From the September 2013 magazine.

September 2013: Welcome

Once we find a meeting, it feels good to be included

This week, while on a visit to a new city, I was feeling upset over a disturbing situation in my family. I really needed a meeting, so I drove to one expecting to feel welcomed and nurtured. When I arrived, the group was already reading the rather lengthy Fifth Step from the “Twelve and Twelve.” Since there were no open seats at the tables, I sat in a chair against the wall, along with about 10 other women. As the women around the table read aloud, I noticed that, while all of them were holding books, they did not offer to share them with the women outside the circle, even though we...

-- Gigi L.

Ypsilanti, Michigan