The May Issue of Grapevine Is Here!

This month's section section features stories on having fun in sobriety

When I came into AA, I thought my life was over. I was sure I'd never have fun again. But luckily, I soon learned that this was not true. The Big Book says, "Your imagination will be fired. Life will mean something at last. The most satisfactory years of your existence lie ahead." This month, our special section features stories by AA members who have learned to really enjoy life again—sober. Read more in the in letter from the editor.


The Happy Campers
Grilling, tubing, bonfires and smoothies—nothing's off limits for this fun-loving crew

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Enjoy the Ride
Learning to have fun again was a trip of its own

Best Deviled Eggs in Memphis
As his sobriety improved, so did his recipe!

A Grand Hike
At one year, a member gathers a sober posse for an adventure they'll never forget

Let the Music Play
A DJ gets sober and thinks life is over, but the party hasn't really started

Look Out for Two Old Ladies
Girlfriends hit the road for shopping trips, museums—and 3 a.m. bologna sandwiches!

Steps and Traditions
Up in Smoke
On a quiet back road in Louisiana, he lit a flame that celebrated a brand new man

Let's Get to Work
Remembering its primary purpose, one group rolls up its sleeves

A Beloved Book Turns 25
Grapevine celebrates the 25th anniversary of The Language of the Heart

Our Personal Stories
A Royal Bottom
Wallowing in gin while watching the funeral of a princess, a dad finally wakes up to his own life

The Best Ingredients
With one cup sponsor, 12 Steps and a pinch of hope, she cooked up a whole new life

Big Ego Bigger Cup
The more important she got, the more she poured

Into Action
Sunrise After Sandy
An annual AA breakfast event provides a safe harbor for a devastated New York town

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The Dreaded Job of Making Coffee
An old-timer remembers how washing cups taught him to laugh again

What's On Your Mind?
A Call for Sponsorship
A member can't say enough about that special one-on-one bond of recovery

Emotional Sobriety
Happily Ever After
Who needs a knight in shining armor when you've got a fairytale life for real?

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