From the December 2010 magazine.


There is a first time for everything and in this December issue you have sent us your favorite first times . . . sober, that is. A newly recovered member en route to a business convention worries if it is possible to leave Las Vegas sober, and finds fellowship along the way. A sponsee lists all the things that her sponsor "made" her do for the first time without alcohol: go to a movie, a post-meeting coffee, and, horrors, a pool party, and reflects in gratitude that she can now pass these suggestions on to her sponsees. In "White-Knuckle Wedding," a newcomer survives one of the most universally feared events for the recently sober.

Among the Personal Stories, a young woman thinks it may be better to be crazy than alcoholic. In Spiritual Awakenings, 25 years of sobriety gives a member the gift of replacing resentments against a long-deceased alcoholic mother with spirituality. And in "Christmas #56," two married AAs take a spontaneous holiday trip to the Wilson House with a 50-year wonder.


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