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Grapevine : March 2011
le to lose, and couldn't stand to look at myself or be in my own skin. Via i-say, AAGrapevine.org Assistance on the way I just celebrated my 40th AA anniversary in a nursing home far away from where I used to live. is was not the way I had planned to spend my time at this time of life, but at age 77 I had become physically unable to take care of myself. Arriving here was the worst thing that hap- pened to me, drinking or sober, and I did not think I could survive. I have su ered with bipolar depression and it became very bad. My AA friend in another city kept encouraging me to call the home o ce here and ask for help. It took me many weeks to call, as I couldn't stop crying. Finally, my friend called a friend of hers whom she thought was close to me. She wasn't, but that woman called another in a city close to where I stay. She in turn talked to another woman who called me. AA is the only place I know where people go to any lengths to help another. I went to an AA meeting with her and felt at home for the first time in a year. She has continued to call and see me. She brought me several Grapevines, which became my meet- ings. en, she brought me a Big Book, a "Twelve and Twelve" and also a 40th anniversary token. I am so grateful to her and AA because this has re- ally saved my life---again. My AA friend has become my sponsor and my life is good. Jean P. Dimondale, Mich. AA has really saved my life---again. Return ticket I drank a er my first meeting and met John T. on the 'L' [train] platform and he said, "you know you can come back." So, I did.Via i-say, AAGrapevine.org CALL FOR ARTICLES Submit your work to Grapevine magazine: •June: AA on the Road; Deadline: Feb. 25, 2011 •July: AA in Prison; Deadline: March 25, 2011 Visit AAGrapevine.org Grapevine 7