MTG – Orlando – “Just For Today AFG”

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. “Al-Anon has shown me that my view of a situation is only the ‘truth’ as seen from my tiny corner of the universe.”– quote from “Courage to Change” (item # B-16), page 54 (Sept. 10th). 2. “Experience is not what happens to you, it is what you do with what happens…

MTG – Ocoee – “Monday Miracles”

WHAT I LEARNED: “The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery.  There comes a leap in consciousness, call it intuition or what you will, & the solution comes to you & you don’t know how or why.” – Albert Einstein quote from “Courage to Change” (item # B-16), page 81 (March 21st).

CAL – Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism 2017 (Item # N/A)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. My next “CAL Chat” podcast guest said that “Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism 2017” was her favorite outreach piece that she wanted to talk about on my “CAL Chat” show (Episode #9), so it was time to read it all the way through!  I had read entire versions of previous ones so I was…

MTG – Kissimmee – “Kissimmee Tuesday Nite AFG”

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. Faith & staying in “I don’t know” are two things to combat worry. 2. “Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.” – Helen Keller quote from “Courage to Change” (item # B-16), page 45 (February 14th).

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 – 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 &…

MTG – Kissimmee – “Kissimmee Tuesday Nite AFG”

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. For a long time, I was stark raving sober! 2. “…there is more to life than increasing its speed.  Let me look upward into the towering oak & know that it grew great & strong because it grew slowly & well.” – Orin L. Crain quote from “Courage to Change” (item #…

CAL – Living With Sobriety (Item # P-49)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. The subtitle of this booklet is “Another Beginning” not, as I had hoped, “My Happy Ending!”  At only 52 pages, it’s a quick read & covers topics such as: Accepting Changes, Courage, Resentments, Disappointments, Communication, & Happiness.  (I especially like that the topics of Love & Sex are under the Communication…

CAL – Many Voices, One Journey (Item # B-31)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. Initially, I was dreading reading this book.  I thought it was just going to be a boring history book with a litany of dates & facts that were as dry as sandpaper.  Turns out, this has been one of the best well-written books I’ve come across so far!!   It was designed…

CAL – Living Today in Alateen (Item # B-26)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. Unlike the other Alateen daily reader, “Alateen-a day at a time, (item # B-10), since “Living Today in Alateen” (B-26) is the newer one (from 2001) it includes quotes from “Courage to Change” (B-16), “From Survival to Recovery” (item # B-21), & “Paths to Recovery” (B-24).  For some reason, I assumed…