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Branden Frederick is a San Jose-based nerd, technology manager, and photographer.

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the day the sky turned orange

the day the sky turned orange

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28 Sep 2020
On Wednesday, Sept 9, 2020, along the west coast of North America, ash from raging wildfires was suspended high in the atmosphere, casting the skies in the eerie deep orange hue of the American president's artificial tan. And yet, this was just one more in a series of plagues of Biblical proportions. Read more.

Judaism and sheltering in place

Judaism and sheltering in place

using the tools of Judaism to perservere

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31 May 2020
As the novelty of sheltering in place descends into a distant memory, and even tedium has become tedious, we lament the myriad social gatherings this pandemic has robbed from all of us, including many of our Jewish festivals. Because of this, it is important that we remember Judaism is not just a communal religion, but also has powerful personal rituals. Read more.

COVID-19: living in interesting times

COVID-19: living in interesting times

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22 Mar 2020
We are in the midst of pandemic. Survival is our first priority. But once we've survived, how we remember these times is crucial. All of us have at out fingertips powerful documentary tools unfathomable to those of previous generations. We must use these tools to record our experiences, to remember our own stories from these 'interesting times'. Read more.
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