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December 2022

Remote Communities & Sober Holidays

This month’s featured section is “Remote Communities & Sober Holidays,” with stories by members about AA’s remote communities. Also included are some memorable sober holiday stories.

Grapevine Daily Quote November 26

“Perhaps those who know just a little about AA think our meetings must become dull and monotonous and our talks collapse into tiresome and repetitious laments or tortured remembrances .... Not so! As AAs, we need these lifesaving contacts to support and maintain our happily found sobriety .... For us, our meetings are eternally new, each offering something -- whether happy or tragic -- to encourage, sustain, and reaffirm our precious sobriety.”

Barcelona, Spain, April 1976, “Suddenly Something Happened,”, AA Around the World

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Maybe Next Year

I sobered up in September of 1982.

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Let there be light

Back in 2020, our Christmas morning AA breakfast was anticipated more than ever.

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Closer Than You Think

In the summer of 1993, I felt uniquely remote from in-person AA fellowship. I could no longer attend meetings due to some injuries.

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Sobriety on Ice

You’ve probably heard of the Stanley Cup, but you may not have heard of the Coffee Cup.

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100 Beards

During the summer of 2007, Sally, my second wife, and I were living in Nashville, Tennessee. I regularly attended a men’s AA meeting at a sober clubhouse on Sunday evenings.

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I Only Drank 3 Beers!

One time I sat in a meeting called the Happy Hour Group and shared, “I want to be happy,” which made everybody laugh.

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Grapevine Daily Quote November 26

“Perhaps those who know just a little about AA think our meetings must become dull and monotonous and our talks collapse into tiresome and repetitious laments or tortured remembrances .... Not so! As AAs, we need these lifesaving contacts to support and maintain our happily found sobriety .... For us, our meetings are eternally new, each offering something -- whether happy or tragic -- to encourage, sustain, and reaffirm our precious sobriety.”

Barcelona, Spain, April 1976, “Suddenly Something Happened,”, AA Around the World

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