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Language of Family History, and Choosing your Hill…

  Tracing the Black Nuns in your family, thanks to this new book from Dr. Shannen Dee Williams, just got a bit easier.  Her “ 1st book, #SubversiveHabits, will be published by

in May 2022! It provides the 1st full history of #Blacknuns in the US & recovers their activism & leadership in the fight for racial, gender, & educational justice.”

The challenges of family history, particularly a family full of mostly Enslaved Persons, and some Free People of Color (free before the Civil War and subject to the Black Codes in most states), means learning the language of genealogy, and then learning your own family language, with names that run in families, especially middle names, and have certain meanings known only to the inner circle at that time.  In order to survive, each of those People of Color had to decide and choose which hill they wanted to die upon: the hill of passing for White, in some cases, despite loosing family to do so, the hill of fighting to educate other Colored people, despite the many hurtles, as my 2xs great grandfather and his daughter, in her turn, did, or the hill, today, of bearing the torch to help educate all people, as many of us are choosing in this difficult time.

  Their story inspired me to write my book Do Better, in the hope of inspiring others to take up the work of changing our system to a more empathetic, ethical, and kinder one for all of us.  That is the hill I choose to die upon.

What hill do you choose to die on? Building or choosing ‘Found Family’ for me is about connecting deeply and personally with other folks who share my values, as my great Aunt Sr. Mary Felix Manzilla did,


when she joined the Oblate Sisters of Providence, the first Catholic sisterhood open to Colored women, in 1914. I seek to help build community that honors safety and Enough for All, and is willing to die upon the hill of Empathy and Compassion, fighting for Everyone to have Enough of everything that each person needs to live with human dignity. But I seek that community as one looking to build personal family connections, to walk, to teach, and eat together, to look after one another and if necessary, to die for and with one another. In other words, Family, like my great aunt found, with the OSP.

Dear Readers, please consider the people and institutions linked above, and

Action Prompt:

    Share your Hill, if you wish.


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



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old Day 16 Lesson Plan, 5 Month High School, 12020 HE (Holocene Era), Newly Starting 5781 on the Hebrew Calendar

  This is the text version of lesson 16, but the more up to date version of 16/67 is here...

    Another Main Character in my WiP is an ally and friend of our Protagonist, and would be observing the 10 days of introspection during this time of year.   Progressive Jewish abolitionists befriended and struggled beside members of the Black community over the years in the United States, even during the period of chattel slavery.  M. is one such man standing with both Free People of Color, like our hero’s teaching friend, and with slaves.



Day 16 Lesson Plan, Wednesday, February 27th, 2019 What is a Proper Noun? (“A proper noun is the name of a particular person, place, organization, or thing. Proper nouns begin with a capital letter. Examples are ‘Peggy,’ ‘Tucson,’ and ‘the United Nations.’”) Capitalizing, Pt. 1, online activity Using Multiplication Tables for Exponents: Perfect Squares Diagonal Khan Academy Intro to Exponents online worksheet Day 16 Exit Question slips

