September 2014 Table of Contents

In the 1940s and '50s, Grapevine ran some wonderful articles about our beloved slogans, such as "Easy Does It," "Live and Let Live" and "First Things First." These are not the only slogans AAs hold dear to their hearts. Go into any old-school meeting and you might see slogans hanging all over the walls. In this month's special section we feature stories by members about their favorite AA sayings and how they help keep them sober—"One Day at a Time."

Letter from the Editor
Dear Grapevine: Letters from Readers

On the Cover: Our Slogans
Rallying Cry
For more than 41 years, a California teacher has found the slogans to be some of his most powerful allies

French Dis-connection
Far from home and suddenly sponsorless, he learned the meaning of Don’t Drink No Matter What
Related: Waiting for her Miracle

Bumper to Bumper
It took a speeding episode of road rage at work for this builder to get the picture
Related: Exhibit A

Ready, Set, Go
At four years sober, she’s learned to apply the slogans that helped save her life to a sport that gives her joy

1000 Steps
His chance at a better life was much closer than he thought, and so was the love

Twists and Turns
A scary moment while rushing to a meeting showed her it was time to put on the brakes

Corny Little Frames
After years of drinking, a construction worker finally sees the writing on the wall

Pass the Chicken
One woman’s recipe to cook up a few laughs in sobriety

Steps and Traditions
A Good Look

A newcomer discovers that it’s never too early to start looking at Step 10

None of my Business
How one member learns to finally let go and park her opinions outside

Our Personal Stories
The Ultimate Share

After years of drunken hospital visits, a member finally returns for a much better reason

I Kissed My Baby Goodbye
A mother goes to jail at nine months sober, yet finds a beautiful way to get through it

Typing Through the Fear
She used to need booze to write; now she just needs a little sober courage

What’s on your mind?
Mission: Tradition
One member’s quest to find out more about how our Fellowship lives and grows

Into Action
Home Sweet Home

Her eagerness to volunteer at her Central Office led to a job at a place she knew quite well

Emotional Sobriety
Dancing Again

At 30 years sober, a woman dives in and stops dragging her heels

Sponsorship
Teacher Gets Schooled

The story Billy was about to share with the class would stay with his teacher for years

Newcomers
Light as a Feather

A newcomer remembers the day she opened her eyes to a clear, new life

In Every Issue
At Wit’s End

Alcoholism at Large