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Sihirli Annem (My Magical Mom: s1e15), and Dealing With Hypocrites

  Last week was , bölüm/episode 14: Turkish Tuesday: Sihirli Annem (s1e14) and What Does it Mean, Adulthood?

 

The summary comes from a fellow blogger (Birgit)’s point of view.

In this episode, Eda and Tarık announce that they want to get married. His brother is not so happy because he thinks that he is not good enough for Eda, and her mother Dudu is furious and fetches her home.

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-Mom, Tarık and I…

-Have decided to build a life together!

At night she dreams about the marriage of Eda and Tarik and gets a stroke, which makes her unable to move or speak, only her eyes can move.

She can only be healed if Eda promises on the holy fairy book that she will break up with Tarik. Eda is torn in pieces, because on the one hand she really loves Tarik, and on the other hand he wants to heal her mother. She and her father (the dog Taci) contemplate leaving her in this state, but in the end they cannot do it.

The head fairy Perihan, Betüs and Taci give all her love to Dudu and as the final touch, Eda swears on the book, but the book is a cookbook, not the holy fairy book. So she intends to meet Tarik secretly.

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Mom, I swear on the Fairy Book that

I will not marry Tarık!

Betüs covers for them because she pities them.

The kids told the maid Firuze and their uncle Tarik that they would go to see their grandmother after school and would they tell their parents. Both forget it because they are too much fixated on their own affairs. Tarik meets with Eda at the house, and Firuze is too busy watching them jealously to think of the kids.

When Dudu calls the house Firuze tells her that Eda and Tarik had met. She wants to make trouble for Tarik, with whom she many years ago had been in love and who ignored her. She does not consider that she at the same time makes trouble for Eda. And she still doesn’t call Betüs and tells her that the kids are safe when she finally remembered, although they are driving around searching for them.

Perihan deletes the memory of what Firuze had told Dudu from Dudu’s mind and punishes Eda by making her confess her lie and that she loves Tarik. Dudu’s reaction is her punishment, who swears to never stop trying to break them up. But Eda does not seem to have in mind to leave Tarik. After the conversation with her mother, she winks at her father and calls Tarik. She will go on a picnic with the whole family.

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I spoke with Eda in secret on the phone just now, and she’ll be at the door.

Many, many thanks to Birgit, of the Stella, oh, Stella blog, for all of the of the English and image content, today.
      This is an episode that reminds me of when I lived in Izmir, and saw the tremendous importance Turks place upon harmonious relationships, and on talking things through.   Many of us would refuse to speak, especially in the case of Firuze, being married yet sabotaging the relationship of a person (Tarık) for whom she still has feelings of jealousy and rejection.   Yet, Betüş takes the time to ask her why she acted as she did, and to find a solution that works for everyone, taking Firuze’s pain into account.  In the case of Eda and Dudu, where Dudu is angry with Eda for lying about being in love with a mortal, yet dating a mortal man herself, things are more difficult, since Dudu has the power of a parent to shut down the decisions of her child, even an adult child like Eda.  Yet, Eda continues to try to talk things through.  This is an important lesson that I draw from this episode:  even when it seems that there may be nothing left to talk about, just  keep trying to find solutions that can help put balm on the wounds.
        Hopefully, the empathy that studying languages builds, and a little more good example via story, will help all of us learn to see from the perspectives of others, without having to suffer a similar fate or pain, first.
Next week will be blm/ep. 16:   ,
Hoşça kalın!

Shira

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B5, Hakan:Muhafiz/The ProtectorSihirli AnnemLupin, 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 and sharing, or even writing a guest blog post here, about #ProjectDoBetter.  Phase I aims to build empathy for public goods (libraries, transit, healthcare, and education) via language study and story, among other tools.

Shira Destinie A.  Jones, MPhil

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At Last: Ministry Mondays — Inspiring Critical Thinking and Community via Story

Now that we have finished my favorite science fiction series, Babylon 5, I’m delighted to finally be properly reviewing my favorite portal fantasy series, which I have mentioned several times in the past: El Ministerio del Tiempo. This time travel series, which does not use high tech, but does use humor, social juxtapositions, and history […]

Minbari Mondays becomes Ministry Mondays — Inspiring Critical Thinking and Community via Books, Lessons, and Story

Thoughtful Thursday Series Review: Las Villamizar, and Freedom For All

    Netflix has recently added a series from Colombia, set during the war of independence led by Simon Bolivar, starting at a point during the time of the Comuneros uprising against Spain, which is not the same as the one mentioned in an early episode of El Ministerio del Tiempo, but seems to be related in ideology despite the separation of time and an ocean.   I had not realized that the Rebellion of the Comuneros in Spain implied the existence of this movement, later on, in Spain’s colonies, as well.  This is a time when the slave trade is also still alive and quite well.

