From the August 2017 magazine.

Hello Mr. Blue

After a personal loss, a member near Lake Huron made a four-legged friend who helped open his heart

After reading my 2007 story, “In The Center Of Sorrow,” in the Grapevine book No Matter What, I was amazed to see how far sober life has taken me since it was written.

As I read the story, I was reminded of the tremendous despair I had felt at the sudden loss of my long-term partner. I recalled the battle that went on between my utter hopelessness and faith that I would ever smile again. The one thing I knew for certain was that a drink would not make it better. If I were to come out on the other side of my grief, it would have to be a sober journey.

-- Mark H.

Lincoln, Michigan, USA

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