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Ep. 11_Part 4 of 4_From Survival To Recovery

8/15/2017
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Susan & I talk about different ways (in part 4 of 4 of Episode 11) to use the book “From Survival To Recovery” (B-21) for outreach purposes — including raffle baskets! We also explore how one can contribute to Al-Anon other than putting money in the Seventh Tradition basket. She singles out the section "Steps to the Future" from page 255 (or 257 depending on the book's edition) & we remember what it was like growing up in an alcoholic home. Lastly, we look forward to the brand new book...

Duration: 00:13:37


Ep. 11_Part 3 of 4_From Survival To Recovery

8/15/2017
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In part 3 of 4 (of Episode 11), Susan's pick for her favorite outreach piece of literature is the book “From Survival To Recovery” (B-21) because she grew up in an alcoholic home. She highlights the chapter "Picking Up The Tools" on page 107. We also talk about why 1994 was a good year for Conference Approved Literature (CAL) & how this book marked a turning point for Al-Anon.

Duration: 00:11:07


Ep. 11_Part 2 of 4_When I Got Busy, I Got Better

8/15/2017
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I ask Susan a question in part 2 of 4 (of Episode 11) from page 23 of the booklet “When I Got Busy, I Got Better” (P-78). She explains helping vs enabling, we discuss a quote from page 2, how we could use the second half of the book in a meeting, & the difference between being grateful & thankful. A NOTE OF CAUTION: this is the first episode to include EXPLICIT language, so proceed accordingly!

Duration: 00:10:28


Ep. 11_Part 1 of 4_When I Got Busy, I Got Better

8/15/2017
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Susan shares, in part 1 of 4 of Episode 11, about how the booklet “When I Got Busy, I Got Better” (P-78) impacted her life. We discuss the different types of fear in Chapter One, how service keeps us from isolating, & that we're so glad there's no performance review in service work!

Duration: 00:11:16


Ep. 10_Part 4 of 4_Just For Today

4/18/2017
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In part 4 of 4 (of Episode 10), Wendy shares what she is hoping for with a new change for the upcoming “2017 World Service Conference Summary” (P-46) due in August & what sets this item apart from the rest of the literature in the CAL Catalog (S-15). She also reveals a unique location to leave the “Just For Today” bookmark (M-12) that is too high of a risky spot for me. Discover what is on the second “Just For Today” bookmark (M-13) & what one word on the wallet card version (M-11) is...

Duration: 00:15:32


Ep. 10_Part 3 of 4_Just For Today

4/18/2017
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The bookmark, “Just For Today” (M-12), is Wendy’s favorite piece of outreach literature in part 3 of 4 of Episode 10. We talk about the current conversation at Al-Anon’s headquarters, the World Service Office, regarding the recommendation to remove the PRAYER FOR TODAY section. Using pages 57 – 60 of the “2016 World Service Conference Summary” (P-46), we explore the CAL process to remove, edit, or replace the prayer. Wendy shares about the interaction between the Literature Committee & the...

Duration: 00:16:07


Ep. 10_Part 2 of 4_How Al-Anon Works

4/18/2017
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The conversation with Wendy continues about slogans in part 2 of 4 (of Episode 10) from “How Al-Anon Works” (B-22 for hardcover, B-32 for softcover). We focus on “Let Go & Let God” (especially the importance of faith in the 2nd half) & how a specific physical token can be used as a reminder to put this slogan into action! I give recommendations on other CAL pieces to reference for a deeper dive into the slogans & lastly, find out why I consider slogans are similar to jewels.

Duration: 00:12:19


Ep. 10_Part 1 of 4_How Al-Anon Works

4/18/2017
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Wendy shares, in part 1 of 4 of Episode 10, about using the slogans from Chapter 9 of “How Al-Anon Works” (B-22 for hardcover, B-32 for softcover) as stepping stones to serenity & how serenity can eventually become a guiding force in our lives for making decisions. We also look closer at “Let it Begin With Me” as not just something that we say at the end of an Al-Anon meeting or having to do with outreach.

Duration: 00:11:38


Ep. 9_Part 4 of 4_Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism 2017

3/12/2017
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Pat explains in Episode 9's last part, (#4), that of all the things she has tried, how Al-Anon is the only thing that truly helped. We discuss ways to enhance the “Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism 2017” magazine while using it for outreach purposes & she wraps up with a “Last Words” section about amends & Step Nine.

Duration: 00:14:04


Ep. 9_Part 3 of 4_Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism 2017

3/12/2017
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In part 3 of 4 (of Episode 9), Pat highlights sections from her favorite outreach piece of literature, the new “Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism 2017” magazine. Discover two things that were done on this edition that were a “first” in this magazine’s history. We remember back to how we felt coming into our very first Al-Anon meeting & how desperation can be a gift!

