From the March 2011 magazine.

March 2011: Dear Grapevine

"Thank you, Mel B., for my armchair trip to the convention in San Antonio."

Front-row seat

I have loved Grapevine for over 31 years. When I was first sober, a member in town, Jim, brought me his last 12 issues, and I have subscribed ever since. I read each issue cover to cover, every word. I just read “The Perfect Weekend” (October 2010). San Antonio was the first International Convention that I deemed it practical to miss. I’m an old lady—73, with bad knees and a dislike for very warm weather. I asked all my friends who attended to share; but Mel B.’s article put me right there. I admire Mel’s love and knowledge of the...