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Parashat BeShalach, and Bully Culture

     This week’s Torah portion, is “Parashat Beshalach / פָּרָשַׁת בְּשַׁלַּח   Parashat Beshalach is the 16th weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading.  Torah Portion: Exodus 13:17-17:16” 

      This week, traditional congregations (and maybe a few Masorti/Conservative Movement folks) will read the entire portion, and I forget which year of the Trienniel cycle the Reform and most of the Conservative/Masorti movements are in, so they might not get to that part this year.  But everyone will be reminded of the cowardly attacks by Amalek on the stragglers of the Children of Israel. 

    How do you build a culture where people would all be ashamed of themselves, as a certain giant I met in Bath ought to have been, for not “picking on someone your own size,” as we used to say.  Although frankly, picking on anyone for any reason, bigger than you or not, is really not ok.  Even if you are, as one co-worker I had used to say “in a battle of wits with an unarmed man.”  Bart Simpson can tell us what it felt like to be picked on intellectually, too, and that is also something for ‘smarter’ people to be ashamed of.  Rather than ridiculing the less informed, we should build them up.   That way, by the way, we are also providing uplift to ourselves, as well, no?

     How can we make the future more certain and safe and free for all of us, today?

   What do you think,   Thoughtful Readers?

Parashat Bo was last week…

Action Prompts:

1.)  Share your thoughts on how to keep all of us safer, please.   Writing is my personal contribution to Project Do Better.  What would yours be, if you had time?

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

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

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for COVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport

Read, Write

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

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

                                               help build a kinder future, and Do Better Project for a Better World

( Golden 5 month GED lesson 22 of 67 plans),

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

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

l’Shalom, Peace

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

Shira

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.

Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.

Please let us know how you liked it.

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


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Review of Mindhunter, and Thinking on Abolition

         I  would like to hear your thoughts, Thoughtful Readers, on the idea of Project Do Better as what Professor Ruth Wilson Gilmore said of some striking teachers, that “this is also abolition work.”  I’ve been thinking of her partly because I think that our goals are nearly identical, but fear being identified as a radical.  The other reason I’ve been thinking of prisons is that someone recently thanked me for my service, at the US Naval Academy (though I served more usefully imho, as a cadet in the CAP and Jr. ROTC, by rendering first aid after a Metro bus accident!!).  That reminded me of an overheard conversation in my senior year of high school.   As I was nearing graduation, contemplating Annapolis, two guys in my class were also discussing their options.  One said “three hots and a cot.” The other said “hospital, prison, military.”  Then they both agreed -they had to enlist.  So, when someone thanks me for my service, I think of the many reasons, especially health care benefits, that Americans “volunteer” to serve in the military.  And then I think, can’t we do any better?  So, between a Soylent Green world, and where we are today, is there any third way?   I think there is, and I think that Prof. Gilmore is on to something.   It’s not so different, in it’s end goal, as that of Project Do Better.

     I’m quite drawn to her assertions that society must become just, equitable, and sustainable for all of us, which requires support for social and caring infrastructure.  That is the basis of my backward engineering from a vision of a secure world for all of us, to where we are now via 4 phases.  She, on the other hand, starts with a world in which there is no need for prisons.  Come to think of it, a world where no child lacks food, shelter, etc, would pretty much be, it seems, a world where there is no need for prisons, right?  In fact, I actually suggest a similar idea, as part of Phase IV, in chapter 5, P. 105/6

   I was reading a NYT (which I am apparently able to access only one time) article in which Prof. Gilmore is interviewed about her activism to abolish the prison system:

    “The path that abolitionists called for to achieve these goals seemed strikingly similar to the original (if ultimately failed) goals of the Great Society and “war on crime” laid out by Lyndon B. Johnson in the mid to late 1960s: to generate millions of new jobs, combat employment discrimination, desegregate schools, broaden the social safety net and build new housing.”

   Instead, we got “new and harsh forms of criminalization”  and even worse:

   “… prisons can access funds that traditionally went elsewhere — for example, money goes to county jails and state prisons for “mental health services” rather than into public health generally. “If you follow the money, you don’t have to find the company that’s profiting,” Gilmore explained to me later. “You can find all the people who are dependent on wages paid out by the Department of Corrections. The most powerful lobby group in California are the guards. It’s a single trade, with one employer, and it couldn’t be easier for them to organize. They can elect everyone from D.A.s up to the governor. They gave Gray Davis a couple million dollars, and he gave them a prison.””

