DIRECTION/REFLECTION/CONNECTION

September 20th, 2018

This lovely sunburst of a flower is my way of introducing this essay, because I am “bursting” to share what happened during the 10 Days of Awe between Rosh Hoshana And Yom Kippor. My last posting was the day of the evening when the Jewish New Year began, and last night was the end of Yom Kippor and the 10 Days of Awe. This is the time when Jews contemplate their actions and which ones were appropriate and which ones missed their marks, and what changes we want to make in the coming year of 5779 on the Hebrew/Jewish calendar.

These 10 days are also when we are either written in the Book of Life or The Book of Death, so we are reminded to reflect on this last year and make amends. Rabbi Sarah said that we must act well up to the day before we die, and since we don’t know when that will be, we must act with caring, love and compassion every day, doing good deeds, helping our neighbors, etc. This can be heavy stuff, but by choosing to focus on the 3 tenets below, I think I can handle the heavy parts.:

That first night Rabbi Jeff spoke of the three main tenets of Judaism. This is what I remember:

  1.    Teshuvah- Returning to your soul/repentance
  2.     Tefilah- Prayer/contemplation
  3.     Tzedakah – Charity/caring

What the rabbi did was convert these into the universals concepts of:

  1. Direction
  2. Reflection
  3. Connection

Coincidentally, or not, since I do not believe in coincidences, during the 10 Days if Awe I purposely refrained from any blog postings so I could contemplate the direction I want to take that will make a difference in my life and the lives of those I connect with.

Basically, I want to do fewer blog posts and turn more to writing in other areas, specifically focusing on obtaining grants so my friend and writing colleague, Krista, can help others tell their stories of struggle and survival. Here is what I wrote to friends and family instead of a Jewish New Year card to explain:

Finally, Krista and I would like to help people write their stories of survival from difficult circumstances. Our first person is Cherie, a 92-year old “Holocaust refugee” whom I met in tai chi class. Her book, which she wrote and self-published 20 years ago, is no longer in print, but with Create Space, we can re-publish it and have it printed on demand (no inventory, so no additional costs to stockpile the books.) But we need to find a grant, so if you know of any grants, please let me know. Or if you know someone who has a story to tell, please feel free to give them my email for writing: editexpress2002@yahoo.com. We want to focus, for now, on people who are not survivors of the camps or convents, because many of those books are already in print. But for those who escaped Hitler’s ovens, their survival in the USA can be an inspiration to other refugees….

I also hope to earn money submitting essays to e-zines to help with doing the project above. I have a list of organizations that might have a grant division, so that is our first step, grant queries.

Therefore, I will be posting periodically on Menopause, but not 2 or 3 times per week, and perhaps only a couple of times per month, depending on what happens with our project. I will keep you posted and if any of my freelance writing is published, I will send the link(s).

I look forward to this new direction and hope you will stay tuned to any important developments, big or small…..

Thanx for reading me, ellensue

 

PETITION FOR REAL FOOD

September 9th, 2018


NOTE:
THIS WILL BE MY LAST POSTING FOR 10 DAYS. I AM TAKING
THE 10 DAYS BETWEEN ROSH HOSHANA AND YOM KIPPOR, THE DAYS OF AWE, AS A RESPITE FROM POSTING AND RETHINKING WHERE I WANT MY WRITING TO GO NEXT
.  Happy New Year/Shana Tova to Jewish readers.

 

PLEASE SCROLL DOWN TO PETITION BELOW. I CANNOT MOVE IT UP.

 

THANX TO MY FRIEND HONEY FOR SENDING THIS. It will bleed into the margin.

Sign the petition: It’s time for food service companies to choose Real Food, not Big Food.

Three companies — Aramark, Sodexo, and Compass Group — serve billions of meals every year in cafeterias at schools, hospitals, universities, and businesses.

The vast majority of the food they serve comes from multinational corporations and factory farms that are harming the health of our communities and polluting the planet.

If these companies shifted to serving food that is good for people and the planet, it would make a huge impact. We need your help to urge them to act!

Tell Aramark, Sodexo and Compass Group: Stop fueling environmental destruction through your food purchasing!

Aramark, Sodexo, and Compass Group are lining the pockets of “Big Food” corporations like Tyson. These “Big Food” companies produce pesticide-intensive, GMO-fed, factory-farmed meat.

This is incredibly destructive for our environment. Factory farming pollutes water and contributes to climate chaos. Pesticides poison people and are leading to the decline of bees and monarch butterflies. And it’s all so Big Ag can make bigger profits.

What’s more, this system shuts out organic farmers, sustainable producers, and farmers of color. It’s unjust and it’s harming our health and the planet.

But these three food service giants could change that. They could reorient their business model away from a system of exclusive relationships with Big Food companies and towards Real Meals that support sustainable producers, communities, and the planet.

Sign the petition: It’s time for food service companies to choose Real Food, not Big Food.

Meat and dairy consumption is heating up the planet. And these food service companies are not being held accountable. Instead, they’re driving climate chaos by purchasing meat from polluting and inhumane factory farms.

We need to send the message that the public wants a food system that supports local and sustainable farmers, invests in racial justice and equity, and preserves our planet for future generations. But we can’t do this without you.

Tell Aramark, Sodexo, and Compass Group: Support sustainable farmers and ranchers instead of factory farms!

Thank you for joining us in calling for Real Meals.

In solidarity,
Chloe Waterman,
Senior food campaigner,
Friends of the Earth

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