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Grapevine : August 2011
to hear about experience, strength and hope and the spirituality of the pro- gram. e sole purpose of the Big Book is to show usawaytofindahigher power, not direction on how to get to a meeting to learn and endorse being atheist or agnostic. I did that well on my own. We are the only ones who can screw this up and we are well on our way. I know you won't have the brass to publish this but please have the respect to read it and think. Dan W. Small world Seeing the picture of the AA meeting room in Amsterdam brought back fond memories of my trip to Amsterdam, in 2007. I went to English speaking meetings there almost every evening. I met some wonderful people there, including a guy named Chris who took me to dinner at a restaurant near my hotel and then showed me an insider's tour of the city. It was one of the highlights of my trip. And when I went to New York for ICYPAA and I was in line to board the pre- conference boat cruise, I saw Amsterdam on the name tag of a guy named Mark and was about to say that I had been there when he said "I know; I remember you." We live in a small world. Bill S. San Antonio, Texas Thank you ANOTE of " anks" to Billy D. for the article "A Unilateral Approach," April 2011. Seeing the Amsterdam meeting room brought back fond memories. Working Step 4 was something I really wanted to try, being al- most 90 days sober and incarcerated. e ap- proach you tried seemed doable to me. Although I don't have a sponsor in jail, I can begin to work on the reasons I pick up that first drink.Dawn M. Pasco, Wa. Don't go away THE announcement of a future digital Grapevine is all well and good, but ... it is quite di cult to slide a digital copy into a hip pocket; I always carry some of my back copies to give to newbies at meetings. I will find it impossible to continue "carrying the message" that way if the Grapevine goes fully digital. Please don't completely abandon the print version. Bob G. Sacramento, Calif. Editor's note: No worries. The print Grapevine is here to stay. PHOTO BY JEROEN S. 6 August 2011