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    This series is set mostly in 1816 in Colombia during the Napoleonic Wars, and deals very effectively with the themes of revenge versus justice, and the limits of freedom.  There are 74 episodes in total, and the first twenty are mostly setting up the backstory and are good, but get even better later.  What first drew my attention was that the protagonists are three sisters (oops, actually four sisters, but one is by a different mother…) from the upper classes who are given a mission by their father, and prepared rigorously for this mission.  Whether they want it, or not.  So from nearly the first episode, we begin confronting the issue of parental authority and the boundaries between preparation for life, and over-control (or dictating) of one’s childrens’ future.  It reminds me of a classmate in 1988 at the US Naval Academy, who was from an old Annapolis family.  He wanted to leave three weeks into Plebe Summer, and his father apparently refused, so he made an irrevocable decision, unfortunately.  That does not happen in this series, but the lives of these three sisters are as fully controlled by their father even after his death as if they had in fact themselves died to their own desires.  They follow in the mission, even when they do not want to, and resent their father for having imposed this life upon the three of them.   Despite the anger, they take care of each other, and confront some very difficult issues, including one of them being a Lesbian in a time when such an identity was punishable with exile or prison, at best, or even the death penalty, in the worse case.   They also have to confront the pain of discovering that they have a fourth Villamizar sister, one who is not considered to be even a person, in the eyes of the law.  Their sister, the daughter of their father and an enslaved woman whom he set free and provided for separately from his ‘legitimate’ family, enters the scene and brings a new view to the life of a Black person in a society where skin color and family origin defines your status and your level of protection (sound familiar?).   This show was so good that by episode 21, beginning with the situation of our Lesbian protagonist whose lover has been murdered, I began to quote the best lines.  The Spanish is very easy to follow:
Episodio 21: “Aún existen muchas personas a quienes puedes ayudar a soltarles sus ataduras. “
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Ep. 21: “There are still many people whose bonds you can help break.”
and the show also tackles the issue of women being intelligent, capable, and willing to take up difficult and needed positions in society, like that of public defender, and yet being denied these important jobs merely for being women.  Sophie is a French expatriate living in this Spanish colony, and the only person willing to defend a woman accused of the crime of preferring the company of other women:
Episodio 31: “… y yo soy la litigante qué va a defender a Leonora Villamizar.”     ¡Gracias, Sophie!!
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Ep. 31: “…and I am the lawyer who will defend Leonora Villamizar.”    Thank you, Sophie!
Despite an excellent defense, Leonora refuses to lie in order to save herself, preferring to be free internally, even if the price of that true freedom might be having her liberty restricted physically.  Sophie is forced to explain this to an older sister who is angry that Leonora could not simply obey directions to deny her love for her murdered partner:
Episodio 32: “…los que anhelan la libertad lo hacen a todo nivel.”
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Ep. 32: “…those who yearn for freedom do so at every level.”
Leonora is punished with a humiliating day of being displayed in the town square for all to spit upon, and then exiled.  Having no place to go, she obviously joins the Army of Independence forming the resistance to the Spanish colonial occupation of the land.  She does so as an open lover of women, and teaches more than one man to respect her “No” with a bit too much of a firm hand.  Her commander praises Leonora’s intelligence and courage, but reminds her that
Ep. 37: “…las ganas de luchar no deben salir de los dolores del pasado. Deben estar sembradas en el futuro, en la añoranza, en el deseo de lograr algo más.”
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Ep. 37: “…the desire to fight must not come from past pain.  It must be sown in the future, in yearning, in the desire to accomplish something more.”
This, btw, is exactly what Project Do Better proposes!

Returning to the theme of how to define justice, and what that may look like when the authorities tell you that they are the side of law and order:

Episodio 48: “…son nuestras acciones las que definen qué es justicia y qué no.” 

