My oldest brother has been sober in A.A. for 33 years. He was, and still is, a confirmed atheist. I have a good friend in the program, locally, who also is a firm atheist. They’ve still managed to derive a great deal of benefit from the 12 Steps, without needing to give up their atheistic beliefs. Once at a retreat, in which we shared a room, I awoke in the morning to find my brother on his knees beside his bed. He later explained that, he hadn’t had a conversion. Asked why he got on his knees every morning when he first got up? “Because my sponsor suggested it.” Simple — yet, effective. He’s still sober after 33 years.

Connecting the dots. Storytelling helps me to make sense of this world, and of my life. I love writing and reading. Writing is like breathing, for me.