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Spanish Sundays and unLadyLike activities…

Here is where I am in my study of written Castillian this week, really enjoying (and longing for more reading time) El Maestro de Escrima (aka The Fencing Master).

My notes thus far:

October 11, 2020 –11.0% “Excelente final del capítulo! Nice chapter ending!
Fin de primer capítulo.
No sabía cuán temprano habían empezado las luchas sobre la democracia.
I never knew how early those arguments about democracy began.”
 
October 14, 2020 –12.0% “Las mujeres no pueden…
Women cannot…”
 
October 14, 2020 –14.0% “”…una monarquía constitucional como Díos manda.”
Lol!!!”
 
October 14, 2020 –17.0% “Por fin, la está tomando en serio!
He’s finally taking her seriously!”

So, it turns out that this author is great across many historical periods, and with a variety of weapons!  From 16th century (Capitàn Alatriste, my favorites!), to 19th (this book), to the 20th (Falcó).  More on my continuing striving with Spanish next week, friends:

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

Action Items in support of language learning (and thus, empathy) that you can take right now:

1.) Search for two different sources to translate the word “lady” into Spanish.

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

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 Castillian/European Spanish word (extra points if it differs from an Mexican Spanish 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.

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, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans)!

ShiraDest

Preptober for NaNoWriMo 2020 CE

October, 2020 CE = 12020 HE

(The previous lesson plan since this post, and the most recent lesson plan…)

French Fridays and finally finishing Les 1000 Nuits !!

Well, Tome 1, anyway…

I’ve finished listening to and reading two very similar but different versions of the first couple hundred nights or so of the Thousand and One (aka Arabian) Nights: both compiled from the first set of translations, by French Arabic translator and Story-o-Phile A. Galland (who added the famous but imho inferior stories of Sinbad the sailor and possibly also either Aladdin and the lamp or Ali Babba and the 40 Thieves). 

I can definitely see why the Sultan of the Indies spared our Heroine’s life to listen each night: these stories are rivetting!

And even better, the ones that are not French additions are also excellently entertaining Cautionary Tales for rich rulers!!

 
Tome 8, still more stories of telling stories to save your life! -While this comment was intended to be just an update, it seems that I must have hit the wrong button on the app, and GR thinks that I finished the book one Tome early.
Yet,
This is a good summation of the entire book: mostly stories-within-stories that illustrate cautionary tales, of rulers repenting of hasty decisions, or unjustly condemned heroes reaping the benefit of their patience and winning the day (not to mention, not being executed!), and people of all stations telling stories in exchange for not being killed in various ways by various beings.
Fascinating to see the different point of view: that
-physical beauty indicates some sort of goodness inside as well,
-that faith and patience are always rewarded
-that Curiosity is always good, even when it leads to (temporarily) very bad results,
and
-that one (or more) good story is worth the life of one (or more) people!

 

What an interesting culture, where curiosity is presented as one of the most important points of intelligence, and intelligence and beauty, much like in ancient Greece, are expected to go with a well-rounded knowledge and skill-set. And where loyalty above all goes with curiosity. I found this almost incredible, yet wonderful. All while remembering that the story being told, often by a person in another story, who is telling a story to some other person or being, in order to avoid some horrible fate.
These stories are worth hearing and then reading again, in various languages, which is what I continue to do now!
Would that they were still well known here in the west, and told, and learned from as generations have learned the cautionary tales and virtues encompassed in these stories, and from the audacity and selflessness of the incredible young girl, Sheherazade, who volunteers to sacrifice herself for the good of all of the young women of her realm…

 
 
February 18, 2019 –

 

page 19
 

8.19% “J’ai tellement aimée raconter a mes étudiants sûr l’intelligence et courage d’heroe Sheherazad !

Enjoying telling my students about the intelligence and courage of the heroic Sheherazad!!”

 
September 1, 2020 –

 

page 19
 

8.19%“Just ended chapter2: le bœuf et le marchand, with little sister asking for a last story. What a hell of a risk to take by asking the sister to be ready, assuming that the sultan would allow her to be present in the room that night. Brilliant story about brilliant self confidence.”

 
September 2, 2020 –

 

page 19
 

8.19% “Actually only at 1%: “Vous voulez absolument ôter la vie a un pauvre innocent ! Oui, repartit le génie, j’y suis résolu. En achevant ces paroles…”

Wow! Absolutely perfectly exquisite timing!! Ahhh!!!”

