It's a new year, and I might as well start a blog -- or revisit an old one. I'm on personal sabbatical this year, so there's no excuse not to write a whole lot this year. Some of that writing should make it out to this blog.
Tax IDs for some Episcopalian organizations
This morning, when requesting my donor advised fund to send money to send money to the Episcopal Church USA to support the General Convention this summer, I struggled to find the Tax ID for the national church. To find the number, I turned to the Wikipedia, specifically Episcopal Church (United States) - Wikipedia to learn the following tidbit:
The full legal name of the national church corporate body is the "Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America", which was incorporated by the legislature of New York and established in 1821. The membership of the corporation "shall be considered as comprehending all persons who are members of the Church". This should not be confused with the name of the church itself, as it is a distinct body relating to church governance.
For my future giving to various Episcopal organizations (which all have distinct Tax ID numbers), I compiled the following table:
|Organization||Tax ID||Guidestar Profile|
|All Souls Episcopal Parish in Berkeley||94-1393415||All Souls Parish in Berkeley - GuideStar Profile|
|Episcopal Church USA||13-5562208||DOMESTIC AND FOREIGN MISSIONARY SOCIETY OF THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH - GuideStar Profile|
|Episcopal Relief and Development||73-1635264||EPISCOPAL RELIEF & DEVELOPMENT - GuideStar Profile|
|Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Northern California||94-1408152||Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Northern California - GuideStar Profile|
My old friends have grown in my absence
Basil and thyme and other summer lovelinesses
In my mother-in-law's backyard.
Letter to Albany City Council to Use Automatic Captioning for City Meetings on YouTube
Email I sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
To make the meetings of City of Albany more accessible,Â please turn on auto captioning for all the city meetingsÂ that are streamed via the Albany KALB YouTubeÂ channel (https://www.youtube.com/c/
- AUSD Board of Education - Aug.Â 11, 2020 - YouTube
- Albany City Council: Virtual Special & Regular Meeting - July 20, 2020 - YouTube
- AUSD Board of Education - July 14, 2020 - YouTube
- Social & Economic Justice Commission - July 7, 2020 - YouTube
- Albany City Council - July 6, 2020 - YouTube
- Working Group to Develop Community Policing & Relations Task Force - Aug.Â 13, 2020 - YouTube
- City Council Virtual Special Meeting - Aug.Â 5, 2020 - YouTube
- Social & Economic Justice Commission Virtual Special Meeting - Aug.Â 4, 2020 - YouTube
- Arts Committee - July 27, 2020 - YouTube
- Transportation Commission - July 23, 2020 - YouTube
- Planning & Zoning Commission: Virtual Special & Regular Meeting - July 22, 2020 - YouTube
- Addressing Institutional Racism that Impacts the City of Albany - YouTubeÂ (July 18, 2020)
- Climate Action Committee - July 15, 2020 - YouTube
- AUSD Board of Education - July 14, 2020 - YouTube
- 2x2x2 Virtual Meeting - July 13, 2020 - YouTube
- Parks, Recreation & Open Space Commission Virtual Meeting - July 8, 2020 - YouTube
- Economic Development Committee - July 2, 2020 - YouTube
Collaborative editing: Google Docs vs Microsoft Office
What experience do you all have in collaboratively editing Word documents in late 2019?
Yesterday, a group of collaborators and I were making the final push to submitting a grant proposal to the NSF due yesterday (spoiler alert: we made it!) Until the very last day, we were all using Google Docs and Google Drive, which is a fantastic collaborative environment. Then to get the documents formatted, the Google Docs were downloaded to the lead collaborator's computer. This move then made collaborative editing/copyediting of the document tricky. For a while, we were confused about which document was the most recent. We couldn't see easily see what other edits people had made. It wasn't clear that the approach that some of us took (to use Track Changes in Word) and then send our version of the document to the lead author) was actually the right -- and consensus -- approach.
Are others of you taking a similar approach: do a lot of collaborative editing in Google Docs and then do final editing/formatting in Word? How about using Microsoft Office for the Web for the entire writing process? I'm wondering how compatible online Word is with desktop Word, especially for detailed formatting.
Pareto Black Beans
Return to Regular Life in Albany
I'm pleased that on the first full day back at home from vacation that I made two healthy and delicious meals, which I consumed in moderation. Only one chicken leg, a small serving of Israeli couscous, and a heap of broccoli. Alas, I magically forgot my diet when I indulged heartily on spicy pistachios that a friend supplied to us at a meeting -- so watch those meeting snacks!
A striking view from a BART platform
It’s so beautiful at my church
I've spent many years now at All Souls Parish in Berkeley. So it tickles me to notice how utterly transportive Sunday morning workshop is to me -- if I notice. As I stood at the railing to receive communion yesterday, awash in music and light and surrounded by other parishioners, I said to myself: yes I'm blessed.