Monthly Archives: October 2011

Powerlessness Revisited—the Tragedy of Amy Winehouse

This weekend I heard a remarkable interview on NPR’s Weekend Edition, between host Scott Simon and the legendary singer Tony Bennett. The conversation covered Bennett’s dazzling and durable musical career, focusing particularly on his recent album Duets II, which features … Continue reading

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“Half-Measures Availed Us Nothing”: For the Addict—and for the Christian—There is no “Easier, Softer Way”

In reading the various ways in which the alcoholics described in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous attempted to moderate their drinking, and in looking back over my own flimsy efforts to moderate, control or reform my addictive behaviors during … Continue reading

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Leaders as “but Trusted Servants”— Lessons in Spiritual Leadership from the 12 Step Programs

The “traditions” of AA and the other 12 Step Programs are the statements of common experience of the early pioneers in AA pertaining to the communal life, structure and practices of the Fellowship.  And the Second Tradition says this:  “For … Continue reading

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