life-j

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life-j got sober in Oakland in 1988. He’s been involved in service work of every kind ever since, but now thinks the most important work is to help atheists and agnostics feel safe and welcome in AA.

He’s spent parts of his life as a building contractor, part as a technical translator, and has dabbled a bit in art work and writing. life-j is now semi-retired and since 2002 has lived – along with his sweetie, and his dog, chickens, garden and apple trees – on a five acre homestead in a Northern California mountain village.

He has written a number of articles for AA Agnostica, including:

The Jellinek Curve, August 22, 2015

Wounded Warriors, August 5 2015

A Grapevine Book for Atheists and Agnostics in AA, September 7, 2014

Yet Another Intergroup Fight , March 2, 2014

My Path in AA , June 30, 2013

Some Thoughts About AA in the 21st Century

Some Thoughts About AA in the 21st Century

A couple of days ago it was two years since I had my big surgery. I had cancer, and they took two thirds of my liver out. When the doctor came in I asked him: “Could you please do the surgery exactly the way they did it in 1939…

Fix Broken Self-esteem with Ego Deflation? Huh?

Fix Broken Self-esteem with Ego Deflation? Huh?

I was lucky to be able to attend the 3rd ICSAA convention, and one workshop in particular stood out. Halfway through it I broke down sobbing. That’s how close to home it struck. It was called, “Reframing the steps for people on the flip-side of Bill’s controlling, ego-maniac personality” and given by Beth H…

AA and the Art of Automobile Maintenance

AA and the Art of Automobile Maintenance

It has probably happened to most of us during the times when we hadn’t put our lives back together yet, or back in our drinking days, that we’d be nursing an old vehicle along and there would be days we’d say, “Dear god, please let it start”. And that’s about as religious as most of us…

As Bill Also Sees It

As Bill Also Sees It

A few of Bill’s thoughts on inclusiveness and widening the gateway. All AA approved…

A Call for Better Networking

A Call for Better Networking

We secularists, agnostics, and whatever we may be in AA have made some great strides these last few years, in large measure thanks to the aaagnostica, aabeyondbelief, and WAAFT/ICSAA websites, and Deirdre’s long standing list of meetings.

All good, but this mostly facilitates centralized vertical communication. There is only little to tie us together horizontally, on a regional…

About Being Here

About Being Here

Sometimes when Jane and I are waking up together, as I lie there snuggling up to her warm body, still halfway in a dream state, my mind will go places I otherwise don’t usually have access to. One of these mornings about three years ago, it was before my surgery, before I even knew there was something wrong with…

Don’t Fix It If It Ain’t Broke

Don’t Fix It If It Ain’t Broke

I agree, it ain’t broke. What I think instead is that it was never whole in the first place. So can we please fix it now? I’m just going to look at one issue. There’s too much to try and tackle it all at once. Let’s start by presenting an argument by Jeannie Young which I…

The Sinclair Method

The Sinclair Method

One of the things we AAs read from the Big Book as if it were an ever-lasting truth, though it was written in 1939: “Physicians who are familiar with alcoholism agree there is no such thing as making a normal drinker out of an alcoholic. Science may one day accomplish this, but it hasn’t done so yet.” And…