage his drunken nights was taking its toll. How would he ever be a good father?

Family date
It was just an ordinary day, and by God’s grace, something about that conversation started Rich on his AA journey

When the kids are sleeping
Once they were tucked in bed, she could drink the way she wanted. She just couldn’t stop

Somewhere to be
His marriage just ended and last night he slept in his car. He was sure happy to see his sponsee

Emotional Sobriety
Living proof
No expert advice required. Seeing others live a sober life does this member a world of good

Savor the moment
Today, she can be grateful for the smell of fruit at her nose and another day to read, learn and create

Spiritual Awakenings
Deep blue silent mystery
Like the flow of the river where he took his first drink, he followed his search, which led him to AA

Into Action
Sharing her story with these men helped set her free from a prison of her own

Every Issue
Editor’s Letter
Dear Grapevine
Discussion Topic
At Wit’s End
Alcoholism At Large