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Reminiscing in Vermont

A woman looks back at the first time she visited the birthplace of Bill W.

Sometimes it seemed we were always in the car. We were either heading to an AA commitment, or off to the local dinner, or to a meeting out of town to celebrate a group anniversary. There was always excitement as we discussed the history of AA, the lives of the founders, the fragile nature of how we even came about and continue to recover.

I was a year or so sober when I took the trip to the very small town of East Dorsett, Vermont, nestled in the Green Mountains near Mount Tabor where Bill W. came from. It was a two-hour drive from my Friday Night Stone Church home group in Chelmsford Mass. Three of us set out in my big Buick Century and headed west towards the Berkshires, then north into Vermont.

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