Lost Post?

Thank you all for your input and comments. It’s 7:19 here in CA, and as I sit at one of the last pieces of technology that is actually MINE- I am extremely grateful! I am at step 1. Let’s discuss!!

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  1. Nearly all the AA meetings I have participated in and especially the ones which I feel have been the most effective for me in my recovery always begin with some kind of personal lead which gets everyone focused on recovery and demonstrate very powerfully some of the principles I have attempted to take in and let become a part of my character.
    As I have mentioned the original format on this blog site was to focus on the Daily Reflections and invite comments on its subject matter. It was very effective but it was apparently legally challenged and I think we talked out tail and ran prematurely.
    We use this very effectively in lots of meetings here in middle Georgia.
    A couple of blog sites still do this and here are their links.
    http://aainthailand.blogspot.com/
    This one also includes excerpts from many other sources including As Bill Sees It.
    http://www.recoveryreadings.com/

    Here’s a statement on fair use provision under the copyright law.
    Here is the Wikipedia link:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright_law_of_the_United_States#Fair_Use

    Fair use is the use of limited amounts of copyrighted material in such a way as to not be an infringement. It is codified at 17 U.S.C. § 107, and states that “the fair use of a copyrighted work … is not an infringement of copyright.” The section lists four factors that must be assessed to determine whether a particular use is fair.
    1. Purpose and character of the use, including whether the use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes: Nonprofit educational and noncommercial uses are more likely to be fair use. This does not mean that all nonprofit education and noncommercial uses are fair use or that all commercial uses are not fair. Instead, courts will balance the purpose and character of the use against the other factors below. Additionally, “transformative” uses are more likely to be considered fair. Transformative uses are those that add something new, with a further purpose or different character, and do not substitute for the original use of the work.

    Over the years we ever had some very good ones and some not so good on our blog site.

    I don’t see why we can’t get back to a format such as this and do it until we receive some kind of formal legal challenge and not just hearsay.

    For example:
    JUNE 7
    LONG-TERM HOPE
    Since most of us are born with an abundance of natural
    desires, it isn’t strange that we often let these far exceed
    their intended purpose. When they drive us blindly, or we
    willfully demand that they supply us with more satisfactions
    or pleasures than are possible or due us, that is the point at
    which we depart from the degree of perfection that God
    wishes for us here on earth. That is the measure of our
    character defects, or, if you wish, of our sins.
    TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 65

    This is where long-term hope is born and perspective is
    gained, both of the nature of my illness and the path of my
    recovery. The beauty of A.A. lies in knowing that my life,
    with God’s help, will improve. The A.A. journey becomes
    richer, the understanding becomes truth, the dreams become
    realities—and today becomes forever.
    As I step into the A.A. light, my heart fills with the
    presence of God.

    Yours in sobriety.

    Harry, grateful alcoholic.

    • Nearly all the AA meetings I have participated in and especially the ones which I feel have been the most effective for me in my recovery always begin with some kind of personal lead which gets everyone focused on recovery and demonstrate very powerfully some of the principles I have attempted to take in and let become a part of my character.
      As I have mentioned the original format on this blog site was to focus on the Daily Reflections and invite comments on its subject matter. It was very effective but it was apparently legally challenged and I think we talked out tail and ran prematurely.
      We use this very effectively in lots of meetings here in middle Georgia.
      A couple of blog sites still do this and here are their links.
      http://aainthailand.blogspot.com/
      This one also includes excerpts from many other sources including As Bill Sees It.
      http://www.recoveryreadings.com/

      Here’s a statement on fair use provision under the copyright law.
      Here is the Wikipedia link:
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright_law_of_the_United_States#Fair_Use

      Fair use is the use of limited amounts of copyrighted material in such a way as to not be an infringement. It is codified at 17 U.S.C. § 107, and states that “the fair use of a copyrighted work … is not an infringement of copyright.” The section lists four factors that must be assessed to determine whether a particular use is fair.
      1. Purpose and character of the use, including whether the use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes: Nonprofit educational and noncommercial uses are more likely to be fair use. This does not mean that all nonprofit education and noncommercial uses are fair use or that all commercial uses are not fair. Instead, courts will balance the purpose and character of the use against the other factors below. Additionally, “transformative” uses are more likely to be considered fair. Transformative uses are those that add something new, with a further purpose or different character, and do not substitute for the original use of the work.

      Over the years we ever had some very good ones and some not so good on our blog site.

      I don’t see why we can’t get back to a format such as this and do it until we receive some kind of formal legal challenge and not just hearsay.

      For example:
      JUNE 7
      LONG-TERM HOPE
      Since most of us are born with an abundance of natural
      desires, it isn’t strange that we often let these far exceed’s
      their intended purpose. When they drive us blindly, or we
      willfully demand that they supply us with more satisfactions
      or pleasures than are possible or due us, that is the point at
      which we depart from the degree of perfection that God
      wishes for us here on earth. That is the measure of our
      character defects, or, if you wish, of our sins.
      TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 65

      This is where long-term hope is born and perspective is
      gained, both of the nature of my illness and the path of my
      recovery. The beauty of A.A. lies in knowing that my life,
      with God’s help, will improve. The A.A. journey becomes
      richer, the understanding becomes truth, the dreams become
      realities—and today becomes forever.
      As I step into the A.A. light, my heart fills with the
      presence of God.