 
September 3, 2020 –

 

page 19
 

8.19%“Like the Sultan Shahriyar, I cannot wait to find out what happens to the court innocent merchant tonight!”

 
September 3, 2020 –

 

page 19
 

8.19%“She is framing the same situation, where stories act as currency, valuable enough to spare a life. I wonder if this was common, or part of the culture on ancient Persia it India or Arabia?”

 
September 4, 2020 –

 

page 19
 

8.19% “Bravo, le sang froid de !Shéhérazade !
Excellent grâce under pressure, Shéhérazade !”

 
September 4, 2020 –

 

page 19
 

8.19%“Mais, c’est pas possible ça ! Comme laisse-t-il, retenir l’histoire du 3e vieillard, le sultan ?”

 
September 4, 2020 –

 

page 19
 

8.19% “De plaindre au fortune et prier au Dieu. Intéressant…

Reminds me of the trial at Auschwitz where God was found guilty of violating his contract with his chosen people, and then those who conducted the trial said ‘okay it’s time for the evening prayers.'”

 
September 5, 2020 –

 

page 19
 

8.19%“”La nécessité donne de l’esprit.”. Cette phrase est nouvelle pour moi. Voilà j’ai appris ce soir.”

 
September 5, 2020 –

 

page 19
 

8.19%“Il me manque dans la version écrit de cette tome, l’histoire du roi grec et du médecin du Bain, mais l’histoire est lu dans la version de livre Vox! je croyais que toutes les versions de l’histoire originaires en français c’etait la même.”

 
September 6, 2020 –

 

 

13.0%“Again, the written version has edited out parts of the audio book, so I am hearing descriptions of beautiful ladies and dropped baskets that the e-book left out. Glad I decided to listen to the audio version of the book.”

 
September 6, 2020 –

 

 

13.0%“L’histoire des trois Calenders c’est le 23e nuit dans le livre, mais, dans le livre audio c’est le 30ème nuit.”

 
September 6, 2020 –

 

 

13.0% “50 cavaliers : ça ne semble pas du tout bien…
50 bandits : that doesn’t look good at all for the Prince and the ambassador to India…”

 
September 7, 2020 –

 

 

14.0% “Uh oh: yet another underground palace?
Autre Palais souterrain ?”

 
September 8, 2020 –

 

 

15.0% “”et il l’a baissa aux yeux.”
And he kissed her on the eyes. Just as Greeks still do today!”

 
September 9, 2020 –

 

 

15.0% “Le singe qu’écrit…
Thé ape that writes…”

 
September 9, 2020 –

 

 

16.0%“Le 49eme nuit, dans le livre audio, c’est le XLe nuit , a 23%, dans le livre Kindle, ce que manque l’histoire de l’ennui meurtrier qui a fait le maître derviche se jeter dans le puits.”

 
September 10, 2020 –

 

 

16.0% “Le 50ieme nuit, au LibreVox, c’est le XLIe nuit dans le livre écrit. J’ai hâte de savoir demain si la princesse va se marier avec le Prince singe…
50th night in audiobook is 41st night in e-book. I am dying to know whether or not the princess will marry the prince ape…”

 
September 12, 2020 –

 

 

27.0%“55ieme nuit, audiobook, mais le xlvi nuit, ebook”

 
September 14, 2020 –

 

 

27.0%“Okay, so who allows himself to be sewn up inside a sheepskin knowing that he’s going to lose the right eye, just to satisfy his curiosity??”

 
September 15, 2020 –

 

 

30.0% “Voilà la soixantième nuit, dans l’audioBook, ou elle a lu, très belle a mes oreilles, le récit du troisième Calenders, qui va se coucher chaque nuit avec une des 40 dames, mais c’est le LIe nuit dans le eBook écrit, où il n’y a pas de mot sûr ce fait…
60th night in audiobook: sleeps with a new lady/night; not mentioned in written eBook (=51st night…)”

 
September 17, 2020 –

 

 

30.0%“51:25, audio = LII n. eBook: PrinceCalendar #3 solitude…”

 
September 20, 2020 –

 

 

