Editorial

Readers of the S.F. Bay Guardian will recognize Isadora Alman as the renowned sexologist whose weekly column “Ask Isadora” ran from 1981 to 2003. In fact, the column was syndicated in 20 newspapers around the country, including the famed Village Voice in New York. 

Readers wrote in with their most intimate questions and concerns, and Alman unfailingly gave answers reflecting her warmth, wisdom and extensive professional training. No topic was taboo. 

Building off the success of last year’s inaugural Animate Dance Festival, the West End Arts and Entertainment District (WEAED) will present the next chapter of the Animate Alameda project: “Stop, Drop, Drink.” 

It continues to surprise me how many parents do not teach their children to participate in responsibilities around the house. We set a model for how our children will behave. As they mature, we also educate them about roles we play in our families. 

Women complain frequently about the lack of shared responsibilities from their partners. Some men did not grow up in homes that taught them to participate fully. 

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. 

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