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Two poems, Demure Origins and Fury: In Praise of Stone, collaboratively written by Clal teaching fellow Janet R. Kirchheimer and Jaclyn Piudik, Ph.D., a writing instructor at the University of Toronto, appear in Young Ravens Literary Review. The poems are from their series on creation.
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From Young Ravens Literary Review
"...On the instruction of their trainers, Pokémon battle one another to see who will prevail. When they are in circumstances of extraordinary extremis, they glow with an inner light and then evolve into new forms with new names. When a Pokémon evolves, it retains the memories, relationships, and general personality of its previous form. But it also changes, growing into a new version of itself with new skills and abilities, denoted by its new name.
"...But on a deeper level, I think there’s a lot that will still speak to us. While technology accelerates rapidly, the speed of change in human nature is glacial. Our brains’ wiring, our need for connection, and our deepest fears and most fervent desires haven’t changed much in hundreds of thousands of years. And Black Mirror is not really about the technology; it’s about how we fragile and imperfect humans are grappling with an ever-changing world.
"This fall, nine Hillel outposts across North America started testing out whether Jewish organizations can become more relevant by developing a radically ‘user-centric’ mindset and then building all of their other institutional priorities, structures and communication in support of that mindset.
"...Before I can reach club security though, one of the bouncers calls me from behind, yelling a question I do not understand in German. When I confirm he’s talking to me, he switches to English and begins translating his scary counterpart’s questions. The frightening bouncer speaking in German is Sven Marquardt, who the NYTimes described when reviewing his photography: “His lower lip is pierced twice, and a pointed metal bar runs through his septum.
"...Researcher on the psychology of threat, Daniel Sullivan, published about the best summary and explanation of why people scapegoat, and how his appreciation of that served Mr. Trump. You can read the whole piece – not terribly long and totally accessible for the non-experts which most of us are – at Quartz.
"...I’ve stumbled upon so many wandering and wondering people (including myself), trying so desperately to choose their own “little boxes” to live in. They want structure, they want rules, and above all, an outlook, a perspective; a box, a safe place to look up at the mountains from. At the same time, we constantly grapple with the simplicity of these once-concrete structures. We are all many things. We pick and choose, we follow rules, and we break rules.
"...Nothing. I tried again, held down the power key for longer, my pulse quickening, my breath coming short and fast. “No, no, no, no,” I whispered. “Not today. This can not be happening.”
I felt my face heating up, hands beginning to shake. I was thousands of miles away from the nearest Apple store, and a 24-hour plane ride away from the storage box where my backup hard drive was. At least two editors were expecting work from me later that day...."
"...Some people will die trying, or die having never tried. Some people will spend their lives with yearning as their constant companion, shadowing their days and curling up around their feet at night like a familiar cat. Some people will imagine they could have been a contender; they might have been a has-been had they bothered. We’re not talking about those people. We’re talking about you – and me. If you’re on the other side of your own dream-come-true, you’re already in the world of the unknown.