Bad Dog

I (Veronica) was recently up at 1 am the morning before my oldest daughter, Aubrey, started kindergarten. I had a hard time falling asleep so when I awoke to the loud banging sound, I had only been asleep for a couple of hours. Now I was wide awake from the noise and walked downstairs to … Continue reading Bad Dog

Idolatry: what God actually hates about it

Recently I (Veronica) traveled to Memphis to visit Church Health, an incredible faith-based charitable clinic providing a holistic “model for healthy living” for their community. I was inspired and encouraged. Despite the bickering and pettiness we see in the news media, real people on the ground are working tirelessly for those who are marginalized. Quality … Continue reading Idolatry: what God actually hates about it

Concentrated Trauma

My (Veronica) lived experience over the last twelve years confirms what studies repeatedly show: trauma disproportionately impacts low-income, minority communities. When my family lived in southwest Atlanta, we were struck early on by the frequency of heartache, and the way it seemed to happen at a higher, more intense frequency for our neighbors than the … Continue reading Concentrated Trauma

Sometimes we need a good neighbor more than we need another church.

I (Veronica) live in a neighborhood on the Westside of Atlanta that at some point was identified as a “mission field” by major church denominations. In my small community there are four different churches, one of which sits on the property across the street from my home. It’s an older, historic church building surrounded by … Continue reading Sometimes we need a good neighbor more than we need another church.

From “What’s Wrong with You?” to “What’s Strong with You?”

Working at the Good Samaritan Health Center (Good Sam) has dramatically changed the way I (Veronica) think about healthcare. Good Sam offers a holistic Full Circle of Health model and through strategic partnerships we address social determinants of health (SDOH). It’s a special place, unrivaled in the southeast and on par with much larger clinics … Continue reading From “What’s Wrong with You?” to “What’s Strong with You?”