 

     These are issues directly touching the work of Project Do Better, and for the same reasons:  to build a world in which all of us have all of our basic needs met, which by extension means that there is little to  no need for prisons, we need to trace the flows of money and find out who benefits from various types of expenditures.  Those resources could be going to Head Start, health services, etc, where a huge difference would be made well before the age most are sent to prison.   And again, avoiding unneeded suffering for all of us.

 

   “Her fundamental point is that prison was not inevitable — not for individuals and not for California. But the more prisons the state built, the better the state became at filling them, even despite falling crime rates.”

 

   And in spite of falling crime rates.  While the numbers may be in dispute, the fact that this:

   “Project Head Start, one of the most effective long-term, anticrime programs in history.”

   could be stated by a rather conservative person like John E. Douglas is impressive. 

         Here’s my review:

   ”  

Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit

First of all, on the last page he says:
“I truly believe that along with more money.. what we most need more of is love. This is not being simplistic, it’s at the very heart of the issue.”

 

He is absolutely right. This is a world, particularly American society, that has put down true connection as secondary to a lot of things. And it’s costing us our lives. The lack of open emotional connection, the lack of friendship, the lack of love in society, and especially the lack of early childhood education and high quality child care, is creating a nightmare for people of all ages in this country that won’t be solved until we have a few generations of kids who’ve grown up being cared for by every single adult. Nothing more true was ever said than to point out as he did, or as one of his colleagues did , that the Head Start program is the most effective anti-crime program invented.
Secondly, a pox upon people who write in library books. Especially when they scratch out words so that you don’t know what the author said about someone. Back to our review:

We need to put our money where our mouths are and begin investing in those Early child Care programs for everything from childcare itself and paying our babysitters not only a living wage but to make sure that they’re giving even the very youngest of children educational and loving experiences, and of course early childhood education. These are the most important things that any society can do and we have neglected it to our detriment. It’s only now taking the toll on society that will take another 40 years to reverse.
We’d better get started.

 
 
page 25
 

5.58%“Interesting. It took quite a while before the dots left by Poe and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle were finally connected and institutionalized by the FBI.”

 
October 20, 2021 –

 

page 75
 

16.74%“There’s even more paranoid self importance today…”

 
October 21, 2021 –

 

page 119
 

26.56%“A prostituted 16-year-old or 15-year-old actually, does not have lovers. She cannot pawn off her child nor is the child illegitimate, because the child was a product of rape so illegitimacy or legitimacy is not involved here: she is a victim, not a criminal.”

 
October 21, 2021 –

 

page 157
 

35.04%“It just takes a wide enough experience and enough reading of other cases with that experience and the needed details to get to the “How could you know that Holmes? 100 years ago they had burned you for a witch!” moment.”

 
October 21, 2021 –

 

page 201
 

44.87% “Why did someone scribble out the adjective on both pages:

P. 200: “situation with this …girl and realized…
P. 201: “… where some other…girl would be in danger.””

 
October 21, 2021 –

 

page 389
 

86.83% “Exactly: early childhood education

“Project Head Start, one of the most effective long-term, anticrime programs in history.””

 
October 22, 2021 – Finished Reading

    So, there are a couple of points of intersection here: resources can go into early-age social services and we reap a seven-fold benefit,  dollar for dollar, and then also the fact that even an FBI official can admit that prison is not inevitable, as Prof. Gilmore said.  So, in other words, we really can change the way we do things, with not terribly radical methods.

 

   We can definitely  Do Better.

Shira

Action Prompts:

1.)  Share your thoughts on how we might start to build a world where all have at least enough.

2.)   What is your favorite hobby, and how could you see it fitting in with building empathy, or creating new tools for teaching adaptable thinking?

    Thoughtful Readers, do you have any ideas on learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning, on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind?

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for COVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport

Read, Write

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

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

                                                                     help build a kinder future: Project Do Better

( 5 month GED lesson 29 of 67 plans),

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

In Service,

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

the year, 2022 CE = year 12022 HE

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.

Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.

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

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


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Guest Blog Post Invitation

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

    Ok, back to editing.

We can definitely  Do Better.

Shira

Action Prompts:

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

 

    Thoughtful Readers, do you have any ideas on learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning, on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind?

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for COVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport

Read, Write

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

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

                                                                     help build a kinder future: Project Do Better

( 5 month GED lesson 29 of 67 plans),

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

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa.

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

the year, 2022 CE = year 12022 HE

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.

Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.

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

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


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Day 32/67, GED in Five Months, Learning Styles, and Polygons

 Adulting is also about understanding how you learn most effectively, is it not?  The multiple sides of any issue or problem are sort of like the edges of a many-sided object, aka a polygon, no?

evaluating-learning-styles

See the lesson plan for more…

Start of week 9/18
Day 32 Lesson Plan
Grammar: Essay Writing -keep working on your Introductory Paragraph
Math: Drawing polygons in the coordinate plane
Day32ExitTix
( Day 31Day 33 )

Action Items:

1.) What do you think the concept of multiple learning styles may (or may not) have to do with Adulting?

2.) Share your  thoughts with us, and why you think them, and

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

4.)  Feel free to answer the exit ticket questions in the comments, or pose any other questions you may have about the lesson, if you wish.

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

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

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

                                                                            help build a kinder future:  Project Do Better

 

  Our society can Do Better to build Peace…    

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

Shira

the year, 2022 CE = year 12022 HE

(5 month GED lesson 22 of 67 plans…), and

Babylon 5 review posts from a fictional Minbari Ranger’s point of view, and my historical fiction serial Ann&Anna,  escaping slaves’ learning to read…

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(freehttps://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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Happy Teacher Post!!

     I am so happy!!  I just got a comment from a fellow teacher in a similar situation to what I started in, and my lesson plans have helped with kids from difficult backgrounds!  That is why I made them so varied, holistic, and as hands on as possible, and that is why I work so hard on Do Better, because all it takes is a little re-thinking of the way we do things to make it work for all of us!   It just requires the same kind of community thinking that any democracy movement must practice.   Ok, back to today’s regularly scheduled lesson plan!  🙂

 

  5cube

     Can cubic numbers and puzzles also teach us about finding the roots of transportation problems for others, which we ourselves may not have to worry about, but others do (like the lack of a cut or path that was no problem for me, during the day time, but presents a constant hazard for less mobile people at any time of day or night, at a certain Continuing Education campus…)?

Action Prompts:

1.) Find three different ways (like San Diego’s Get it Done app) to report needed sidewalk or other public works safety issues in your town or city,

2.) Share your  findings with us, and

3.) Write a book, story, blog post or tweet that uses those findings, and then, 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: Project Do Better for a Better World

( 5 month GED lesson 25 of 67 plans),

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

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa.

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.

Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.

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

 

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

You are not the entire world

 

                  I rarely ever rant, but please allow me a moment, here.  I must remind some of  my  fellow dwellers on this earth that none of us lives on this planet alone, and that none of our individual experiences tells the whole tale, of anything.  Context matters.  Therefore, other experiences, or rather, the experiences of others, also matters.  Hence aggregate data, hence research, and data over time, or history, also matter.    I say this because I see many people insisting, as a young man who got upset with me on the bus did, that their experiences must outweigh the truth of research, history, and even the experiences of most other people.   People say that they have not seen or experienced something which many others do, without remembering that they are not in a position to experience those same things in the same ways, if at all.  For instance, racism.  A blond simply will not experience things, in DC, that I have experienced.  Likewise a young man will not experience the fear that an older or disabled person could, and thus a call for revolution is less inclusive, or even selfish, coming from a young person.  Also, when asked if one has read or researched what one is discussing, to say that his personal experience is being “invalidated” is reducing the experiences and knowledge of others to mere sidelines: in other words, pure selfishness, in defense of ignorance. 

   So please, feel free to speak from your experience, but when someone suggests a context, or a set of numbers, or a set of historical experiences, remember that you are not the only person experiencing life on this planet, and that the experiences and knowledge of others are just as valuable, and maybe even more informed, as yours.    And, then, do the bloody research, for heaven’s sake!
 
