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French Friday 13th: Comprendre la Tragédie des Cathares

  This book cathars  is worth learning French to read: 

   The author cites again and again the terror created deliberately by the papal and civil authorities as they traversed LangD’Oc, and the unrelenting pressure for over a century.

 

Much more than just the sad burning of nice people (and This is why Each Person needs to Write a Book…):

1. The wiping out of a different culture (use of Roman Law), language, and religion
2. The conquest of an entire cultural region by the north (the ‘French’ annexing what was Provence and destroying the links between Provence and Catalunya-Aragon)
3. The creation of an Inquisition that served as the model for the Spanish Inquisition.
4. Innocent III -> Spanish Inquisition -> los Conquistadores -> Daech: All systematically destroying the writings (or Quipus and museums), languages and history; in short, the cultural memories, that came before them in order gain control over the conquered populations (kind of like George Orwell’s 1984 prohibition on writing…).

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B5, Hakan: Muhafiz/The Protector, or  Lupin Reviews

Holistic Algebra & GED/ High School Lesson Plans,

           or Long Range Nonfiction, or Historical Fiction

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Lesson Day 10/67, Plus: Snow Riots, and Heroes Escaping Gatekeepers…

     This week we revisit an updated Lesson Plan 10 of 67 in our GED/HiSET series, and then, we see how the very first race riot in the USA took place, right in the District of Columbia, and how that relates to gatekeepers, but before that, a quick word about Isaias: 

   We have finally met the hero of Who By Fire: whobyfireiwilltmpcover   I Will, Isaias, an escaped slave, now a fugitive from the law, in 1838.  But, how did he escape?  Well, we can’t let the cat out of the bag entirely, can we?  A hint: it has to do with these riots we mentioned a second ago.

    In reflecting on my time as a tour creator in DC, and wondering how slavery still influences us, today.   I loved giving the first tour of my Underground Railroad and Black History series Singing Community Cooperation tours back in DC, and then writing about them.

Interesting points that I tried to make during my tours, from a fascinating book about DC´s 1st race riot, by Moreley, in his book, Snow-storm in August : Washington City, Francis Scott Key, and the forgotten race riot of 1835, not only puts together a sound context for the Snow Riots, but also draws together strands which began then, and still define, he claims, our politics today.  I found most striking his juxtaposing of property rights and individual vs. community as well as freedom of speech, and whether free speech is applied best for owners (elites) vs. the people (the 99%).

Snow, the almost unrelated star of the event, was in the habit of  placing very attention-getting, and mouth-watering ads to beverly_snow_dni_washington_dc_oct15_1833_p2._-_2  attract customers, and was a manumitted former slave who’d established a very successful Epicurean Eatery in DC, featured in this post’s image above, and described in Morley’s excellent book, which I got from the DC Public Library.

 

With my DC Black-Jewish Walking Tours, I started by melding the Black and Jewish DC histories, which was way too big, and looked at how other groups give their walking tours to try to cut down my tours while keeping the essential, and then shared that information (yes, I was severely criticized by one person, acting as gatekeeper for me, I suppose, without my approval, for not keeping my sources secret, but that goes against my principles), hoping to attract allies and build a cooperative.  

Tying the past to the present:  Do gatekeepers enslave human potential?

In Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation 1838-1839, Frances Ann Kemble points to the reactions of slave owners and overseers in the capacity of gatekeepers, preventing the voices of slaves from being heard.

More generally and in the same vein, Voices of Dissent’s C. Heifetz and Sarah Ariste (magazine article from abt. 2006 now unfindable…), ask in “Voices Without Authority” whether our gatekeepers are preventing us from living up to our values as a society.

I further that question:
Are our gatekeepers, and particularly, those who choose the gatekeepers, preventing humanity from reaching its full potential? For, if we fail to live up to the values we profess as a society, such as freedom for all, or equality before the law, then are we not also limiting the potential contributions of some, and thus failing to achieve all that we could, as a whole?

I realize the need, in certain situations, for gatekeepers. However, when the gatekeepers act on the basis of privilege or perception, rather than on the actual needs of the given situation, they can be counter-productive. They can artificially prevent access, resulting in uneven or misleading outcomes, or in simple outright injustice. This reduces our effectiveness as a society in providing each person the opportunity to contribute fully to the creativity and productivity of the human race, and that, is a shame for all of us.

Gregorian Date:           Thursday, September, 2020AD 

Holocene Calendar:  Thursday, September, 12020 HE

Action Items:

1.)   Think of how you, personally, have been affected by gatekeepers?  How did you feel about that process?

