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Happy Birthday Martin Luther King Jr. — Be a Seed for Change

(Dr. King showed us the importance of long term planning: Project Do Better follows his call to action. Come find out more about it, and how your work is already “also Abolition work,” in the words of Dr. Ruth Wilson Gilmore. We can definitely Do Better… Shira)

Martin Luther King Jr. Biography Civil Rights Activist, Minister (1/15/1929–1968)  Martin Luther King – Mini Biography Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is widely considered the most influential leader of the American civil rights movement. He fought to overturn Jim Crow segregation laws and eliminate social and economic differences between blacks and whites. Martin Luther King Jr. […]

Happy Birthday Martin Luther King Jr. — Be a Seed for Change

Coral Reef Restoration is Important: Yes, FunWritings, as is Long Term Planning

(I add that proposals like Project Do Better can help this work ensure that it doesn’t happen again, in 50 years…)

It is so good that there are people who care about ecosystems and the creatures who depend on them Even though there are others who don’t, and they only destroy and cause problems Living in a sustainable way and protecting our environment is a great thing to do And being productive as we produce neededContinue…

Coral Reef Restoration is Important — FunWritings

Guest Blog Post Invitation

         I  would like to issue an invitation to any blogger, but especially to a guest blogger who is a teacher or professor, showing how learning is important to human survival in the long term, and connecting all types of education to the proposed Project Do Better plan.

    Ok, back to editing.

We can definitely  Do Better.

Shira

Action Prompts:

1.)  Share your thoughts on how we might make some changes to our education system that accommodate all sorts of learners, at all ages!

 

    Thoughtful Readers, do you have any 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

Read, Write

-we can learn from the past via Stayed on Freedom’s Call ,

        by Teaching and Learning (Lesson Plan list) in the present, to

                                                                     help build a kinder future: Project Do Better

( 5 month GED lesson 29 of 67 plans),

   and  Babylon 5 review posts, from a Minbari Ranger’s perspective: story, especially historical women’s stories, can inspire courage and learning…

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa.

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

the year, 2022 CE = year 12022 HE

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free: 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.

Please let us know, if you have a moment, how you liked it.

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


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Thoughtful Thursdays, Watch Night services, and Public Transportation

Watch Night Services remain important.
Yeni yil 12022 Holocen, dunyamizi ve bize mutluluk getirsin.
May this new year 12022 HE bring our world and us happiness.

Shira Destinie

Inspiring Critical Thinking and Community via Books, Lessons, and Story

This is just a quick post to say that I wish folks still remembered and celebrated the old Watch Night services, to watch for the telegram announcing emancipation in those slave states still at war, and to pray for freedom for all, as they did on that last night of 1862, and as my great grandmother Marie Johnson (in this blog’s background image, shown with her husband, my adoptive step-great grandfather Adolphus Johnson, both of Blessed Memory) used to do every year, at Booth and Johnson family church, Mt Zion United Methodist Church, in Georgetown.

They took the Metro bus there, or the street car, before they were all paved over around 1963, if I recall reading correctly.  Bus service to Georgetown was never very easy to use, as I recall.  As a small child, I spent summers with my Grandma Marie, and we’d always go to…

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Do Better, from: Adulting as racial sensitivity work — Inspiring Critical Thinking and Community via Books, Lessons, and Story

(This post is part of what led to both my Do Better project, and my narrative nonfiction short “I Shouldn’t Exist?” )

So, why bother: Why work and walk, when being who you were born still hurts?   1994 Baltimore, when I had finally secured the protection of a job at Space Telescope Science Institute, and was trying to make friends with co-workers, and forget my origins: “There are people here who will not want someone who looks […]

Mindful Mondays, using past pain, and Adulting as racial sensitivity work — Inspiring Critical Thinking and Community via Books, Lessons, and Story

VaYishlach, and Favorites

     This week’s Torah portion is Parashat VaYishlach, for the messengers that Jacob sent to his brother Esav upon his return home.  Upon hearing that Esav was approaching with 400 armed men, Jacob was in fear.  So what does he do?  Sends out his least favorite wives and kids first, in front of him.  Not exactly egalitarian.  But not even as bad as what many parents do to their own children.  How can we spare our kids, and our society, this pain of favoritism, hierarchy, and lack of empathy? 

   What do you think, Thoughtful Readers?

Action Prompts:

1.)  Share your thoughts on the how empathetic education might keep all children safe, please.

2.) Share your thoughts on how we Human Beings might start to build a more fully inclusive society for all of us.

3.) Write a book, 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

Read, Write

-we can learn from the past Stayed on Freedom’s Call for free,

                by Teaching and Learning (Lesson Plans offline) in the present, to

                                               help build a kinder future, and Do Better: … a Better World

( Golden 5 month GED lesson 17 of 67 plans),

   and  Babylon 5 review posts, from a Minbari Ranger’s perspective,

               and can historical fiction stories inspires learning and courage, Ann and Willow??

l’Shalom, Peace

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

Shira

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free: 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.

Please leave a review, if you can, on the GoodReads page.

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


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Vayetzei, and Distinguishing

     This week’s Torah portion is Parashat Vayetzei (And He Went Out).  Jacob went out of his home land fleeing the result of someone not distinguishing between truth and lie, and he is himself, in this week’s full portion, held to the consequences of his own lack of distinction.  Caught in between are the two women who had to be the objects of that lie, and their children.  All involved suffer due to the lack of distinguishing between truth and lie, and that is the tragedy.  Can we learn from this set of suffering, and how can we build tools to help ourselves correctly distinguish between fact and fiction?

  Education for all children and adults, and the empathy which must be used even, or especially, with logical reasoning, is an important start.  

   What would you do, and how would you solve this thorny problem of protecting all children, not to mention vulnerable adults, Thoughtful Readers, from deception?

 

Action Prompts:

1.)  Share your thoughts on the how empathetic education might keep all children safe, please.

2.) Share your thoughts on how we Human Beings might start to build a more fully inclusive society for all of us.

3.) Write a book, 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

Read, Write

-we can learn from the past Stayed on Freedom’s Call for free,

                by Teaching and Learning (Lesson Plans offline) in the present, to

                                               help build a kinder future, and Do Better: … a Better World

( 5 month GED lesson 16 of 67 plans),

   and  Babylon 5 review posts, from a Minbari Ranger’s perspective: story inspires learning…

l’Shalom, Peace

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

Shira

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free: 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.

Please leave a review, if you can, on the GoodReads page.

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


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Nice points, Willow! The Magic of Reason — Willow Croft

I love to indulge in the realm of the imagination. But how wonderful would Hogwarts be if it was real? I mean, yes, I would love to go to a school like that. But it raises the question on why schools today aren’t built more on the Hogwarts model. Why we’re stuck with rote […]

The Magic of Reason — Willow Croft

Thanks, Becky: Fight Climate Change with Your Fork: Meatless Monday — Platform Number 4

Source: Pixabay Extreme weather, rising sea levels, and species extinctions are all signs of climate change. Many scientists agree that greenhouse gases are a major threat. What can we each do to make a difference? Fight climate change with your fork! The livestock industry contributes about 14.5% of the greenhouse gas emissions caused by humans, […]

Fight Climate Change with Your Fork: Meatless Monday — Platform Number 4

Thank you, Jeff: Time for a reset — LANDBACK Friends

The Spirit tells me it is time for a reset. My whole life I have tried to protect Mother Earth. Live without a car, live in small apartments, protect the water. Protect us from pipelines and other fossil fuel projects. Organize nonviolent direct actions. I learned what I could about the many atrocities related to […]

Time for a reset — LANDBACK Friends