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What Have I been Up To

Posted by John Mason on August 19, 2013 at 7:00 PM

I'm getting ready for the High Holy Days, Rosh ha-Shona and Yom Kippur. We are now in the month of Elul, the time of reflection over what we have done right in the past year and what we can improve on-and we CAn improve, so don't listen to those who tell you that you can't. I bid everyone a sweet, happy, and prosperous new year. As is my custom, I have written a series of Rosh ha-Shona resolutions, compatable to New Year's resolutions. They are as follows:

I will continue to be loyal to Jewish religion, history, culture, Kabala, Israel, Yiddishkeit, etc.

I will continue to conduct myself with self- love, self-esteem, and self-respect.

I will continue to be more in the NOW, in the present, not multitasking.

I will continue to be loyal to my various social and political causes.

I will continue to know the love of women and the joy of sex.

I will continue to develop my art, craft, and business as a writer.

I will continue meditation, affirmations, and other psychological and spiritual practices.

I will continue to improve my financial situation.

I will resume learning foreign languages.

I will eat and exercise moderately.

I have recently attended the Delegates Assembly of the National Writers Union/UAW Local 1981 (nwu.org). we discussed and debated resolutions on reforming copyright laws and supporeted whistleblower protection laws, along with learning about organizing efforts of freelance writers in Austria. The very fact that we're coming together to discuss our issues is significant, showing that we work together for our mutual benefit.

This past Saturday, August 17, I took part in a cookout at Elmwood Park, 71st and Buist Avenue, as part of the United Steel Workers' Summer of Solidarity Tour throughout the country. Performing at the event was the famous Labor folk singer Anne Feeney. You can find out about the tour on he webste summerofsolidarity.org. 

Monday, September 2, is Labor Day, and I will join my union brothers and sisters in the Tri-State Annual Labor Day Parade and Family Celebration. We will start the march at the Sheet Metal workers hall, 1301 South Columbus Blcd in Philadelphia, and we will march down Columbus Boulevard to the Festival Pier of Penn's Landing, where the celebration will take place. We have fun and show our pride in our past, and determination for the future.  

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