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MTG – Orlando – “Path to Serenity AFG”

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. After a night of heavy thinking, I can have an emotional hangover the next day!

2. I need to exercise my “patience” muscle!


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PODCAST – Item #’s B-33 / M-12 – Intimacy In Alcoholic Relationships / Just For Today Bookmark

Episode 12 of my “CAL Chat” podcast is now available to listen to!  To hear it, please visit the show’s webpage at: www.calchat.libsyn.com (or you can subscribe to it for free on any of these sites/apps: iTunes, Google Play Music, iHeartRADIO, Stitcher & TuneIn — and you’ll be notified every time a new episode is posted).

Terry Anne shares, in part 1 of 5, about the brand new book “Intimacy in Alcoholic Relationships” (item # B-33) that came out in 2018 at Al-Anon’s 6th International Convention.  We discuss the workshop she once gave on the topic of sex, the different types of intimacy covered, & my strange experience with this book.

In part 2 of 5, she elaborates on communication from Chapter 3.  She explains how she has used this book in her personal life in recognizing & moving through old behaviors.  We also discuss how labels & biases can hinder intimacy & that this book is an example of our evolving Al-Anon program.

In part 3 of 5, she sums up the new book in 3 words!  I reveal my favorite sections from pages 18-19 & the story of loss on page 118 that still stays with me.

Her pick (in part 4 of 5) for her favorite outreach piece of literature is the bookmark “Just For Today” (item # M-12) & we talk about how it helps puts the focus on ourselves, not the alcoholic.  Then we pull out our “2018 World Service Conference Summary” (item # P-46) to dive into page 51 regarding the new upcoming bookmark “Just For Tonight” that originally came from the August 2016 edition of The Forum magazine.  To download the free “2018 World Service Conference Summary” so you can see page 51, visit: www.al-anon.org/for-members/world-service-conference-wsc.

In part 5 of 5, Terry Anne highlights new upcoming Al-Anon literature & explains how the slogan chosen for the 2018 World Service Conference applies to her own personal life.  To submit your suggestion for your favorite Forum article that you’d like to see in the new upcoming book, email it to: wso@al-anon.org – in the subject line, be sure to use the working title “The Forum Book” & they’ll also need to know the title, month, & year in which the article appeared in the magazine.  Visit this podcast’s website, www.calchat.libsyn.com, to download & print out a PDF form if you’d like to send in your suggestions by regular mail.  Lastly, to submit your sharing for the new Daily Reader visit www.al-anon.org/for-members/members-resources/literature/literature-resources & click on the blue button that says “Send Your Sharing.”

**BONUS: If you’d like to follow the “CAL Chat” show on Instagram, visit: www.instagram.com/calchatfan1 or you can search by the username: CALChatFan1.  It’s a different way to enjoy Conference Approved Literature.  So, as always, I hope you enjoy & happy reading


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Gratitude Lunch – 12/8/18

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. A chair can be your Higher Power because it keeps your ass off the ground!

2. From the “Open letter from an Alcoholic” in the pamphlet “Three Views of Al-Anon (item # P-15), I learned I was doing all the “don’ts!

3. If you’d like to see a pic of my favorite item that was raffled off at this Gratitude Lunch, visit: www.instagram.com/calchatfan1 or search #CALChatFan on Instagram.