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Episodio 48: “…it is our actions that define what is justice and what is not.”

Episodes near the end ramp up the action, of course, and near the finale, we see a beautiful homage to the Albigensians (aka The Cathars), as they prepared to go dancing to the pyres:

Episodio 70: Qué triste y que bella la música de las oraciones, como los Buenos Cristianos, los Albigenses de la fortaleza de Carcassonne en la última noche…/How sad and beautiful the music and prayer, like the Good Christians, the Albigensians of the fortress of Carcassone on the last night…

This was simply a gorgeous and uplifting series.

#LasVillamizar

#BloodTies

Podemos hacer y ser mejor…
(yes, we can Do  and Be Better…)”

Shira

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Thoughtless Thursdays -La Casa de Papel (Money Heist), Part 5, Ep. 10, The End

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   Part 5, episode 10:  “Tradiciôn Familial

 

P. 5,last ep:  I love the problem-solving techniques we learn in this show!

 
   Even the soldiers respect The Professor.
 
And the global financial system as a giant Casino:  good analogy, sort of.
Now we see why the series is called House of Cards/Paper: because the global financial system is really an illusion, as the Professor explains.
 
And even working in a mention of the Spanish Armada!!
 
Excellent!
 
And of course, who could pull this off except for the Spaniards?
🙂
 
 

    Last week’s review was  p5e9 of La Casa de Papel: La Casa de Papel/House of Cards (Money Heist) P5e9 Really Does Transport Us…

   The first post in this series was P1e1, if you want to go back to the start of this series, or you can continue with us to the even better series, El Ministerio del Tiempo, starting Monday!  Both are available here: B5, Hakan: Muhafiz/The Protector, Sihirli AnnemLupin, or La Casa de Papel/Money Heist, and now also, El Ministerio del Tiempo, Reviews

  “Somos la resistencia.”

   We are the Resistance.

Shira

 

Action Prompts:

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

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

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Holistic College Algebra & GED/High School Lesson Plans,

Thoughtful Readers, please tell us how you see a way of contributing to #ProjectDoBetter.  This post is my personal way (as opposed to founding the Project, overall) of contributing to building tools that can help increase empathy and compassion in our world.  Story, as part of how we see our world, helps us make sense of and define our actions in this world.  And remember how important story is also as part of this project. Let’s Do Better.

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

 
 

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Turkish Tuesday: Sihirli Annem (s1e14) and What Does it Mean, Adulthood?

  Last week was , bölüm/episode 13: Turkish Tuesday: Sihirli Annem (s1e13) And Would You Want to Go Back & Be Young Again? 

The summary comes from a fellow blogger (Birgit)’s point of view.

Dudu finds out that the magic of male fairies is stronger than that of female ones (there is gender inequality even in the fairy realm). Therefore Dudu hatches the plan to wed Eda with a fairy so that Dudu can use his magic to break up Sadik and Betüs.

Eda does not want to marry a fairy, but a mortal. She explains:

“…the mortal world isn’t like that.  They have to struggle for what they want.   One who worries about me, is sometimes jealous, no magic, but full of surprises.  That is the kind of man I want to marry.”

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At the same time Sadik’s younger brother Tarik comes to visit, just back from military service. Firuze used to be in love with him and did not forgive him that he did not reciprocate the feelings. Sadik is not enthusiastic about his brother’s visit, as he is not a man after Sadik’s taste, but more a grown up child. The kids love their uncle for that.

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      “Hey, don’t start gossiping about me as soon as I get here!”

Eda leaves the castle and hides at Betüs’s place, where she meets Tarik and the two fall in love with each other at first sight. This is the first time somebody falls in love with her without her using magic.

Dudu doesn’t like that and takes her home.

The chief fairy learns about Dudu’s evil plans and punishes her, leaving Eda free to go back to Betüs. Betüs and Sadik leave Eda and Tarik by themselves and pretend to have to talk to the children. (It is actually only Betüs who does that on purpose, Sadik is clueless.)

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That ends in an epic cushion fight, while Eda and Tarik look each other deep in the eyes.

