Servant of the Secret Fire

Random thoughts on books and life in the reality-based community

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The name I've chosen comes from "Lord of the Rings," when Gandalf faces down the Balrog in the Mines of Moria. My Hebrew name is Esther (which is related to the word for "hidden" or "secret") Serafina (which means "burning"). This seems appropriate because although I don't usually put myself forward, I do care very passionately about a lot of things. Maybe through these blogs I can share some of these passions, as well as less weighty ideas and opinions, with others.

Sunday, November 19, 2006


If there is anyone who has been checking this blog out on a semi-regular basis (Hi, Tess!) I have to apologize for my unintentional self-imposed hiatus. I’d love to say that I was out there working for Democratic candidates to get elected or doing something else productive, but that would be a lie. Well, I did spend four days at the JRF convention in Philadelphia (look it up, but that’s a pretty small proportion of the time I haven’t been posting.

Anyway, I hope to be back posting on a regular basis soon –  maybe, as I said in my list of middot, even with some original writing.


Wednesday, November 08, 2006


(Meant to be posted on Nov. 8)
Start picking out those drapes, SPEAKER PELOSI (insert Stephanie Miller’s bloodcurdling scream soundbite here)! And (it appears) Senate Majority Leader Reid – if Joe Lieberman doesn’t flip, which I wouldn’t put past him. America has finally repudiated the failed policies, illegal war, and gutter politics of the pathetic (if they didn’t wield so much power) gang in the White House, the Mayberry Machiavellis, “if you will.“ And Dick (”if you will“) Vader, of course, spent yesterday killing things - I hope it helped him feel better.

And if Democrats don’t want to start investigations on everything right away, there are two that they should start immediately, the massive dirty tricks that took place all over the country yesterday and contractor malfeasance in Iraq. The second should be a no-brainer, even for responsible Republicans. It’s fiscally irresponsible and hurts our troops to have these profiteers mucking things up even more over there.