Here's a collection of speakers I have. They are really terrific folks who carry a great message of hope for those recovering from addiction.
You can always contact me to say howdy. Especially if you're going to be in Austin, Texas.
Ernest G @ Lambda Live and Let Live, November 2015
Here is Ernest G. Formerly of San Antonio, now of the New Jersey fellowship.
Peggy D. Austin Texas, Allendale Group; Trudgfest! www.capitaloftexasconference.org
Our delightful friend Peggy D at the 2021 Trudgefest of the Capital of Texas Conference. She is a wonderful person in our fellowship. It was great to hear her story. It was a rainy day however, outdoors and children present as it was a family event, so the sound quality is not the best but the message comes through :)
AA: Wayne B of Bryan TX @ Lambda Live & Let Live, Austin Texas. February 2020
We love Wayne "Pearl" B. We have been friends for over a decade and he's one of those people who has demonstrated for us over that time how to be of service to others, how to have an open heart and an open home.
He's since left the Austin Fellowship, but we're glad he came back from College Station/Bryan for an evening to spend it with us.
Al-Anon Solis R. of Austin Texas @ Toronto Gratitude 2019
What a full circle opportunity. Is spoke at Toronto Gratitude in 1987 and now back, 32 years later in Toronto in 2019.
My heart was so full this weekend because we were with folks we've known for years and years in recovery and it was also Rob's and my 30th anniversary together weekend.
Paul R. of Odessa Texas - Originally, Stockton CA.
Paul R. is one of the bright spots in AA. A young person I met in 2014 and knew right away he was very special. Once in a while you come across an alcoholic who you can see from across the room is on fire. They are walking around, talking to everyone. Smiling. Laughing. And, you think immediately, I have to meet that one.
I had the best feeling about Paul right away. Once I introduced myself, he said he'd heard from someone that he should look to meet me too, because we both were similar. Extroverted. All around happy and of course, both in love with sobriety.
This recording came from an invitation I extended to him once he had his 1 year. This was recorded in December 2015. Paul flew from Odessa to Austin just to speak at our Saturday night meeting. Another indication that someone is a great kind of alcoholic. Paul didn't think it was too far, or too much to ask, he just enthusiastically said "yes".
On that trip we went to a coffee shop and it was raining out. We couldn't get a parking spot close to the door and we thought we'd sit and chat and hope that the rain would die down so we wouldn't get drenched trying to reach the front door. We ended up speaking for hours in the car talking and watching the rain - watching the rain stop. We never tired of sharing with one another. He was so enthusastic and had so many questions. About identifying a career path - about dating, how did I know I was in love, when would he know he'd found the one? He had quesitons about school, sobriety, and life. Everything. And, he couldn't have exhausted me if he tried. We never did make it into the coffee shop.
Paul was killed, suddenly and tragically this last weekend. Our last conversation was a couple of months ago. He apologized over and over for getting "busy". Wrapped up in the job, the girlfriend, life. I never held that against him of course. What good is having a sober life, if we don't live it? He promised he'd visit me this summer and we'd drive with the top down (he loved my Saab convertible, his favorite - regrettably, I don't have that car anymore but promised him the new one was just as much fun).
I'm still in shock at his sudden departure from my life, from the fellowship and the confines of this earth. He will always hold a special place in my heart and the hearts of others in the fellowship. He simply was one of a kind. I adored him and so would have you.
AA.Lisa W of Allendale Grp.Austin TX.2018
Lisa is one of my favorite people in the whole world. We're like sisters separated at birth. You just can't not admire her desire to be of service and the follow through she has with every commitment she undertakes. When I grow up I want to be just like her.
Solis - Sober Texas is great
The best one is Solis himself with the clicker and clearly showing a slide show which must have been fantastic. Wish there was more. Thank you!
Two Episodes, So Far
I look forward to listening to more of these dynamic speakers.