2.)  Do you know of others who went through similar experiences, and how did that seem, to you?  Did you get to see the process from the other person’s point of view?

3.)  What do you know of other gatekeepers?

4.)  What do you think is the use of gatekeepers, and why? 

originally posted in:

September, 12020 HE


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B5, La Casa De Papel/Money Heist, & Lupin & Hakan: Muhafiz/The Protector Reviews

Holistic High School Lessons,

           or My Long Range Nonfiction, & Historical Fiction Writing

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Shira


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French Fridays, No Empathy for Philippe le Bel, et Le Jour des Fourmis

Les vendredi 13 sont vu comme mauavais cars cetait le jour que le roi Philip le bel avait fait arreter tous les Templiers de la France au même jour. Et leurs bruler vif. Les fourmis avait échappés ça, au moins.

Friday the 13th is considered bad luck because that was the day that king Philip the Handsome of France managed to pull off the arrest of every Knight Templar in France on the same day. And burned them at the stake. At least the ants escaped that fate.

Voicie mon revu du 2me livre de serie Fourmis par Werber, ce que j’au acquis par la biblioteque d’un bled pourri dans le 56 en Bretagne.

  I got this book out of the public library in one of the small and very forgettable towns of Morbihan, in Britanny. (Dans le 56, as they say there, for the postal code beginning in 56…).

I found this second book in the Ants saga disappointing due to the increased spiritualism and preachiness, which his first book in this series touched on, but not nearly as heavily. He also gets a few things wrong that begin to become annoying by the end of the book.

J’ai trouvé ce livre pas a mon gout parce que le spiritualisme et ses efforts de nous dire quoi penser m’ont gêné. Ce n’était pas si lourd dans son premier livre. Aussi, il a raté quelques chose qui me commencé à gêner par le fin du livre.

4 Janvier, 12016 èH

     So, it turns out that I don’t like any of his other books as much as I did that first book (Ants). But it kept my attention enough to improve my French, and also my empathy for ants.

More on my continuing striving with French next week, friends:

    Salût ! 

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

1.) Share two different resources to translate the word “ants” into French.

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

3.) Write a blog post or tweet that uses a French word, tells a good story, and makes a difference.  Once published, donate one or more copies to your local public library, as I intend to do.

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Click here to read, if you like:

Babylon 5Hakan: Muhafiz/The ProtectorLupin, or La Casa de Papel (aka Money Heist) Reviews

Holistic High School Lessons,

           or Long Term Nonfiction & Historical Fiction Writing

Shira

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French Fridays, Libraries, and Empathy for Ants?

Libraries are where the librarians, who find obscure bits of local knowledge, and make great book recommendations live!  This book is among the best books I have read, but I must say that the rule of the first holds: the rest of the books in the series went downhill.  Werber’s other books, too, were interesting from a philosophical point of view, but increasingly irritating as metaphysical works.  This one, however, I am half considering reading again! 

-back in 2015:

Les Fourmis (La saga des fourmis, #1)Les Fourmis by Bernard Werber
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Don’t kill any more ants!!
This book is worth learning French to read. Honestly. It had me worrying for the fate of an ant by page 40! Fascinating swap of perspectives, and hair-raising cliff-hanger ending. I have the 3rd book in this trilogy, but am anxiously waiting to get the 2nd from the library!

Ne tuez plus de fourmis !
Ce livre vaut la peine d’apprendre le français pour le lire. Vraiment. Il m’a fait soucier pour le destin d’une fourmi avant la 40e page ! Changement impressionnant de points de vues et fin incroyable. J’ai déjà le 3e tome mais j’attends avec impatience le 2e de la bibliothèque !

ShiraDest
22 Decembre, 12015 HE

View all my GR reviews

So, maybe I was over-empathizing with the fourmi  ants?

Action Items in support of literacy for All:

1.) Imagine two different ways to increase library funding.

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

3.) Share your thoughts on how you think you’d feel in a library if you were an ant,

4.) Write a story, book, blog post or tweet that uses Items 1-3 above, tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy WiP (after Do Better is published out the the community…). Once published, donate one or more copies to your local public library, as I intend to do.  Please tell us about your plans and how they go!

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Click here to read, if you like:

B5, Hakan:Muhafiz/The Protector, Lupin, & La Casa de Papel/Money Heist Reviews…

Holistic High School Lessons,

Thoughtful Readers, if you are on Twitter, please consider following   #Project Do Better  on Twitter.

