From the September 1990 magazine.

Shadows in the Corner

It is nearly twenty years since I attended my first AA meeting. I am a member of different groups now, but occasionally I find myself returning to the scene of some of my early meetings. At such times I am gripped by the seemingly contradictory ideas of sameness and change. The AA message of sobriety and hope remains constant, and sometimes there is a familiar face or voice. But most of the members I knew are gone now.

Most have simply moved on to a new circle of meetings. Some have unfortunately resumed drinking. Others have died sober. Those who have passed away are the ones I remember best, like shadowy figures in the corners of the room.

-- Jack D.

McLean, Virginia

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