A vegan menu can reflect the intention of kindness and humanity to all, both man and creature. For most people, our hearts go out to both the Israeli and Palestinian people. (Netanyahu? Hamas? No. Neither.)
This is a difficult winter/holiday season for many. That is why my Hanukkah wishes are not overly cheerful. But they are hopeful. Let there be light.
Only 10 percent of American workers belong to a labor union. Compare that to the 33 percent union membership of the 1950s. Union wages raise the competitive wages and benefits for non-union workers, as well. Now with fewer unionized workers, there is greater income inequality for all workers.
In Sweden, 90 percent of workers are unionized. They enjoy collective bargaining, and keep their work standards and benefits high. Swedish workers want it to stay that way. That is why Swedish mechanics are currently fighting Elon Musk’s automotive company, Tesla, for union rights.
In a statement, the Swedish Trade Union Confederation said: “In Sweden, we should not have American conditions. If we allow a giant company to do as they wish, more will follow.”
(Ouch. Swedish workers reject American working conditions.)
The Swedish mechanics do not strike alone. Other unionized industries stand in solidarity with them. Postal workers, painters, dock workers, transport workers, and building maintenance support their efforts, with their own Tesla-targeted strike actions.
Other trade unions have rallied around IF Metall’s strike action, believing that Tesla’s actions could put the entire Swedish labour model in danger.
Tom Turkey says, “Be grateful for vegans.” He is very concerned about the planet and human blood cholesterol levels. So this Thanksgiving, to please Tom, inch your way toward a plant-based menu.
Check out “Vegan Holiday Recipes for All 4 Seasons” and look for the “Thanksgiving” section. (TIP: Control+f, and enter “thanksgiving” in the find field.) That should keep your kitchen entertained, for about the next week.
Whether you’re solo, or with a crowd, here’s wishing you peace and purpose. Have a happy Thanksgiving!
During a Medicare Open Enrollment period, it is easy for seniors to switch back to Medicare. My advice? Switch to real Medicare (often called “original” or “traditional” Medicare by wordsmiths working for the private health insurance industry) before your aging body parts start to breakdown. We are in a Medicare Open Enrollment period right now, from October 15, 2023 to December 7, 2023.
Why do I collect this information and share it with you? Because I am absolutely biased.
I am no fan of Medicare Advantage, or of any unnecessary private healthcare middlemen, making a mint off of the US Government and my fellow-Americans. This country would save a lot of money with a comprehensive, single-payer, universal healthcare system like Bernie Sanders’ Medicare For All. Even the conservative think tank Mercatus Center at George Mason University “found that under Sanders’s plan, overall health costs would go down, and wages would go up.”
Be well. Stay healthy. When injustice makes you unhappy, practice emotional detachment. And keep fighting the Good Fight.
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is coming up this November. The challenge is to write 50,000 words in 30 days, and to end up with the first draft of a new novel.
The idea of NaNoWriMo is to write as fast as you can. It’s quantity over quality. Kill that debilitating urge for perfectionism. You can edit in December.
So who’s signing up? I just might. I happen to have a story idea about a little dog who falls into the company of fractious, but lovable, progressive activists. (Of course!)
Meanwhile, I’m looking at various writers’ applications. Many of them include motivational tools that help authors set, and achieve, timely writing goals. They are the perfect tools for a mad-dash book draft.