The Writing Is Done, The Umbrella Project Has Begun

     I have finally published the Do Better manifesto as a manual for community organizers looking for a long term plan that they can modify for their own communities, and use to work together with other projects and communities to help build a unified movement for the Common Good.
     The book,  Project Do Better: Enough For All, in Four Phases, comes in various sizes of PDF, as an epub, and as a mobi file from the stores that would allow me to set the price to Free, meaning that Amazon and the library systems, which require a minimum price well above that, did not allow me to publish through them.  I can download and send about 20 different sizes of PDF if needed, and copies are currently available:
    Draft2Digital says that the distribution will shortly also include Smashwords, so that should also make the epub and mobi versions more easily accessible in a few months or so.
    I still need a logo for the project, and help with getting the word out about this project, from all willing hands.  I plan to start sending a copy of the book to each person cited in the notes, page by page, and then to look for communities and organizers who might be interested in collaborating with the project, or using the book as a starting point for their own long term planning.  I will happily send the editable version of this book to communities wishing to modify it and publish their own versions of this plan.
Thoughts, Fellow Writers?
Shira

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Project Do Better: A Call for Helping Hands

    Project Do Better works  to create a society where every child is safe, and that is more fully inclusive for all of us. 

       Feedback and  Reviewers needed on the community manual for Project Do Better

     Project Do Better presents a vision of a world in which we all work toward a full safety net, and a better tomorrow, for all of us. 

   I have a request to make:

   I believe that planning ahead is a good idea, so:

 

  We need, still,  a  central portal set up for the project.

Oh, and a logo, please, although a friend of a friend may be working on this, not verified yet.

   The sections, of the Do Better book were posted every Wondering Wednesday,  seek  to build up a Community of Interest around this vision to both share the idea, and eventually also help to share the work, as this project will obviously be inter-generational. I’ve tried to explain the entire idea in the post for the Preface to this book, which several readers found helpful in clarifying my idea.  I am  seeking other Willing Workers On Our Future, hopefully younger than I am, who wish to take up the baton.

So, any sort of way that anyone would like to participate is great, from

1. simply liking and commenting on these posts, to

2. re-posting or otherwise sharing any Project Do Better posts,  to

3. posting your own publications on The Educational Round Robin blog, if you wish, and I can give you publishing authority to do this, as I’ve already given others, to

4. actively collaborating on  the project detailed in the book, or even just reviewing the manual in places like GoodReads, or even on The Archive, as there are many areas to subdivide, between now and the next 60 years, and many hands will be needed.

 

   So, in terms of what you can do, there are as many ways to contribute to this work as there are individuals with their own callings to read and share, to write, to draw, to teach, to build, etc! 

   In terms of being a part of what works to make the world a more just place, certainly there are many ways. What is essential to hold on to is the idea that there is more than just the one song, strike, campaign, movement, or even decade: each action that we take must be tied to a larger picture, so that that movement will keep generating progress for the whole, and to remember that there is always a next step to take.

 

Action Prompts:

1.) Share  your thoughts on how this project  could be improved, in the comments, here, please.  Consider sharing some ideas you may have on how our society can solve homelessness and child abuse, starting right now.

2.) Share your thoughts on how we can build empathy in our society today

3.) Write a story, post or tweet that uses those thoughts.

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Holistic High School Lessons,

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Shira

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Learning Empathy, and Hope for Housing, on Day 24/67?

      My thoughts on  Day 24 of my 67 night-school class set of lesson plans for GED/HiSet learners, remain on how to build compassion, if not social empathy.
    How, or what ideas do you have on this, could we help build more social empathy and compassion into our society?
   And housing.  How in the heck do we get a market based system to build housing when Enough for All is fundamentally in contrast to the interests of a profit-maximizing home-ownership system (i.e. home values go up far faster w/a shortage of housing…)?
    Sorry, I am still tired.
    I am still sure that the human race can Do Better.
Shira

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Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

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Parashat Vaetchanan (וָאֶתְחַנַּן) 5782, and Free Legal Utterances

    This week’s Torah portion, Vaetchanan (וָאֶתְחַנַּן),  is the 45th (45/54 or 52, depending on the year: this year, it’s 54…) reading in the annual cycle.  It’s the second parashah in the book of Dvarim, with the full reading in Dvarim/Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11.