Many, many thanks to Birgit, of the Stella, oh, Stella blog, for all of the of the English and image content, today.
       This episode is a fascinating study in both the question of what adulthood means to different generations, and in who gets to define that state.  Both Sadık and Dudu, in my humble opinion, fall into the same trap, in this episode, while Eda actually climbs out of a similar trap, or begins to, this episode.  Sadık, because he demands that his younger brother learn how to start acting “like a man” by the traditional definition, meaning job, house, wife, and kids.  As Sadık himself has done.  But that is not the sort of life that his brother wants.  Likewise with Dudu, as we already know, she feels strongly that only a certain kind of marriage is acceptable, and is perfectly happy to arrange a miserable marriage for her daughter Eda, who protests this idea kicking and screaming, literally.  Both Sadık and Dudu deny the possibility of defining one’s own life goals and perspective, and they both fall back on predefined traditional ideas of what it means to be an adult, and whom a person should marry.   Finally, Eda, in telling her sister that she finally understands how she must feel, being persecuted all of this time by Dudu, takes a great leap forward, and out of that same trap of thinking that one must accept only a certain way of thinking.  But look how long it has taken Eda, and how she had to be placed in the same situation before she began to see her sister’s perspective.
         Project Do Better looks at this question in detail, during Phase II especially.  Adulthood, in a democratic society, requires large amounts of compassion and empathy, as well as critical thinking and the freedom to be a contributing adult in the way best fitting for each person.
        Hopefully, the empathy that studying languages builds, and a little more good example via story, will help all of us learn to see from the perspectives of others, without having to suffer a similar fate or pain, first.
Hoşça kalın!

Shira

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Click here to read, if you like:

B5, Hakan:Muhafiz/The ProtectorSihirli AnnemLupin, 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 and sharing, or even writing a guest blog post here, about #ProjectDoBetter.  Phase I aims to build empathy for public goods (libraries, transit, healthcare, and education) via language study and story, among other tools.

Shira Destinie A.  Jones, MPhil

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MLK Day Series Review: Netflix Jaguar, & Justice vs. Revenge?

   It was El Ministerio Del Tiempo that brought my attention to  the Franco era, and the fact that Franco had been allied with the Nazis.  The Netflix short series Jaguar dramatizes one aspect of life under this dictatorship: the hunt for fugitive Nazis living under the protection of Spain’s dictator.  A team of hunters, all camp survivors except for the youngest, who is the son of a man killed in the camps, are working to bring a prominent Nazi to justice as he transits Spain on the way to South America.  To do this, the team needs to recruit a young survivor bent on killing the handler of this Nazi.  Since she happens to be the only person able to recognize the guy, having survived as a servant in the headquarters during the war, the team leader must persuade her to put justice above personal vengeance.  It is an excellent drama, also dealing with perceived  betrayal, redemption, and the horrible paradox of a sadistic torturer whose research also happened to provide scientific data.

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   Today we observe Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday as a national holiday, and remember that he was preparing, when he was killed, to lead a campaign that would advocate for all people suffering from injustice.  He reminded us that

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

    This series is set in 1962 Madrid, and can be a bit hard to follow in places (particularly when the person speaks who is hard of hearing), so the Closed Captions help.  Thousands of Spaniards died in the camps, many of them simply sent for being Republicans (part of the alliance of the Republic that Franco destroyed in 1939).  Some quotes from a few episodes that really got me follow:
Ep. 1:  “Si lo pegan un tiro…nadie se enterería de sus crímenes. Nadie se sentiría vergüenza de sus actos.” Por eso tenemos la justicia.”
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“If he’s shot…no one will hear of his crimes.  No one will feel the shame of his actions.”  This is why we have a justice system.
and
Episodio 2: “Alguien tiene que evitar que esos desgraciados mueren de viejos en sus camas.” Gracias!
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Ep. 2: “Somebody has to prevent these jerks from dying of old age in their beds.”  Thank you!
And we also deal with the trauma of survivors, and their inability to fit in in a society that expects us all to be happy, to be normal, to live as if all were well:
Episodio 6: “…te das cuenta de que ya no eres como los demás y nunca lo vas a ser…te han quitado…”
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Ep. 6: “…you realize that you are no longer like everyone else and you never will be…they have taken from you…”

   The interesting thing about this series is that we never really find out why any of the team members were sent to the camps.  The only religious references are to the oldest team member, a formerly devout Catholic, who has lost his faith due to the horrors he saw in the camps.  All bear the tattoos and the emotional scars, even the kid, who does not have a tattoo, but does have a photo of his father who died in the camps, and for him, it is the same as the tattoos of the survivors.  We see, in this kid, the result of trauma passed down, even when he was not in the camps, but suffers the same pain as the older survivors.  Being young, of course, he deals with it in less rational and more impulsive ways that cause problems, of course, for the team.  Even more interestingly, for  the story, we never find out who funds and runs this team.  Hopefully, that will be for a season two of this series, which deserves to be renewed and watched far more widely than it appears to have been thus far.

