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Welcome to this official website for the "CAL Chat" podcast – the show where we discuss our favorite Al-Anon and Alateen Conference Approved Literature and how it has improved our lives!  You can also visit my "CAL Chat" blog at www.calchatblog.com, get literature updates at www.twitter.com/CALChatFan, as well as see recovery literature in a new way at www.instagram.com/CALChatFan1 and www.pinterest.com/CALChatFan

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Aug 15, 2017

I ask Susan a question in part 2 of 4 (of Episode 11) from page 23 of the booklet "When I Got Busy, I Got Better" (P-78).  She explains helping vs enabling, we discuss a quote from page 2, how we could use the second half of the book in a meeting, and the difference between being grateful and thankful.  A NOTE OF...


Aug 15, 2017

Am I the right kind of busy?  Where does self-worth come from?  Helping versus enabling?  Being a victim versus a participant?  Susan shares, in part 1 of 4 of Episode 11, about how the booklet "When I Got Busy, I Got Better" (P-78) impacted her life.  We discuss the different types of fear in Chapter One, how...


Nov 11, 2016

Chapter 13 from the book "Discovering Choices" (B-30) is the focus in part 2 of 4 (of Episode 5) where Theresa breaks down how service work (and especially the Concepts 4, 5, and 10) helped her grow in all areas of her life.  She explains the benefits of having a Service Sponsor, how we’re never alone, and addresses...


Sep 3, 2016

Part 3 of 4 (of Episode 3) on the "Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual 2014-2017" (P-24/27) moves into discussion with Cindy about how childhood experiences can influence how we see perfection, the Warranties (especially nonresistance from page 224), and punitive actions.  She also relates how Concepts 6 and 7 (from pages...


Sep 3, 2016

The conversation continues (in part 2 of 4 of Episode 3) with Cindy and her favorite book, the "Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual 2014-2017" (P-24/27).  We explore pages 68-69 about moving forward, what progress realistically looks like, and how disagreements can actually be a good thing!  Pages 229 and 235 are also...