The Workbench, October 2022


Finished writing Cursing the Darkness, a collection of political hot-takes from the Trump Years. The manuscript is in the box, and I am wondering what to do with it.

Moved into the final editing phase of First Impulses, my first poetry collection. Now trying to decide whether to illustrate it or not. I’ll give myself to the weekend to decide, then put it to bed.

Developed a glossary of camping-related Scouting terms, initially for a master plan I’m helping develop for a Scout Camp, but will probably post it separately as a public resource.

Knocked off of the Bucket List

#21 Attained Brotherhood Membership in the Order of the Arrow

#473 Finished writing Cursing the Darkness

#904 Made jalapeño cornbread for the first time

Other Milestones

Helped run an interfaith bike ride for the Scouts (The Twelve Points Bike Ride) on the 1st.

Completed training to be a Unit New Member Coordinator for the BSA.

Reading of Note

Finished Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, the Baron Sacks (Of Blessed Memory.)

Finished The Last Kings of Shanghai: The Rival Jewish Dynasties That Helped Create Modern China by Jonathan Kaufman

Enjoyed “When your OCD Therapy is also a treatment for writer’s block” by Elissa Bassist

Projects Underway

Course Director for National Youth Leader Training 2023-4: assembling the staff now.

Serving on the staff of Wood Badge in 2023

Continuing to serve as Commissioner for the Ventura County Council, BSA

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