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Topic: Anonymity
Anonymity: We Backed Into It--Are We Backing Out?
Have you thought about anonymity lately? Really thought about it? Or is it simply a word, part of the phrase we routinely use to identify ourselves as a Fellowship? In view of a recent rash of...
39th General Service Conference: "Anonymity-Living Our Traditions
On July 3, 1955, at the St. Louis Convention, Bill W. turned over to the AA membership, through a General Service Conference, full responsibility as "the guardian of the Traditions of Alcoholics...
A new group in Peru discovers the Traditions
My first encounter with AA was in 1992. Today, I remember many anecdotes that make me smile. In those days, my home group and its members were so anonymous that we would not even carry the AA message...
This time, she claimed her alcoholism for her own
My name is Debbie and I am an alcoholic and an addict. It now rings like music. I say it in the mirror every morning. Why? Because every morning now for seven months, I've been sober. I wake up...
Your very dear friend, who happens to be a Buddhist (or a Muslim or a Jew) finally has agreed to attend an AA meeting with you. Nobody but a recovering alcoholic knows the joy that comes from helping...
The Grapevine's 20th Anniversary reprint from the September, 1948, issue Dr. Bob was born in St. Johnsbury, Vt., in 1879. He died in Akron, Ohio, on November 19, 1950. In 1935, Bill W. and Dr. Bob...
Reprinted from the May 1955 Grapevine IN BILL'S Grapevine article "Why Alcoholics Anonymous Is Anonymous,"[1] the value of anonymity as group protection and insurance was spelled out in letters big...
From the September 1968 Grapevine
I HAVE BEEN a member of Alcoholics Anonymous for over nine and a half years and am continuingly grateful for my sobriety. Because I love AA and want to see it grow and reach those who are in dire...
From the September 1968 Grapevine
BECAUSE OF much favorable publicity by the communications media, Alcoholics Anonymous is now well known at the public level. Most AA members in our area were first told about the program by a...
The Eleventh Tradition: - From the September 1968 Grapevine
OUR BOOK Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions reminds us of the reason for the origin of Tradition Eleven: to discourage the power-driver, the status-seeker. No one knows this better than I do, having...

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