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Minbari Mondays, Two Lessons From “Whatever Happened to Mr. Garibaldi?” (B5:s4e2) On Loyalty

       This week’s lessons are questions, really:

          1.   How can one find such loyal siblings in arms as G’Kar is toward Garibaldi, now?

          2.   Why is romantic love, rather than fraternal loyalty, the love that G’Kar is showing for Garibaldi, always seen as THE reason to live, in our culture?

 

     This is one of G’Kar’s most worrisome episodes -for us!!  He runs straight into danger, just to find Mr. G.   Where is such a brother in arms, here, today? GkarCapt  Even Jack The Inquisitor would be impressed.

  Can we learn, ourselves, to show such loyalty?                

    We can Do Better.

 

Last Monday’s review was S4e1: Minbari Mondays, and Two Lessons From “The Hour of The Wolf” (B5:s4e1) On Wisdom,

and 

Next Minbari Monday will be episode 3 of the year  2261, in this 4th season:

           Season 4e3:  ;

  …

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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Shira

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Two Thought Thursday Lessons from La Casa de Papel (Money Heist) p2e5, ep. 18 on Belief

1.)  Why are women almost never believed?

2.)  People do illogical things when they know, or believe, that they will not be believed…

—     cap 18, p2:e5

101 horas de atraco

Arturito still being an idiot, the Professor in the hospital, and the press defending Berlin!

   Las desgracias de tres mujeres syncronizados.   Yup, the pain of all three women at the same instant.

They finally believe her, once it’s almost too late!

And why does her ex have the name Noah tattooed on his arm?

Yuck, Berlin!!

 

    Last week’s review was Two Lessons On Empathy from La Casa de Papel (Money Heist) p2e4, ep. 17:

Next weeks will be ep. 19, aka part 2, episode 6:  …

  “Somos la resistencia.”   -Umm, no de todo…

   We are the Resistance.   -Um, not quite…

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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Click here to read, if you like:

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

New Turkish Tuesdays Show: Sihirli Annem (My Magical Mother)

I have been waiting a long time to start reviewing a series that I know Violet will like, as will all who enjoy hopeful family shows, with fun, meaning, and magic!  sihirli_annem_logosu

This show has been my all time favorite family show, and maybe even my all time favorite show ever, since I first saw and fell in love with it when I lived in Izmir in 2005.

The show features a fairy mother, Betüş, who marries a ‘normal’ human man, Sadık, who does not know that she and her family are fairies.  Humans are not allowed to see them doing magic, so this makes life interesting for all concerned.  Sadık has two children, who are not so sure about this new step-mother of theirs, at first.  The red-head in the featured image is a little kid we will learn more about later!   🙂      As a language-learning side comment, I love the name Sadık, which literally means “loyal” in Turkish.  And loyal he is, as we will find out in time.

It also features the late Defne Joy Foster, EdaDjF an American-Turkish actress who was well loved, as Eda, the sister of Betüş, who is the star of the show.   I love Eda’s character arc in the series, as she goes from following their mother’s lead, to learning to stand up for herself as an independent thinker.

So, next week I hope to start reviewing this series, at last!

Action Items:

1.) Share two different sources related to the Sihirli Annem series, and to the Harry Potter tie ins 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 it.

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B5, Hakan: Muhafiz/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

Hoşça Kalın!

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Minbari Mondays, and Two Lessons From “The Hour of The Wolf” (B5:s4e1) On Wisdom

       This week’s lessons:

          1.   It is unwise, yet very human, to blame ourselves for things out of our control.  Critical thinking, and keeping a journal, can help with this.

          2.   Wisdom includes seeing and acknowledging the growth in another person.

 

     This is one of G’Kar’s best episodes:

Our thoughts form the universe -they always matter.  …  It takes a rare kind of  wisdom to accept change and redemption in another.  Many would refuse…

  Let’s learn, ourselves, please, to see the person standing in front of us, at the present moment, and ourselves, at the present moment.                

    We can Do Better.

 

Last Monday’s review was S3e22: Minbari Mondays, and Two Lessons From Z’ha’dum (B5:s3e22) On Hope,

and 

Next Minbari Monday will be episode 2 of the year  2261, in this 4th season:

           Season 4e2: Minbari Mondays, Two Lessons From “Whatever Happened to Mr. Garibaldi?” (B5:s4e2) On Loyalty ;

  …

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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Click here to read, if you like:

Shira

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Book Review: Arséne Lupin, After Seeing It Omar Sy Style

The common good, or the general welfare, might just become more fully inclusive for all of us with a little help from our new Gentleman Bandit/Burglar, Omar Sy.

