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A SMALL, BEAUTIFUL ADVENTURE

By David Perlstein | November 17, 2023 |

Carolyn and I have been fortunate to journey across the United States and around the world. Last Sunday, a “mundane” trip close to home provided a great deal of fun.  A sunny autumn day at hand, we left the car home and took public transit to Oakland for lunch with our friends Tamar and Ken. …

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THE 2.5-STATE SOLUTION 

By David Perlstein | November 10, 2023 |

The end of the Israel-Hamas war will come. The ending depends on Israel and the Palestinians looking forward, not backward. Given the October 7 slaughter, Israeli anger is understandable. Israel will destroy Hamas’s infrastructure and fighting capabilities, if not its hatred. Afterwards? Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu approached the slippery slope last Monday when he said…

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MY COOL NEIGHBORHOOD

By David Perlstein | November 3, 2023 |

Recently, I learned I’m cool. Wait. Let me walk that back.  Time Out magazine rated my San Francisco neighborhood—the Richmond District—one of the 40 coolest in the world. #27 to boot! Carolyn and I have lived in the Richmond for 50 years. The neighborhood—homes and two-flats abutting each other, small apartment buildings, mostly on corners—wasn’t always considered…

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FLIPPING IN GEORGIA 

By David Perlstein | October 27, 2023 |

Next year, 15 indicted individuals will stand trial in Fulton County, Georgia. They’ll confront racketeering charges regarding overturning the state’s 2020 presidential election results. But 19 were charged. What happened? Four defendants flipped. The prosecution gained four major weapons. Last month, Scott Hall, a bail bondsman, pled guilty. Relatively small potatoes, he received five years’…

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VIOLENCE AND CHOICE 

By David Perlstein | October 20, 2023 |

In 1992, Rodney King, a Black man viciously beaten by Los Angeles police a year earlier, asked during violent riots, “Can’t we all get along?” Last week’s Torah portion, “Genesis,” and this week’s, “Noah,” address this sorry aspect of human nature.  Gen. 1:26 states: “And God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after…

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NIAGARA FALLS AND HAMAS 

By David Perlstein | October 13, 2023 |

I didn’t expect to write a post today, since I returned home from a trip two days ago. But I must say something after Hamas’ inhumane attack on Israel last Saturday. Carolyn’s and my trip began with a two-night stay in Niagara Falls on the Ontario (Canadian) side. Our hotel offered fabulous views of both…

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AFTER YOM KIPPUR, WHAT? 

By David Perlstein | September 29, 2023 |

Can a gentile cartoonist say something meaningful about Yom Kippur—the Day of Atonement? Indeed! In last Monday’s “Pearls Before Swine,” Stephen Pastis presented Pig confronting a problem. What has he learned from his mistakes? “That I’m stupid and make lots of them.” Will he learn not to repeat them? “Oh, that never happens.” It can, but…

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WHEN DO YOU SHOWER? 

By David Perlstein | September 22, 2023 |

According to some people, what time of day you shower says a lot—maybe everything—about you. Such assumptions lead to dangerous politics.  Blue-collar workers generally shower at the end of a sweaty day. White- (or other-color-) collar workers often shower in the morning to be fresh for the office—if they go to one—or other location.  But…

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MY WIFE AT BURNING MAN 

By David Perlstein | September 15, 2023 |

My 75-year-old wife Carolyn returned from her fourth Burning Man. Shocked? Here’s the full picture. Carolyn—Playa name DramaQueen—loves the festival, which draws 60,000–70,000 people to the desert three hours north of Reno. She first went in 2018. She’d known about Burning Man since its early days at San Francisco’s Baker Beach. “Also, I’d been a…

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LEADERSHIP GOP-STYLE 

By David Perlstein | September 1, 2023 |

The recent GOP debate produced many Donald Trump moments without Trump. More heat than light revealed the GOP lacks something important. Take former VP Mike Pence. Like Trump, he never served in the military. Had he completed Infantry Officer Candidate School (specifics in a moment), he might have defined leadership more wisely.  Pence advocates a federal abortion…

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