August 2016 Table of Contents

Read the Letter from the Editor

On the Cover: Carry the Message

How we did it
A hard-working Grapevine chair in Missouri shares how
herstate helped carry the message in a big way

RelatedStrangers in the night

A Tough climb 
Filled with resentment and lots of prayer, a Missouri mom
trudges to her daughter's birthday and is met with an unexpected gift

Three floors of love 
He'll never forget his first year sober in that beloved old 

RelatedSt.Louis blues 

Unlocking stories 

Taking Grapevines into a women's prison to help them write
their stories ends up helping everyone 

Out like a light 
she tired everything to get a little sleep, but nothing helped-then
she discovered Grapevine

Steps and Traditions 
Desert Storm
How a woman left out in the wild to die found
the willingness and forgiveness to consider a most unimaginable

Related:Big shoes to fill 

Our Personal Stories

Bumpy decision  
A sober doctor learns that finding just the right sponsor can be a contact sport

Broken Promises
she always meant to take her to the park, but her hangovers kept
getting in the way 

Emotional Sobritety:

This day, the trout were plentiful Fortunately, so were the tools of AA

One scary scary guy  
AA is full of surprises. An old-timer remembers the day he got a really big one 

12 steps to gate 7
A newcomer learns it's never too early to reach out and help a fellow frequent flyer 
Related:Alcoholism at large

In Every Issue
Dear Grapevine 
AA News 
At Wit's End 
Alcoholism at Large