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Grapevine : July 2011
In a letter that he wrote in 1949, Bill W. said "Every AA has been, in a sense, a prisoner." Each July, Grapevine publishes its prison issue, which shares stories from prisoners and former prisoners, who dem- onstrate through their stories that they are free emotionally, physically and spiritually, through their recovery. Read a missive from a member confined for commiting murder during a relapse, who remembers when he was "too busy" for meetings in "Long Days Past." In "The Message Inside," another AA and former inmate returns to the last place he wants to be, in order to take a meeting to prisoners behind the walls. And in "After the Crash," a woman is finally able to confront her alcohol- ism when she is sentenced to jail. Whether you have experienced or are currently in prison, it is likely all AA members can identify with being a prisoner to alcoholism and for many of us, prison was just a "yet" wait- ing to happen any time we picked up. Other stories in this issue are also "yets" for many of us. Some subscribers may recall a time when Grapevine had staples and attending "sewing parties," where staples were removed and the issues sewn together with thread and needle. Today, Grapevine is staple-free, so that it can easily be taken into jails and correctional facilities. Please con- sider taking Grapevine and a meeting to your local institutions. It works. You can also access Web-only stories on the new AAGrapevine.org web site. Try it out for free for a week and have access to the complete magazine archives, audio, and Web exclusives, as well as participate in the AA Grapevine community via the I-Say forum. The online subscrip- tion is a convenient way to access AA Grapevine anytime, anywhere. And please submit your story online as well. Thank you for your contin- ued support. In fellowship, The Managing Editor firstname.lastname@example.org aagrapevine.org 1