Harbor Light AA Newsletter

Harbor Light Newsletter

Harbor Light
info@hacoaa.org
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
e-mail

 

I appreciate staying updated through the Harbor Light AA Newsletter’s material such as reading stories on the 12 Steps, hearing about what the 12 Traditions Mean to Others, and staying informed on the Latest Events and Happennings in the Harbor Area!


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

Harbor Light is published monthly by the Harbor Area Service Committee of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Subscribing to our Monthly AA Newsletter, Harbor Light, is very easy. Please email our Harbor Light Editor at HarborLightChair@hacoaa.org or Central Office at to request a subscription!



  • Harbor Light – 2021/05

    Newcomers to AA’s General Service Conference are often surprised at the pains taken by the Chair of Conference to make sure the minority has a second opportunity to present its …
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  • Harbor Light – 2021/03

    Contents THE AA PREAMBLE: BACKGROUND INFORMATION AA CONCEPT THREE AA STEP THREE AA TRADITION THREE FROM AN AA MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENTS JOKE OF THE MONTH MEETING MINUTES & FINANCIAL
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  • Harbor Light – 2021/02

    Welcome to Harbor Light. First and foremost, thank you for the opportunity to be of service. This is a community newsletter and I welcome your suggestion on content ideas and …
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  • Harbor Light – 2020/06

    Welcome to summer time in the beautiful Harbor Area! It is a great time to be sober. While many of us look forward to the summer events our groups put …
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  • Harbor Light – 2020/05

    This article is reaching you at a rather odd time in history. We are all braving through a worldwide pandemic along with stay-at-home orders. What a time! As we have …
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  • Harbor Light – 2020/02

    Letter From the Editor By Kristin S. Thank you for being a Harbor Light reader! You may have noticed that we haven’t had a Harbor Light edition in a few …
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  • Harbor Light – 2019/09

    Born This Way As a child, a good portion of my childhood consisted of fear and instability. I was the product of a booty call gone array. Born into a …
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  • Harbor Light – 2019/08

    A LETTER TO MY SPONSORS SON 1 year ago today, my first sponsor passed away. Most of you won’t have known him as he had moved to Arizona a number …
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  • Harbor Light – 2019/07

    The Pamphlet Series For many years, alcoholism has been recognized as a highly prevalent and disabling health problem, one that affects far more than just the alcoholic alone. Family, friends …
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  • Harbor Light – 2019/06

    My name is Danny G. and I am alcoholic.  I’m mixed with all sorts of things to the point that I usually get asked what nationality I am.  As a child I was called racial slurs;  I was never black enough or brown enough or white enough. I stuttered, and I felt like I didn’t fit in anywhere. All I wanted to do was be loved
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  • Harbor Light – 2019/05

    When The Student Is Ready Certain events have occurred in my life that seemed at the time to be coincidences, but I think were actually miracles. Take what happened on …
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  • Harbor Light – 2019/04

    The Answer To The Age Old Question ‘Why is Alcoholics Anonymous, anonymous?’ Because so many people will use it against you. -Anonymous Member In the beginning it was like that, …
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  • Harbor Light – 2019/03

    In this issue we have two Alcoholics experience with step, and tradition three. A blurb about the Concept, and an answer to the question of “What does self supporting have …
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  • Harbor Light – 2019/02

    Came to believe that a higher power could restore us to sanity.” A simple sentence that when I myself read as a newly sober AA shook me to my core. …
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  • Harbor Light – 2019/01

    The Angry Atheist Who Made AA Great - Jim B., often wrongly overlooked, fought Bill W. to a draw over the original wording of the 12 Steps. "God" got qualified and tolerance got added. Without this nonbeliever, AA would never have thrived.
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  • Harbor Light – 2018/12

    Twelve Step Work Today Spiritual awakening was not a phrase in my vocabulary when I came into the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous. Most words in the big book actually felt …
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  • Harbor Light – 2018/11

