MTG – Austin – “Ways to Freedom AFG”

WHAT I LEARNED:  For me, the difference between being thankful & being grateful is that when I’m grateful, I give back!  Therefore, I can truly say “I am grateful for the alcoholic in my life,” because I can also show how grateful I am by continuing to do service work, not judging anyone with an…

N. FL Area Convention 2017 – Days 1 – 3

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. Tradition 4 is about protecting Al-Anon for future generations. 2. When applauding an alcoholic’s total years of sobriety, I am actually applauding God’s work! 3. The opposite of addiction is not sobriety, it’s connection… Connection to a Higher Power. 4. Sometimes I need to put butter on it… & “let it…

CAL – Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual 2014-2017 (Item # P-24/27)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. Originally, I only read the “Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual” on an as-needed basis, but when my next podcast guest said that this was her favorite book that she wanted to talk about on my “CAL Chat” show, I had to dust off my manual & put on my scuba reading mask to…

CAL – 12 Steps & 12 Traditions for Alateen (Item # P-18)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. At 48 pages, this is the longest pamphlet in the CAL catalog because it’s filled with a little info about each Step & Tradition followed by several related questions & personal stories from Alateen members.  The reflections share quite a bit about when good Traditions go bad, so for someone like…

** Thank you for your sympathy wishes **

This blog has been silent for the past 3 weeks because, as some of you are already aware, my boyfriend of 16 years died of a drug overdose on 11/18/13.  No one was aware he was shooting up.  He hid it well & didn’t reach out to anybody.  And it saddens me to think that the…

CAL – Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism 2014 (Item # N/A)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. Ok, I must admit, during all the years I’ve passed out this magazine for outreach purposes, I never fully read through one until now.  I used to just read 1 or 2 of the articles & that was it.  And perhaps, maybe that’s how it’s read by people in doctor or counselor…