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Thoughtful Thursdays, Stayed on Freedom’s Call page 33, and New Tools

It is crucial that we each help our society to become more fully inclusive for all of us today, and to come and work together, for all of us, right?  

 

I believe that attention to shared histories, as in DC, may provide part of an answer.  I started a note about that, a few years ago, in my book Stayed on Freedom’s Call:

                “In Washington, D.C., The Time Dollar Youth Court (TDYC) provides alternative youth peer sentencing to first-time juvenile offenders in the District of Columbia, providing a constructive means of instilling respect and responsibility for self and others. The recidivism rate for Youth Court participants is 9% for those who successfully completed the Youth Court Diversion Program (as opposed to 30% for those in the D.C. area who were not referred to Youth Court). ”


In forming the RJI, Dr. Cahn again inspired cooperation, building effective and caring structures that effect real change for the youth of our society.  Next we look at ongoing community-based initiatives.

 


33  “

So, it turns out that I might have needed to explain a bit more about  DC, and the various incarnations of the DC Time Bank.

Page thirty-two was last week…

Action Items:

1.) What are your thoughts on this page?  (You can download the entire book for free via the Archive link below…)

2.) Share your thoughts on how continuing empathy-building cooperation might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking.

4.) Write a story, post or tweet that uses those 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 at least for CCOVID-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: Baby Acres: a Vision of a Better World

 

Peace     ! שָׁלוֹם

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

(Online pdfs of 5 month GED lesson 10 of 67 plans…), and

Babylon 5 review posts, how story inspires learning…)

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.

 

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Wondering Wednesdays, Do Better (was Baby Floors), Chapter 6 Introduction: How to get there from here

This post begins the rough draft of  Chapter 6 for my non-fiction WiP, Baby Floors/Baby Acres, now working titled Do Better.    This chapter and those that follow put a roadmap in place for getting to where every child born could have at least a little studio apartment (I’ve even stayed in converted tiny hotel rooms that had been advertised as apartments, and thus learned never to rent sight unseen, even if it seems legit and  you are desperate), as small as a hotel room with a hot plate, fridge, and microwave.

Putting a floor on poverty so that each and every baby born can have a safe childhood.

Since this is a short post (only 200 words or so), I’m putting all of the chapter 6 rough draft outlines below, since each chapter, past and future, ties back in to this chapter, via the high level outlines.  Outline marks left for comparison later against the horrible 1st draft, which I am currently formatting in order to let rest before attacking it again for the 2nd draft.  I post these rough draft sections just in case I get hit by a bus before completing this work, in the hope that someone will take up the torch in my place.

Once again, by way of disclaimer, the overall goal is now to explain why we need both equ. + justice, & why in 4 phases.  This chapter is part of showing what Phases I-IV could look like as potential roadmap for a fully inclusive society for all of us.  This vision is laid out in the hope that All HumanKind  will eventually have each person’s basic needs  met, without taking anything from anyone, and without violence, intimidation, nor coercion of any kind. 

( Chapter 5,  section II was last week…)

Chapter 6 Introduction:

Chapter 6 Introduction (212/200 wds): How Phase will progress us toward more of the 4 Freedoms

 

Each stage of each phase will require four sets ofmarkersFindBetterWord in order to map out a path for arriving at the end goal of each phase, leading to the overall goal of this vision, starting from the very beginning of our first phase.  For each stage, we will need to know what goals need to be reached, and how to reach those goals in some reasonable period of time.  We will need some set of manageable ways of attaining those goals, methods, practices, actions and campaigns which can be scaled up from the smallest level to much larger, and are also accessible to all members of society.  Responses to objections to those goals which explain how the goals make sense, and why they will make a difference, at both a practical level and also as symbols of the ongoing progress for us all, are needed.  Finally, reliable and transparent methods for determining whether and when we are within reach of attaining each milestone leading to each overall goal must be created that will allow us to measure the progress of this project.  We begin by looking at each of these issues, in a cursory way, for Phase I.  Full details will be given for each Phase in a later respective chapter.

— (Next Wednesday: Chapter 6, section I of to how to get there…  )

I’m considering this Rough Draft as the block of clay from which my book will eventually emerge, obviously, and some ideas for phases III and IV are still becoming more  fixed in my mind as I write, so the final version will likely look pretty different from this Rough Draft, and will need updating once I get to the very end.

 

And once again, yeayyy( !!)with regard to audience, I may have at least a couple of comps:  Walden Two meets The War on Poverty: A Civilian Perspective (by Dr.s Jean and Edgar Cahn, 1964).  I know that lots of people consider Skinner’s writing to be stilted, but I like the tilt of most reviewers, in that the idea is that a community should keep trying policies that members agree upon until they find what works for all of them.

