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January 6, 2019 by Michelle G
Neither [A.A.’s] General Service board … nor the humblest group committee can issue a single directive to an A.A. member and make it stick. —Twelve and Twelve, p. 173 How John W. learned there are no rules in knife fights: Watching Paul Newman’s opponent hit the ground in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Makes sense … Continue reading No Rules in a Knife Fight
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January 1, 2019 by AA SF/Marin Intergroup
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January 1, 2019 by AA SF/Marin Intergroup
by Melissa M. I get to have a relationship with reality I’ve lived a life of “geographics”—moving from one place to another has become such an integral part of who I am that I have made a career of it. I move from one city to another; from one country to another and I love … Continue reading Inside Job

January 1, 2019 by AA SF/Marin Intergroup
by Anonymous Intrigued by this meeting I had been invited to attend, I saw the secretary took no notes, created no minutes and had no real agenda. People chimed in all over the place. A guy at the right side in the seat of honor did nothing the entire hour (the job I would try … Continue reading Life depends on it

January 1, 2019 by AA SF/Marin Intergroup
Area 11 Connecticut General Service Committee What Can Groups and Members Do? Groups and members can discuss the topic of safety, to raise awareness in the Fellowship and seek through sponsorship, workshops and meetings, to create as safe an environment as possible for the newcomer, and other members or potential members. This can be the … Continue reading Safety & A.A.

January 1, 2019 by AA SF/Marin Intergroup
by John W. Each member is a small part of a great whole. “No rules,” just like Paul Newman’s character Butch Cassidy said was true in a knife fight, as told to the opponent he vanquished with a markedly low blow. I was enthralled to find there were no rules in A.A. Having minored in … Continue reading Our Common Welfare

January 1, 2019 by AA SF/Marin Intergroup
by Bree L. It takes a village My sobriety date is September 11, 1986, my sister’s birthday. We drank and used together, shoplifted together, got into crazy dangerous situations together. She was a few months clean and sober and had been dragging me to meetings in Los Angeles every time I visited. “Bitch, if you … Continue reading Kathleen C.’s Story

January 1, 2019 by Michelle G
Tradition One in Action by Carla H. Although Tradition One is about group unity and how we must all hang together or we shall surely hang separately (undoubtedly misquoting Benjamin Franklin), my experience of this paradoxical tradition was supremely useful in getting me to embrace A.A. fully. I had to set aside my fear of … Continue reading We Anarchists Stick Together

December 1, 2018 by AA SF/Marin Intergroup
My friends even said it was something I might like
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December 1, 2018 by AA SF/Marin Intergroup
Ancient Maya considered the resplendent quetzal divine (aka “god of the air”) and a symbol of light. The Point is now moving from a print to a light medium and will soon reside in the cloud forest, too. Since December is our last print issue, your editor is getting up to speed with WordPress. Our … Continue reading From the Editor: God of the Air
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December 1, 2018 by AA SF/Marin Intergroup
by Claire A. I have heard many people share in AA meetings that they felt like they were absent the day “they” handed out the booklet about how to deal with life. I shared that feeling. It seemed like everyone else knew the rules, and no matter how I tried, I couldn’t fit in. I … Continue reading How to Become “Normal”

December 1, 2018 by AA SF/Marin Intergroup
My parents  loved me — I just didn’t realize it by Ken J. Shortly after my second A.A. anniversary I was faced with making an amends I dreaded. To my father. Due to the circumstances I had to do it over the phone. The call began as superficial as always. We talked about the crops, … Continue reading Those Three Words

December 1, 2018 by AA SF/Marin Intergroup
by Kathleen C. “Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.”~Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 60 No wonder the next line in How It Works is: “Many of us exclaimed, ‘What an order! I can’t go through … Continue reading Carrying the Message

December 1, 2018 by AA SF/Marin Intergroup
by Rick R. How appropriate it seems that there are 12 months in a year and we have 12 steps in the program. The joy of good living is the theme of the 12th Step. It blends right in with the holiday season in November and December, starting with Thanksgiving and ending with the New Year’s Eve celebration. This time of year … Continue reading A Joyful Time of Year

December 1, 2018 by AA SF/Marin Intergroup
by Dan F. What became Alcoholics Anonymous dates from June 10, 1935, when Bill gave Dr. Bob his last beer. A month earlier, members of the Oxford Group, a back-to-basics Christian movement started by dissatisfied Lutheran minister Frank Buchman, had brought them together to meet and talk. Buchman was willing to work with people of different religions without demanding they convert to Christianity. A.A.’s first book, Alcoholics … Continue reading 12 Questions for a 4th Step

December 1, 2018 by AA SF/Marin Intergroup
Secret Society vs. Vaudeville Circuit by John W. “We of Alcoholics Anonymous believe the principle of anonymity has an immense spiritual significance. It reminds us that we are to place principles before personalities … to actually practice a general humility. This to the end that our great blessings may never spoil us …” ~Twelve and Twelve, p. 192. Not ready to stop fighting My first … Continue reading Tradition 12

December 1, 2018 by AA SF/Marin Intergroup
I used to tell myself … by Anonymous I never “had” to have a drink. I only drank to relax and wind down. I didn’t drink every day, unless I was on vacation. Never got a DUI (I drove drunk—just never got caught). I didn’t drink in bars. I stayed at home with my Southern … Continue reading 10 Reasons I’m Not an Alcoholic

December 1, 2018 by AA SF/Marin Intergroup
by Steve B. No wrapper, no limits The way I do it is to stand fast to the A.A. tenet: As I understand God. And let it go from there. More will be revealed. Don’t like aphorisms and I don’t like metaphor. Hailing from Swiss people, known for their literal culture, where ideas are grounded … Continue reading Musings on the nature of god
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