All of us at OLLI @Berkeley wish you a joyful, peaceful and safe holiday season, and a (much) happier new year.At our OLLIday Happy Hour on Dec. 18, member Rani Cochran shared (virtually) some favorite libations (courtesy of her son) and noshes — a tasty gift from her to us to you. Cheers!Classic...
I had just spent an hour whining to my friend Barbara about how blah I felt with each additional day of isolation in this pandemic. I am an extrovert. My husband is an introvert. Some days he doesn’t talk to me unless I beg him to.However, after a brisk walk through the campus of the University of...
One hundred years ago, following 70 years of demonstrations, hunger strikes, and imprisonments of women suffragettes, women gained the right to vote in the United States. But even so, that constitutional amendment passed by only a single vote in the Senate in 1919. However, America’s current...
Sagging shingles, cracked walls, cranky buzzers. We will miss them all. We are bidding farewell to our home of nearly 13 years and heading two blocks west to the Golden Bear building at 1995 University Ave. According to an interview Kyle Gibson, director of communications for capital strategies at...
If you are in my age group, born during WWII, you surely have vivid memories of the Civil Rights era of the 1960s which occurred during our young adulthood. Reading recently published biographies of three iconic figures from that era has been revelatory to me. These people each changed the course...
 At the end of my second appointment with the head of hematology at the University of California, San Francisco, the doctor asked me how I was handling my diagnosis of chronic lymphocytic leukemia. I said I really didn’t think about it very much.He laughed and said, “In your case, denial is...
 It was but four years ago during the 2016 election that our then esteemed OLLI @Berkeley professor of Philosophy, the late Richard Lichtman, gave a class on Marxist theory. During that class he predicted an existential threat to our society should Donald Trump win that upcoming November election....
 I was reading about a particular public figure the other day, as I have been doing for some four years now, whom I will refer to as “my crazy uncle”, for want of a better term. This guy is so bizarre that he almost defies belief. So, with my background as a psychiatrist, I put on my thinking cap...
 “The truth is helpless when up against perception.” -- Zack W. VanDuring these threatening and uncertain times, many of us are anxious and fearful. Hungry for a sense of certainty, we often grasp for instant answers – frequently leading to erroneous, often polarizing conclusions.A stunning example...
I feel compelled to write this very brief review in order to share this book, On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder with my OLLI classmates because of its prescience, relevance, and constructive nature. It is prescient because it was written in 2017, yet has...

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