Fast Food: The New “Crack”

I was driving along Memorial Blvd in Atlanta, and I couldn’t help noticing the number of fast food places I passed; Churches Chicken, Wendy’s, Burger King and of course the granddaddy of ‘crack burgers’ McDonalds.  This same pattern was repeated from coast to coast. ...

Moving Forward in a “Post-Racial America”

Isn’t it interesting how people tend to come together during a tragedy? Even enemies will relax their grievances and render assistance in times of trouble. I remember when the events of 9/11 occurred my neighbors suddenly introduced themselves to me because on that...

Family: “Where would We Be Without Them?”

I asked the students in my course on PTSS to fill out the study guide page which asks them to list significant individuals.  I was particularly interested in how large a role that extended family and fictive kinship played in their lives.  As I had anticipated, the...

Making Yourself Over

How much of our healing is in knowing that we can re-fashion ourselves? Like the impetuosity of youth, once fully grown, we recklessly squander our potential with fruitless attempts to avoid looking at ourselves as beings fully capable of self transformation.  Our...

America’s First Black President

On November 5th 2008, I awoke with lingering pictures in my mind of the election of Barack Hussein Obama, the first African American, to the highest office in the land. On November 4th, I, like countless other African Americans, was filled with uncontainable feelings...

Our Children Are Not Our Children: But They Should Be

My friend called me up to tell me she had to leave her office for a while because she had become overwhelmed by the first two clients she had seen.  She called me because of the long standing friendship we have and because she knew I had worked for many years with...