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Published January 2012.

Web Exclusive: Home Group Mementos

Identical leather bracelets serve as ties to a home group amongst fisherman in Mexico

Here I sit on an airplane flying home from Mexico and contemplating how hard it used to be to fly without drinking. This is only the second time in my adult life that I am in an airplane sober. I don't like to fly. It is the fourth of July. God willing and this plane lands safely, I will have eight months of sobriety tomorrow.

My daughter, Delaney, and I have spent a week in Puerto Vallarta traveling, vacationing, eating, swimming, shopping, and laughing, but not drinking. She just turned 21, and now she drinks alcohol and I don't. She hadn't seen me since I quit, so she couldn't quite fathom that I am an alcoholic.

-- Barb R.

Medford, Oregon

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