30.0% “Chapitre 15, 3me Prince Calendar borgne: ils avait déjà inventéent l’irrigation drip ?? 😄😄

Third one-eyed Prince: They had already invented drip irrigation?? 😄😄”

 
September 21, 2020 –

 

 

32.0%“The Calif is about to find out the history of Zobeide, which is the end of volume one, so we’ll be the beginning of volume 2 when we hear her story in the audiobook, but in the written ebook, it continues with the LIVeme night…”

 
September 23, 2020 –

 

 

33.0%“Histoire de Zobeide, chez l’audiobook: Tome 2, on commence le 63ieme nuit, mais dans le ebook : 33%, on commence le LVe nuit sans avoir remariées (les deux sœurs aînées).”

 
September 23, 2020 –

 

 

34.0%“The Arkenstone!!”

 
September 25, 2020 –

 

 

35.0% “je n’ai pas eu le temps, au jour d’hui, de lire/écouter l’histoire d’Amine, soeur de Zobéîde. Je meurs de savoir pour quoi elle a des cicatrices…

I’ve had no time today for the story of Amine, Zobéïde’s sister. Dying to know why she’s got scars…
(35% LVIII nuit au eBook…)”

 
September 25, 2020 –

 

 

37.0%“Zobéïde having finished her story and been rewarded by the Caliph, we now hear the start of Sinbad the Sailor’s 7 voyages, which does not start off nearly as interestingly as the previous stories, imho.”

 
September 25, 2020 –

 

 

37.0%“Now I know what bothers me about Sinbad: rich kid wastes his twenties then takes his remaining money, which he was born with, to start a business and has the nerve, the gall, to preach to a poor man that he made his own money himself.”

 
September 29, 2020 –

 

 

38.0% “Sinbad sounds like a spoiled rich kid telling a story where he is the hero, rather than the previous stories, which all involved humble people (even when Princes/esses) exchanging stories for their lives.

Prudish (yes slave-owning, as only the upper classes had time & education enough to read novels) French readers demanded the extraction, after about night 65 (at the start of the Sinbad story) of Dinarazad waking..”

 
September 29, 2020 –

 

 

44.0%“Sindbad only worries about himself being buried alive, not about his poor wife!!”

 
September 30, 2020 –

 

 

44.0% “Chapitre 11, Histoire des trois pommes. En fin terminé avec Sinbad !
Ch. 11, story of the three apples. Finally done with Sinbad’s story.”

 
September 30, 2020 –

 

 

48.0%“Now you how each story is building with some innocent person killed, and then the killer repenting of the deed. she is stretching out the stories and the time to give the king time to get over his pain and to understand his Injustice.”

 
October 1, 2020 –

 

 

49.0% “Histoire de trois pommes : autre fois, la vie se paye avec une histoire. Cette fois ci d’une presque innocent…
This time of an almost innocent…
The three apples: Again, a life is bought with a story…”

 
October 1, 2020 –

 

 

50.0% “99: excellent !! Les Djinn ont changé ent les hommes !;.
Excellent, the genies swapped men!!”

 
October 1, 2020 –
 
October 3, 2020 –

 

 

52.0%“Chapitre 15, tome 2:. Je suppose qu’un bossu etait un type d’esclave particulier ?”

 
October 6, 2020 –

 

 

59.0%“Décorations with images of animals?? Ebn Taher, Perse…”

 
October 6, 2020 –

 

 

69.0%“The story of the Calif’s favorite and the Persian prince is a bit like aa Arabic version of Romeo and Juliet!”

 
October 8, 2020 –

 

 

69.0%“” contes chois…” I missed this part of the title of my eBook: selected stories, explains why many are missing, vs. what I hear on the audio book. The book skips many interesting stories about Djinn making marriages, Chinese princesses passing for princes, smart and beautiful slaves saving the day.”

 
October 9, 2020 –

 

 

69.0%“interesting how every birth of a prince and every public holiday or marriage is marked with the release of prisoners and the distribution of money to the people. Redistributing the wealth has always been part of the governing classes job.”

 
October 9, 2020 –

 

 

69.0%“Rings, mirrors nothing in Shakespeare, LoR or Harry Potter isn’t already here !!”

