From the February 2014 magazine.

February 2014: Turning Tumblers into Wind Chimes

How a newcomer’s house, filled with beer signs and wine glasses, produced a treasure for a neighbor in need

After more than a decade of heavy drinking that damaged both my relationships with loved ones and my health, as well as cost me my job and the respect of my coworkers, I reluctantly admitted I was an alcoholic and entered outpatient treatment on a Thursday in March. On Friday, I was advised to spend the weekend purging my home of all things associated with drinking, as well as attending at least one AA meeting a day. I had dumped all the alcohol down the drain, so I asked what they meant by things associated with drinking. Someone said, “Anything that held or was about or used with...

-- Sam Marie E.

Atlanta, Georgia