   Among other things, like the second recitation of The 10 Utterances,  aka The Law, with a key word change (emphasized in L’cha Dodi…), this portion has the Shema,  which is a bit like the Shahada for Muslims, in that it is recited at death, but also in the daily prayers (with the full paragraphs, not recited as often), as well as at the taking out of the Torah scroll, in the form of a call and response.  There is a midrash that Yaakov/Israel, on his death bed, asked a worried question, to which his sons responded by reciting the Shema, and he responded to his sons’ answer  with the additional phrase that we now say quietly (Baruch shem kavod malchuto l’olam vaed -due to the Roman prohibition on that phrase, 2000 years ago).

      This was held to be a uniquely personal and powerful experience.  This is foundational for western, and even parts of Eastern, civilization, but now, are we capable, at least in theory, of upholding law through logic rather than divine command?

What do you think this parashah full of sayings/utterings and responses does to help us build an empathetic society?

I look forward to hearing your opinions on this matter, Thoughtful Readers.

We can really  Do Better. -Shira

                                       Last week was: Dvarim: Parashat Dvarim (דְּבָרִים) 5782, on The 9th of Av…  ,

Action Prompts:

    Share your thoughts on how to build buy-in to create a more equal, or at least less inequitable, society, please.   Guest posts are always welcome.  Writing, by the way, is my personal contribution to Project Do Better. What would yours be, if you had the spare time and energy?

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Holistic College Algebra & GED/HiSET Night School Lesson Plans,

           or My Nonfiction  & Historical Fiction Serial Writing

Thoughtful Readers, please consider reading about #ProjectDoBetter.
Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BsCs
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Public Financial Knowledge Infrastructure: What is an SoL?

    Since no one seems to be jumping up and down to get this part of the Project started, I am beginning with a very basic post, meant to be useful for anyone wishing to give a 5-minute seminar at the Metro/Trolley/Bus stop.
   SoL  ==  Statute of Limitations
   Statutes of Limitations are time limits on the enforcement of laws, basically.  The kinds of SoLs that Project Do Better focuses on, in Phase I, are those related to debt.  Every state has a different set of SoLs for each of the 4 kinds of debts:
1.  revolving  or open, is credit card;
2.  written contract;
3.  verbal contract;
4.  promissory notes
        Many web sites list the various SoLs by state, but be sure to compare the SoL in your state with the online legal code of your state.
    Another crucial point to remember is that in most states, the clock can restart on an old debt if you promise to pay, or make even a token payment on an old or expired debt.  That is why it is very important to be careful in dealing with debt collectors of any type, even if the debt has  been validated.
      More on this in a couple of weeks.

Shira

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Bernard Werber, Le Miroir de Cassandre, and Mental Health Care

Well, fans of M. Werber, I hate to say that his book Ants was the only one I can really say I like as a story, but this one, I think, is just as worth the read, for other reasons.  So, here is my review of his take on the ancient Trojan/Greek story of poor Cassandra (and the need for full access by all to all types of health care, including long term therapy and other mental health care):

English review is below…

M’a pris du temps, mais j’ai aimée ce livre, écrit du point de vu (pour la plupart en 1r personne, mais parfois d’un troisieme proche quand ce n’avait pas traitait de la protagoniste) d’une jeune fille autiste qui ce trouve sa place dans le monde. Ce conte de jeunesse la trouve en train de se trouver dans un endroit assez étonnant d’où travailler en sauver le monde. Ce que j’aime le meilleur s’était que ce sont le gens les plus improbable qui fondent ce travail, et que tout l’histoire ce trouve dans un monde ou on est rappelé plusieurs fois de ne pas juger ni un livre ni une personne par son couvre, tellement pestant que se soit. I trouve ce livre particulièrement important à lire pour les chefs et aussi pour le citoyens de tous les pays pour faire penser.

It took me a while, but I really liked this book, written from the PoV (mostly 1st person, but sometimes close third when not the protagonist) of a young autistic woman finding her place in the world. This coming of age story has her finding a rather surprising place from which to work on saving the world. The best part about it is that those doing this work are the absolute least likely people you would expect, and the entire story is set in a world in which we are reminded over and over again not to judge a book, nor a person, however smelly, by coverings. I find this book particularly important for all policy-makers and concerned citizens of any country to read and ponder.