70.0% “Inverted retelling of the Joseph story…
And ppl the world over are the same: Dad’s friend, mine in NH, and those of two young men: take & leave.
These are also cautionary tales…”

 
October 10, 2020 –

 

 

 

 

73.0% “Cette histoire d’Aladdin fait semble que le Sultan est un con.
This story of Aladdin makes the Sultan look like an idiot.”

 
October 12, 2020 –

 

 

73.0% “Cette histoire d’Aladdin fait semble que le Sultan est un con.
This story of Aladdin makes the Sultan look like an idiot.”

October 12, 2020 –
 

75.0%“Start of Tome 7: “from the mouths of babes…””

 
October 14, 2020 –

 

 

76.0%“Senacharib, Assyria, Egypt : Hezekiah??”

 
October 15, 2020 – Finished Reading

 

So, it turns out that …  More on my continuing striving with French next week, friends:

Yassas,   γεια σας!    Salût !  Nos vemos!  Görüşürüz!     ! 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 “One Thousand” into French.

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

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 French 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.

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, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans)!

ShiraDest

Preptober (October, Prep for NaNoWriMo!)

2020 CE, which is 12020 HE

(The previous lesson plan since this post, and the most recent lesson plan…)

Library books on a Saturday, with money from far, far away…

This is one book that should be both in every library, and required reading for every person:

It’s finally the end of Sukkot 5781, time to get back to writing for change.

Here is a review of one of the too many books I read and lost notes which I found later, while doing my phd work on what the economic fuss is all about:

Money: Whence It Came, Where It WentMoney: Whence It Came, Where It Went by John Kenneth Galbraith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

-p.8 –Finally! A reputable/academic/economist citing del Mar: (2) Alexander Del Mar, History of Monetary Systems (London: Effingham Wilson, 1895; New York: Augustus M. Kelley, 1969), pp. 1-2.’

…’In time it would be asserted that the debauchment of the currency caused the downfall of Rome. This historiography – the tendency to attach vast adverse consequences to monetary behaviour of which the observer happens to disapprove – is one which we will find frequently to recur. It should, needless to say, be regarded with the utmost suspicion.”‘
-I still agree with delMar and Keynes that the coincidence is too much to be accidental.

…'”Though willing to have banks for the purpose of deposit, Thomas Jefferson strongly opposed their issue of notes. Writing to John Taylor in 1816, he agreed that banking establishments were more to be feared than standing armies.”‘
–I have yet to find the full source for this in the Jefferson Archives (UVA), despite seeing it quoted widely as authoritative.

…”Most dangerous of all would be democracy. …none forsaw that farmers and workers would one day have the power that would make governments unwilling to impose these hardships even in so righteous a cause as defence of the currency. …the interests of the rich in these mattes could differ from those of others.”
–I contend that democracy (if $ is distributed fairly) is not a danger to fiscal discipline.

…quotes Ricardo: “He [the farmer], more than any other class of the community is benefited by the depreciation of money, and injured by the increase of its value.(20)”
—presumably by the higher ratio of land value to coin/money value? Back to H. George again…

p.53 Maj. CH Douglass predated by MD colony in issuing cit. div. (worked very well); p. 56 The Land Bank Manufactury Co. bank notes outlawed retroactively from London under the Bubble Acts; ended colonial banks

p. 60 gold == morality
p. 66 assignats backed by land worked until not backed at all… (financed Fr. Rev.)
p. 70 US Bank Finan. war (Am. Rev.) but w/hyperinflation (too bad, imnsho, that “the notes of the bank went out to a borrower at an interest rate that duly and directly rewarded the owners of the bank.”)
p. 80 re: The Money War Ch. 7: led up 2??? (on Bank paying off members of Congress to vote or make nice speeches about certain things…)
p. 94 “hard money morality”
p. 102 ‘Gilded Age’: gold==univ. money system
p. 105 #3 (Hildreth, ‘Banks, Banking, and Paper Currencies’ Boston: 1840 in Samuel Rezneck Business, Depressions and Financial Panics NY:Greenwood Pub. 1968): speculation good when succeeds, crime only if fails
P. 109 be happy and the money will follow (confidence==self-fulfilling proph.)

