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About ShiraDest

Shira Destinie Jones is a published poet, academic author, and advocate for improving our #PublicDomainInfrastructure. Her latest book, Stayed on Freedom's Call, on Black-Jewish Cooperation in DC, is freely available via the Internet Archive at https://archive.org/details/StayedOnFreedomsCall. She has organized community events such as film discussions, multi-ethnic song events, and cooperative presentations, and is a native of Washington, DC. She promotes peace, NVC and the Holocene Calendar, and is also a writer of reviews and stories on: http://www.tuquelees.com/ver-perfil-l... http://www.livraddict.com/profil/shir... https://www.wattpad.com/user/ShiraDest and https://www.linkedin.com/in/shiradest In Solidarity with All Kind People, Peace via Cooperation and Non-Cooperation, July, 12017 HE ShiraDest

Logic and Languages Help Our Future, on Day 30/67

      My thoughts on Day 30/67, 5 Month GED, Similar Triangle Ratios, and Adulting as lifelong language learning learners, in week 8/18, have been on applying logic to similar languages and contexts (and on how reading anything interesting transfers to reading other materials, like voter registration and ballot text…) in ways that help connect ideas, as a mind-map does:
  BestMindMap
Studying different languages, and applying those other ways of thinking in the context of a different grammatical system, but similar context of needing to communicate ideas, are also crucial in the voting process, and

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   Voting in the upcoming midterms is crucial to our republic, and to our future.

Shira

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B5, Hakan: Muhafiz/Protector & Sihirli AnnemLupin, or La Casa de Papel/Money Heist Reviews

Holistic College Algebra & GED/High School Lesson Plans,

Thoughtful Readers, please consider reading about #ProjectDoBetter.

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

Shira

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Start of Year 5783: Last Two Parshiot of the Torah, On Doing Better

    This week we’ll hear Parashat VaYelech, and then Ha’azinu, at the end of the Torah.

These last two parshiot of the Torah essentially are the founding leader handing over the mantle to his protege, while telling the people that they will certainly fail, but that they could Do Better.  If only they wanted to.

Project Do Better is founded on the idea that by building empathy while educating around community mutual aid and public infrastructure, we can build a world that does indeed Do Better, starting right now.

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

We can really  Do Better. -Shira

                                       Last week was: Parashat Nitzavim (נִצָּבִים) 5782: Rule of Law -It’s Not Across The Ocean, Folks. …  ,

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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B5, Hakan:Muhafiz/The ProtectorLupin, or La Casa De Papel/Money Heist Reviews,

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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Communication vs Neutrality?

    I found this article on Esperanto, which is available in many different translations (button on top right of page).  While languages may have conferences dedicated to communication among all speakers, and widening that communication for the good of all, should the organizers therefore be afraid to take political positions?

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l’espéranto a aidé ses étudiants à mieux communiquer avec la communauté indigène Totonaca, car ses attributs linguistiques ont facilité la compréhension de leur langue maternelle et ont ainsi joué le rôle de langue-passerelle.
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Esperanto helped their students communicate better with the indiginous Totonaca community, since the linguistic attributes facilitate understanding of their native language, and act as a language bridge.
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     I see the problem of neutrality mentioned in the article, and it seems to me that positions taken earlier, in the time of Franco and others, could be taken again, as a remedy, but I can also see why a language institute would avoid official positions on issues, leaving that for individual language speakers.   I’ll have to see what the French language Academy and others say (some are under Royal control, though, in Spain and Britain, and are a different story…).

Shira

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Review: Murat, and Loyalty

    I found this book both interesting and oddly inspiring.

It was very good:  a good reader and a nice short story with loyalty, sacrifice, empathy, and above all, death with dignity.
Bon c’était très bien :
une bonne lectrice et une histoire courte avec la loyauté, les sacrifices, l’empathie , et surtout de mourir avec le dignité.
“Merci, librivox.org !
Bonne lectrice mais he n’aimes pas trop la musique avec.”
January 5, 2022 –

25.0% “Quel traison ! Dommage que la poudre etait mouillé.

Et quelle sauvetage !!
“… 5 segunds encore…””

January 5, 2022 –

29.0% “5/6 obéirent, mais 2 espagnols n’avait pas la lâcheté d’obéir !
Chouette !!”

January 6, 2022 –

30.0%dumas_by_nadar2c_1855“Dumas   is the master of suspense in this one!”

January 7, 2022 –

50.0%”Ça semble un bon offre d’asile, quand même.”

January 7, 2022 –

60.0% “Pas de Vive Joachim : pas bon.”

