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Monthly articles on recovery and fellowship written by members of A.A. in San Francisco and Marin.

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February 1, 2019 by Marcus

February 1, 2019 by Claire A
by Claire A. I was deeply skeptical of the “God thing” when I joined A.A. I was accustomed to the icons of the Christian church, crosses, stories of miracles: Stuff I called hogwash. Asked to believe in a higher power, I was basically stumped. It wasn’t just that I rejected the idea of a god … Continue reading Something I Still Can’t Name
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February 1, 2019 by Marcus

February 1, 2019 by John W.
by John W. The world isn’t OK, but I am When he spoke, it was with a noticeable Southern twang that made it clear, in Marin, he was not from around these parts. He had a home-spun way about him, born from decades of sobriety. That made it easy to listen when he talked. So … Continue reading As Love Expresses Itself: Tradition 2

February 1, 2019 by Rick R
by Rick R. Individuals choose their own concept Alcoholics Anonymous came into existence in 1935 at a time when much of our society was centered around churches in the communities where we lived. Much of the South and the Midwest are still like that to this day. As a child in my home town on … Continue reading As We Understand God

February 1, 2019 by Greg F
By Greg F. Recently I fell and broke my neck. Retrospection as always is my friend. I’ve spent years cultivating my belief in my version of God. What do you know? God was and is with me through this. Four days later I had surgery. A C4-C7 laminectomy and C4-T2 fusion. I had a close … Continue reading Willingness to Believe

February 1, 2019 by Henry Y
by Henry Y. From the time I was young, I learned to gauge the wants and needs of those around me and conform my behavior accordingly. Roles of child and parent were often reversed. I didn’t realize that this was not the normal order of things. I grew up with a vague sense that things … Continue reading Outside Circumstances

February 1, 2019 by Michelle G
The more we learn, the less we believe to be trueThe more we prove, the more remains to be provedWe’ve got to have faith in something biggerFaith in something biggerFaith in something big inside our self … —Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend Faith in Something Bigger I remember a friend making jokes about The Who’s lyrics in … Continue reading From The Editor

February 1, 2019 by Carla H.
Book Review by Carla H. The Recovering is a fascinating read for people who are and are not in recovery. The author has been to Harvard, Yale, and the Iowa Writers Workshop, and now directs a graduate program at Columbia University. She covers who goes to recovery, who goes to prison, and the stories that … Continue reading Crime, Punishment & Recovery
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