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Grapevine : June 2011
helping me grow up and stay sober. Margaret B. Hawaii Grapevine on the front line My father was in World War II, and he told me a story about an AA member in the trenches in europe under the command of General Patton. he said he saw the AA soldier reading the Big Book and told him he couldn’t carry that in his back- pack because it took up too much room and the space was needed for survival supplies. The General asked AA to send a small book or magazine for the soldiers to read to stay sober and they sent them the Grapevine. Victor A. Pittsburgh, Pa. AA has no opinion Isaw gang tactics at their very worst tonight at an AA meeting. He saw the soldier reading the Big Book and told him he couldn’t carry that in his backpack. Gratitude I’M a big proponent of writing a gratitude list each day, and beginning the list with “Thank You God for ...” so that it also includes improving my conscious contact with God. Because I’ve been doing it for so long, I can now see that I can rest in this cushion of gratitude no matter what else is going on. “Thank You God that I’m a sober member of AA” is now ingrained into my consciousness so that it’s a constant ... and clearly, that gift alone involves the grace of God. Linda I. El Granada, Calif. Our town is small so usually there are a lot of nAs in an AA meeting, welcomed by most. One person who is wait- ing for a bed in a medical detox was told to get rid of their pills immediately, at all costs! This person felt attacked as a new- comer, not welcomed. Depending upon the length and strength of your addiction, detox- ing yourself can be very dangerous, whether your addiction is alcohol or drugs. Leave the amateur medical advice at home. S.G .W. Odessa, Texas 6 June 2011 GRAPE_4-6.indd 6 4/29/11 3:51 PM