First day of a journal about caring for Richard Redd

March 23, 2015


Monday March 23, 2015 It’s Monday, and I don’t have to teach on Mondays. This means I can help get 12-year-old Arkady out the door with relatively little stress, walk the dogs, Zeus and Lilu, over to Jenkintown Elementary School and then cook my dad a nice breakfast. Today it what my family calls “toads […]

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Redd-Bunker-Reichgott 2013 – Vernal Equinox Newsletter

June 12, 2014


For years, the Bunker-Redd family has received an annual (printed) newsletter for the Winter Solstice from beloved old friends (from the Lehigh U. circle). Recently other old friends (also from Lehigh) emailed a winter (February) summing-up of the previous year’s activities, claiming that people are too busy in December to do justice to catching up […]

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Do White Americans have a “Great Death”?

November 7, 2013


Nearly every ethnic group has a “Great Death.” By this I mean catastrophic loss of more than human lives.  This expression comes (in translation) from the Yup’ik Eskimos and refers to their “Great Death,”  the aftermath of diphtheria, influenza and disease that decimated southwestern Alaskan villages after initial contact with Russian Orthodox and Moravian missionaries […]

On the day of remembrance

April 7, 2013


Sunday April 7, 2013 Today is Yom HaShoah. It means day of the holocaust. The word, “Holocaust” comes from the Greek, meaning a thing entirely consumed by fire. Today we remember the victims of perhaps the greatest crime of humans against humans. The six million or more Jews and three million others killed by the […]

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Seder Means Order

March 28, 2013


Every year at Passover, I think wistfully of the Seders of years past at the home of my (ex-) brother-in-law Larchmont, New York (twenty years older than me and my ex-husband, so to me and my first husband they played the role of supplemental parents). The first night took place at a long table and […]

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What would you like to do if money were no object?

February 12, 2013


Here’s what Alan Watts asked: I would like to spend my life coordinating discussions on issues of moral, social and political relevance and working with other people to act on those discussion and resolutions to make the world better, both in terms of discrete community projects and grand plans for a thoughtfully (re)designed society. Collaboration […]

Imagining Vertical Farming in Philadelphia

January 31, 2013


Have you heard of The Plant? It’s a vertical farming project in a former slaughterhouse in Chicago. This year will be the third growing season for The Plant, and by this summer an anaerobic digester will move the project to being self-sufficient in terms of energy, generated from the waste products from raising fish. The […]