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Grapevine : August 2011
Dear Grapevine was a classic edition. I couldn't get enough. I'm a prisoner in a county jail with lots of free time on my hands. When I started read- ing the Grapevine, I was somewhat confused. I couldn't understand the 12 Steps. I had no one to talk to about them. Read- ing without comprehen- sion is like walking blind. I never knew reading other people's stories could make things not seem so heavy. It's only been 3 months, but it gave me a whole new outlook on drinking. I know this is something I can't fight my- self, but I feel I can make it with people like you. I know that the day is going to come when I'm back around the temptation of alcohol but now I know I don't have to be alone. A er this county jail, I know that I have to go to prison for a few years where I plan to enroll in the prison program. See, just by reading these few meetings in print got me wanting to go further and further. Hopefully upon my release I can find a nice home group and help someone out there just like me, all because I picked up that first Grape- vine. Arthur C. Conway, S.C. A simple solution THERE'S been so much doom and gloom lately about the Grapevine's financial situation. I attended a roundtable at NERAASA to find out. It was explained to us that the losses in 2010 were due, in large part, to one time investments the Grapevine needed to make in order to adapt to the digital age. To me that's a good use of money from the reserve fund, making AA's meet- ing in print available to more people in more ways. We were told this year's budget projects Not alone INEVER knew I was an alcoholic until I picked up a meeting in print. I never knew there were so many people out there like me, going through the same things I do. It does seem lonely when you're out there alone to face the facts by yourself. It was in Sept. 2010, when I picked up that first Grapevine. It It was a classic edition. I couldn't get enough. Vol. 68, No. 3. GRAPEVINE (ISSN# 1947-9972) is published monthly by AA Grapevine, Inc., 475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10115. Subscriptions: $28.97 for one year (CAN $35 US), $54 for two years (CAN $65 US); outside US and Canada, $42 US for one year, $78 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 Grapevine" 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 email@example.com. Postmaster: Send address changes to GRAPEVINE, Box 16867, North Hollywood, CA 91615-6867. 4 August 2011