P. 111 a bank failure: 1. Hurts ppl w/$ in that bank, and also: 2. hurts (reduces and tightens simult.) the money supply overall

P. 117 #3(Samuelson, pp 272-273): Fed. Res. Open Mkt Com: ‘most powerful group of private citizens in America’; FDIC;
P.118 ref.#5: Fed=”purpose of the System is to foster growth at high levels of employment, with a stable dollar…” -failed miserably

p. 117 JKG -> ‘The Money Masters’ (see that cd on “The Creature from Jeckal Island” -via Altruists.org??) –says same thing re. creation of the Fed.; Also agrees that Fed. made Gr. Depression worse.

p. 118 “P is as p does”; ref.#5: BoGovs of Fed, The Fed Res Sys: Purposes and Functions (DC ’63), p2.; “Belmont Syndrome”
p. 127 varied defs. of ‘elastic money’ big problem: small banks left out of “club of the great and the strong.”
p. 128 ‘inflation could occur on a solid gold standard’
p. 132-133: Fed. is for big $

p. 145 –reminds me of Polanyi and his ‘Long 19th century’ as he and Galbraith end gold age in 1914
p. 147 -The 20’s: much of wrld gold had come to US, France had some gold: none left the US-> inflation and boom

p. 168: Churchill’s ’25 decision->Miners’ Strike; p. 175 Fed. caused Gr. Dep.: 1 July ’27 (imnsho);
P. 186 Austrian School economists all migrated to US just in time not to do anything about the Gr. Depr. for fear of non-existent inflation just because they saw hyperinflation in Germany under totally diff. circums. !!

p. 206: Keynes “Roosevelt is magnificently right” ref. 13, Schlesinger p.223
p. 209 on I. Fisher: equation of exchange (rules Quant. of money theory) and prices; warm praise-Keynes

p. 220 nixed Keynes won: 1.Say’s Law, 2. mkt. equib. w/out full empl. is possible
p.223 Hobson prev. fr. teaching to ‘question the virtue of unlimited thrift’ is ‘sin’
–JKG on Keynes: 1. must *enforce* spending 2. made it ok to contradict Says Law or discuss ‘oversaving’ as a problem
p. 230 “common sense…always been believed” but not nec. right

P. 255 (Ch. 18 Good Years: The Preparation) —imho he’s wrong about Keynes being ==Bretton Woods. I’ve read Keynes lost to the Ameri. delegation on most of his ideas (i.e. Bancor)

p. 262 censoring Keynes name out of JKG’s article review for Forbes…
p. 267 says Keyserling’s lost push for full-empl. led to/prep. way for later gains (else wouldn’t have even tried for more later…) –so always persevere…

p. 270 again confidence -> self-fulfiling economic pred.
p. 276 “in practice intervention was essential” for full employment… but economics myths tend to win out
p. 278 Keynsian antidote to inflation=taxes. Esp. on rich. hard to do –Ricard’s ‘monied men…’
p. 279 “rich prefer inflation” -imho because infl==higher prices->hjigher profits; Fed’s mon. policy makes it worse
P. 280 rediscount rate and open-mkt ops mythology still rules; -mon. pol. more convenient -fiscal pol.. M. Friedman saw Fisher’s (quant. eq.) as best option; GNP <- M (one of M-M4, take your pick dep. on whether counting savings as money, etc.) but !=Fiscal pol.
p. 283/4: but if infl. target == q. no infl. -> no price incr. -> no bus. expansion

P. 284 “archeology” of economics 🙂
p. 289 “reputation of capitalism” –this is important??
p. 299 OPEC embargo luchy: had inflation to help the OPEC nations (i.e. w/out infl. embargo wouldn’t have worked…)
p. 300 Prof. Richard N. Cooper at Pres. Ford’s Summit Conf. on Inflation in autumn, ’74:
1. “surrogate tax” -back to JFKennedy’s cursing U.S. Steel re.Guideposts 2. admits that he didn’t see it at first, either

P. 302 “good tailor” better than curiosity

—WHY on earth does he keep linking corp.s and unions together as having so much power??!! Oh:
P. 303: ‘union and corp.’ power i.e. monopolies vs. Cesar Chavez (who actually used to report Mexican illegals
(one artificially keeps prices up; other artif. raises wages; both are outside normal market forces, unlike smaller players…)

p. 304-307 Afterword: in 1975 currencies already outside national ability to control, much more now w/internet: mon. policy can’t control so must use fiscal policy; imho need more progressive tax on rich to gain revenues from luxury items and keep down inflation (which only hurts the poor, since wealthy put money in other curr/comm. to protect it); JKG says Fed should stop mon. pol. (i.e. int. rate fidling) and do Lender of Last Resort (stop bank failure) work, control speculation. Notes M can’t be measured or controlled.
(ref. 1: A. Hayes ‘Testing Time for Monetary Policy’ address NYstate Bankers Asso. NYC Jan. 20, ’75…); Must be firm on raising taxes.

