As the new Editor-in-Chief of IMPULSE, I'd like first to thank Cleopatra Victoria, the previous editor and founder of this newsletter, for her vision and careful stewardship these past five years. I look forward to working with our dedicated staff, namely Bruce Weitzman, Meg Earls, Terra Morais, and Michele McGuinness, who each month ensure quality content and timely delivery.

I decided that my first task on the job should be to take a careful developmental history. So, I read through the IMPULSE archives. The history was notable in two ways. 

First, I marveled at the ongoing diversity of psychoanalytic thought and activity in Northern California, from the panoply of seminars and lectures listed in Appointment Book and Event Spotlight to the portrayals of various organizations in Piece of Mind and even IMPULSE's growingClassifieds section. My historic review helped me realize that a sizeable community had become visible through IMPULSE's aggregating function.

Second, I noticed that staff writers made many attempts over the years to chronicle something of this community in greater depth. There used to be wonderful stories in a column called Psychoanalysis on the Streets. There was also a Candidate?s Blog, an opportunity for candidates at local institutes to write about their experiences. There also was an occasional feature called Making Links, a tastefully curated gallery of links to psychoanalytic media on the web. 

As Editor-in-Chief, I would like to bring this diversity to IMPULSE. Such a sizeable community is full of exciting stories waiting to be told. There is ample opportunity, in short, for some quality journalism. I have a few ideas up my sleeve for how to make this happen with regularity. Any ideas or interest from you, our readers, would also be most welcome.

Matthew Morrissey, MFT