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October 29, 2010


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All good questions. I go to Al-anon to learn how to live, I visit open AA meetings in order to understand and see the hope and the miracles which helps me to let go of my son into his HP's hands. Have a great weekend!


Bobby D.

You're spot-on -- AGAIN!

I'm bookmarking this page to copy and paste (with your kind permission) the next time one of these comes up.

God blessed you with a gift of being able to explain things with your unique blend of humor and seriousness.

Isn't that just like us alkies, though? Our ability to change up from funny to drop-dead serious makes non-alcoholic's heads spin!

Thanks again for sharing your gift.

RE: 13th Stepping, though, I have to share this classic:

"Looking for a date in AA? The odds are good, but the goods are a little odd!"



"We offer the hand of fellowship to the newcomer, not the crotch of fellowship." Brilliant! I laughed out loud at that one.

On a more serious note, someone in my home group has met some serious consequences as a result of his disease. I am so saddened by it. He was arrested on suspicion of burglary and while in jail intake, he hit a nurse with a lamp. She died yesterday. He had no prior arrests and was a sweet, funny young man... sober. He will never sit in my home group again. This disease is seriously deadly and I often forget that as I toodle through my "luxury" problems.

For me, though, I need humor to keep me coming back. Humor has saved me on countless occasions when to drink would seem like a logical response to a tragic event. It is in keeping that balance between concern and care for my fellows and a lightness in my heart that has kept me sober these 8 years.

Thank you for keeping that balance, Mr. SP. I'm so grateful to have found your website!

Ivan Toblog

Thanks for answering some questions I didn't even know I had.


I'm a member of OA (found your wonderful blog while googling on "make an amends") and have been encouraged to try AA meetings as well. I would like to, since we have no meetings one day of the week and I could really use the extra program, but I've felt a little too shy so far. I did find the Big Book amazing reading and related to it very much. Just thought I would mention that it's still part of OA, at least in my neck of the woods.

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