Podemos hacer y ser mejor…
(yes, we can Do  and Be Better…)”

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This is another part of the work, imho, that Toni Morrison spoke of for the Black woman writer.  We must bear witness to what has been erased about our own past, yes, but Dr. King pointed out that we must also speak for those who were unable to speak for themselves, so that the past of others who were unjustly persecuted may also be uncovered, and eventually reconciled.   #ProjectDoBetter focuses on the language learning needed to facilitate both the empathy, and also the hearing and telling of those stories.

Shira

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Ministry Monday Book Review: Rimas y Leyendas de Bequer, by Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer

   It was El Ministerio Del Tiempo that brought my attention to , and LibriVox.org, that made it easy to find and listen to (Fue EMdT que me llam’o la atenci’on a , y Librivox.org que lo hizo facil de encontrar y escuchar) :

Sorry, this is my second time listening to this work, and the poetry is beautiful, but I can’t stand his comments on Arabs and Jews, and I understand that it was a different time, but I can’t stand any more of this “like all of those of his race…”.
    When I got to the story about the architecture of Toledo however and the first verses go on about the bloodthirsty conquests of the Arabs, which was not true, as when you read the histories of the Islamic conquests, you see that they were not forcing conversions, at that time.  But then he gets to the Iberian peninsula, and it gets even worse, and he comments that the Arabs had no culture until they conquered Europe. Which is the worst falsehood.
(pls let me know if I forgot to translate any of the reading updates I paste in…)
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Ya lo he escuchado otra vez, y aunque la poesia es bella, no soporto sus palabras en sobre los arabes y los judios, y comprendo que era un otro tiempo, pero no aguanto mas de “como todos de su raza…).

La primera vez que revis’e este libro dije:

No lo puedo dar estrellas, ya que solo leí la mitad, más o menos. No me lo pude seguir escuchando después de haber oído lo que dice sobre la falta de cultura de los árabes. No solamente era incierto, pero también era racista.

November 11, 2020 – Shelved as: el-ministerio-del-tiempo
 “De: La arquitectura árabe en Toledo :
Cómo!?
No puedo dar crédito a mis oídos: que los árabes no tenían ningún arte antes de haber conquistado la península ibérica ???!!!
(Escuchandoli LibreVox ya que se mencionó a Bequer en El Ministerio del Tiempo…)”
November 11, 2020 – Finished Reading
  “Acabo de escuchar el primer cuento de Leyendas: Creed en Dios, por Librivox (https://librivox.org/leyendas-by-gust…)
Es claramente un cuento para espantar a los que no creen en un Dios quien castiga a los malvadores, pero, y si ese dios no ayuda a los humildes??”
 “El Beso: por eso se deja en paz a los muertos…”
 “empezando El miserere…”
“Brama:

“Este mundo no puede durar mucho, porque los” atomitos jugan con los atomos.

Cierto: nosotros jugamos con el poder del atomo, y nos vamos a destruir a nosotros mismos si no prestamos atencion…

Somos los infantes cuyos manos rompen todo.
Pero,
Podemos hacer y ser mejor…
(yes, we can Do Better…)”

November 29, 2022 – Finished Reading
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     I am very happy to say that soon I will be able to start reviewing the episodes of this series, El Ministerio Del Tiempo, which I do believe is one that could really help change the world.  And it also reminded me how important reading and language learning are, as preparation for citizenship.
This is another reason that #ProjectDoBetter focuses on those aspects of education so often.

Shira

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La Casa de Papel/House of Cards (Money Heist) P5e9 Really Does Transport Us…

        Wow:  that is true solidarity and a sense of honor, ProfeIntregndo Profe…

       And the Prof. will now help us all understand why and how our global finance system really is just a house of cards…

Last  week  was Part 5, episode 8: La Casa de Papel/Money Heist Mass Transportation to WWII Italy Thursday, via P5e8??

and

Next week takes us to the end, P5e10: Thoughtless Thursdays -La Casa de Papel (Money Heist), Part 5, Ep. 10, The End  .

