Family Therapy Networker

Articles from Vol. 20, No. 1, January/February

Amazing Voices
THE NUMBER 6 TRAIN FROM MANHATTAN TO THE SOUTH BRONX makes nine stops in the 18-minute ride between East 59th Street and Brook Avenue. When you enter the train, you are in the seventh richest congressional district in the nation. When you leave, you...
Anatomy of a Loss
I WAS LYING IN BED IN THE dark. Sleepy f but not sleeping, listening. From the living room beneath me I could hear the voices of my father, two of my aunts, my uncle. My father was talking about my mother, what the doctor said, how she looked. As he...
A New Kind of Dying
TIMOTHY LEARY IS DYING. AND he is delighted to talk about it. A sensationalist to the end, he is charting his last few minutes on earth, or at least the last few that anyone can be certain of, making sure that the nation's death industry will not spoil...
Around the Network: Does Therapy Work?
NESTLED AMONG FEATURES ON bath soaps, pickup trucks and investment advice in the November issue of Consumer Reports, the popular and venerated monthly guide to products and services, is an article that asks, "Does Therapy Work?" It responds that it...
CASE STUDIES; Mr. Spock Goes to Therapy: Good Therapy Means Knowing When to Break the Rules
MUCH ATTENTION HAS BEEN FOCUSED ON THE STRAIGHT-forward and easy-to-learn techniques of solution-focused therapy: questions about times when the problem is less intense ("exceptions"); questions about hypothetical solutions ("miracles"); and questions...
Hard Lessons: Hard Lessons
HANGING ON THE WALL OF OUR LIVING ROOM IN PALO Alto was a photograph of my 3-year-old daughter, Sarah, hands on her hips, her name emblazoned on her sweatshirt. She was formidable even at that age, taking on her six-foot father, never flinching as he...
PERSPECTIVES; Reexamining the War on Poverty: No Apologies, Please
AS THE WHITE HOUSE AND CONGRESS STRUGGLE OVER the future shape of American government, one of the Republicans' most frequent arguments for cutting social programs is that they don't work.Millions of Americans, including a majority of legislators, seem...
Primer on Death: Primer on Death
woke from a dream of death to day's amazing death grass death rice death chairs death death sleep or awake Ikkyu, 15th Century, translated from the Japaneseby Stephen Berg BY MICHAEL VENTURA PART I Facts /. Life is absolutely wild unpredictable uncontrollable...
RESEARCH AND PRACTICE: Making a Difference A New Research Review Offers Good News to Couples and Family Therapists
MEMBERS OF THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR MARRIAGE and Family Therapy who happen to be hard-core clinical researchers were most likely thrilled this fall to see in their mailboxes the special 300-page issue of The Journal of Marital and Family Therapy,...
SCREENING ROOM; Off-Screen Lives: Movies Are Becoming More and More about Movies
AMERICANS NOW WATCH TV 27 HOURS A DAY AND TALK to their loved ones 27 minutes a month. We no longer live our own lives: we watch as life comes in through the air waves, the cable and the VCR. We know O.J.'s houseguest better than we know our neighbors....
Short Story: What to Do When Your Grandmother Dies
TURN THE WORDS OVER IN YOUR MIND AND ON YOUR tongue. Hear yourself say, "My grandmother is dead." Make sense. Say she was old. Say she lived a full life. Say she died a good death. Say all the things you swore you'd never say about someone you love....
The Last Journey: The Last Journey
I HAVE NO CONCEPTION OF WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DIE, nor do I have any faith in life after death. I believe this lifetime is it; no heartwarming reunions in some puffy-clouded heaven, no karmic roulette followed by rounds of rebirth. I suspect that who...
The Second Door
AM FLYING ACROSS THE COUNTRY to Florida, a long trek that itself marks this journey as the beginning of a late-twentieth-century death. My mother and stepfather had retired to a warm sun city community, while I am a continent away in Northern...