This guy was certainly no socialist.

Last sentence: In other words, ‘those who yearn for the end of capitalism should pray for…’ Alan Greenspan!

Read, Write, Run, Teach !

ShiraDest
17 February, 12016 HE

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Interesting how, just a year or two ago, I recall feeling guilty for being angry with the US Navy for burying this particular gr. gr. grandfather with honors, while my other gr. gr. grandfather was accused of suicide and his family chased off of their land in OK.  Guilty for having to believe that this man who was honored by the military did not deserve what the other grandfather did deserve, but never received.  And yet neither family prospered: the two families met and members married and died during the Gr. Depression of TB.

Yes, we can do better than this.

  More on my continuing striving with family of choice next time, friends:

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

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

1.) Search for two different reasons to study your thoughts.

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, if you feel safe enough.

3.) Share your thoughts a book from your GoodReads reading list on self-reflection,

4.) Write a blog post or tweet that explores, tells a good story, or otherwise 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.

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, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans)!

ShiraDest

September, 12020 HE

(The previous lesson plan since this post, and the most recent lesson plan…)

Book review: The History of Black Slavery in Pueto Rico -still relevant in the USA today… Revista: Historia de La Esclavitud Negra En Puerto Rico

Historia de La Esclavitud Negra En Puerto RicoHistoria de La Esclavitud Negra En Puerto Rico by Luis M. Soler

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This extensive and not easy to read, but well worthwhile history of slavery in Puerto Rico, shows the importance not only of where we have been, but also what tools we have now and how to evaluate them in the light of past and present situations. The author comments that a Cooperative could have saved the small coffee producers of Puerto Rico, though not on whether that would have enabled the liberation of their enslaved workers. Yet this is a step forward in the analysis of both labour relations and the history of People of Color in the Americas.

I now also know that the family of my enslaved 5xGreat Grandfather Miles Manzilla could even have originated in Spain itself, potentially. Our shared origins are important to know, both for understanding why enslaved workers would have defended their masters during Indian attacks, and also in deciding how to relate to our history of enslavement today. What feelings remain to be resolved on all sides?

P. 15 del pdf = P. 21 del libro
La Corona y los esclavagistas se creaban liberales y generosos, evidentemente, pero sus

esclavos no compartieron ese sentimiento!
The Crown and owners thought themselves generous, but their slaves disagreed!

P. 25=32: Ya sabîa Bartolomé de Las Casas pero no de Fray Antonio de Montesinos a favor de los

indigenes.
Dominicans vs Franciscans ??

P.33 Las Ordenanzas No Fueron Cumplidas… (The Orders of the King to protect the

Indigenous/Indian/Native Population Not Obeyed…)

but “Como si los indios fuesen africanos!” -Nice, Thanks. Now I know which part of my blood

sits higher…

P.33=P.40: At least he admitted his error before he died; Al menos se admetîa su error antes

de su muerte.

Updates online… (Courtney, Richard H., Ruth A., Michelle, Thomas and Mel will certainly like

this book, and Akshat Liked an early update…)

P.77pdf=P.86 del documento: The author thinks that a Cooperative would have saved small

producers in PR from the falling coffee prices (due to Cuban overproduction)…

P.109pdf=P.119 book: Pardos must be like me: morenos claros ?

P. 111pdf=P.119 book: Alot of English testimony from ship captains: 14 British citizens sold

into slavery by contrabandists, apparently never freed (though 7 were identified!!).

P. 126 So France had a Black Code, too? Of course, where did the southern colonies/states

(USA) get them from…

3 November, 1839: Pope Gregory XVI condemned the Slave Trade? and Baltimore, and Maryland…

In summary, there was not only lots of Mestisage, but a good bit of back-and-forthing of slaves between PR and the English and French-speaking colonies. Thus, entirely possible that Miles Manzilla, Sr’s family was of Spanish colony origin.