Read, Write, Dream, Walk !

#PublicDomainInfrastructure
ShiraDest
March 23rd, 12018 HE

Shira

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Writing Process: Shifting Gears is Hard, but Notes Help

Transitioning from Project Do Better, now that it’s finished, back to my novel work in progress, Who By Fire, is much more difficult than I anticipated. I’ve been trying to work on both of these books at the same time, with the result that the novel has been vastly neglected. Now that I’m winding down the work on the Do Better manifesto, even as I still search for someone to pass the baton for the Project, I find myself thinking there must be something that I’ve missed or some other thing that I need to do for Project Do Better.  I find that the notes I’ve taken on the writing process, as I continue to work on my craft, help a bit.   Concentrating on the novel still feels like a world away, though.
As our world gets warmer and warmer, in bad ways.

Shira

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La Casa de Papel (Money Heist) P3e3: “48 meters” in Debt!!

    Nairobi the beautiful, motivating her workers, as always!! 

     And if they manage to figure out how to drill into the strong box, 48 meters under water, Spain will be in alot of debt!!

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  The Matriarchy works best! EmpMatrNairobi

And they got it done!  Like Mr. Torres said back at the Mint:  she’s the best boss!!

PorNairo

    Last  week  was Part 3, ep 2: “Aikido!”  …

and then

next week is:   ,

  “Somos la resistencia.”  -Ahora, si!

   “We are the Resistance.”  –Now, yes!

Shira  

Action Prompts:

1.)  Share your thoughts on how we can be part of the Peaceful Resistance…

2.) Write a book, story, post or tweet that uses these thoughts.

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Shira

Helping To Share New Tools is Win-Win

     I just heard from a fellow Manzilla, descended from Emily Manzilla Pinn, and Civil War hero Robert A. Pinn, to become more computer independent!  Since Do Better is not on Amazon (and I’m still sort of open to putting it up there, opinions needed…) due to their refusal to allow FREE as a price, getting the file onto an older Kindle (with no browser) requires transfering the .mobi file (which I can email to anyone needing it) via Calibre, my favorite free ebook s/w.

  While I am quite used to doing this, I found that it is not as simple for others.  So, we walked through it, and now, another (Boomer generation!) person is another tool further empowered!  And it was really wonderful to see her increasing confidence as we talked through the steps over the phone.

  I am so grateful!

Shira Destinie

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Happy Birthday, Anna J. Cooper, & Learning Languages to Dream of Libraries

    Dr. Anna J. Cooper was a strong advocate for education, especially in Washington, DC, and one of the first Black women to earn a PhD.  August 10th is her birthday, and as she fought to make the dreams of Black students possible, we must fight to make all of our collective dreams possible for a safer, kinder world.

Write your dreams, in a language all your own, if you must, and then expand your world by learning two more languages.  With the help of a library, as suggested below, shortly.

My personal dream has always been to save and enrich all lives, and my dream for the world is to see a Tiny House or at least a small well-insulated room with kitchenette and bathroom, with potable water, green vegetables, brown rice and dried beans and solar/windpower with backup pedal power for every man, woman and child over maybe, the age of 10, world wide, free for that person’s use from birth to his/her death with no charge, no questions, and no way to lose that right.

So, I journal in Spanish and Biblical Hebrew, which inspire me to look to examples like Amelia, of El Ministerio del Tiempo, and Ruth, of Biblical fame, as inspirations to persevere.

Spanish has always been my favorite language, especially in the bilingual South West. As an adult education instructor at the Continuing Education division of the San Diego Community College District, that proved helpful.

Every local educational institution has room for improvement, particularly when seen from both faculty and student perspectives. I posed some questions, recently, about ideas for implementing (on a shoestring budget ) projects that would have been helpful to our students when I taught, involving

1.) a small library or study area,
2.) workshops by CA Promise Program graduates,
3.) an on-site nurse paid for by mediCal, and
4.) access to public transportation:

1.) Many of my students told me they didn’t have a quiet place to study.  While I know that space is in very short supply on the North campus, I wonder if a small area, possibly in the multipurpose room when it’s not being used, could be set aside with cubicles or movable small desks and a small movable lending library like the tiny libraries?

