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A reading list for those suffering from fatalism

Why the reading list? The bibliography Why the reading list? My whole life, but especially since the election of Trump I have found myself periodically gripped by despair when it appears impossible to visualize much needed change in the world. Here are some examples: Twenty six and seven year old …

Naftali (Naphtali) Herz Imber

Way back in my wife’s family tree is a hilariously eccentric relative named Naftali Herz Imber (Wikipedia). He’s credited with having written the words to the Israeli National Anthem, “Hatikvah”. Recently I hired local historian Paula Freedman to dig up some information on him and his intersection with Sarah’s synagogue, …

Archery merit badge advancement

I am an archery merit badge counselor in the Bay area for the Boy Scouts of America. I can provide testing to allow scouts to pass the merit badge requirements and earn their badge. Here are specifics for how you can schedule time with me to complete the archery merit …

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Richly crafted characters and compelling personal narratives make Station Eleven an joyful read.  Set in present time before, during, and after a 99% fatal global flu pandemic, Emily St. John Mandel successfully utilizes many of the same storytelling and scene-setting techniques of Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road”. This is post-apocalyptic in …