From the July 2010 magazine.

Dear Grapevine

Let them buy cake

In response to recent i-Say forum comments ( about Seventh Tradition money being spent on food or medallions: Groups are autonomous. In my group the members donate the food and we buy a cake, because we are enjoying ourselves.

We have fun, something we never could have dreamed of when drunk.

Bill W. wrote a great editorial on group autonomy in Grapevine ("On the Fourth Tradition," March 1948), which also appears in Language of the Heart, a book I lean on to help me see AA life through his...