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Grapevine : March 2011
Dear Grapevine San Antonio was the first International Convention that I deemed it practi- cal to miss. I'm an old lady---73, with bad knees and a dislike for very warm weather. I asked all my friends who at- tended to share; but Mel B.'s article put me right there. I admire Mel's love and knowledge of the Fellowship and his gi for sharing. ank you, Mel B., for my armchair trip to the convention in San Antonio. Maria B. Ashton, Ill. Anonymous eternally A nonymity, one of the bedrock concepts of the AA program, is not a principle that exists in isolation. Pursued blindly, in my opinion, it can foster paranoia and an unhealthy sense of otherness. Unfortunately, I detected these qualities in the article, "Life and Death" (October 2010). When Bill died, his photograph appeared on the front page of the New York Times; he was identi- fied as a cofounder of AA, and his work in securing the recovery of millions of alcoholics was lauded. No program member I talked to thought this was other than a welcome tribute. e Traditions declare anonymity to be a spiri- tual principle. It defines Front-row seat I have loved Grapevine for over 31 years. When I was first sober, a member in town, Jim, brought me his last 12 issues, and I have subscribed ever since. I read each issue cover to cover, every word. I just read " e Perfect Week- end" (October 2010). Thank you for my armchair trip to the convention in San Antonio. Vol. 67, No. 10. GRAPEVINE (ISSN# 1947-9972) is published monthly by AA Grapevine, Inc., 475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10115. Subscriptions: $26.97 for one year (CAN $31 US), $51 for two years (CAN $59 US); outside US and Canada, $39 US for one year, $75 US for two years. Copyright @ 2011 by AA Grapevine, Inc. All rights reserved. "Alcoholics Anonymous" and "A.A." are registered trademarks of A.A. World Services, Inc.; "Box 1980," "AA Grapevine," "GV," and "The Grape- vine" are registered trademarks of AA Grapevine, Inc. Periodical postage paid at New York, New York and at additional entry offices. For subscription information, call: (800) 631-6025, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Postmaster: Send address changes to GRAPEVINE, Box 422487, Palm Coast, FL 32142-2487. 4 March 2011