A BLAST of Recovery
(Vol. 20  No. 12)

STEP Twelve Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to compulsive overeaters and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
          Spiritual Principal - Service

TRADITION Twelve - Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all these traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.
         Spiritual Principal - Spirituality

CONCEPT Twelve  The spiritual foundation for OA service ensures that no OA committee or service body shall ever become the seat of perilous wealth or power;
         Spiritual Principal Selflessness
   Chair's Corner

STEP 12 is the most giving step. We have all freely been given an education in healing and have come to new visions and possibilities for our lives. We understand our soul gifts more clearly.

We all have to be doing something for the rest of the world. We have to pay back, help others who still suffer. Let us use our different gifts to create a unity through the work of service to both the world and OA. We are a community that vulnerably shares each other’s burdens. We all long for the healing of our fellow members as well as the healing of all humankind.

I wish you all blessings and peace in this special time and in the New Year!

     - Irene

Meeting of the Month

Every month the BLAST will highlight contributions from member meetings of the Brandywine InterGroup. Stories, poems, art work or anything which helped in your recovery or adds to our experience, strength and hope are welcome.


Wednesday - Bala Cynwyd - 6:00 pm

This meeting usually takes place at: 

Bala-Cynwyd Library
131 Old Lancaster Road
(484) 716 4192
Bala-Cynwyd, PA 19004
Currently they are a ZOOM meeting:
Mtg. ID#: 969 134 095
Passcode: 4dtEvC
Dial-in: +1 646 876 9923
Mtg. ID#: 969 134 095

For more information re: the Bala meeting please contact:
Renee at

Here are Bala's submissions:
The OA Highway
For a long while I was on that smooth road of compulsive eating. I denied all the powerful emotions, in fact all of my emotions. I chose the smooth path of compulsive eating. The feelings were still there.

The path was smooth only for a short while until a painful feeling came up again and I was back to overeating and denial. That path had little side roads, one named Binge Lane and another Slip Street, all really the same Compulsive Overeating Highway.

Then someone directed me to the road called OA and said I could gain a new outlook on life, even a new life. I have been on the OA Road for nine years now. It has not been all easy. I was back on Relapse Road for a while and Binge Lane several times. But I have found my way back to The OA Highway time and again with the help of my HigherPower; and when I have to choose, I hope I will always choose the OA Highway.

     - Ann A.
12 Steps Poem

ONE step.
TWO hands clasping mine.
THREE words:
I am Powerless.

FOUR questions:
Am I willing?
Am I willing?
Am I willing?
Am I willing?

FIVE slow breaths returning me to my body.
SIX(ty) minutes of connection and inspiration.
SEVEN days to practice gratitude.
EIGHT letters:

NINE months to birth a new beginning.
TEN fingers folded in prayer
ELEVEN-1plus 1 standing together. Spirit and me.
TWELVE people gathered together in hope and strength.

Submitted by Renée W.

submitted by Sandy F.


Do It Anyway

People are often unreasonable,
Irrational, and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of
Selfish ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some
Unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere
People may deceive you.
Be honest and sincere anyway.

When you spend years creating,
Others could destroy it overnight.
Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness,
Some may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today,
Will often be forgotten
Do good anyway.

Give the best you have,
And it will never be enough.
Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis,
It is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.
     -Mother Teresa

Submitted by Anne W.

Letter from a Friend

Hello everyone,

Most of you know that my husband Bob passed away last December 27th suddenly and unexpectedly.

In the eleven months since his death I have experienced many feelings: sadness, relief, anger, compassion and a slew of other ones. Grieving is different for each person. There has been no rhyme nor reason for feelings that suddenly pop up without warning. The stage of denial passed very quickly. I sat with Bob’s remains after the emergency workers left and before the funeral director and his crew arrived. I had not had an opportunity to say good by to Bob and I did it then. The last thing Bob said was “Cathe” and then he dropped over.

The Twelve Steps of our program and those of my other program have been of great importance to me during this year.

Right after Bob’s death, my brother and sister in law, who were visiting from Florida volunteered to start to dehoard the basement. They left and my other brothers went back to their homes in Philly. Then I had a lot of help from colleagues who had also retired. Program members and my former sister-in-law came in from Chicago in early March to continue. When she left, the COVID shut down happened and I was brought to my knees.