As for genre, I’m still wondering:  clearly part of  Non-fiction.

  Many thanks to Dr. Garland for suggesting Philosophy

Maybe also: System Change, Causes, maybe even Inspirational, but I doubt it.

Last week’s installment of this series…

 

Action Items:

1.) Consider and share some ideas you may have on how our society can solve homelessness and child abuse, starting right now,

2.) Write a story, post or tweet that uses those sources and your 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 at LEAST for CCOVID-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 create tools: Do Better: a Vision of a Better World to build a kinder future

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

                   

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa.  I am your friend, and work for peace.

   Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

   

Shira

 in October of our year 2021 CE, which is year  12021 HE (Human Era)

(most recent GED lesson: Day 10)

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.

Please leave a review, if you can, on the GoodReads page, and please do let us know here that you’ve reviewed it there!  🙂

Chapter 6 related

outlines.

Day 11/67 of High School in Five Months, Perspectives, and libraries

Books, film, and other forms of media, like comic books, aka graphic novels, and music can all help us see the world from a new perspective.   Books and other works that are in the public domain are made accessible by volunteer libraries, like the one compiled by LibriVox, or Project Gutenberg.   Libraries of various kinds are one of the key parts of our democracy, and therefore, of Phase I of the Four Freedoms movement :

 

Day 11 Lesson Plan
Khan Academy practice activity on intensifiers and adverbs of degree
Khan Academy Subject-Verb agreement if you need more practice
optional Khan Academy reading: Perspectives (Hunters vs. Farmers)

Khan Academy activity on Dividing by 10, 100, 1000

Day11 ExitSlips 

(Day 10Day 12)

Action Items:

1.) Download some public domain version of a classic book, or grab your favorite version of the The Arabian Nights (yes, I know: the 1001 Nights was by Frenchman Antoine Galland, who made up a few stories and inserted them into older Arabic and Persian stories that may have come from India, but still…) or any other story, in an original language, if possible! 

2.) Read a page,

3.) Share your thoughts on that page

4.) Write a book, story, blog post or tweet that uses those thoughts, and please tell us about it! If you write a book, once it is published please consider donating a copy to your local public library.

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 CCOVID-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 create tools: Do Better: a Vision of a Better World to build a kinder future

(Online pdfs of 5 month GED lesson 5 of 67 plans),

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

                    Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa.  I am your friend, and work for peace.

   Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

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.

 

Yassas,   γεια σας!    Salût !  Nos vemos!  Görüşürüz!     ! שָׁלוֹם

 

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Minbari Mondays, The Coming of Shadows, Choices, and Conscience

      Good news!  The Great Machine, on Epsilon III, is now delivering messages again, through time and space!  This week’s set of incidents is the 9th this year, the third year of operation of the 5th Babylon station.  These events, in particular, have much to do with her Order, so it is with great pleasure that I renew our correspondence from Ranger Mayann, writing to us from a long time from now, in one of the principal cities of her planet, Minbar:

 

Greetings, from Tuzanor:

 

The events of this day, in your Earth year 2259, are critical history to The Anla’Shok, as I look back from what is now your earth year 2278.  While my Order suspected your existence for many years, only at this time were we fully able to begin working together with you, the other half of our soul-race.  I am writing to you from over 200 years in your future, in the hope of helping to prepare you Humans for the great darkness to come, if it cannot be avoided.

 

The keys to either avoiding, or surviving, the coming darkness are the same: acts of conscience, borne of choices made for the right reasons.

 

Some, like Mr. Garibaldi, lock up the voice of conscience until the demands of that voice break through.  My colleague, a Human member of my Order, persisted.  He continued demanding to speak, until Garibaldi listened.  A gatekeeper who listens to his conscience is a worthy one.

 

Many though, like Londo Mollari, do not listen to the voice of conscience.  For Mollari, that voice was the humble Vir Cotto.  His pleas fell on deaf ears, but not without warning.  Conscience begs us to do what is right, but the choice remains in our hands.

 

The Centauri emperor Turhan was moved by the choices of Captain Sheridan, Commander Ivanova, and Dr. Franklin to put themselves “in harm’s way in the interest of peace.”

 

The choice of Ambassador G’Kar was far less pacific, but failed to accomplish his goal, fortunately for him and his people.  Had he succeeded, the bloodshed which began that day might never have ended, until all of Narn and its people were entirely wiped out.  So, the choice of his greatest enemy, at this point in history, turned out to be slightly less destructive than that of G’Kar, even if both of their choices were made for the wrong reasons.

 

Remember:

                            Conscience Matters.

