CAL – One Day At A Time (Item # B-6) – NEW INTRO!

WHAT I LEARNED:  1. I was just poking around the al-anon.org website today & found the brand new introduction created for the daily reader: “One Day At A Time In Al-Anon” (also known as: “ODAT”).  For a little background on why this new intro came about, check out pages 38-39 of the “2021 World Service…

CAL – Al-Anon’s Best Sellers of 2021

WHAT I LEARNED: A few weeks ago I recently received my hardcopy of the new “2022 World Service Conference Summary” (item # P-46).  Pasted below are images from pages 80-81 that show some stats for 2021’s best selling Al-Anon books, booklets, and the “Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism 2021” (item # N/A) outreach magazine.  It’s surprising that…

📣 Podcast Announcement: DEEP DIVE SHOW 🤿

I AM HAPPY to announce a brand new spin-off podcast show called “CAL Chat–DEEP DIVE” which will focus on a single piece of Al-Anon/Alateen literature over a series of episodes.  The first episode features the inaugural “1961 World Service Conference Summary” (item # P-46) with a special guest, Evelyn, a current Area Delegate.  Stay tuned…

CAL – The Forum Writing Guideline (Item # F-1)

Next week I’ll be posting an update on several Al‑Anon guidelines that have been revised this year.  However while I was researching those, it led me to this guideline for The Forum that was very recently updated – just last month, in October 2021, in fact!  It got me wondering, 🤔 “What changed exactly?”  See…

CAL – My Journey in Service (Item # M-57)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. While perusing through some Al-Anon service tools in the Area Archives, I came across “My Journey in Service” (item # M-57).  At roughly 60 pages, the booklet is designed as a journal so it has lots of lined paper & blank spaces for writing, plus it includes a CAL service-oriented quote…

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 – How Al-Anon Works (Item # B-22, B-32, eB-22, eA-22)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. Originally, I was going to read this book as the very last one of this blog since I was making my way up to the top seller & according to the World Service Office, this one is it.  …It would be like starting a climb by already being at the top…

CAL – Forum Favorites, Vol. 1 (Item # B-9A)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. As an Area Archivist once said, “I love my position because I get to time travel.”  I too feel I get to step into the ‘Wayback Machine’ whenever I read discontinued Al-Anon literature.  When this “Forum Favorites” book was first published in 1970 it was a hefty hard cover book &…

CAL – Al-Anon Speaks For Itself (Item # AV-10)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. In 1986, Al-Anon’s first outreach film “Al-Anon Speaks For Itself” (item # AV-10) helped carry the message to teachers, the clergy, the media, social workers, counselors, & other professionals.  The 15-minute program featured stories from members from all walks of life & was broken into 5 sections: 1) The Way It…

N. FL Spring Assembly 2014 – Day 2 of 3

WHAT I LEARNED: Breaking news!  There is a brand new booklet coming out very soon: “Talk to Each Other – Resolving Conflicts Within Al-Anon” (item # S-73).  This is a service tool that will also be sold as a combo set as item # K-70 that will include 2012’s “Conflict Resolution – Wallet Card” (item…

CAL – The Dilemma of the Alcoholic Marriage (Item # B-4)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. In 1965, this book originally had the proposed title “Alcoholism & Sex.”  Two years later it came out with the current title to appeal to a wider audience.  It hasn’t been revised for 42 years & it shows.  With terms like: temptress, fellows, bulwark (I had to look this word up!),…

CAL – Alateen Program Wallet Card (Item # M-18)

WHAT I LEARNED: Somehow, when I was reviewing the Alateen Newcomer Packet (item # K-18), I must not have seen this small wallet card.  But since I’m now going through the literature chronologically, I saw this item mentioned as an “Alateen 12 x 12 Wallet Card with Preamble” on page 13 in the “1978 World…

CAL – In All Our Affairs: Making Crises Work For You (Item # B-15)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. Right away I liked that this book is broken up into 4 parts: Awareness, Acceptance, Action, & Moving On.  And for me, reading this couldn’t have come at a better time, because I was going through what I considered a crisis this past month.  But after so many stories about violence,…