A “renaissance” is a period of intense cultural renewal and innovation. Whether speaking of “The Renaissance” of the fourteen to sixteenth centuries or the “Harlem Renaissance” of the 1920s in America, such eras mark dramatic shifts in cultural values and surges in scholarly, artistic, and technological advancement. This brief essay reviews the emergence of a(……)

Advocacy movements require transforming highly personal stories into the collective narrative of “a people.” Merging the individual stories into a larger collective mosaic allows people with shared characteristics and experiences to see their past and future as part of a larger drama. As Marcus Garvey suggests, individuals become a people only when connected to their(……)

Addiction recovery is a highly intrapersonal process, but it also can and often does involve a journey between two physical and cultural worlds. Some years ago, I explored the implications of this suggestion in the book, Pathways from the Culture of Addiction to the Culture of Recovery. Here are some key points from that book.Elaborate cultures–with(……)