From the December 2010 magazine.

Prison politics

If you think your group's business meetings are tense, try having one behind bars

IF not for the last part of the Twelfth Tradition, "place principles before personalities," I would not have managed to stick around the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous. I'll explain. I have heard members say, "Don't leave before the miracle happens." I have seen many miracles occur in the rooms of AA over the last 15 years. For a fact, I am evidence that miracles do occur; however, I refuse to allow my ego to tell me that I am a miracle.

Once upon a time I was antisocial, but I stuck around until AA turned me into a social butterfly. That alone is a miracle, indeed, since my natural...


Edgefield, S.C.