                     Choices Matter.

               Reasons Matter.   

 

Writing from Tuzanor, on Minbar

Earth year2278,

 

Anla’Shok Mayann

 

             Sorry for the lag in Ranger Mayann’s perspective reviews, these past few weeks.  I’ve been too tired to make the extra effort, after extracting the themes, to get into her character for her ‘letter’ from the Minbari perspective on the last couple of episodes, but now that my first draft of Do Better is done and needs to rest a bit, I am going back to some of my story work, including the next B5 reviews from the pov of this new character.

         Many thanks to Neatnik for pointing out that this episode won the first of two Hugo awards for Babylon 5.  His review gives a more traditional plot and character perspective of episode 9, season 2.

 

Last week’s review was of the s2, original order ep 8: Soul Mates

next week will post on Monday…

 

-Shira Destinie Jones

Shira

 

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.  

Action Items:

1.)  Share your thoughts on the importance of having and following a conscience, and of the reasons behind the choices we make, 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

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: Baby Acres: a Vision of a Better World

(Online pdfs of 5 month GED lesson 5 of 67 plans),

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

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa.

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

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.


Continue reading Minbari Mondays, The Coming of Shadows, Choices, and Conscience

Ann and Anna, (serial short story, Part 2): Hope

    Part 1 was last Sunday

      … lightly, but firm enough to stay my hand against my own intent.  I raised my eyes from the scissor blade, and glimpsed a knowing face, which had a finger to lips shaped the same as mine.  That slender hand, covered in mud and ash, it seemed, belonged to a young boy with high cheekbones, almond eyes, skin almost as light as mine, and freckles.

 

                 Was it my imagination, or did I see a twinkle in his eyes?

 

                  We both ducked our heads again, keeping as low and as still as we could.  No hair showed beneath the driving cap, which was pulled down tightly over his face.  This must be the Conductor we were told to wait for, just out of sight around the side of the President’s House.  He turned to lead me, still holding my hand, which still held my scissors, taking care not to make any noise.

 

            The boy stepped over the stick he must have snapped underfoot earlier, deliberately, I now understood.  Looking under the wagon the whole time, he waved me over and helped me up and quietly over the side, tucking my dress and me under a thick shield of dried tobacco leaves and green corn going to market.

 

                        “Keep still and stay down.”   

                     That whisper was not the sound of a young boy, but of a girl!   

 

                     “We do this right, we both get free.”

 

                      I thought it might take a miracle for us to get past those Constables.  I could still hear poor Mary putting up such a racket that the entire Federal City must be able to hear her.  The cart moved a little ways, and then slowed and picked up again, as the voice of an elderly sounding gentleman called out, telling the coachman to drive on.  I thanked both of our guardian angels, who must have remembered to be on duty tonight.  Even more, the work of those good souls at Mount Zion church, for arranging all this, at great personal hazard.

 

                           We drove for what seemed to be hours, not being stopped by anyone, I do not know why.  I felt surely someone would have questioned us, by this time, but drive on we did, until I felt safe enough at last to breathe again.  By the time my stomach began to growl, we slowed to a halt, and unshucked corn and dried tobacco began to part, freeing me to sit up and look around.  And, of course, to thank my young benefactor.  I’d not even had time to tend to my arm, but the bleeding had stopped long ago, as I lay still in the wagon.  I smelled the fresh air of pine trees, and wondered just how far we had managed to come in the hours since leaving Washington City.

 

                       “Try to stay down,” the whisper came from just beside me, as a hand holding a cloth with some corn bread reached over the side of the wagon toward me.

 

                      “I have a travel pass, but we might have a hard time explaining why you are not a cob of corn.”  The girl smiled, and I saw a flash of small white teeth, before we both ducked again, me to settle on the floor of the wagon, and her crouched down beside the wheel of our wagon.  Our horse sounded like it was eating, too, and I was grateful for the calm.  I wanted to at least thank this brave girl before we had to move on.

 

                             “Thank you for, you know…”

 

               I didn’t know what to say.  I’d clearly doubted that she would come as planned.  I hoped she didn’t feel insulted by my lack of faith.

 

                  An apple appeared, held in that slender hand, reaching over the side of the wagon like an olive branch.  Another whisper floated up to me from over the side of the wagon.

 

                    “My name is Anna.    Anna Marie Weems.    What do they call you, besides Fancy?”

 

                    “The white folks call me Ann, but every body else calls me Willow.”

 

                      “Willow, why’s that?”