Lesson Plan, 6-9pm,    Day 16,     Wednesday, 27 February, 2019
In our Learning Toolbox:
Sourcing information: What Pro-bono lawyers and the Public Library should have in common!!
Copy into your notes, and Mind Map each word:
Reading Comp. Vocab. Grammar Vocabulary Math Vocabulary Test-taking
Observation vs.
Capitalization, part one
of three:
Exponents, part 1 of 2:
(You have the power!)
topple the start of a sentence b “to the nth power” note keywords
seize a proper noun b “to the power of n” check answers
reform “I” exponent=multiplication the
base by itself n times
review your
uniform quotes within a sentence exponent review chapter
serfdom sentences in parentheses base review notes
6pm: Spend one minute imagining what it would be like if you were not allowed to leave the
place where you had been born, and you had to work for your landlord forever as a Serf.
Write one or two sentences explaining what you think or feel when you
think about being a Serf…
6:02 Continue on work from your folder (on Reading/Literature/Science/Social Studies).
7pm: Stand up & Stretch, if you wish…
7:00 to 7:07 Reading Comprehension
7:07 to 7:15 we will have our Grammar lecture, using this passage
7:15 to 7:25 we will have our math lecture, also using this same passage.
7:25-7:30 We will do the first question/problem from each online worksheet together, then
you finish the online activities from all three lectures individually on the classroom computers,
on your laptop or, on your smart phone.
7:00-7:07 Reading Comprehension: What is an observation, and how is it different
from evidence?
“In 1799, Napoleon Bonaparte, a successful and popular French general, toppled the
government and seized power. Five years later, he crowned himself emperor. Napoleon
reformed many aspects of society, including adopting a new uniform legal code” that abolished
serfdom. (Today’s reading comes from P. 284 of Peterson’s Master the HiSET, 2nd Edition…)
Where is the observation in this passage?
Is there any source evidence given in the passage to back up these observations?
Is there a grammatical error in this passage?

7:07 Grammar lecture: Capitalization, part one of three
Rule 1. A full sentence is always capitalized, whether it is in quotes or in
i.e.: The judge said, “This is my verdict.”
quoting a sentence within a
sentence, capitalize the sentence:
She asked, “What time will you be home?”
partial quotes: no capitalizing: He asked about the “best practices” for tests.
capitalize sentences in parentheses He was fired for incompetence. (He lost the
company a lot of money.)
Notice where this period goes: Full sentence: inside the paren…
no caps for non-sentences: He was fired for incompetence (and lost the
company a lot of money).
Notice where the period goes
Non-sentence: outside the parentheses…
“Rule 2. Capitalize proper nouns—and adjectives derived from proper nouns.
the Golden Gate Bridge
the Grand Canyon
a Russian song
a Shakespearean sonnet
a Freudian slip” (source: https://www.grammarbook.com/punctuation/capital.asp)
Please write one sentence using quotes… i.e. She said, “Lincoln wrote his speech on the back of
a French envelope.”
7:15 Mathematics: Intro. to Exponents
How would you explain the difference between addition and multiplication?
On a T-Chart, let’s list the differences between 3+3+3+3 versus 3 x 3 x 3 x 3.
What are your observations?
What is a repeated addition? What is a repeated multiplication?
What difference does our organizer (T-Chart) show between 3 x 4 and 3 to the 4th
Now let’s look at
Now, let’s do the first online Grammar worksheet question together:
then, let’s do the first online math worksheet problem together:
1.) Please do the rest of our online grammar worksheet from GrammarBook.com:
2.) Please do the remainder of online math worksheet on Khan Academy:
Mathematics work online and/or in books from 7:45 until 8:45.
8:40 Exit Questions:
1. Write one sentence explaining the difference between addition and
2. what capital letter is missing in this sentence?
3. What is a T-Chart used for?
4. What was a serf?
8:45 Turn in Exit Slip, Dismissal

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 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

scheduled in September of 2020, the year 12020 HE

– Free People of Color, 1855 Washington (now DC)

2011-08-08 16:52:00
gender-diffs among Black landowners in Wash. County, 1855… Curious…
I do not have time now, but I am dying to look into why (on p. 127 of Washington at home: An illustrated history of neighborhoods in the nation’s capital; second edition, 2010, JHU Press, Kathryn Schneider Smith, ed.)

4 of the 5 black landowners in what is now roughly the Brightwood neighborhood (via the 1855 Washington County assessment listing 31 landowners along the 7th St. Turnpike, opened in 1822, from Rock Creek Church Rd to the District Line

(presumably meaning to what was then Boundary Street, now FL ave., marking the border of the Federal City, aka City of Washington)  Line, were women.

No time to delve, must check this wonderful book out again in a few weeks!

(still interesting, and still no time… Must remember to add this comment and book ref. to Slavery Project on WikiTree -anybody have time to take over the Project, please??)
Read, Write, Dream, Teach !

23 February, 12016 HE