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Minbari Mondays, Spider in the Web, and, crazy solutions for peace

This week, Ranger Mayann has no report, but I am taking the liberty of summing up this 6th episode of season 2, from what I hope would be the Minbari point of view:

 

“I’ve read your proposal, Mr. Isogi. Frankly, you’re either insane or a very brave man. “

 

Here, after this reaction from a representative of a provisional colonial government, Taro Isogi reminds her, as the Minbari often remind us, that history matters.  And so does long term innovative thinking.   His idea of Future Corp was a way of solving the violence on the Mars colony peacefully.

Einstein said that only by thinking at a different level from which our problems began, can we solve those problems.  This episode represents that idea in a more concrete form.  

The core of the actual problem is that there exists a black ops agency buried deeply within the Earth government, working against the interests of peace.  Captain Sheridan confides his intention to find that agency, the metaphorical Spider in the Web, and to destroy it.  This is why this episode represents so much of what I love about Babylon 5: the willingness to confront unpleasant realities, and then create tools to deal with them.

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa.

I come in peace, I am your friend.

 

There are earlier episodes, as part of a letter on the history of the Babylon Project.  

-Shira Destinie

Action Items:

1.)  Share your thoughts on the importance of history and building on earlier knowledge to make space and tools to solve new problems, please.

2.) 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.

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

Dear Readers, ideas on learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning, on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind?

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for COVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
ReadWrite, Vote, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans offline) 

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa. and my Babylon 5 review posts, if you like Science Fiction, and a proposed Vision on Wondering Wednesdays: for a kinder world…    

Shira Destinie A. Jones, BsC, MAT, MPhil

our year 2021 CE =  12021 HE

(GED lesson plans: Day 1)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free copies at: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.

Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.

-one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GoodReads button: ,  Please leave a review, if you can make a bit of time, on the GoodReads page.

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Minbari Mondays, The Long Dark, and, mental health care in outer space

 

“Now what would a guy with everything in the world do with one of those?”

Good question, coming from a homeless combat veteran suffering from nightmares and flashbacks, in response to Garibaldi’s suggestion that he knows some good therapists.  Just before that, Garibaldi tells a young security officer that he knows this “lurker” served in the infantry because, while watching the homeless “lurker” having a nightmare, he tells the young security officer that

“I’ve had that same dream.”

Hence, as the Minbari often reminds us, history matters.  And so does health care.

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa.

 

 

That was the 5th episode of Season 2, of Ranger Mayann’s letter on the history of the Babylon Project.  

-Shira Destinie

Action Items:

1.)  Share your thoughts on the importance of history and mental health care, please.

2.) 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.

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

Dear Readers, ideas on learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning, on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind?

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for COVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
ReadWrite, Vote, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans offline) 

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa. and my Babylon 5 review posts, if you like Science Fiction, and a proposed Vision on Wondering Wednesdays: for a kinder world…    

Shira Destinie A. Jones, BsC, MAT, MPhil

our year 2021 CE =  12021 HE

(GED lesson plans: Day 1)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free copies at: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.

Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.

-one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GoodReads button: ,  Please leave a review, if you can make a bit of time, on the GoodReads page.

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Minbari Mondays, A Distant Star, and, Ask a Librarian about lifeboats!

Here is the latest installment of our ongoing letter from Ranger Mayann.

This is her 4th report during the third year of operation of the station:

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa, Greetings from Tuzanor:

In this report, in the beginning of your Earth year 2259, it was the third year of operation of the station.   Captain Sheridan shows, in this incident, why he was worthy to become The One that Will Be…

From the city of  Tuzanor, on Minbar Earth year 2279,

Anla’Shok Mayann

Shira’s Addendum to Ranger Mayann’s report:

This episode is so cool, because it takes a little known historical fact, and uses it in a new situation.  And it shows that thinking outside the box matters.   The aptly named explorer ship Cortéz gets a beautiful long-shot rescue “taking a page from the life boat service” in a daring new tactic that proves once again that this guy is the right person for the job.

For the first time ever, also, I can agree with a comment on drinking, as Ivanova tells the Captain to stop worrying about his lost friends, promising to drink with him, if it ends up being a Wake, but in the meantime, to focus on that old Egyptian blessing.

Garibaldi, and even Delenn, meanwhile, both take on the Italian food delegation as distractions to talking with the Doctor.

That was part of Ranger Mayann’s letter on the history of the Babylon Project.  

-Shira Destinie

Action Items:

1.)  Share your thoughts on the importance of history as one of the tools  we use to solve modern problems, please.

2.) 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.

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

Dear Readers, ideas on learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning, on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind?

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for COVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
ReadWrite, Vote, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans offline) 

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa. and my Babylon 5 review posts, if you like Science Fiction, and a proposed Vision on Wondering Wednesdays: for a kinder world…    

Shira Destinie A. Jones, BsC, MAT, MPhil

our year 2021 CE =  12021 HE

(GED lesson plans: Day 1Day 5)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free copies at: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.

Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.

-one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GoodReads button: ,  Please leave a review, if you can make a bit of time, on the GoodReads page.

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Minbari Mondays, The Geometry of Shadows, and Technomages love Mollari!

Ok, so maybe they don’t, and the feeling is surely mutual! Here is the latest installment of our ongoing letter from Ranger Mayann.

This is her 3rd report of the third year of operation of the station:

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa, Greetings from Tuzanor:

In this report, in the beginning of your Earth year 2259, it was the start of the third year of operation of the station. Ambassador Delenn had just finished making her transition, during this incident.  While no Minbari were involved in the events of this report, the relationship between Michael Garibaldi, Captain Sheridan, and Commander Ivanova are shown to deepen in important ways, by this report.

This set of events, most importantly, show the adaptability and determination that would later lead to the rise of Ivanova from EarthForce to the leadership of my order, the Anla’Shok.

From the city of  Tuzanor, on Minbar Earth year 2279,

Anla’Shok Mayann

Shira’s Addendum to Ranger Mayann’s report:

This episode is hilarious .   Even the serious parts, like the start of Garibaldi’s character arc, are funny.  First, the funny stuff!

For the first time in many years, the Technomages are seen.  In numbers.  This is not a good thing, but, Londo Mollari is never deterred by good sense.  Suffice it to say that he is taught better manners by the head of that order.

Garibaldi, on the more serious side, is in a less than humorous place, toying with his service weapon, and with reasons to live, or not.  Captain Sheridan gives him a chance to find a reason to keep living and serving, and Garibaldi takes it, when he realizes that his unique set of paranoid skills are just what the Captain and the station need.

Ivanova, meanwhile, just promoted to full Commander, learns to bring unity, through purple dye.

 

And of course, Mollari, does not learn anything, yet. 

But he will…

 

That was part of Ranger Mayann’s letter on the history of the Babylon Project.  

-Shira Destinie

Action Items:

1.)  Share your thoughts on the importance of finding the right reasons to live, and what tools  we use to do that in our different ways, please.

2.) 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.

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

Dear Readers, ideas on learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning, on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind?

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for COVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
ReadWrite, Vote, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans offline) 

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa. and my Babylon 5 review posts, if you like Science Fiction, and a proposed Vision on Wondering Wednesdays: for a kinder world…    

Shira Destinie A. Jones, BsC, MAT, MPhil

our year 2021 CE =  12021 HE

(GED lesson plans: Day 1Day 5)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free copies at: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.

Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.

-one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GoodReads button: ,  Please leave a review, if you can make a bit of time, on the GoodReads page.

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Minbari Mondays, Mora’dum, and Cursing Names

There is another interruption in the sending of our fictional letter (reviewing each film and episode of Babylon 5) that I receive each week from Ranger Mayann.

Hopefully, reports from The Great Machine on Epsilon 3 will resume soon. Meanwhile, here is a short, based on the Ranger training use of terror, as it could be applied here on earth:

        The punishment will be worth it.

        If any technology sufficiently advanced appeared to be magic, so much the better for this human, harming others of his kind with no thought even for himself.  The Moradum would be perfect, to set an example.

    As the flame met the paper, the man’s hands began to burn.  His screams were muffled by the bands that began to wind more tightly around his face.  That had been a gift from a passing TechnoMage, insulted by this human’s refusal to wear a mask for the safety of his fellow human beings during a plague.   These two pieces of “magic” would serve well with this group of humans, enthralled as they were by their theories of magic everywhere.  Let them speculate on the magic behind this punishment.  Let them learn.

   The screams grew louder as the cigarette tore through the man’s arm, leaving a track of raw flesh where a hand and wrist had been. 

Good, the wound was being cauterized. 

Efficient.

Now, the only remaining task was to stop the human girl who was standing on her balcony, wheezing in pain from the earlier cigarette smoked by this man, from throwing herself off.

    I hope that this is interesting, at least, and please, dear Readers, accept my apologies for the lack of polish.  I’m not feeling well, and not resting well, so am not up to par.

Stay safe,

-Shira Destinie

Action Items:

1.)  Share your thoughts on the importance of empathy.

2.) Share your thoughts on how we Human Beings might start to build a more fully inclusive society for all of us, and how we can start to give a damn about each other.

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

Dear Readers, ideas on learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning, on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind?

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for COVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
ReadWrite, Vote, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans offline) 

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa. and my Babylon 5 review posts, if you like Science Fiction, and a proposed Vision on Wondering Wednesdays: Baby Acres/Floors for a kinder world…    

Shira Destinie A. Jones, BsC, MAT, MPhil

our year 2021 CE =  12021 HE

(GED lesson plans: Day 1Day 5)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free copies at: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.

Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.

-one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via  GoodReads.  Please leave a review, if you can make a bit of time, on the GoodReads page.

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Minbari Mondays, Revelations, and Remembering Names

There is an interruption in the sending of our fictional letter (reviewing each film and episode of Babylon 5) that I receive each week from Ranger Mayann.

Here is my replacement of what would have been her 2nd report of the third year of operation of the station:

This episode is incredible.   For the first time, old enemies must become allies, as G’Kar tries to tell the others what danger awaits them all, and begins to become the Cassandra of the galaxy:

Weep for the future, Na’Toth. Weep for us all.”

And not only for the quote of a famous Yeats poem:

Things fall apart; the center cannot hold;

Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere

The ceremony of innocence is drowned;

Many thanks to Neatnik for this quote, and his much better review of this episode.

That was a missing part of Ranger Mayann’s letter on the history of the Babylon Project.  

-Shira Destinie

Action Items:

1.)  Share your thoughts on the importance of history.

2.) 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.

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

Dear Readers, ideas on learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning, on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind?

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for COVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
ReadWrite, Vote, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans offline) 

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa. and my Babylon 5 review posts, if you like Science Fiction, and a proposed Vision on Wondering Wednesdays: for a kinder world…    

Shira Destinie A. Jones, BsC, MAT, MPhil

our year 2021 CE =  12021 HE

(GED lesson plans: Day 1Day 5)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free copies at: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.

Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.

-one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GoodReads button: ,  Please leave a review, if you can make a bit of time, on the GoodReads page.

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Minbari Mondays,Points of Departure, and Honor

This is the continuation of our fictional letter (reviewing each film and episode of Babylon 5) that I receive each week from Ranger Mayann.

Here is her 1st report of the third year of operation of the station:

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa, Greetings from Tuzanor:

In this report, in the beginning of your Earth year 2259, it was the start of the third year of operation of the station. Ambassador DeLenn was making her transition, during this sad incident with our people, and Lenier had at last allowed to answer the question that has been haunting you Humans for the previous ten years. He explained to Captain Sheridan the Starkiller, newly sent to command Babylon 5, that the reason for our surrender at what you call The Battle of The Line is that you Humans, like us, now share our souls. While the captain was not yet able to believe this truth, he nevertheless made use of it, in holding back his fighters, to win the safety of the station.

From the city of  Tuzanor, on Minbar Earth year 2279,

Anla’Shok Mayann

  Addendum to Ranger Mayann’s report, by Shira: This episode is not one of my favorite, for some reason, as we get a lot of preconceived ideas about groups of people here, but we do see, later, how those prejudices change over time. That is one of the things I really love about this series, in that it models learning.

That was part of Ranger Mayann’s letter on the history of the Babylon Project.  

-Shira Destinie

Action Items:

1.)  Share your thoughts on the many kinds of Honor.

2.) 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.

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

4.) Go see Neatnik’s review of this episode.

Dear Readers, ideas on learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning, on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind?

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for COVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
ReadWrite, Vote, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans offline) 

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa. and my Babylon 5 review posts, if you like Science Fiction, and a proposed Vision on Wondering Wednesdays: for a kinder world…    

Shira Destinie A. Jones, BsC, MAT, MPhil

our year 2021 CE =  12021 HE

(GED lesson plans: Day 1Day 5)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free copies at: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.

Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.

-one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GoodReads button: ,  Please leave a review, if you can make a bit of time, on the GoodReads page.

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Minbari Mondays, Chrysalis, and Recognizing…

This is the continuation of our fictional letter (reviewing each film and episode of Babylon 5) that I receive each week from Ranger Mayann.

Here is her 24th report:

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa, Greetings from Tuzanor:

In this report, in the end of your Earth year 2258, it is also the end of the second year of operation of the station. The Anla’Shok claims not to know very much, concerning the events surrounding the great Delenn, in this incident, but we have much intelligence to offer related to the other important events on the station during this terrible day. We do know, though, that she asked a crucial question of then Commander Sinclair, regarding our most sacred relic from Valen. We also know that she then used that relic to make a transformation that was not approved by our Gray Council of that time, yet, she took the risk of helping to fulfill what indeed did bring out the better in us, eventually.

From the city of  Tuzanor, on Minbar

Earth year 2278,

Anla’Shok Mayann

  Addendum to Ranger Mayann’s report, by Shira: This episode is easily the most dramatic of season 1, and is full of foreshadowing to the next season. Quadrant 37’s situation is changing dramatically, as will that of Ms. Sakai and Commander Sinclair, shortly.

I love Londo’s question to Vir on just how many of their gods he must have offended to have to give territory to the Narn, whom Sinclair accuses of acting “like abused children who’ve grown big enough to do it to someone else.”