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     I liked the story, and I gained a bit of hope for loyalty, and thus renewed hope in humankind.

Shira

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Esperanto & Spanish as Bridge Languages/como Idiomas Puentes?

I love languages, and have always found them easy to learn, particularly starting with Latin American Spanish, but I am told that many people find even this a difficult language to learn.  So, how about Esperanto as a very easy language to learn as a bridge to more difficult languages? / Adoro los idiomas, y siempre los he aprendido con facilidad, sobre todo empezando con el Español latino, pero me dicen que mucha gente no pueden aprender aun este idioma.  Entonces, por que no intenta con Esperanto, ya que es un idioma muy facil, como puente hacia los idiomas mas dificiles?

After all, language exposure does build empathy, and our world sorely needs more!

Shira

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La Casa de Papel (Money Heist) P4e2: “Berlin…” and No Empathy Ruins Even A Criminal’s Day

      The less said about this guy, the better: again, Berlin, please stay dead, and stop singing!!  In the reverse order!

   This series really is an exercise in showing why empathy is so important to have a functioning society.  Even these criminals need empathy in order to make their group function, and it shows when they don’t have any.  Not even criminal groups can function when a sociopath or a psychopath is in charge, right, Berlin, Palermo, and Gandia???

 

Poor Antonyanzas!!

Seriously…

    Last  week  was  Part 4, ep.1: La Casa de Papel (Money Heist) P4e1: “Game Over…” and Kids Need Empathy!

and

Next week is:   ,

  “Somos la resistencia.”

   “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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Science Fiction/Fantasy Shows,  Lupin, or Money Heist

Holistic High School Lessons,

Thoughtful Readers, if you are on Twitter, please consider following   #Project Do Better  on Twitter.

Shira

Writing Process Wednesdays, and Writer’s Block

So, I have finally experienced the dreaded block: staring at my WiP, words stumbling over themselves refusing to be put in order, and refusing to be put down on paper, much less typed into the word processor.

After a few minutes of agonized worry that this would take up valuable time, I reached for a sheet of scrap paper meaning to write a throw away paragraph, but instead, out came the sketch of the scene that you see featured above.

Did it help?  Sort of.

Shira

Action Items:

1.) Share your thoughts, please.

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

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

Holistic College Algebra & GED/High School Lesson Plans,

Thoughtful Readers, please consider reading about #ProjectDoBetter.

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

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Turkish Tuesdays: Sihirli Annem (My Magical Mother): When Your Mom Really IS a Fairy GodMother…

        Last week, the kids declared war on  the parents privacy.  Who won? 

  (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.

    Last week, the kids made a plan to stop their dad and new step-mom from having another kid:    by not giving these adults a split-second alone together!

   But they forgot one important thing:  she really is their Fairy step-mother!  b1Son

My gosh, how do I sometimes forget that I am a Fairy!

And so…  b1Bitti

      off to sleep the kids go!!

Next week we will start episode 2:   ;

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,

Thoughtful Readers, please consider reading about #ProjectDoBetter.

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

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Shannah Tovah, for those who celebrate

May this coming year bring hope, healing, and Enough to All of us.

Shira

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Minbari Mondays (B5:s4e15) “No Surrender, No Retreat” and Another Lesson in Practical Empathy

Empathy has very practical real life applications, like making it possible to understand the motivations of the captains on the opposing side, and adjust strategy accordingly.

The result? Keep reading!   🙂

On the 2nd of September, 2261, the drums beat for war, and the time has finally come to rescue Earth from a dictator. While Captain Sheridan plays steal-a-car prep, Londo hopes for forgiveness. Too soon. As G’Kar himself said about acknowledging change and redemption in another, and Brother Theo put in different words:

 “Forgiveness is a hard thing.”

Meanwhile, at Proxima 3, the fate of the war hangs on a man’s decision not to be a hypocrite, when it may well cost him his life:

“What does your conscience tell you?”

The result?

“Negative, Fleet Command. The Vesta will not engage in support of illegal orders.”

And, in tears of joy and wonder, mingled with not a little bit of fear, “here ends the lesson.”

Outstanding!!  

Last Monday’s review was s4e14: Minbari Mondays (B5:s4e14) “Moments of Transition” On Following Illegal Orders? s4e14MomentsTrans  ,

and 

then 

Next Minbari Monday will review: s4e16: …

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Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa.

I come in peace, I am your friend.

 

Action Prompts:

1.)  Share your thoughts on how we Human Beings might start to build a more fully inclusive society for all of us, and how this episode of Babylon 5 could help that process.

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

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