From the August 2000 magazine.

A Camel Pin

The camel pin has been a favorite of mine for some time now.

Alcoholism is cunning, baffling, and powerful. The Big Book of AA talks about just that. I was in my tenth year of sobriety, when I planned to drink again. I remember thinking at the time that being drunk and on the streets would be easier than having to face the next day.

I had been repeatedly raped and exposed to AIDS. Sometimes not knowing is easier than knowing. One of my friends had found out about what had happened and taken me to the doctors. I had to wait two weeks for the results. It was the day before I...

-- Kathleen M. W.

Sutherlin, Oregon