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February 1974

There Can Be Love and Laughter

Would her decision condemn her to an empty life of somber, solemn sobriety?

ON JUNE 8, 1961, while sitting in a boat fishing a picturesque little lake in Illinois, I reached a decision. I had returned to the scenes of my childhood to visit my mother, and for one week I had come daily to this tranquil spot to fish, to pray and meditate, and to reflect back over the years of my life as an active alcoholic.

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