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updated from orig. post:  18 February, 12016 HE

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Saturday Spanish: Learning languages to bring harmony to …

I’m currently finishing a book by the Dalai Lama about harmony, or ethics, sort of. I read it in Spanish because that was what came to hand to read, and I found that I missed Spanish, and still miss dreaming of living in Andalusia. I no longer permit myself to dream that dream, but I do continue to at least try to read in Spanish, to keep up my literacy. So I am starting volume I of Don Quixote, and if you don’t mind the occasional comment in Spanish, please tell me, Dear Readers, so that I know how much of which language (English or Spanish) to use.

My review:

“Ayudar a los demas
Helping others, not standing idly by while the blood of your neighbor is shed…” November 6, 2018 – 21.0% “P. 41 ” el odio y la ira nos lleva a perder todo sentido de la proporcion “” November 7, 2018 – 22.0% “Excellent point I’m glad that I did not write the book that a friend asked me to write about 10 years ago, because this is the book I would have written more or less minus the Buddhism.” November 15, 2018 – 25.0% “La empatia = sentir y compartir/experimentar los sentidos de los demas.” November 15, 2018 – 33.0% “Arg : natura. = Viv., -> compassion…” November 15, 2018 – 34.0% “on page 77 he speaks of tierra pura, pure earth or new earth, or heaven, but he neglects the idea of places like Valhalla, the Viking warrior paradise…” November 16, 2018 – 38.0% “Que es la lujuria?” February 18, 2019 – 86.0% “”…compasiôn… nos acerca a la felicidad” -pero demasiado nos da pena, tb. (como cuando lloro por los pordioseros frente al metro…)

“compassion… leads us to happiness” -but too much also harms us
(as when I cry because of the homeless in front of the Metro…)” February 26, 2019 – 86.0% “”si va mas alla del hecho de afrontar la injusticia, si se …”

“disociar entre acto y agente…”” July 20, 2020 – 86.0% “Perdí mis notas, pero creo que decía que comportamientarse de manera ética ahora el sufrimiento psyjologica.”

Este libro, por supuesto, es bien pensado, pero bastante evidente. Me costó mucho trabajo leer lo que leí, y en fin, no lo pude terminar.

This book was well-thought-out, of course, but, pretty obvious. I had a very difficult time getting into it, and finally I had to give up.

Books, film, and other forms of media, like comic books, aka graphic novels, and music all have a strong effect on how people view the world. So, here are some Action Items in support of literacy and hope that you can take right now:

1.) Download some public domain version of a classic book,

2.) Read a page,

3.) Share your thoughts on that page, perhaps as an update on your GoodReads reading,

4.) Write a novel that references a classic book, tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical (slavery era Baltimore) fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. Once published, donate one or more copies to your local public library, as I intend to do.

Other ideas welcome on how to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness, & #EndMoneyBail, starting with improving these four parts of our good #PublicDomainInfrastructure:

1. #libraries,

2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,

3. #UniversalHealthCare, and

4. good #publictransport

Read, Write, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!!!, Walk !

#PublicDomainInfrastructure #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19 ShiraDest

September, 12020 HE

Review of a Young Adult book on Slavery still relevant today: Chains, by Laurie Halse Anderson

Chains (Seeds of America, #1)Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am so glad I spotted (#Coverlove!) this book in the library, my second read by wonderfully supportive author Laurie Halse Anderson. This first person, past tense Young Adult historical coming of age novel was amazing! Halse Anderson does an excellent job of distinguishing indentured servitude from slavery from hired service while characterizing the main characters quickly and effectively. An excellent and poignant reference to the Memphis Garbage Workers’ Strike via a slave father’s sale is just one of the many places in this work that moves to tears, both of terror and of joy, in the end. Please read this one, as I know I shall, again and again.

Let’s #EndPoverty , #EndHomelessness ,& #EndMoneyBail starting by improving these four parts of our good #PublicDomainInfrastructure 4: (
1. #libraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare , and
4. good #publictransport )
Read, Write, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!!!, Walk !


