Gods fighting the Giants (525 BCE), Delphi Archaeological Museum by Mark Cartwright

In April, Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Biden’s chief medical advisor, affirmed that gun violence is a national public health emergency. Agreed. Gun violence deaths in 2020 were the highest they’ve been in 2 decades. Ask adults in the UK about shootings on UK soil and recollections of the Dunblane massacre in 1996 might be most common. Any adult in the US who can not name 5 mass shootings in the past 5 years is either sleepwalking or intentionally cut off.

A friend, a doctor in the UK, plays devil’s advocate:

“Maybe it’s too fatalistic to suggest you look on armed…


and other tragedies of possibility in families

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If asked to describe your most vivid understanding of family dysfunction, quite possibly you’d refer to a book, play or movie. Commonwealth and The Vanishing Half come to mind. Artists frequently explore failed relationships, their best efforts distilling truths that illuminate our present moment. As a social worker immersed in family drama, recently I found a strange tonic in the family pathos in Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire. …

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Joe Weber crafts language to capture and explain complexities to motivate individuals and communities to improve health. He works in public health.

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