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  • Juan Rodriguez Delivers a Powerful Rosh Hashanah Sermon

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    September 11, 2013 | 1:00 am

    On Wednesday night last week, Congregation Rodef Sholom in San Rafael heard a powerful sermon by Juan Rodrigez. No, Mr. Rodriguez is not a rabbi. I have... More.

  • Why I Hate Dealing with the USPS

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    August 28, 2013 | 1:00 am

    I make it a policy not to write about my work, and I try not to use my blog as a bully pulpit, but I’m frustrated and I just need to get this off my... More.

  • Why bus stops smell like urine

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    August 7, 2013 | 1:00 am

    A friend queried on Facebook, “Why oh why can't BART be clean??? The Embarcadero station smells like a latrine!” It didn’t take long for someone to... More.

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  • Ten Things I Did Right

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    July 31, 2013 | 1:00 am

    My husband and I just got our Estate Planning documents done. By that I mean we each signed a Will regarding how we would like our assets distributed... More.

  • Becoming Whole

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    July 24, 2013 | 1:00 am

    The letter from my attorney came a few weeks ago. It said I had discharged all my duties as the executor of the estate of my father, alav hashalom. It... More.

  • White Privilege

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    July 17, 2013 | 1:00 am

    Of all the things not to like about the Trayvon Martin killing and subsequent events – and nothing could possibly even come close to outweighing the... More.

  • Silence, Woman!

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    July 10, 2013 | 1:00 am

    I was getting off the freeway on Monday, when I saw a bumper sticker in the back window of the vehicle in front of me. It featured a picture of... More.

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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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