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Grapevine : January 2012
On the Cover: Young and Sober I’m too young! 12 This mom “wasn’t old enough” for AA until she heard the stories of two women her age (Tulsa, Okla.) AA’S MEETING IN PRINT JANUARY 2012 AAGRAPEVINE.ORG CRAZY FUN SOBER YOUNG The joy of finding AA early ALSO: THE19TH HOLE RIVER’S EDGE January 2012 “ They were spared that last ten or fifteen years of literal hell the rest of us had gone through.” —Bill W. Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions On the cover: The joy of finding AA early Not so tough 16 Just how does a bright kid end up on a couch by the railroad tracks? (albuquerque, N.M.) Who is that boy in the painting? 22 Lost in alcohol, a young man robs his own parents and can’t believe who he’s become (TOledO, OhiO) Sublime freedom 30 At 13, AA saved her from a tough childhood of drinking, fighting and dodging the law (MedfOrd, Ore.) Steps and Traditions Out of the storm 33 A newcomer explores Step One and the five ways he was definitely powerless and unmanageable (dawsONville, Ga.) Tolerance is a two-way street 37 A member ponders the meaning of Tradition One and the blessing of unity (spriNGfield, MO.) submit an article:Editorial Dept , AA Grapevine, 475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10115 or send e-mail to: gveditorial@aagrapevine org Grapevine Audio Edition: This complete issue is avail- able at www aagrapevine org Art: Front and back cover: Sissel K 47 2 January 2012 GRAPE_2-3.indd 2 11/22/11 3:05 PM