    Eleventh Step Promise We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us. As the AA member gets deeper into the recovery process, they begin to see …
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  • Harbor Light – 2018/08

    In one way, taking part in the Hospitals and Institutions Committee of Alcoholics Anonymous, better known as H & I, is like everything else I do in AA. I’m sure …
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  • Harbor Light – 2018/06

    We could always count on a couple of folks that were ALWAYS there at Central Office Service meetings. Neil E. was one of those folks. Long term attendance meant that …
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  • Harbor Light – 2017/12

    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 …
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  • Harbor Light – 2017/11

    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 …
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  • Harbor Light – 2017/10

    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 …
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  • Harbor Light – 2017/09

    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 …
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  • Harbor Light – 2017/08

    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 …
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  • Harbor Light – 2017/07

    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 — …
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  • Harbor Light – 2017/06

    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 …
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  • Harbor Light – 2017/05

    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 …
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  • Harbor Light – 2017/04

    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 …
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  • Harbor Light – 2017/03

    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 …
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  • Harbor Light – 2017/02

    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 – …
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  • Harbor Light – 2017/01

    “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 …
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  • Harbor Light – 2016/12

    “Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.” “They describe …
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  • Harbor Light – 2016/11

    “Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry …
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  • Harbor Light – 2016/10

    “Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.” Why do I continue to take a personal inventory? So that I do not lose my mind, …
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  • Harbor Light – 2016/09

    “Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.” My name is Martin and I’m an alcoholic. I’m grateful for the …
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  • Harbor Light – 2016/08

    “Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.” I was in a lot of fear when I considered approaching some …
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  • Harbor Light – 2016/07

    I tackled the Seventh Step about four months after I’d finally gotten sober. I had just completed the harrowing work of the Fourth and Fifth Steps and was anxious to …
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  • Harbor Light – 2016/06

    I often hear people in the Fellowship say, “It’s hard to discuss Step 6 because it is only one paragraph in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous.” For me, Step …
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  • Harbor Light – 2016/05

    “Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.” Hi my name is Liz and I’m an alcoholic. First of all, I’d like …
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  • Harbor Light – 2016/04

    “Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.” I read somewhere that early AAs, Bill Wilson included, completed all 12 steps in a very short time sometimes mere hours. …
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  • Harbor Light – 2016/03

    “Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.” There are a lot of angles to this program,” the …
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  • Harbor Light – 2016/02

    “Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.” What if, at this present time, you still don’t believe in the “powerless” concept, or you …
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  • Harbor Light – 2016/01

    “We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.” My name is Robert and I am an alcoholic. Step one is the admission of complete defeat to …
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  • Harbor Light – 2015/12

    “Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.” One of …
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  • Harbor Light – 2015/11

    “Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry …
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  • Harbor Light – 2015/10

    “Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.” My father was a great believer in the Socratic maxim that “the unexamined life is not worth …
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  • Harbor Light – 2015/09

    “Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.” The step that separates the sober man from the hopeless drunk… Having …
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  • Harbor Light – 2015/08

    “Made a List of all people I had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.” MY BUCKET LIST I’ve heard the term “bucket list” and understand it …
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  • Harbor Light – 2015/07

    Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.” In step 7 of the 12×12 it says that ” humility, as a word, is often misunderstood”. When asked, what is the opposite …
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  • Harbor Light – 2015/06

    “Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.” Am I entirely ready to have God remove all of my defects of character, not just a few? …
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  • Harbor Light – 2015/05

    “Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.” The principle of Step 5 is integrity – an unimpaired condition; soundness; adherence to …
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  • Harbor Light – 2015/04

    “Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.” The following preface to this subject matter is a poem I wrote after the last fourth step I finished: The choices …
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  • Harbor Light – 2015/03

    “Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.” I didn’t want to become an alcoholic. I became one …
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  • Harbor Light – 2015/02

    “Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.” Before becoming an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous, my prayer to God was something like this, …
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  • Harbor Light – 2015/01

    “We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable” You knew you needed to get sober. Everyone was disgusted with you, and you were disgusted with your …
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