Harbor Light

Harbor Light Newsletter

Harbor Light
Long BeachCA90806, 3450 E Spring St USA
  is the monthly newsletter of the Harbor Area Service Committee of Alcoholics Anonymous. Please send your letters, stories, and artwork, and we will publish your material as space permits, provided it complies with the Guidelines approved by the Harbor Area Service Committee. Harbor Light reserves the right to edit material to meet space requirements. The deadline for submissions is the 10th of the month prior to publication. Please address all correspondence to:

The Editor
Harbor Light
3450 E. Spring Street #109
Long Beach, CA  90806


Regular Features:

  • The Essentials: Steps and Traditions
  • Feature Articles
  • Events Calendar
  • Group News and Announcements
  • Group Contributions and Central Office Income Statements
  • H & I Minutes
  • Service Board Minutes
  • Service Committee Minutes
  • The Archives Page
  • Wit and Wisdom

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  • Harbor Light – 01/2017

    “We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.” My name is Danielle and I am an alcoholic. That is the most powerful thing I will be writing tonight in this issue. It took me a long time to concede to my inner most self that I was an alcoholic. When I […]
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  • Harbor Light – 02/2017

    A New Design for Living as HACO Website Updated in February An important component to sobriety is information and ac-cess to it. The Harbor Area Central Office (HACO) website – www.hacoaa.org – is being revamped this month to better serve the needs of the AA fellowship in the Harbor Area. Harbor Light recently spoke with […]
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  • Harbor Light – 03/2017

    Under the B… BINGO Night! In the excitement of the new season, Harbor Area Central Office (HACO) is hosting its annual Spring Event this year – BINGO NIGHT! – on Saturday, March 18. With seven rounds of B-I-N-G-O to be played, participants will have many opportunities to win prizes, mingle with the crowd and spend […]
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  • Harbor Light – 04/2017

    HACO Bingo Night puts the Fun in Funraiser! It was the day after St Patrick’s Day and the luck of the Irish shone down on the AA fellowship as the first ever Bingo fundraiser for the Harbor Area Central Office (HACO) was a resounding success.
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  • Harbor Light – 05/2017

    A Seagoing Alcoholic I did however bond with the crew of that first ship and still meet with them every two years or so. I managed to complete my hitch with typical alcoholic behavior and was very good at my job. But I longed to get home to my family. I completed my tour of […]
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  • Harbor Light – 06/2017

    Rule 62 Picnic Needs You! Come join the fun and help plan the Rule 62 Summer Picnic. Planning meetings are being held on alternate Saturdays in advance of the picnic on July 8 at El Dorado Park West in Long Beach.
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  • Harbor Light – 07/2017

    The Seventh Step Requires a Quiet Heart For years I have been quoting an old friend and mentor of mine — from my early days of sobriety in 1970 — when he said, “All I want out of life is peace of mind and a quiet heart.”
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  • Harbor Light – 08/2017

    Are You Willing to Take Action? AA and the Eighth Step In this study of the Twelve Steps we are aware that every-thing in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous is suggest-ed. I would add my words, strongly suggested. It has been my experience that those people who have been successful at staying sober are […]
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  • Harbor Light – 09/2017

    After Hours Phone Volunteers Needed in Harbor Area Are you looking for a service opportunity that allows you to give back to the community? If so, the Harbor Area has two immediate openings for remote phone volunteers who can provide service from the comfort of their own home. One available timeslot is for the second […]
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  • Harbor Light – 10/2017

    Navigating the Tenth Tradition in the Age of Social Media I have never been more grateful to belong to Alcoholics Anonymous; an organization where one of its foundational principles includes staying out of controversial issues. In Tradition Ten, I have learned that “no matter what the prov-ocation, [we must never] publicly take sides in any […]
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  • Harbor Light – 11/2017

    The Perils of Social Media in Maintaining Personal Anonymity In my first year of sobriety, I informed most of my contacts about my membership in AA. Furthermore, I was on a mis-sion to ensure that everyone knew about AA, which is what I would call promotion. What this probably looked like was a crazed woman […]
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  • Harbor Light – 12/2017

    Hard Truths to a Spiritual Awakening The Twelfth Step is the last Step and yet, in a sense, it is the first step into life of recovery. And we need to realize that in the phrase “having had” it is assured that the spiritual awak-ening has been experienced probably before we attempt this Step!
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