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Armchair theorist, poet, and occasional IT manager, Sascha B. is equipped with a Master's Degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas, and is not afraid to use it. His work has been published by the University Press of America, Edwin Mellen Press, University of Texas Press, and a variety of small journals nationwide. He is also the proprietor and baker for 3141 Pie, of which you should eat many.

The Deal

I stopped blogging in 2013, when life overtook me. My father became ill and died shortly thereafter, and my mother was left with increasing dementia. I became the primary caregiver, and now orchestrate my mother's care and our family estate.

Now, I am coming up for air again.

Looking for the next book to read. All suggestions welcome.

My reading list is over here.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Encouraging News

This is a fabulous move forward for women's health and cancer treatment. Let's hope that the promise it holds out only expands:

Experimental Drug Delays Breast Cancer
A Week Of Things

It's been busy: first all the birthday celebrations, and then coming back down to earth only to discover that the motherboard of my computer had fried itself into oblivion. But now, I've settled back into life, replaced the board in the machine, and am now happily back in the groove. And I am already disgusted: the current back and forth about the deaths in Ishaqi and Haditha in Iraq lends no respectability to the way we conduct ourselves on the world stage. Not leaving be that the deaths occurred, that it may have been reckless and uncalled for murder. No, if that were all, we could move on. But we have to have the machinery of politics work to spin it into something else, to have Rumsfeld say that it's just a matter of "making tough decisions," of ignoring that all culpability and responsibility for what happens should rest on the shoulders of those in command. I don't ask for resignations, nor impeachments. But I ask for those who lead to take on the responsibility of leadership. And that means knowing that a foot soldier who goes beserk is not the one who needs to own the actions of his beserker activity: it his commanding officer. And if that officer tries to exculpate by covering up, then the onus is on that officer's commander. And so on up the line, to the Commander In Chief.

I want this nation to act in a manner reflecting its greatness, and its dignity. But I fear I will not see that for years to come.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006


The last few days for me have been filled with birthday celebration, food and conversation with friends and loved ones, the first abalone dive of the season, more food and wine, and not nearly enough sleep. So I must admit I have no clue what has been happening in the world, and there is very little right at the moment that rankles me enough to rant about. I'm sure this won't last, and I expect I'll read the papers over the next few days, and get caught up with the world. But right now, I'm still busy digesting.