      Yours in sobriety.

      Harry, grateful alcoholic.

    • Morning Doc. All of your posts were in spam folder. Once I saw them, they were posted. Also, the original General Service order holds true as we were advised by Zuzu our “guru,” who was an actual lawyer. So if we continue to post daily reflections which violate their regulations, this site will be closed anyway. But do as you always do…and have an amazing day! I am POWERLESS

  2. Nearly all the AA meetings I have participated in and especially the ones which I feel have been the most effective for me in my recovery always begin with some kind of personal lead which gets everyone focused on recovery and demonstrate very powerfully some of the principles I have attempted to take in and let become a part of my character.
    As I have mentioned the original format on this blog site was to focus on the Daily Reflections and invite comments on its subject matter. It was very effective but it was apparently legally challenged and I think we tucked our tail and ran prematurely.
    We use this very effectively in lots of meetings here in middle Georgia.
    A couple of blog sites still do this and here are their links.
    (May be found by searching Patya and Jmtien AA , Daily recovery readings,)
    Fair use Under copyright law is discussed in Wikipedia.

    • For example:
      JUNE 7
      LONG-TERM HOPE
      Since most of us are born with an abundance of natural
      desires, it isn’t strange that we often let these far exceed
      their intended purpose. When they drive us blindly, or we
      willfully demand that they supply us with more satisfactions
      or pleasures than are possible or due us, that is the point at
      which we depart from the degree of perfection that God
      wishes for us here on earth. That is the measure of our
      character defects, or, if you wish, of our sins.
      TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 65

      This is where long-term hope is born and perspective is
      gained, both of the nature of my illness and the path of my
      recovery. The beauty of A.A. lies in knowing that my life,
      with God’s help, will improve. The A.A. journey becomes
      richer, the understanding becomes truth, the dreams become
      realities—and today becomes forever.
      As I step into the A.A. light, my heart fills with the
      presence of God.

      My friend Andrew L who was on death row for 20 years often heard it ring out through the prison at night, “keep hope alive……… keep hope alive……… keep hope alive”.

      Harry, grateful alcoholic and devoted to 12th stepper.

  3. Ok friends, here’s my last post. Over the last month, I’ve wrestled with this issue of discontinuing the opiates so useful in helping manage post surgical pain. I stopped them a couple of weeks ago. No doubt I harbor in my thoughts the fantasy that I could continue them indefinitely and per doctors orders at no cost, but what a lie I know that to be. Maybe I can start drinking again to get that same sense of ease and comfort? Buy the drugs illegally on the street to throw the docs and my wife off the trail? Pretty good first step stuff for me too!

    But no, at least not yesterday. After work I put on my walking shoes and off I went for a couple of hours. My plan is to do the same today, not concerning myself too much with tomorrow. This has been my life for the last 10 years or so, always mindful of how tenuous in my hands is sobriety, but how strong in the hands of the God to whom I’ve surrendered. Maybe I’ll drink again, I really don’t know. But I do know this: my God is stronger than a little fermented grape or a few milligrams of an opiate, but I’m not.

    Blessings to each and all of you, especially to you Bonnie. What a brilliant steward of our group you’ve been. You’ll get your mojo back, I just know it. Much love and best wishes
    Jack

  4. This wee blog helps spread the Good News, that there is relief from alcoholism.
    The format, content, personalities and peccadilloes of its participants notwithstanding.
    It, and its predecessor ODR, have provided for the greater good without harm.
    It has done so simply, with goodwill and absent rancor or malice.
    Its steady, reliable and consistent presence is a good thing.
    May it continue.
    Grateful for the Gift

  5. After 26 years of binge drinking, I decided a “nip in the morning” (before work) would cure my horrendous hangover and it did and led me on a 16-month trip from hell with round-the-clock drinking. After my first rehab in late 2005, I tried the controlled drinking experiment and failed miserably. I couldn’t turn back the clock and the cravings were incredibly intense. I finally stopped in May 2006 and know that I’ll reignite those cravings if I ever take a drink. I have to remember this every day and very grateful that I got the message!

  6. Top of the morning family,
    Peace be with us all..
    As Tom S shared, this wee blog directs my spiritual rudder for the day.
    – Just returned from a spiritual vacation/workshop in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
    We are/were made to survive hardships, doubt, and rise up in the name of Divine Mercy. It’s our human weakness/failness that runs out of dreams. Because God loves us, He allows trials in our lives to teach us and to grow us. We are part of worldwide organization that no one wanted to join. On the outside we look different. But on the inside, we are united through the same Spirit.

    Sister Bonnie, your writings from the heart is a blessing of His wisdom unto you. They’ve brought top shelf intuition and spiritual satisfaction/fruit for me and others.

    “They’ve got us surrounded again, the poor bastards”. Creighton Abrams
    Today, it’s a good day not allow circumstances to cheat us out of peace.

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