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SoDak in the news

I have been obscurely proud of being from the state that not only has the smallest Jewish population but the only state without a Chabad (& they are counting the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, & possibly Guam).

No more! The Orthodox are coming!

Gauging by the elastic Judaism in my day, it will be quite strange for everyone. Guam might be more familiar to everyone, come to think of it.  Read More 
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From the vault IX

Two random lines I just found going through old papers:

A coquette, pretending to be very angry, bites off her lover's hand up to the wrist.

Life's memories include those recalled from books.
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From the vault VIII

october 15 1977

elinor quits her job & swears never to work for anyone else again.

she further realizes she is unskilled.

who would pay her enough to live on & not hassle?

[then I said I wished I typed better & thought I could maybe make money writing a pornographic sci-fi novel]

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Johnny & I are watching college basketball at the SideWalk.

Hey Ronnie, he says to a guy, & introduces me.

Ronnie says, Who're you rooting for?

Before Johnny can explain that he roots for the school that graduates the highest percentage of athletes, I say, Florida.

Are you from Florida? Ronnie says.

Nope, they have the  Read More 
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I'm trying to find coherent & consistent stats, but the fact is, that despite the rhetoric, Jews are attacked more than Muslims. My rabbi meets with the imam of the nearby mosque: We have your back. Do they have ours? Do they even know they should?

Both the left & the right seem to be antisemitic in noticeable ways.  Read More 
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Happy turkey day!

Happy to repost this, I think my only holiday poem ever. A found poem at that, from a long-ago email that I fixed a little bit, mostly by adding line breaks. The original writer had no idea what he'd given me.

Thanksgiving Found Poem  Read More 
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What I do in my own office as a freelance editor/writer doesn't feel like a job. It's work but my time is largely my own. However, this week I spent two full days somewhere else, getting paid for my time and attention. It was fun—the work itself was absorbing & I liked the folks—but it kept me away from my computer & this blog.  Read More 
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What now

I guess it is better to prepare for the worst than hope for the best.

Following this writer's advice I'm going to do exactly this (& if you do also, will you send me what you write?):

Write down what you value; what standards you hold for yourself and for others. Write about your dreams for the future and your hopes for your children. Write about the struggle of your ancestors and how the hardship  Read More 
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Activism & thinking

So much smart stuff has been said over the last week—encouraging, staunch, consoling. Here are some of the articles & thought pieces I've read & will read again.

* NYC activists & doers talk strategy.

* Step-by-step help in standing up for what's right.

* I too am a coastal elite from a rural state, & I agree that  Read More 
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Meat & 3

They have another poster: Corn to be wild.
One of my favorite things about the South are the many "meat & 3" restaurants. At Wade's in Spartanburg I get the plate of 4 veggies. The choices may include mac'n'cheese, potatos, turnip greens, black-eye peas, sweet potato with marshmallow, apple cobbler, creamed corn & a lot of others. Your order also includes iced tea (ask for "1/2 and 1/2"—half sweet, half unsweetened), wonderful yeast rolls & cornbread—all for $7.50. Of course if you get the pecan or peanut butter pie, it's an additional $2.35.  Read More 
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