 

French Fridays and Les 1001 Nuits: Building Empathy One Story at a Time

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 Baba 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 riveting!   Léon_Carré_-_Les_Mille_et_Une_Nuits_1926_-_01

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 Prompts in support of literacy, empathy, and hope that you can take right now:

1.) Share two different sources to translate the word “One Thousand” into French.

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

3.) 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.

 

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Click here to read, if you like:

B5, Hakan:Muhafiz/The Protector,  Lupin, or La Casa de Papel (Money Heist) reviews

Holistic High School Lessons,

           or Long Range Nonfiction, or Historical Fiction

Thoughtful Readers, if you are on Twitter, please consider following   #Project Do Better  on Twitter.

Shira


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

Partial Review: El Maestro de Esgrima, and Legal/financial Adult Education for Housing?

    Aver, qué nos puede decir una novela de 1866 España

    So, what can a novel set in 1866 Spain

MaestroEsgrima tell us

sobre la educaciôn legal y financiero por los adultos de hoy en dîa, en los EEUU?

about legal and financial on-going adult education in the US, today?

      Well after building considerable empathy for the lady/love interest, the author  of El Maestro de Esgrima (The Fencing Master) does something terrible to her, which might not have happened had she been in another country, where her legal and financial rights could be defended by her and herself alone. Knowing those rights is crucial in any situation.

My notes thus far:

October 17, 2020 –21.0% “Me encanta ésa idea de cómo vivir, I tal vez mejor dicho, cómo morir:
“No de arrepentía de haber vivido: había amado y había matado…”
Cómo Alonso en El Ministerio del Tiempo:
“No tengo quejas: he amado… he luchado por mi patria…”

I love this idea:
No regrets, after having loved, and fought with honor…”

 
October 17, 2020 –28.0% “Ojalá que hubiera podido yo vivir en ese época (con derecho de llevar espada propia):
“Daría cualquier cosa por enviarle …mis padrinos al hombre…””
 
October 17, 2020 –34.0%“author put in arguments at noon for comic thought diversion…”
 
October 17, 2020 –36.0%“Tiene un sentido de Honor…”
 
October 17, 2020 –38.0%“Me encanta: “Una buena muerte justifica cualquier cosa.””
 
October 17, 2020 –40.0% “”…tener una Troya ardiendo a sus espaldas”
Hermosa!”
 
October 18, 2020 –44.0%“Uh,oh… Conflicto de conflictos… Otro (grandísimo) duelo a venir?”
 
October 18, 2020 –46.0%“All this talk about politics only seems to be filler between the fencing, which is the really interesting part.”
 
October 18, 2020 –47.0% “Hmmm:
“Sólo es esclavo quién espera algo de los demás-”
dicho por el maestro de esgrima…
Entiendo el contexto, pero…”
 
October 18, 2020 –51.0% “”abriendo sus entrañas, el cielo dejó caer…”
Ok, lluvia…”
 
October 18, 2020 –52.0%“”…la misa en castellano.” Bien hecho, autor…”
 
October 18, 2020 –77.0% “A sword-cane! Yes!!”

So, it turns out that I was wrong about the political talk being filler, as it becomes crucial later on in the story.  More on my continuing striving with Castilian Spanish, which I really ought to find another show to watch so that I don’t forget the spoken rhythms, which differ markedly from Latin and Argentine Spanish.

 

Action Prompts:

1.) Share two different sources to translate the word “fencing” into Spanish.

2.) Share your thoughts on how you like each of the sources you found.

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

Dear Readers, do you have 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? 

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Click here to read, if you like:

Babylon 5Hakan: Muhafiz/The Protector, La Casa De Papel, or Lupin Reviews

Holistic High School Lessons,

Queridos lectores, favor de pensar, si estàn por Twitter, en   #Project Do Better.

Shira

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French Fridays, Language Learning for Empathy, and Alexandre Dumas, père

My language learning posts will not be in the real-time I’d been trying to post in (summarizing, each week, my intended daily work on each language).  I don’t know why I find myself surprised at his use of slavery in the novel in such a callous way (who will tell them that they are legally free?) in the novel, given Dumas’ own racial background, but then perhaps he was trying to point out the injustice of the situation?

My notes for French this week will be looking for a show for next year to watch in French, and finishing up my listening to Le Comte de Monte-Cristo (The Count of Monte Cristo) by Alexandre Dumas (Sr.):

October 17, 2020 –19.0% “Une morte évité au dernier moment !
A death avoided at the last minute!”
 
