Notes… Day

Rule #1: If you can’t sing well, then sing loud! The waiters did a pretty good job of it on “Happy Birthday to You!” All in all, a good way to end my birthday in Honolulu. Maybe I’ll do it again next year. Thanks to my friends and relatives who helped to make it a […]

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Notes… Day

We can see Alcatraz from our room. Didn’t even know the ship was moving.

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Notes… Day

Heading toward the SF Cruise Terminal at 12:45pm. Can’t get out of town soon enough.

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Sh’ma Koleinu

Choral Director Rita Lilly (right) led the Lafayette Christian Church choir this morning in a wonderfully sensitive performance of my composition, “Sh’ma Koleinu” (Hear Our Voice). I was honored to be present for the service as Pastor Steve Borgard spoke of the tragic shooting in Pittsburgh, and Rabbi Jay Asher LeVine from Temple Isaiah delivered […]

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A Slice and a Coke

This morning I looked at lifehacker.com as I do most mornings, and found a video episode of “How I Work,” which I particularly enjoyed. Scott Wiener operates scottspizzatours.com in NYC, and began his video with a reminiscence of how, as a boy, he’d bought his first lunch, a slice of pizza and a Coke, for […]

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Two Weeks in Morocco

Sharon and I are in the city of Fez for 3 days as part of our 2.5 week Overseas Adventure Travel trip to Morocco. Part of today was spent walking through the Jewish Quarter of Fez, which was a fascinating view of an ancient society. We visited one of the two remaining synagogues–Shabbat services are […]

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I have one word for you: Plastic

I have one word for you: Plastic. Plastic waste has been a concern of mine for decades. (I wrote a term paper about it in 2002 when I was taking a class in California Politics and Public Policy at Calif. State University East Bay in 2002.) On my walk through California and Arizona in April […]

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Thoughts on the Sabbath

From sundown Friday to sundown on Saturday is Shabbat—the Sabbath. It’s actually 25 hours just so we don’t start late or end too early. Since I started thinking about such things, I realized that of the Ten Commandments, for me the Fourth Commandment: Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, is one of the […]

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A Walk Around Lake Merritt

My day started at 6:30 am with a walk around Lake Merritt. Other walkers and joggers were already on the path around the lake and a number of people in small boats were sculling in the water. Canada geese and other water fowl were in abundance as well. When I moved from San Francisco to […]

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My Fitness Guru: Scooby

“You must have become very strong pushing that kart up all those hills.” You can’t imagine how many times I’ve heard that statement. Sorry, but no. I’ve read many articles stressing the importance of upper body exercise. Scooby Werkstatt is an online fitness guru whom I first found years ago via his website, scoobysworkshop.com. His videos are […]

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