William Duncan Silkworth


This will be Chapter 17 of a book by bob k, Key Players in AA History, which will be published in the new year by AA Agnostica. Stay tuned! Written in bob’s uniquely congenial and readable style, the book will no doubt quickly become a favorite for all those interested in the early history of our … Continue reading

Convention Fellowship Speakers


By Dorothy H. The Steering Committee of We Agnostics and Free Thinkers (WAFT) International AA Convention (IAAC) is thrilled to announce the speaker line-up for the convention beginning Thursday, November 6, 2014. The Fellowship Speakers are marvelous unsung servants within AA. The convention registration so far represents how we agnostics and freethinkers in AA span … Continue reading

Don’t Throw the Baby Out

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By Laurie A. “His religious education and training may be far superior to yours…” (Working With Others, Big Book, page 93). That almost certainly applied to me when I was 12 Stepped by two AA members in August 1984; one man was a retired banker and the other an unemployed … Continue reading

Sober & Out

Sober & Out

Reviewed by John L. The new book, Sober & Out: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender AA Members Share Their Experience, Strength and Hope, contains stories published in Grapevine from 1975 to 2011, of AA members who love their own sex. Some gay men and lesbians were accepted in the AA … Continue reading

Lois Wilson

Lois Wilson

By bob k There are few people who better epitomize the sentiments of  the Tammy Wynette country classic “Stand By Your Man,” than Lois Wilson. As the founder of Al-Anon, she is lovingly remembered by hundreds of thousands, or more, who have seen loved ones recover, or have, at least, been comforted, and guided, in their … Continue reading

Bill Wilson and Other Women

Bill and Lois

History cannot proceed by silences. The chronicler of ill-recorded times has none the less to tell the tale. If facts are lacking, rumors must serve. Failing affidavits, he must build with gossip. Winston Churchill By bob k In “Bill’s Story,” the protagonist lets us know that among his problems as a drinker, … Continue reading