From the April 2011 magazine.

Story Archive: The Best Listeners

I have bored my sponsor to tears and she has never once complained. She just let me go on and on.

Since I myself sponsor several women I've been on both sides of the telephone, hearing the same stories over and over again until the days turn into months and then become years of sharing. This sponsoring business requires patience.

To my own dear sponsor I have repeated the trials of my marriage breakup so many times that I bored even myself with it. She never once gave me the feeling that I was annoying her. In my attempt to stay sober, I've confessed my deepest secrets in a...

-- Linda M.

Maspeth, New York