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Smoking: still both a public health Menace and a private Inferno

One year later, it still holds true:

In an earlier blog article related to this global pandemic, the #coronavirus, also known as covid-19, I pointed out that allowing accurate news coverage of public health information is vital for public safety. This point is illustrated by season 2, episode 13 of Spanish Public Television series El Ministerio del Tiempo. But what is not mentioned in the episode is the danger posed by smokers to those who are either ill or recovering from a virus, particularly one like the current malady, which attacks the lungs, much like SARS. For anyone who has allergies, asthma, any sort of lung-based or respiratory illness, or even merely a common cold, cigar or cigarette smoke, or even marijuana for those who are also sensitive to it, creates further breathing difficulty, hampering recovery. Thus, a public health problem is aggravated by smoking anywhere within at least a 20 ft. But that does not take into account the other side of smoking: the personal side.

For many individuals, suffering from anything from emphysema to asthma, the hazards of smoking, both first and second-hand, are clear. But there is another side, which is not as often seen. For survivors of long term very early childhood abuse, cigarette or marijuana smoke can often trigger unwanted memories, flight/flight/freeze reactions, or even panic attacks. And to confuse the matter further, the very survivors may not even realize the source or the connection between smoke and their anxiety or panic reactions.

One survivor of very early and long-lasting childhood abuse explained it this way, when asked why the mere smell of cigarette smoke could make anyone panic:

“As long as I can remember, I have always flinched, or had the urge to run and hide (which we now call the fight, flight, or panic response), at the slightest smells of cigarette or marijuana smoke. As I sat in a place where there was strictly prohibited smoking, having been reassuring by a manager on the property that someone would find the source of the cigarette smoke right way, I relaxed for a moment and closed my eyes.

I suddenly found myself a 4-year old back in a place I never want to live again in a dark room sitting on the floor, hoping that the person with the cigarette would keep walking past the door. As the door opens can I come back to a memory of being asked for forgiveness many years later. Reasons for never given, but in my gut, I knew immediately.

What my gut knew, when I was in my late 20s, took me until I was 51 years old to come up to my conscious mind. It happened at 3 in the morning on a day when I finally feel reassured by someone that I would be protected. Not from the cigarette smoke, but from the person carrying the cigarette.”

So, please, for the good of those suffering with the novel Coronavirus, and also for the good of those suffering with buried memories triggered by smoke, please help all of us to be healthy, and stop smoking.

Let’s #EndPoverty , #EndHomelessness, & #EndMoneyBail starting by improving these four parts of our

#PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write -one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GoodReads button:, Vote (pref. using RankedChoiceVoting), Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans)!  

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa.   Yassas,   γεια σας!    Salût !  Nos vemos!  Görüşürüz!     ! שָׁלוֹם

ShiraDest

February, 2021 CE = February 12021 HE

(The previous lesson 67/67 , and the most recent lesson 1/67…)

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.

Free copies are available at https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…


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Day 34/67 of GED in Five Months, circles, and flu

 Adulting is also about understanding how history and science fit together, just as circles and triangles fit together, and impact us today.  This and last year’s Covid-19 pandemic is not so different from the 1918-1920 wrongly-named Spanish Flu pandemic.

Middle of week 9/18
Lesson plan, Day 34, Wk 9
Grammar: semicolons and colons
How to find the height of a triangle
Math: Circles and Pi
See Computer Model with today’s Science reading: Flu pandemic…

Day 34 Exit Tix

Action Items:

1.) What do you think is the level of importance of history, vs. science, and how might both help, if you think they 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
Read, Write -one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GR button:

ShiraDest

January, 2021 CE = January 12021 HE

(Day 33Day 35)

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French Fridays, COVID, Astérix, and Adulting education for Health Care

The common good, or the general welfare, includes being responsible for how your actions and health affect that of those you may come in contact with, even at a distance.  That is part of Adulting Education, which must become more fully inclusive for all of us.  Even the French!  🙂 

Que ferait-il #Astérix le Galois dans ce periode de cris ? What would Asterix the Gaul do during this time of crisis?

Undoubtedly, he would call upon the esteemed local Druid, Panoramix, to teach
the villagers what to do. And certainly, Panoramix would say:

“Il faut absolument pas fumer, parce que ça agrave beaucoup les maladies respiratoires !”
“‪Absolutely #‎stopsmoking‬, because smoke makes respiratory illnesses much worse!”

Then, the renowned Druid would undoubtedly mix up a batch of his famous Potion Magique as a universal cure for the entire village, to assure the health of all. Of course, the villagers have the forest to hunt sangliers and grow their local organic food, so they don’t need a Universal Basic Income to continue to stay healthy, but we do.

Don’t believe me? Just watch Astérix et Obélix : Mission Cléopâtre -it is worth learning #Français (#French) to watch!

So, it turns out that French can be a fun language to learn, too!

Action Items:

1.) Search for two different sources related to the need for all citizens to take care of themselves, and how that relates to Universal Health Care, especially in France, maybe?

