From the July 2007 magazine.

A Beer, Apaintbrush, And Abig Book

An AA reaches out and passes it on

On april 14, 2007, I celebrated ten years sober--and I was here, in the hole. I have been involved with service work pretty much since I first walked through the doors of AA. Learning that cold water heats faster than hot water for coffee was easy. Listening to the seven guys I have sponsored, and helping them, was not.

I guess you could say that I was born with a paintbrush in one hand and a can of beer in the other. My father taught me how to use them both very well. I took my first drink of beer when I was five years old. Dad took me and my little brother to work with him every...

-- Michael G.

Tecumseh, Nebraska