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

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…