Then there is Garibaldi’s heroic trip to warn the others, coming too late to save the human beings the tears of an assassination, as Lenier sheds tears for Delenn, while the Narn have a terrible day of their own, most unexpectedly, as Londo believes his fortunes to be turning to the good, although he is quite wrong, of course. And then the politics, as Commander Sinclair is ordered to maintain silence on what really looks like evidence of an important cover-up.

“And so, it begins…”

That was part of Ranger Mayann’s letter on the history of the Babylon Project.  

-Shira Destinie

Action Items:

1.)  Share your thoughts on the many means of recognition, and how important it can be to recognize each side of a particular truth as such.

2.) 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.

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

4.) Please see Neatnik’s excellent review of this episode and tell us what you think.

Dear Readers, ideas on learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning, on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind?

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for COVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
ReadWrite, Vote, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans offline) 

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa. and my Babylon 5 review posts, if you like Science Fiction, and a proposed Vision on Wondering Wednesdays: for a kinder world…    

Shira Destinie A. Jones, BsC, MAT, MPhil

our year 2021 CE =  12021 HE

(GED lesson plans: Day 1Day 5)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free copies at: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.

Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.

-one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GoodReads button: ,  Please leave a review, if you can make a bit of time, on the GoodReads page.

Shira Destinie Jones by ShiraDest is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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Minbari Mondays, The Quality of Mercy, and Lying to Save Someone Else’s Honor?

This is the continuation of our fictional letter (reviewing each film and episode of Babylon 5) that I receive each week from Ranger Mayann.

Here is her 23rd report:

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa, Greetings from Tuzanor:

In this report, in your Earth year 2258, it is nearing the end of the second year of operation of the station. Due to the nature of the technology and the tragic end of one of our own, due to events made possible by an object in this incident, the Anla’Shok has forbidden me to write a letter this week, but you will be informed of what you need to know, when you need to know it, concerning these events.

From the city of  Tuzanor, on Minbar

Earth year 2278,

Anla’Shok Mayann

  Addendum to Ranger Mayann’s report, by Shira: This episode has some great material for later events, some fun information about poor little Lennier, about whom Delenn will not inquire, out of respect, and a great line from a guest star, Dr. Rosen:

“Hear that? He’s a dreamer! Try not to let him wake up…”

Beautiful!

A fuller review of this episode is done by Neatnik.

That was part of Ranger Mayann’s letter on the history of the Babylon Project.  

See Ranger Mayann’s report from previous weeks here.

-Shira Destinie

Action Items:

1.)  Share your thoughts on why it may be important to help save face for someone else.

2.) 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.

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

Dear Readers, ideas on learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning, on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind?

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for COVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
ReadWrite, Vote, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans offline) 

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa. and my Babylon 5 review posts, if you like Science Fiction, and a proposed Vision on Wondering Wednesdays: for a kinder world…    

Shira Destinie A. Jones, BsC, MAT, MPhil

our year 2021 CE =  12021 HE

(GED lesson plans: Day 1Day 5)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free copies at: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.

Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.

-one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GoodReads button: ,  Please leave a review, if you can make a bit of time, on the GoodReads page.

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Minbari Mondays, Babylon Squared, and Unstuck in Time

This is the continuation of our fictional letter (reviewing each film and episode of Babylon 5) that I receive each week from Ranger Mayann.

Here is her 22st report:

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa, Greetings from Tuzanor:

In this report, in your Earth year 2258, it is nearing the end of the second year of operation of the station. Due to the nature of events and persons in this incident, the Anla’Shok has forbidden me to write a letter this week, once again.

From the city of  Tuzanor, on Minbar

Earth year 2278,

Anla’Shok Mayann

  Addendum to Ranger Mayann’s report, by Shira: This episode has some great Garibaldi quotes:

“…it’s ok: I finally understand. This is the moment I was born for.”

and then we finally find out more about… Babylon 4!

Then there is a cool breakfast gag, poor Ivanova, and Garibaldi: hide!

A fuller review of this episode is done by Neatnik.

That was part of Ranger Mayann’s letter on the history of the Babylon Project.  

See Ranger Mayann’s report from previous weeks here.

-Shira Destinie

Action Items:

1.)  Share your thoughts on the many means of service, and how they can give life meaning.

2.) 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.

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

Dear Readers, ideas on learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning, on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind?

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for COVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
ReadWrite, Vote, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans offline) 

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa. and my Babylon 5 review posts, if you like Science Fiction, and a proposed Vision on Wondering Wednesdays: for a kinder world…    

Shira Destinie A. Jones, BsC, MAT, MPhil

our year 2021 CE =  12021 HE

(GED lesson plans: Day 1Day 5)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free copies at: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.

Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.

-one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GoodReads button: ,  Please leave a review, if you can make a bit of time, on the GoodReads page.

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