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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 reason to believe he is not even Jewish. So what, you may ask, was he doing giving a sermon on Erev Rosh Hashanah, the start of... read on

  • 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 chest.

    One of the least favorite things about my job is dealing with the United States Postal Service. No doubt about it, they do a... read on

  • 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 respond, “Because people are disgusting and have peed all over the stairs.”

    It’s so sad the first thing that springs to people’s... read on

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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 after our death, Power of Attorney documents in case we’re incapacitated and medical instructions saying to pull the plug if we’re... read on

  • 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 was expected. It was a relief. It was a blow.

    For more than two years, the administration and distribution of my father’s estate... read on

  • 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 tragedy of an unarmed teenager being killed on his way home from the convenience store – there is at least one good thing coming out... read on

  • 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 California State Senator Dianne Feinstein, with a dog muzzle over her mouth, and the words, “Muzzle Feinstein.”

    The message isn’t... 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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