2.)   I wonder, on the assumption of course that having graduated and started a new career as a professional with a bachelor’s degree anyone can be found who will have time, if any students having graduated with a bachelor’s degree after getting their first two years of community college paid for through the California promise program or with the San Diego promise program, could be persuaded to come back either as tutors, mentors, or even just to give workshops in the areas in which they got their educations?  Particularly accounting majors or paralegal/pre-law majors who could give small workshops on dealing with debt in California including California statutes of limitations, or financial planning workshops or how to do your own taxes if you only need to do the 1040EZ, etc?  One-on-one tutoring, and also mentoring,  that supportive help, especially for our high school equivalency students, could be both useful and inspiring.  Seeing successfully graduated professionals with a bachelor’s degree who came through the community college system and are willing to spend individual time with them, even if only a couple of hours a week, could make a difference.  Could interns or SCORE volunteers put a program like this together?  Do we track or stay in touch with students who finish the California or San Diego promise program once they finish their bachelor’s degrees?

3.) Many of my students worked two jobs or for other reasons never had time to see a doctor even when they were ill. I wonder if it is possible to pay, through the Medi-Cal system, for a nurse to be on-site, perhaps based out of the office  of each campus, a couple of days/evenings a week?

4.)  One of the biggest problem areas that I saw for my car-free students was that neither the continuing ed, nor the  faculty Union was able to get the transit authority to enforce acceptance of continuing ed student IDs for the monthly bus and rail pass discount.  In planning for post-Covid-19 classes, will we have any resources to address public transportation discount and access issues?

I imagine that some of these ideas may be a little overwhelming, because I understand that time and resources are extremely limited, but once in a while, as others have noted: we do have to dream.

Some possible action items that you can take right now include:
1.) Call your local City Council members, and ask them to increase library funding,
2.) Donate to ProPublica for probono legal and financial education for all,

or, please share your ideas for improving local libraries and education!

Let’s #EndPoverty , #EndHomelessness, & #EndMoneyBail starting by improving these four parts of our good #PublicDomainInfrastructure 4:
1. #libraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport

original version first posted on August 10th, 12020 HE

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Reblog: Thank You, Octavia Butler — Inspiring Critical Thinking and Community via Books, Lessons, and Story

This is a reminder that persistence is important: Shira

Today is the Yahrzeit, or the anniversary of the day, in 2006, on which this American prophet and Science Fiction/Fantasy writer left us.     I look back to her words, dreaming of  one united human race.   And I look to finding a community of willing workers, united in service to the good of all […]

Thank You, Octavia Butler — Inspiring Critical Thinking and Community via Books, Lessons, and Story

Turkish Tuesdays: Sihirli Annem (My Magical Mother): Jealousy is Not Love…

        Last week we met family and neighbors in the first 15 minutes of Bölüm 1/Episode 1: Turkish Tuesdays: Sihirli Annem (My Magical Mother): Love is Love…

As I noted previously, the Youtube video has CCs in English and Turkish…), and having the Closed Captions available makes it easy to go back and read the words missed in listening, greatly speeding my language learning.  I hope it does the same for you.

   This week, we meet Sadik’s boss, a jealous and unkind man: b1Omur

“…and I will drink with the lovely mother of this useless man being married by Betus!”

He seems perfectly suited for Dudu, even if he is human.  Too bad both Betus and Sadik will have to put up with this asinine boss, for a while, anyway.

One month later, Dudu continues working to separate them, in vain.  She is closely watched by the Fairy President, Perihan

Perihan.

She has been friends with Dudu for centuries, but cannot stand by and allow her to torment people.

Meanwhile, Poor Avni is still watching from next door, and his wife, Suzan, wants him to see a psychiatrist, but he insists that:  b1Deli

“I am not crazy.”

Next week we continue with bolum 1 / episode 1, at 35 minutes into th1 hour long video:   ;

Shira

Hoşça Kalın!

Action Items:

1.) Share two different sources related to the Sihirli Annem series, and to the tie ins with interracial marriage and same sex marriage,  to this series.

2.) Share your thoughts on how a TV show might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking,

3.) Write a story, post or tweet that uses those thoughts.

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B5, Hakan: Muhafiz/The Protector,  Lupin, or La Casa de Papel/Money Heist Reviews

Holistic College Algebra & GED/High School Lesson Plans,

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Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

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