Duration: 00:14:22


Ep. 9_Part 2 of 4_Courage To Change

3/12/2017
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The conversation continues in Episode 9’s second part with Pat & her favorite page 199 (July 17th) from the daily reader “Courage To Change” (B-16). We explore more components that contribute to making it in recovery, which slogans have helped us out along the way, & how reading the literature can show that we’ve changed. Also find out a few fun facts about “Courage To Change”!

Duration: 00:13:58


Ep. 9_Part 1 of 4_Courage To Change

3/12/2017
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In part 1 of 4 of Episode 9, Pat shares how one particular sentence from page 199 (July 17th) from the daily reader “Courage To Change” (B-16) impacted her life. She breaks down some of the major components that are involved in her recovery, how this reading ties into the second part of Step One, & which roles she identifies with from the pamphlet “Alcoholism, A-Merry-Go-Round Named Denial” (P-3).

Duration: 00:15:20


Ep. 8_Part 3 of 3_Alateen Members Share

2/1/2017
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In part 3 of 3 (of Episode 8), Alateen members share what they would like to say to Al-Anon members, & they directly address the teenager that is living with alcoholism that hasn’t been to an Alateen meeting yet. They explain how Alateen is like a family environment & that they don’t bite! The show wraps up with a unique “Last Words” section from a couple of Alateen group sponsors, where they cover the importance of hearing from Alateen members, how the Seventh Tradition is practiced from...

Duration: 00:12:14


Ep. 8_Part 2 of 3_ Alateen Literature - Various

2/1/2017
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The conversation continues in Episode 8’s second part with three more Alateen members talking about their favorite parts from “Courage To Be Me” (B-23), page 8 from the booklet “Alateen Talks Back On: Detachment” (P-73), & pages 268-269 (September 24th & 25th) from the daily reader “Living Today In Alateen” (B-26). They highlight a letter written to a parent, how they struggle with expectations of love, & how a member can eventually resemble the image on page 269 from “Living Today In...

Duration: 00:10:45


Ep. 8_Part 1 of 3_Alateen Literature - Various

2/1/2017
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In part 1 of 3 of this very special Episode 8, four Alateen members share what they like best about Alateen literature – specifically the “Alateen Talk” newsletter (no item #), “Courage To Be Me” (B-23), page 26 (January 26th) from the daily reader “Alateen – A Day At A Time” (B-10), & pages 25-26 from the “Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual” (P-24/27). They talk about a favorite Step, what Tradition One means, & some powerful characteristics that can define someone affected by alcoholism.

Duration: 00:12:24


Ep. 7_Part 5 of 5_Best of Public Outreach

1/18/2017
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In part 5 of 5 (of Episode 7), the conversation continues with Mark about Alateen outreach to Alcoholics Anonymous & how service has helped his program. He shares what moved him emotionally at his first Area Assembly meeting & how it was similar to a Newcomer meeting! I also give out the website addresses to find this book online as well as where you can view Al-Anon’s two TV public service announcements. Before wrapping up, Mark explains how being powerless & being hopeless are not the...

Duration: 00:13:55


Ep. 7_Part 4 of 5_Best of Public Outreach

1/18/2017
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Mark’s favorite piece of literature to use for outreach purposes is the service tool “Best of Public Outreach” (P-90) in Episode 7’s part 4 of 5. He shares how public outreach is what first got him into service in Al-Anon & calls out a “Getting Started” part on page 7, as well as pages 12-19 for several lists of outreach ideas. He also explains how the workbook helped with a big outreach project he was involved with that was done in honor of Al-Anon’s founder, Lois Wilson, & how projects...

Duration: 00:11:42


Ep. 7_Part 3 of 5_Reaching For Personal Freedom

1/18/2017
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In part 3 of 5 (of Episode 7) find out what two words I discovered are inter-related after creating an index for “Reaching For Personal Freedom” (P-92). Mark talks about how he used to be before he came in the program & explores what I call a “big ticket item!”

Duration: 00:09:30


Ep. 7_Part 2 of 5_Reaching For Personal Freedom

1/18/2017
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Freedom is specifically discussed with Mark in part 2 of 5 (of Episode 7) from the workbook “Reaching For Personal Freedom” (P-92). He compares this book to other Al-Anon workbooks, explains how it differs, & I reveal a surprise… I’ve created an index for this book! (It can be downloaded as *bonus content* at the show's webpage www.calchat.libsyn.com.) Also, find out what patterns I learned about the Legacies from creating an index!

Duration: 00:10:16


Ep. 7_Part 1 of 5_Reaching For Personal Freedom

1/18/2017
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In part 1 of 5 of Episode 7, Mark shares how he used the workbook “Reaching For Personal Freedom” (P-92) in studying the Steps, Traditions, & Concepts horizontally. He also highlights how a section on page 12 led to a spiritual awakening for him.

Duration: 00:10:55

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