  I might even have to erase this review, ahem:

Je suis navrée, mais je n’aimerais pas ce livre. Pas du tout. Depuis le commencement jusqu’à l’arrivée du Sherlock Holmes volé, et là, il devenait encore pire. Au moins pour moi.

and

in English:

I’m sorry, but I really did not like this book, at all.  From the start, up to the arrival of the stolen ‘Sherlock Holmes’ it just got worse, and worse, at least for me.

and write it all over again, from a different point of view!  After all, that is what Adults do, no?

 

So, it turns out that updating a classic series with a new perspective can really put a different spin on things, and maybe even make a difference in this world.

Action Items:

1.) Share two different sources related to the Arséne Lupin series, and to the Holocene Epoch and to the Holocene Calendar.

2.) Share your thoughts on how a calendar based on the Holocene Epoch might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking,

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

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Click here to read, if you like:

B5, Hakan: Muhafiz/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

 
 

   Salût ! 

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Two Lessons On Empathy from La Casa de Papel (Money Heist) p2e4, ep. 17:

       My reaction this week tries not to spoil the episode, so I give random reactions in the original Spanish, and nonspoilers in English, for the majority of my current readers:

—          

cap 17, p2:e4

1.)  Empathy has to include everybody,

and

2.)  Never trust a person who clearly lacks empathy or compassion for others.

Es cierto, Tokyo, el Plan ya pertenece a todos, no es solo al profesor.

 

Y Arturito, otra vez, empujando los demàs a tomar los riesgos.

 

Que es ese obsesion que tiene Berlin por el sexo, con su desprecio por las mujeres.

 

La cidra como metaforo para El gran atraco.

 

Pero, que està haciendo el profe?

 

Espectaculo antes de liberar los rehenes?  Y claro que la prensa serà impaciente de enviar periodistas a ver dentro de La Fabrica de Moneda y Timbre!   Y muchos!

 

No estoy segura de que los seres humanos siempre quieren que los debiles ganan.

 

Pero Berlin nunca ha sentido ni pena ni dolor, Nairobi tiene razon!  Pero si

 

Por que hay tanta escazez de agentes?  No pueden prestar ayuda, la Guardia Civil?

 

Berlin, mostrandose amable?  Que ridiculo!   Que buen actor!  Pero ya saben que  es un psicopata.

 

Buen trabajo manipulando el publico.

 

Pero ahora, la inspectora va a manipular el profe…

 

Pero como ha pasado toda su enfancia en hospital, ya sabe donde empezar….

 

🙂

 

  “Somos la resistencia.”  ??   -Tal vez…

   We are the Resistance.  ??  –Maybe…

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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Click here to read, if you like:

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

Turkish Tuesday: Babamın Kemanı (My Father’s Violin)

What do we not learn from this beautiful film?  babasi

Lessons:
1.)  Things are not always as they seem, even when it looks like your big brother has abandoned you.
2.)  Even when the struggle seems hopeless, imagine how that kid has survived, and keep going.
       This film starts off with a father, clearly suffering from TB, caring for his young daughter Özlem, and teaching her, through music, about life and the people in the world.  Sadly, she doesn’t get much time to learn with him, as the TB finished him off.  Fortunately, she did learn enough to show her bombastic uncle that she is also a violin virtuoso, once he learns to listen.  Along the way, we learn how he turned to this bombastic defense mechanism, and how some family history, passed by his niece to him from his defunct brother, changes his views.  Also, we see some of the distinctions in Turkish society between upper and lower class Istanbul’luler (residents of The City), and a bit of the bureaucracy inherited from Byzantium.
     An incredibly beautiful film that I didn’t mind watching 3 times to catch some of the rapid fire Turkish!

Shira

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B5, Hakan: Muhafiz/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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Minbari Mondays, and Two Lessons From Z’ha’dum (B5:s3e22) On Hope

       This week’s lessons:

          1.   Those who trust you will show you their true faces.

          2.   We fight “not against powers or principalities… but against the death of hope.”

 

     This is one of G’Kar’s best monologues:

           We fight not against powers or principalities, … but against the death of hope.  … The future is always born in pain.

