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Religious or Cultural?

By Susan Esther Barnes

November 28, 2012 | 7:00 am

I was at the Safeway checkout counter this week, about to respond with my usual, “Yes, thanks” when asked whether I had found everything I need, when instead I blurted, “Oh, wait!... read on

  • Dear Diestel

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    November 26, 2012 | 7:00 am

    Dear Diestel Family Turkey Ranch, I was willing to look past the name, reminiscent of diesel fuel, because of your claims of sustainability and range grown birds. I didn’t know the down-on-the-farm experience would include having to pluck parts of my turkey, which clearly had not... read on

  • Is There Something Wrong with a Joyful Funeral?

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    November 21, 2012 | 7:00 am

    On Friday I attended a funeral at an African-American inner city church. Normally, I would expect to put the word “predominately” in there, but frankly, the only people in the overflowing sanctuary who didn’t look African-American were people I recognized from work.

    I was... read on

  • Stereotypes and Myths

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    November 14, 2012 | 7:00 am

    I was recently watching an episode of “Breaking Amish,” an unscripted show about four young Amish and one Mennonite person who go to New York to decide whether to give up the ways of their families and to become “English,” or, in the language most of us would use, to adopt the... read on

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  • Sudden Death

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    November 7, 2012 | 7:00 am

    As a rule, I don’t write about work. But rules are meant to be broken, and some things cannot, or at least should not, be ignored.

    On Monday morning I learned that a bright, well-liked 26-year-old employee had died. She is survived by three small children. She seemed fine at work... read on

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Susan Esther Barnes is a religious Reform Jew who can regularly be seen greeting people at her synagogue before services. She is a founding member of her synagogue’s chevra...

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