Even though I had been praying, I stepped up my prayer time. I do a gratitude list every day and I will continue to do so. I stay in contact with my two sponsors and was able to visit my OA sponsor in the hospital before the shutdown happened. She is home on Hospice but doing OK. I know she will pass away eventually but for today we are in contact by text and phone. When I get home from Florida, where I am visiting my brother and sister-in-law, and I self-quarantine for the recommended 14 days, I will contact her to visit if she is up to seeing me. God is in charge and I know it in my heart.

I have no idea where I would be if it were not for this program and I do not think about it very much. I have a program that is all about my relationship with my Higher Power whom I call God and about my relationships with others.

It is not difficult to be kind and nice to OA members who I see or Zoom every week. The rubber meets the road when I understand that I am to practice these principles in ALL my affairs.

Thanks for reading this. The Twelve Steps programs work if we are willing to do the simple but hard work of changing our attitude toward life and living in this day only.

Cathe S

Next Month's Meeting: Havertown
Please send all submissions, articles, poems, cartoons, etc. to be published in the January Brandywine Intergroup BLAST of Recovery Newsletter by December 31st to Laura at Any questions, please email or call her at 610-331-8378.  And please try to keep all submissions to one page or less. Submissions made after deadline may have to wait to be considered for publishing at a later time.
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December Intergroup Meeting & Speaker Meeting

The Brandywine InterGroup will meet  
Saturday, December 12th @ 10:00am

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After the business meeting, there will be a regular OA Speaker meeting. This will begin at approximately 11:30am
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Thank You!

The Board would like to thank the following meetings for donations we have received in the past month:
  • Sunday - Malvern
  • Monday - Overbrook
  • Monday - West Chester
  • Tuesday - West Chester
  • Wednesday - West Chester
  • Thursday - Frazier
To find out how to make your 7th Tradition contributing to the Brandywine Intergroup, Region 7, or World Service Office, please use the following link:

Beginner's Meeting
The Monday Night Overbrook  meeting will be hosting their monthly Newcomers Meeting Monday, December 7, 2020 at 7:30 PM.
The Zoom Meeting number is:  835 416 098
Password: 005209
Please spread the word to any newcomers you know who could benefit from this 1/2 hour meeting. For more information please contact:      Laura W.     610-331-8378

Candlelight Meeting
Celebrating the Gifts of the Program 

Friday, December 11, 2019 

7:00-8:00 p.m. 

Your Host: North Coventry Meeting 

Zoom Meeting Link: RNUT09 

Zoom Meeting ID: 876 1117 9394 

Passcode: 531374 

If you prefer: Call-in # +1 646 558 8656 US (New York) 

Meeting ID: 876 1117 9394 

Passcode: 531374 

Come and get centered for the holidays. 

Reflect on the gifts of OA. 

Rekindle your spirit. 

Be in the present. 

Bring your candles and/or pixie lights!


The Thursday-Frazer meeting will not be held on December 24th (Christmas Eve) or December 31st (New Year's Eve)

The Friday-North Coventry meeting will not be held on December 25th (Christmas) but WILL be held on January 1st (New Year's Day)



The Virtual Intergroup will be having it's monthly 2nd Sunday E-workshop on December 13th from 3:00 to 4:30 pm.
This month's topic is: "Young Persons in OA"
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"A Step Ahead"

The latest edition of the World Service Organization's quarterly newsletter is available at: 

World Service Convention


The OA Young Persons’ Committee

The OA Young Persons’ Committee is seeking stories of recovery from members ages 18–30, including members who are older but found recovery as a young person in OA. Submit your contact information via this online questionnaire, and a member of the Young Persons’ Committee will contact you about the possibility of sharing your experience, strength, and hope as a podcast. Give service to young people in OA with your story!
“Any form of service — no matter how small — that helps reach a fellow sufferer adds to the quality of our own recovery.”
- “The Tools of Recovery”, p. 5
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The Brandywine Inter-Group of
Overeaters Anonymous
We are a community of individuals dedicated to recovery from compulsive eating. We hold virtual and in person meetings locally in the Montgomery, Delaware, and Chester Counties of southeastern Pennsylvania.

The InterGroup meets on the second Saturday of the month at 10:00 am

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