  Let’s learn, ourselves, please, to keep building hope.                

    We can Do Better.

 

Last Monday’s review was S3e21 Minbari Mondays, and Two Lessons “Shadow Dancing” (B5:s3e21) Teaches on Living ,

and 

Next Minbari Monday will be a new year:  2261

           Season 4e1: Minbari Mondays, and Two Lessons From “The Hour of The Wolf” (B5:s4e1) On Wisdom ;

  …

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.

***************** 

Click here to read, if you like:

Shira

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Two Thought Thursday, La Casa de Papel (Money Heist) P2, ep. 3, & Real Empathy Requires Knowing…

     1.)  To have empathy, one must know the Other Person’s side of the story, and

     2.)  To know someone else’s story, it generally helps to ask, rather than to assume, Inspectora…

—           

cap. 16

cap 16, p2:e3

Interrogando a Tokyo en bragas, y ella no aceptô la disculpa.

81 horas de atraco.

Clase de como ganar tiempo con la policia, y luego Rio instalando las electronicas.  Deja de joder al profe, Riito!!

 

Ese chaval!

Pero, si fuera yo, escojeria la voz del otro sexo, para despistar a la policia.

No, yo estoy con el profe, el chaval es muy inmaduro.

 

Pero los genios son raros.  Y el profe, si, es un tipo raro, pero la bomba, Tokyo, tb es muy inmadura!  Y si, hay una diferencia entre el origami y los videojuegos:  el origami es un util para calmarse, pero los videojuegos hacen una persona aun màs inmadura!!

 

 

Pero si, Tokyo!  Es verdad:  empezo todo en la primaria!  Y asi es con toda la gente que acaban en la carcel: empieza en la ninez!

 

Por fin, Berlin a perdido la cabeza, preguntando si Nairobi “ha sinchronizado la regla con la de Tokyo!”

 

🙂

!!

 

Pero ahi està la clave!  Que la inspectora no tiene ni idea de como es o era la vida de Tokyo:  no ha tenido nunca un lugar bonita donde se sentîa feliz.

La inspectora veiene de la clase media, y asi ni puede imaginar lo que es de estar sola las noches sin nadia por que tu mamà te deja sola, a los ocho anyos!

 

Y el muy estupido chaval de Rio, creyendo que Nairobi puede simplemente tener otro hijo para reemplazar el que le extranya!

 

Gracias, chaval!  Por una vez, Rio se da cuenta de que a dicho algo muy estupido!  Y orale, Nairobi:  buscando la manera de joder a Berlin que no termina entregandose!

 

Y que agrado ver la inspectora tan enojada y actuando con decision!

Asi es porqué los criminales intentan colocarse en las investigaciones.

 

 

Yo misma tendrîa que pegar un tiro a ese imbecile de Arturito.

 

4 segundos si, basta, por que te matan a tiros, chavala!

 

Y, el profe llamando justo en el buen momento!

 

Vaya, que tension!!

 

Gracias Nairobi!  This must be one of the best episode endings in all of TV history:   

Empieza el Matriarcado!

   EmpMatrNairobi  Orale!!

 
 

  “Somos la resistencia.”   ?De Véras?   –Ahora, tal véz…

   We are the Resistance.     Really?   –Now, maybe…

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.

*****************

Click here to read, if you like:

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

Turkish Tuesdays, and Last Lessons from Hakan:Muhafiz/The Protector, s2e8, on Learning via Empathy, and Empathy as a Sacred Duty

What do we learn from season 2, episode 8?

Lessons:
1.)  Know your friends and your enemies: empathy will show the difference.
2.)  Even when the struggle seems hopeless, empathy is what will keep volunteers working on the Sacred Duty to help others.
    The Crimean War was a while ago.

Faysal is a master manipulator, so what is he after, bringing them together.
And Levent has a point:  people have ruined this world, but we can Do Better.
That is why Hakan accepts the Kutsal görev.
Faysal just has to be in charge, even when he’s not.
And he always wants a weakness he can use against even his servants, which they are, right now: to help him get Rüya back.
Why don’t they wear flak jackets?!
              This is the last review I will do for this series, unless I hear from Readers who’d like to see more.
Shira

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B5, Hakan: Muhafiz/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

Shira

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