From the July 2003 magazine.

Where's Waldo?

Step Seven - Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

If you have ever been to Venice, California, you know it is a beautiful place for sun, fun, and drinking. When I moved there in 1977, I was singing in a band and living the life of a drunk. By 1980, I was living in squalor in a canal apartment, never breathing a sober breath. It took me three years to finally get to a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous and one more to get my first day of sobriety.

One morning at a 6:45 meeting, I heard a man named Israel share, and my life changed. I got his phone number and started to call him. He told me the answer to all my problems was in the pen. He suggested I write this: "Dear God, I have a problem and I can't solve it alone. The problem seems to be----." He suggested I keep writing and see what happens.

-- Ric G.

San Juan Capistrano, California

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