From the December 2013 magazine.

December 2013: Where the ducks swim

Sweet talks by a golden pond help a “grumpy” agnostic spread his wings

Today I celebrate 24 years of sobriety, but this year has been like no other. After all these years, I believe I have experienced a spiritual awakening as described in the Eleventh Step. Today I want—and need—a Higher Power that goes beyond my home group and the Fellowship. I also believe I’m ready for Step Three. That’s quite an admission for this self-proclaimed hardcore agnostic.

My nickname is Grumpy Tom. I’m a successful recovering alcoholic who never worked the “God Steps,” never did a Fourth and Fifth Step, and was perfectly content with the path that I walked....

-- T.E.

Seattle, Washington