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

3.) Share your thoughts on how understanding the impact of your out breaths on others might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking,

4.) Write a book, blog post or tweet that uses those thoughts, tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. If you write a book, once published, please consider donating 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 -one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GR button:

   Salût !  

ShiraDest

December, 2020 CE = December 12020 HE

(The previous lesson 52/67 published since this post, and the most recent lesson 53/67…)

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

Day 34/67 of GED in Five Months, circles, and flu

 Adulting is also about understanding how history and science fit together, just as circles and triangles fit together, and impact us today.  This and last year’s Covid-19 pandemic is not so different from the 1918-1920 wrongly-named Spanish Flu pandemic.

Middle of week 9/18
Lesson plan, Day 34, Wk 9
Grammar: semicolons and colons
How to find the height of a triangle
Math: Circles and Pi
See Computer Model with today’s Science reading: Flu pandemic…

Day 34 Exit Tix

Action Items:

1.) What do you think is the level of importance of history, vs. science, and how might both help, if you think they 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
Read, Write -one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GR button:

ShiraDest

January, 2021 CE = January 12021 HE

(Day 27Day 28Day 29Day 30Day 31Day 32Day 33)

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– Day 35/67, High School Equivalency in Five Months: End of week 9/18

Week Nine:
Day 35 Lesson Plan, Week 9, Thursday, 1 November, 2018 Grammar: plural nouns ending in ‘f’ Math: Area of a circle Day 35 Exit Tix
All of the lesson plans can be found for All Weeks: 1-18, here…

My #historical #fantasy #WiP shows a man striving to save his family, at any cost.

Social Justice Action Items:

read and share this previous related post about a modern family’s fight for justice

(which came from a recent ProPublica article co-published with The New Yorker).

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 #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19
ShiraDest

scheduled in:  September, 12020 HE

– Day 34/67, High School Equivalency in Five Months: Middle of week 9/18

Week Nine:
Lesson plan, Day 34, Wk 9, Wednesday, 31 October, 2018 Grammar: semicolons and colons How to find the height of a triangle Math: Circles and Pi See Computer Model with today’s reading Day 34 Exit Tix
All of the lesson plans can be found for All Weeks: 1-18, here…

My #historical #fantasy #WiP shows a man striving to save his family, at any cost.

Social Justice Action Items:

read and share this previous related post about a modern family’s fight for justice

(which came from a recent ProPublica article co-published with The New Yorker).

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 #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19
ShiraDest

scheduled in:  September, 12020 HE

– Day 33/67, High School Equivalency in Five Months: Middle of week 9/18

Week Nine:
Day33Wk9Tuesday30October2018 Grammar: coordinating conjunctions Math: Area of polygons on a grid/coordinate plane Day 33ExitTix
All of the lesson plans can be found for All Weeks: 1-18, here…

My #historical #fantasy #WiP shows a man striving to save his family, at any cost.

Social Justice Action Items:

read and share this previous related post about a modern family’s fight for justice

(which came from a recent ProPublica article co-published with The New Yorker).

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 #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19
ShiraDest

scheduled in:  September, 12020 HE

Day 32/67, High School Equivalency in Five Months: Start of week 9/18

Week Nine:
Monday, 29 October, Day 32 Lesson Plan Grammar: Essay Writing -keep working on your Introductory Paragraph Math: Drawing polygons in the coordinate plane Day32ExitTix
All of the lesson plans can be found for All Weeks: 1-18, here…

My #historical #fantasy #WiP shows a man striving to save his family, at any cost.

Social Justice Action Items:

read and share this previous related post about a modern family’s fight for justice

(which came from a recent ProPublica article co-published with The New Yorker).

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 #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19
ShiraDest

scheduled in:  September, 12020 HE

– Day 32/67, High School Equivalency in Five Months: Start of week 9/18

Week Nine:
Monday, October, Day 32 Lesson Plan Grammar: Essay Writing -keep working on your Introductory Paragraph Math: Drawing polygons in the coordinate plane Day32ExitTix
All of the lesson plans can be found for All Weeks: 1-18, here…

My #historical #fantasy #WiP shows a man striving to save his family, at any cost.

Social Justice Action Items:

read and share this previous related post about a modern family’s fight for justice

(which came from a recent ProPublica article co-published with The New Yorker).

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 #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19
ShiraDest

scheduled in:  September, 12020 HE

– Day 31/67, High School Equivalency in Five Months: End of week 8/18

Thursday, 25 October, 2018, Day 31, Lesson Plan Grammar: Independent clauses Math: 2nd Intro. to Cartesian Coordinates Day 31 Exit Ticket
All of the lesson plans can be found for All Weeks: 1-18, here…

My #historical #fantasy #WiP shows a man striving to save his family, at any cost.

Social Justice Action Items:

read and share this previous related post about a modern family’s fight for justice

(which came from a recent ProPublica article co-published with The New Yorker).

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 #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19
ShiraDest

scheduled in:  September, 12020 HE