On Doing Without Electricity

One of the things we’ve learned in this latest, long-lasting blackout, is that the way we live and, in particular, conduct our working lives presupposes the constant availability of electricity. Our communications (telephone, voice mail, e-mail, cell phone), our tools (computer, copier), even checking the regular mail box, all have been significantly silenced during this emergency. One of the things this has brought to mind is the need for backups: how much it is still a good idea to have records on paper, to have a place where things are stored, to have some hard copies, all that.

Because life itself does not depend so much on electricity. That has been another lesson of this blackout. Here we are, living, working, thinking, thinking of ways to keep getting things done, continuing to move forward, drawing on an entirely different kind of power.

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About Ha_Qohelet

Ha_Qohelet is a transliteration of Hebrew definite article plus a feminine participle, all together meaning "the (feminine) one who assembles" or who calls together. Qohelet is the title of one of the books of the Hebrew Scripture, known in English as Ecclesiastes. The Women's Center at LPTS feels the epithet of Qohelet is a fitting one for what we do and are. The Women's Center is, indeed, a caller-together, a caller-to-wisdom, and an assembler -- of people, of ideas, of actions, and ultimately, we hope, of transformations in the world. In this context, Ha_Qohelet is the Director of the Women's Center, and Editor-in-Chief of Wimminwise.

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