 

               I got that pain in my belly again, and had to clamp my mouth shut tight to be sure something unpleasant didn’t rush out.  When Anna saw that I didn’t respond, she merely handed me a small ladle of water, dripping some of it on me as she reached over the side of the wagon.  I was just starting to hope she’d forgotten her question, when I heard a sigh.  I’ve hurt her, too, and she has just saved me. Must I harm everyone I know?   I was searching for something to say, to smooth over my insult, when the sound of hooves reached my ears.  

Someone was riding hard down the road.

 

Toward us.

 

       This is the second scene in my new series  Ann&Anna.  I  hope that this series will move you to learn more ways to help use our history to build new tools.

Part 1 was last Sunday, and Part 3 will be next Sunday.

I look forward to your thoughts.

Shira

Action Items:

1.) What are your thoughts on using history, even painful history, to “build back better” as we say, now?

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) Share your thoughts on how continuing empathy-building cooperation might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking.

4.) Write a story, post or tweet that uses those 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 at least for CCOVID-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: Baby Acres: a Vision of a Better World

 

Peace     ! שָׁלוֹם

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

(Online pdfs of 5 month GED lesson 5 of 67 plans…), and

Babylon 5 review posts, how story inspires learning…)

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 

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Painters of Sultan Murad III [Public domain]

What about Noah’s wife, and languages for empathy

This week’s Torah portion, called a Parashah, is the 2nd portion of the cycle, Parashat Noach and reminded me of a story I wrote, in a couple of different versions, a few years ago based on a question about some of those who stayed behind, in the Great Flood story. This image, btw, is an Islamic image of Noah’s Ark, which I found interesting.

Waves lapped at her breasts, the cold water raising goose bumps on her clammy chilled flesh. The matron shivered, lifting her head, drawing a deep breath from her belly, and pushing the words out with her diaphragm:

“Soon and very soon

we are going to see the King”

the others joined in, linking arms,

“Soon and very soon

we are going to see the King”

Was she seeing that right?

“What are they doing singing?!” tears stung her face as Naamah bellowed

“Get them in here, son! Now! Drag them by their idiotic hair if you have to, but get them in this boat! What do they think they are doing?! They …”

Her words were drowned out by her friend’s next call,

“No more crying!”

The others, lifting their voices above the waves, responded:

“No more crying there, for

we are going to see the king”

Naamah lunged at the railing, one foot already hooked over the side, as Shem and Yapeth dragged her by each arm, her third son linking his hands around her struggling waist, dragging her back inside as her husband slammed the door, lowering the massive bar, enclosing them all in darkness, muffling the cries outside the arc.

At last, when she her breath returned, over the already stifling stench of the animals,

“She told me, but I could not stop her. Demanding an audience, she said.”

All four men stared at her. What?

“An audience with the One who decreed this flood. Protesting the lack of input in this decision.”

“What a hell of a way to protest. They aren’t gong to get very far.”

ShiraDest.

Originally drafted in 12014 H.E. (Holocene Era)

AIso, is it still true, that empathy makes us stronger, not weaker?

Octavia Butler dealt with that question, too, in her last novel (I think), Parable of the Talents.

  More on my continuing striving with empathy next time, friends:

  Nos vemos!      ! שָׁלוֹם

Action Items in support of literacy and hope that you can take right now:

1.) Search for two different sources to translate the word “rest”  into both Spanish and Hebrew.

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please.  (Anyone notice them in this story??)

3.) Share your thoughts on how you like each of the sources you found,  perhaps as an update on your GoodReads reading,

4.) Write a blog post or tweet that uses a Hebrew word, tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. Once published, donate one or more copies to your local public library, as I intend to do.

5.)  Can someone tell me why half of this is in block and half is in free format, and refuses to keep my formatting in the first half of the post, which has put itself into the new block editing format?  This is just bizzare.

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

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-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: Baby Acres: a Vision of a Better World

(Online pdfs of 5 month GED lesson 5 of 67 plans), and

Babylon 5 review posts, how story inspires learning…

Peace     ! שָׁלוֹם

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

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.

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Day 10 of GED in 5 months, more salty evidence, and librarians!

So, if salt is so important, then how would you find evidence that salt is important?   For that matter, how would you find evidence that the Crusades really happened?  Ask your favorite reference librarian, perhaps, at your local public library branch?  One of the key parts of our democracy, and of Phase I of the Four Freedoms movement is libraries, right?

Day 10 Lesson Plan
Grammar activity (fewer vs. less):
Khan Academy activity: Order of Operations
powers of 10
Day 10 ExitSlips

(Day 9Day 11)

Action Items:

1.) Why is salt important, and how do we know this?

2.) Can you find any connection between the salt or spice trades, and the Crusades?

3.) Share your thoughts on whether trade and resources, or the lack thereof, could have influenced wars.