Happy New Year, 12022 HE (Human/Holocene Era)!
Shira
 
 

     I also have a short historical fiction series called  Ann & Anna.  I  hope that this series will move you to learn more ways to help use our history to build new tools.  Part 12 was last Sunday.

I look forward to your thoughts.

Shira

Action Prompts:

1.) Share your thoughts on how language learning may encourage empathy-building cooperation, and might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking.

2.) 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

                         We can  Do Better: a Vision of a Better World to create a kinder future

 

( 5 month GED lesson 23 of 67 plans),

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

Toward Peace,

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

Shira

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.

Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.

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

Day 21/67 GED lesson, Growing your Brain, and Adulting Education

      Did you know that you can coach yourself or others, becoming your own ‘Coachee?’  Learning new things, at any age, is crucial to our growth as human beings and as citizens of any democracy:

Let’s redefine Adulting to include learning for life, for citizenship, and for democracy!

Day 21 Lesson Plan
today, the Reading is via Closed Captions: “Just a Bill”
Math Warm-up: Area and estimation on Khan Academy
Practice Multiplying Powers: the Product Rule
Practice Dividing Powers: the Quotient Rule

Day 21 ExitSlips

(Day 20Day 22)

Action Items:

1.) Find three different sources describing the ways our brain can grow (four, if you use the source cited in today’s lesson plan…),

2.) Share your  findings with us, and

3.) Write a book, story, blog post or tweet that uses those findings, and then, 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 via Stayed on Freedom’s Call,

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

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

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

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

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

l’Shalom, Peace

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

Shira

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.

Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.

Please let us know if you read it.

 

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

Parashat Vayeshev, and Knowing Your Rights

     This week’s Torah portion is  Parashat Vayeshev, as Jacob, now aka Israel, made his home in that place where his fathers had wandered.  His sons were very busy boys, and one in particular, Judah, had some unjust dealings with his daughter-in-law, Tamar.  Fortunately for her, Tamar both knew her rights, and was daring about defending them.  At the risk of getting toasted.  That knowledge of legal rights is still more essential in our modern world.  Unfortunately, many people do not have the access to many tools that would help them to know, understand, and defend their rights.  So, how to we help to change that,   Thoughtful Readers?

Action Prompts:

1.)  Share your thoughts on the how on-going (free!) financial legal education might help keep all of us safer, please.

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

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

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for COVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport

Read, Write

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

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

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

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

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

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

l’Shalom, Peace

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

Shira

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.

Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.

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

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


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VaYishlach, and Favorites

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

   What do you think, Thoughtful Readers?

Action Prompts:

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

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

3.) Write a book, story, post or tweet that uses these thoughts.

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

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for COVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport

Read, Write

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

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

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

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

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

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

l’Shalom, Peace

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

Shira

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.

Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.

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

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Minbari Mondays, There All the Honor Lies, and Mercy

      This  week’s is the 14th report for an incident taking place in August of our year 2259 CE, sent to us from our future by Ranger Mayann, writing to us from Minbar, where she is stationed:

      Greetings, from Tuzanor:

     This report brings great pain to remembrance.  This is not, however, a reason to hide the truth, nor from the truth.

     This incident  teaches us two things:

  1. Truth and honor are closely related to mercy.

        2.  Captain Sheridan was wise enough to know when both truth and honor require mercy in order to stay whole.

 

                                                                Truth Matters,

                                                   Honor Matters,

and

                                  Mercy Matters

 

Writing from Tuzanor, on Minbar

Earth year 2278,

Anla’Shok Mayann

     Shira’s addendum to Ranger Mayann’s report:  I never realized that the title to this episode was part of a famous poem (thank you, Junkyard!).   This episode never got me, really, except for one part. 

I love Londo’s comment:

“…I will have to kill you.  What are friends for?”

 I want friends like that.

 

 

Both Neatnik  and The Junkyard  give more traditional plot and character perspectives of this episode. 

 

Last week’s review was of the season 2, episode 13: Hunter, Prey,

Next week’s review will be (in Lurker’s Guide order) And Now For A Word

-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 Prompts:

1.)  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.

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

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

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for COVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport

Read, Write

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

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

           help build a kinder future: Do Better: a Vision of a Better World

( 5 month GED lesson 16 of 67 plans),

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

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.


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