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How to Fight the Opioid Epidemic? Meet FAN.

Talk about “It takes a village,” how about an entire community!  In 2007 after two opioid deaths in two weeks—30 deaths over the year—the people in the small town of Fraser on the east side of Michigan were scared and angry. That’s when Christ United Methodist Church...

Why the DSM Uses a Name from Ovid 2000 Years Ago

For the first time I can remember, some form of mental illness has been regular front-page news. First, the brain disease of addiction that killed 80,000 Americans last year from opioid overdoses. Then the obscene charge that it’s the mentally ill, not the right-wing...

The Patriots, A Gentleman in Moscow, and Solzhenitsyn

The book cover for The Patriots by Sana Krasikov describes this novel as a “Dr. Zhivago for our times.” I would have called it, “The return of One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Solzhenitsyn. Pasternak’s love story about Zhivago and Lara has moments of beauty...

Encountering the Spaceship: Remembering Roger Chaffee

Late July/early August 1969. The 10 feet 7 inch Command Module pictured here has just left the moon—the burn marks still visible, splashed down in the Pacific Ocean, and is now isolated in top security waiting to be shipped to the USA.  As it turns out, Astronauts...

Joy and Jack Lewis: Fact or Fiction

How’s this for an implausible love story. A 31-year New York woman writer is married to the love of her life, a WW II veteran trying to drown his war trauma with liquor. While he’s out on a binge one night, she’s home with their two young sons in terror that this time...