October 18, 2020 –20.0%“Guillotiner des prisonniers, c’était la fête ?”
 
October 19, 2020 –29.0% “Another secret identity of a man saving the life of the son of the woman he loves who married his enemy…”

 

I must admit that I find it annoying when LivreVox changes readers, as it is jarring, and I also had a hard time adjusting to the Quebecois readers, as I listened to all of the 1001 Nights by a reader from continental France, which is the pattern I am used to.  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 resources to translate the word “Hope” into French.

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

3.) Share your thoughts on how you like each of the resources 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.

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Click here to read, if you like:

B5, Hakan:Muhafiz/The Protector,  Lupin, or Money Heist

Holistic High School Lessons,

Thoughtful Readers, if you are on Twitter, please consider following   #Project Do Better  on Twitter.

Shira

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Turkish Tuesdays, and Two Lessons Hakan:Muhafiz/The Protector, s1e6 Teaches About Making Decisions

What do we learn from season 1, episode 6, and then, my impressions of this episode?

(spoilers remain untranslated…)

Lessons:
1.) Sometimes the old folks know more than you do!
2.) Make your own decisions.
Kıskanıyor, mi, Zeynep?

Hey, that’s beautiful Byzantine Greek!!!   HakanS1e6  Faysal bey, Nooo!!!
Poor kid, Curly!  No one takes care of him, no one is proud of him!!
Poor reporter guy, poor Zeynep, but at least her father is proud of her.
Well done, Hakan, means you learn to think when you work in the Grand Bazaar.
Çocuk değilsen, Hakan, ama kutsal bir görevin var.
Galata Tower!
So much history, and so much youthful stupidity.
Oh, no!  Emir!  Wife, daughter, dead, but then calls to report in!!  People!!
Kemal, this guy is not trustworthy.
But why not tell the Head of your Order?
Mazar, their relationship is none of your business!!
Bribe her with the car, then use her to put the professor in his place.
But touching the artifacts without gloves!!
Jerk!  All that to do the same thing to her!
Oh, no, Emir!!
İ love how important social relationships are in Turkish culture.
 For the same reason that Layla was able to talk her way to the neighbor’s house, so do these guys apologize. Social relationships and Harmony are very important. That is a lesson that we can learn.

I’ve got to find the book this show is based on! (mentioned in earlier review…)

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Click here to read, if you like:

Science Fiction/Fantasy Shows, Lupin, Money…

Holistic High School Lessons,

Thoughtful Readers, if you are on Twitter, please consider following   #Project Do Better  on Twitter.

Shira

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French Fridays: Le Comte de Monte-Cristo/The Count of Monte-Cristo

       I am writing this review again, after having reviewed it several months ago, but not here:

Wow.

This is one of the very few books I would feel it necessary to own, rather than giving my copy to the library. I listened to the LibriVox edition, read mostly by a lady I believe to be Quebecoise, so her accent took some getting used to (I’m accustomed to the continental French accent), but I found it useful to be able to listen while cleaning, cooking, eating, and powdering my nose. Class differences are dramatic, in this book, as are the many references to slavery, but none of it takes us away from the central theme of the just vengeance of the unjustly wronged.

dumas_by_nadar2c_1855

Dumas was a genius, if I had to judge by this book. What surprised me was learning that he was the grandson of a Hatian slave and her enslaver.  France always claims him as French, but he also belongs to Black History.

 

Some of the best parts of this long and at times rather complex and satisfying book, for me, include the method the family comes up with for communicating with an entirely paralyzed person, well before technology made it easier (note that the ability to read is still necessary…), and a bit of news driving stock speculation, but with a rather surprising end result.

Excellent book, in summary, and here are my reading updates, , as I prefer not to repeat observations I’ve already made.

 

October 16, 2020 – Started Reading
 
October 16, 2020 –

 

page 80
 

4.69% “”Danglars était un de ces hommes de calcul qui naissent avec une plume derrière l’oreille et un encrier à la place du coeur; tout était pour lui dans ce monde soustraction ou multiplication, et un chiffre lui paraissait bien plus précieux qu’un homme, “

Wow!
Fin de chapître 9…”

 
October 16, 2020 –

 

 

12.0% “Genius!
La chambre de l’abbé : il a fait des outils de presque rien !
Chapter 16? The madman’s room: he made tools from almost nothing!”

 
October 17, 2020 –

 

 

19.0% “Une morte évité au dernier moment !
A death avoided at the last minute!”