    Si:  “Somos la resistencia.”  ProfeBellaCiao13  -Ahora.

“We are the Resistance.”     Now, yes…

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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,  please consider reading about   #ProjectDoBetter.

Shira
Sadik Alone

Turkish Tuesday: Sihirli Annem (s1e13) And Would You Want to Go Back & Be Young Again?

  Last week was Turkish Tuesday: Sihirli Annem (s1e12) And Can Rich Folks Learn From The Poor? , bölüm/episode 12, featuring young Mahmut.  This week, we ask about being young again.

The summary comes from a fellow blogger (Birgit)’s point of view.  (Translations are mine, corrections welcome / ben çevirdim, yanliş varsa, hemen beni düzet, lütfen... -Shira)

In this episode we see Firuze leaving her husband in the middle of the night because he is drunk and hits her and the children. She seeks shelter at Betüs and Sadik’s house.

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“Like a woman, I work, and come home work some more, then get waken up and pushed around like an animal.”

Meanwhile, Dudu plans her new spell to break up Betüs and Sadik. She wants to turn time to 30 years later.

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“Seriously, mom, I absolutely cannot let you do this kind of magic!”

Eda is fed up with this. First of all she doesn’t think that they will ever break up the couple, so why try all the time, and on the other hand she is afraid that her father, who presently is a dog of 60 human years, might not be alive anymore then. Even Dudu shows some concern but says that she would turn the spell back in that case. Eda tries to talk her out of it but to no avail.

Firuzes husband Davut turns up drunk at the house and wants to take his wife back with force. He is fighting with Firuze and Betüs, who has to use magic to overpower him. Suzan comes by and hears through the open door what is going on and gets so angry that she beats up Davut even without any magic.

Sihirli Annem 13 03

“Your hand is enough, right? Come on, hit me! Hit me!  Hit me!”

The next day everybody is 30 years older. Umur, Dudu’s new lover, is dead, and Taci, her ex-husband, has obviously turned into a human again. Dudu reverses the spell, and everything is like before … with one change: Cilek the little fairy girl can speak to everybody now, not only to Betüs.

Also Firuze’s problem is being solved by magic this time: Betüs turns him into a kind and responsible husband. As it seems, that spell was still working 30 years later.

Many, many thanks to Birgit, of the Stella, oh, Stella blog, for all of the of the English and image content, today.
     My question, this episode, is about going back in time.  Many people seem to think, like Sadık, that everyone would like to go back in time, to their youth.  But this is not so.  Many people, particularly those who had especially difficult childhoods, have no interest at all in going back in time, and would rather forget having been young, and all that happened during that time to them.  People like orphans who never found loving families, or children who were abused by family or guardians, or even kids who were bullied in school.  Kids not accepted by their peers because, like Firuze’s son Mahmut, whom we met last week, they were poor, and did not fit in for any number of reasons.  This makes them more vulnerable, due to domestic violence, and later bullying, if no one will stand with them.  And that is a terrible waste of human potential, because, as Hakan reminds us, every child has potential.
        Hopefully, the empathy that studying languages builds, and a little more good example via story, will help all of us learn to be more open to the needs, feelings, and happiness of others.
Hoşça kalın!

Shira

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

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

           or My Nonfiction  & Historical Fiction Serial Writing

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Shira Destinie A.  Jones, MPhil

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La Casa de Papel/Money Heist Mass Transportation to WWII Italy Thursday, via P5e8??

        Would these people please remember that this song is not a celebration song?!  Ok, a homage to the fallen, yes, but not a happy song!  This song is a way of going back to the WWII Italian partisans who were taking leave of their loved ones, it’s a way of going back to that desperate and brave time of resistance against impossible odds, that it where this song takes us!   Thanks to the Prof.’s grandfather:    ProfeBellaCiao13 Betrayals and more betrayal…

Last  week  was Part 5, episode 7: La Casa de Papel/Money Heist Transports us Where, This Public Transportation Thursday (P5e7)? ,

next week is P5e9: La Casa de Papel/House of Cards (Money Heist) P5e9 Really Does Transport Us…

    Si:  “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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Shira