Unity, a New Thought spiritual movement, celebrates its annual “World Day of Prayer” today, Thursday, Sept. 12. The theme for this year’s observation is “Infinite presence, unlimited potential.” 

Unfortunately, like 2018, this year has been a bad year for prayer. The billions of “thoughts and prayers” issued forth seem to have had little effect. It’s like there is nothing hearing those prayers, or as Friedrich Nietzsche wrote, “God is dead.” Many sages and mystics validate Nietzsche’s statement by teaching that there is no God on earth. 

Alameda’s public school teachers have just learned that Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) has hired a new chief academic officer (CAO). Just the title alone inspires confidence that real progress or an apparition of progress is imminent. The teachers await an uptick in any educational metric.

Try to imagine the collective sigh of relief; knowing there are no empty swivel chairs over at AUSD headquarters. Rarely would I be this honest with a trusting, literate public, but, having taught in Alameda for nearly 25 years, I have never seen or met a CAO. 

The fifth annual Alameda “Blues, Brews & BBQ” festival, presented by the West End Arts & Entertainment takes place this Sunday, Sept. 15, from noon to 6 p.m. The festival on Alameda’s historic Webster Street between Central and Santa Clara avenues features award-winning blues bands, barbecue vendors competing for prizes, craft vendors and a kids zone. The event is free, family and pet friendly.

This year’s entertainment lineup includes:

As any dedicated recycler knows, even Alamedans are still learning to sift their refuse correctly. Dirty diapers and plastic bags in the green container; broken strollers in the blue; Styrofoam peanuts in the gray — at least it’s off the street, and the bags of half-consumed fast food tossed fashionably from cars provide a free lunch for the corvids. 

We have a crisis in this state, actually in many places in this country. There isn’t enough housing. It’s pretty simple, two people have two children and then those children have two children. That, over time, makes for a lot of people. Many people want to live in the Bay Area because it has few faults. Mostly it is awesome. The weather is great, people are diverse and interesting, there is a lot to do and ways to expand your world that most places don’t have.