From the December 2011 magazine.

Sign Language

Public information begins at home for this alcoholic

Some years ago, I was out walking early in the morning when a man suddenly approached me with what was for him clearly a burning question. "What are we going to do about racism?" he said, taking up a position right in my path. Frankly, I was uncomfortable at having been placed on the spot by this stranger. But the man was serious and seemed to expect an answer, and so I said, "Let it start with me and let it start with you." He seemed disappointed. But that was all I could offer him in that moment.

It was the answer that all these years of being graced with the gift of sobriety have given me. And that, I believe, is where public information must start, with me and with us, in our home groups, with a proper understanding of anonymity and its relationship to public information.

-- David S.

New York, New York

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