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

AA and What Really Works

AA and What Really Works

This is the third in a series of articles that life-j wrote for publication by the Grapevine. The first in the series “The Thing About AA” was published on August 4, 2019, and the second in the series was “Does Everyone Need a Higher Power”, published on September 1, 2019…

Does Everyone Need a Higher Power?

Does Everyone Need a Higher Power?

With the Grapevine book “One Big Tent” AA has finally given recognition to something tens of thousands of us in AA have known for a long time: It is entirely possible to stay sober, live a good healthy sober life in AA without any god or higher power…

The Thing About AA…

The Thing About AA…

This is the first of five articles that life-j wrote and submitted to the Grapevine, but were never published. We will post the articles here once a month for the next five months. Today in “The Thing About AA…” life-j takes a look at what really works in AA. Is it the program, or our own earnest dedication…

Conference “Approved”

Conference “Approved”

Many people think the conference approved literature is all we’re allowed to read in the meetings, and there is indeed an issue with that, since the AA publication smf-29 on conference approved literature states that the term has no relation to material not published by G.S.O. It does not imply Conference disapproval of other material about…

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…