4.) Write a book, story, blog post or tweet that uses those thoughts, and please tell us about it! If you write a book, once it is published please consider donating a copy to your local public library.

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 CCOVID-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: Baby Acres: a Vision of a Better World

(Online pdfs of 5 month GED lesson 5 of 67 plans), and

Babylon 5 review posts, how story inspires learning…

Peace     ! שָׁלוֹם

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

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.

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Thoughts on a new short short series on Sundays

It is interesting to me how a story can grab you, or maybe the characters in a story grab you, and refuse to let you go until you’ve told their story.  That is what has happened since this previous Sunday, and the day that began with a bad dream, has ended this week with hope.  I guess that is what stories are supposed to do, no?

The series will be tagged Ann&Anna, although I can’t get that ampersand symbol to take as part of the tag on WordPress.  Some of this comes out of my own family history, but  I hope that we will all be able  enjoy it.  Ann and Anna, Number 1, posted back on Sunday.  Number 2 will be this coming Sunday.

And, Dear Readers, I also hope that this series will move you to learn more ways to help use our history to build new tools.

I look forward to your thoughts.

Action Items:

1.) What are your thoughts on using history, even painful history, to “build back better” as we say, now?

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) Share your thoughts on how continuing empathy-building cooperation might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking.

4.) Write a story, post or tweet that uses those 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 at least for CCOVID-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: Baby Acres: a Vision of a Better World

 

Peace     ! שָׁלוֹם

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

(Online pdfs of 5 month GED lesson 5 of 67 plans…), and

Babylon 5 review posts, how story inspires learning…)

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.

 

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Thoughtful Thursdays, Stayed on Freedom’s Call page 32, and Racial Justice

It is crucial that we each help our society to become more fully inclusive for all of us today, and to come and work together, for all of us, right?  

 

I believe that attention to shared histories, as in DC, may provide part of an answer.  I started a note about that, a few years ago, in my book Stayed on Freedom’s Call:

” … Racial Justice Initiative (RJI)
“…ending violence against our own values as a nation.” -Dr. Edgar Cahn


The Racial Justice Initiative (RJI) came about in 2008 as a result of the work with Time Banks USA. Funding for Time Banks had led to the formation of many middle class Time Banks in small towns and enclaves of larger towns, which were Time Banks mostly of the individual or person to person category.


This highlighted the problems the author noted as a member of the Bath Time Bank, in Bath, England. People of different classes, particularly the poor vs the various middle classes, seem to have great difficulty in working together. Time Banks USA saw problems of racial disparity highlighted by the problem of social services agency clients and also of “Homecomers” (men newly released
on parole from serving periods of incarceration), who were perceived as having little to offer, even to a Time Bank. Class and racial differences heightened difficulties in getting Time Bank members to trust and exchange services with one another. This led Dr. Cahn to seek out and build alliances with people who were willing to cooperate and pool resources to form the Racial Justice
Initiative (RJI).


The RJI advocates on behalf of multiracial youth by
propagating a new legal theory which is based on future outcomes. Until funding was cut by the District of Columbia, the RJI had successfully pioneered
alternative methods of helping at risk youth, such as the DC Youth Court, a peer to peer judgment tribunal:

… “

So, it turns out that I might have needed to explain a bit more about  DC, and the fact that the DC city government does not control the city budget, on this page, but I’m not sure what.

Page thirty-one was last week…

Action Items:

1.) What are your thoughts on this page?  (You can download the entire book for free via the Archive link below…)

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) Share your thoughts on how continuing empathy-building cooperation might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking.

4.) Write a story, post or tweet that uses those 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 at least for CCOVID-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: Baby Acres: a Vision of a Better World

 

Peace     ! שָׁלוֹם

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

(Online pdfs of 5 month GED lesson 5 of 67 plans…), and

Babylon 5 review posts, how story inspires learning…)

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.

 

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Wondering Wednesdays, Do Better: 1st draft is done!

I just have to share: I have finally finished my first draft of Do Better, formerly known as Baby Acres, or Baby Floors!  I’m still posting the rough draft sections so that when I post the first draft sections, there will be a line of progression to follow, to help me track my own craft learning and writing process.

Action Items:

1.) What are your thoughts on writing books?

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) Share your thoughts on how continuing empathy-building cooperation might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking.

4.) Write a story, post or tweet that uses those 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 at least for CCOVID-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: Baby Acres: a Vision of a Better World

 

Peace     ! שָׁלוֹם

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

(Online pdfs of 5 month GED lesson 5 of 67 plans…), and

Babylon 5 review posts, how story inspires learning…)

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.

 

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