Washington, DC

I am in DC, surviving on the generosity of friends and a dwindling bank account as I look for work in our nation’s capital. Ideally, I’ll find something in trail advocacy or historical and environmental preservation (perhaps all three!). So far my interviews have been wonderful and the planners I’ve met here, exceptional.

Dr. Tanaka is now in Matsue, Japan at the Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Conference so perhaps already a new audience is aware of my research into Hearn’s mentor, Henry Watkin, and the neighborhood Watkin helped to found, Bond Hill.

Please forgive me as I raise the price for purchasing Bond Hill: Origin and Transformation as I need all the help I can get surviving being a bohemian for the upcoming few weeks.

About Aharon N. Varady

Aharon's Omphalos is the hobbit hole of Aharon Varady, founding director of the Open Siddur Project. He is a community planner and environmental educator working to improve stewardship of the Public Domain, be it the physical and natural commons of urban park systems or the creative and cultural commons of libraries and museums. His advocacy for open-source strategies in the Jewish community has been written about in the Atlantic Magazine, the Yiddish Forverts, Tablet, and Haaretz. He is particularly interested in pedagogies for advancing ecological wisdom, developing creative and emotional intelligence, and realizing effective theurgical praxes. He welcomes your comments, personal messages, and kind words. If you find his work helpful to your own or you'd simply like to support him, please consider donating via his Patreon account.

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