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Tragic blaze compounds widow Emilie Cohen’s woes

The fire that destroyed Emilie Gibbons Cohen’s Alameda mansion in 1897, brought tragedy home to her at Fernside once again.

Almost 10 years before the fire Emilie received distressing news from New York. Her husband and the family patriarch, Alfred, was possibly near to breathing his last. Emilie boarded a train for Chicago, where she met her ailing husband.

Every month, I wander over to Alameda’s premier independent pharmacy to pick up a copious amount of prescription drugs. Last time, my "personal behavior advisor and culinary appraiser" Raoul accompanied me, to help tote my stash of pharmaceuticals.

After the wander, Raoul and I stopped by the nearby Versailles Avenue digs of a legendary culinary icon, Mrs. Bagley. Bagley considers herself "The Cooking Perfectionist."

The City of Alameda will be host an open house Monday, Sept. 29, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Alameda Free Library for the public to meet the teams in the running to develop parcels at Alameda Point.

Each developer will bring boards displaying some of their relevant past work and be available to answer questions in an effort to foster an ongoing dialogue among all parties.

City staff will also host a table where the public may ask any questions about the city’s vision and process for developing Alameda Point.

The Alameda Main Library is located at 1550 Oak St.

The Alameda Sangha is sponsoring a daylong meditation with Aloka Vihara nuns Ayya Anandabodhi and Sister Jayati from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20, at the United Methodist Church, 2311 Buena Vista Ave. The nuns will teach participants about metta and compassion and demonstrate sitting and walking meditation.

There will be a lunch break at noon. Participants are asked to bring a bag lunch and a little to share with the nuns. They are vegetarians who eat no dairy, wheat or sugar.

Gil Michaels

I will forever remember Sept. 11, 2001, as a day that I saw religion at its worst. Using horrific acts of violence and destruction that stunned the world, a group of suicidal Islamic jihadists murdered thousands of people they considered infidels in a brutal display of devotion to their god.

Today, Sept. 11, members of the Unity Movement, a New Thought philosophy, are observing a World Day of Prayer in an effort to show religion at its best: a means to peacefully reconcile the brotherhood of man with God.