#PublicDomainInfrastructure
ShiraDest

April, 12019 HE

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Black Women Writers at Work: Review of an older but very persistently worthwhile book

I am so glad I happened to see this book Black Women Writers at WorkBlack Women Writers at Work by Claudia Tate
at the public library.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was moved with both recognition, and with fear, at Audre Lorde’s comment that “it’s scary because we’ve been through that before. It was called the fifties.” Then I was moved with that stirring to act, upon reading in print what I have known and been told in different words since Dunbar (High School): “My responsibility is to speak the truth… with as much precision and beauty as possible. … We’ve been taught that silence would save us, but it won’t.”
And we must not remain silent while the blood of our sisters/brothers/neighbors/communities/fellow human beings is shed.

Sherley Anne Williams reiterates this responsibility of a writer to write as well as one can and to “say as much of the truth as I can see at any given time.”

Although this book is dated, and does not include my favorite author (Octavia Butler), I am so glad that I read this book in spite of my initial misgivings. From Bambara’s hope that “We care too much … to negotiate a bogus peace,” to DeVeaux’s “responsibility to see,” I find my own compulsion to write validated by the responsibility of a writer to render individual expression into a universal expression, and to give voice to the voiceless/unseen/erased. To show the unspoken and to “empathize with the general human condition.”

Society needs all perspectives because without those perspectives, we are missing vast parts of what our society actually looks like, which leads to deep problems. Writing, as was pointed out, must transcend individual experience, but it also comes from and is filtered through individual experience, so we desperately, as leaders from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr to Octavia Butler have pointed out, need every point of view.

Last note (not in my GR review): I think that this book has helped me to see that my intended audience has two possibly conflicting sections –
I. those who have endured traumas in early childhood or also in adulthood, particularly due to structural racism, and
II: those who can change that situation.

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Let’s #EndPoverty , #EndHomelessness ,& #EndMoneyBail starting by improving these four parts of our good #PublicDomainInfrastructure 4: (
1. #libraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare , and
4. good #publictransport )
Read, Write, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!!!, Walk !


#PublicDomainInfrastructure
ShiraDest

April, 12019 HE

Persist: review of a good but difficult book

Stronger Than You KnowStronger Than You Know by Jolene Perry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This first person #YAlit novela (a bit short for a novel, I imagine) was both very hard-hitting in its accuracy, and very hope-giving, if a bit too much so, perhaps, in the ending. I find myself agreeing with another reviewer about the timeline being too short for certain things, but I can understand or imagine that the author wanted to give hope and encouragement, and teenagers have very short attention-spans and time-line perspectives, in general.

For me, this was a difficult read emotionally because it had me reliving events from my own early childhood and teenage years, and the earliest were the worst, as the ending of the book brought the external and internal conflicts together in ways that confirmed my own experiences very uncomfortably. But this is a very important work, and it is crucial to persist.

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Review of a book worth reading

The Female of the SpeciesThe Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow, #TheFemaleOfTheSpecies, written in first person and present tense for all three PoV characters, is a book which is both difficult to read, and also cathartic. There are also some really good zingers, funny lines and situations, believe it or not, and some really spot-on descriptions of the humanity of one of the main characters from whom you’d not expect human warmth. I can only hope that I can make such a contribution one day, but if I manage to publish a book half as good as this crucial work by @MindyMcGinnis, I will feel my writing career to have been worthwhile.

I noticed that this was not her debut novel, and that the author seems to have had a bit of a time getting her agent to push for this work, which spent 15 years in a drawer. That tells me that these types of books are either coming into their time, now, after the ME TOO movement, or that I’d best better start with more light and fluffy novels until I get established as a fiction author. Either way, I am grateful and glad that McGinnis kept this work, and got it to see the light of day after all those years in the dark. In publishing this book, she has also helped many of us to believe that we can come out of the dark, as well, if not entirely whole.

(Reminds me of the female MC of Purgatoire des innocents English review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show… )

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How crucial it is to believe in The Good

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's StoneHarry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Upon reading again, I see that she uses the omniscient story-tellers voice more than I thought, in the first book, to excellent effect.

I find it amazing that Rowling managed to include child neglect, child abuse or bullying, ptsd and drugs all in one book, without coming off as preachy, and even giving it a happy ending. Then, managing to get kids to read it!

I only hope that my WIP can accomplish half as much, one day.
Shira, of The MEOW Community Cooperation Blog,
William-James-MEOW Date: 16 September 12014 H.E. (Holocene/Human Era)

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