 
October 18, 2020 –

 

 

20.0%“Guillotiner des prisonniers, c’était la fête ?”

 
October 19, 2020 –

 

 

29.0%“Another secret identity of a man saving the life of the son of the woman he loves who married his enemy…”

 
October 20, 2020 –

 

 

40.0% “”L’homme propose, et l’argent dispose !”
Bien lu !
“Man proposes and money disposes!”
Well read!”

 
October 20, 2020 –

 

 

41.0%“Romeo and juliet across two different generations!! And, delicious dramatic irony…”

 
October 20, 2020 –

 

 

43.0%“Fin de Ch. 52: on vas se tuer qui ?”

 
October 21, 2020 –

 

 

50.0% “Le Testament : je sais que ce livre est déjà la lecture obligatoire dans les lieux francophones, mais ce chapitre doives aussi être Aux États-Unis.
The Will: I know that this book is required reading for French speakers, but this chapter should also be required reading in the United States.”

 
October 21, 2020 – Shelved as: omniscientpov
 
October 22, 2020 –

 

 

51.0%“Chapitre L’accusation : circumstantial evidence!!”

 
October 22, 2020 –

 

 

59.0%“a #Babylon5 moment: Edmond’s speech is like that of Ivanova, as she goes into battle against the Shadow-enhanced fleet in “No Surrender, No Retreat””

 
October 23, 2020 –

 

 

62.0%“End of chapter 102: but why not warn the kids??”

 
October 23, 2020 –

 

 

64.0%“Am I wrong, is she really dead?”

 
October 23, 2020 –

 

 

75.0%“Noo!! Now the good are suffering from the fall of the bad: Morrel and Mercedes with her son! ☹️☹️☹️”

 
October 23, 2020 –

 

 

75.0%“Fin de chapitre 106: ok, so it’ll be taken care of…”

 
October 23, 2020 –

 

 

95.0%“”The Rock has become a tourist attraction?””

 
October 23, 2020 – Finished Reading

<br />Please read, enjoy, and read again, preferably in French.
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Shira

Action Prompts:

1.) Someone please remind me to link this post in to the B5 review of the episode mentioned above, when we finish with Season 4…

2.) Write a story, post or tweet that uses those thoughts.

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Click here to read, if you like:

Hakan: Muhafiz/The Protector, Lupin, & Money Heist Reviews

Holistic High School Lessons,

 
 

Shira

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Thoughtful Thursdays, Stayed on Freedom’s Call Page 50/50, and Endings

       How does community complete a project?  Generally with a feast of some sort.  To end this project, I leave you with the feast of tradition from both the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and from Rabbi Hillel.    That of community.

     I wrote this book in the belief that community cooperation is important.  I hope, as we come to the end of my book, Stayed on Freedom’s Call, that this journey has been a valuable one for you (last week was Page 49…):

 

” …      Ending the discrimination faced by both the Jewish and African American communities required the resources of all of the members of these combined communities. Members of both communities cooperated to end the dual disgraces of both antisemitism and segregation, quietly at first, and then more openly. Beginning in the earliest part of the 20th century, moving into the beginnings of radical protest in the 1930s, and then culminating in the massive non-violent protests led by SNCC, the SCLC, and others, including many famous Jewish and African-American activists of the 1960s. Mobilization within both communities worked to overcome obstacles faced by members of both communities.  As individuals realized that when one does not stand for others, soon there will be no one to stand for you. Is this, perhaps, the idea that the Rabbis meant to convey when they said that all of Israel was responsible, one for one another?   For, only by cooperating both as individuals and as communities can we hope to achieve the goal which Dr. King and Rabbi Hillel before him, two men of peace and cooperation, inspired for future generations.

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    So,  Page 49 was last week, and this brings us to the end of this book (the remaining pages are references).  Thank you for reading this last page. 

     Next Thursday will feature a guest post, and then we will begin our Thoughtless Thursdays series…

Action Prompts:

1.) Share your thoughts on how this page from Stayed On Freedom’s Call helps continuing empathy-building cooperation, and may also  help, or hinder, inclusive thinking.   (You can download the entire book for free here from The Internet Archive…)

2.) Write a story, post or tweet that uses those thoughts.

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Click here to read, if you like:

Science Fiction/Fantasy Shows, or Lupin

Holistic High School Lessons,

Thoughtful Readers, if you are on Twitter, please consider following   #Project Do Better  on Twitter.

Shira

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