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Happy Greek Independence Day!

To all of our Greek friends:

Καλή Ημέρα της Ελληνικής Ανεξαρτησίας

The future still must become more fully inclusive for all of us.

Action Items:

1.) Search for two different sources related to the Greek fight for independence from the Ottoman empire.

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

3.) Write a story, post or tweet that uses what you found.

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 GoodReads button:

γεια σας!

ShiraDest

March, 2021 CE = March 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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Καλό μήνα (Kalo Mina): Happy new month!

Wishing a wonderful and  more fully inclusive for all of us.  Kalo Mina means Happy Month, in modern Greek, and is a common phrase at the start of a month, as today is.

So, it turns out that our Greek friends are not the only folks to wish each other a Happy New Month:

Action Items:

1.) Search for two different sources related to the Holocene Epoch and to the Holocene Calendar.

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

3.) Share your thoughts on how a calendar based on the Holocene Epoch might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking,

4.) Write a story, post or tweet that uses it.

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 GoodReads button:

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa. and  Yassas,   γεια σας!    

ShiraDest

March 1st, 2021 CE = March 1st, 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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Shira Destinie Jones by ShiraDest is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Day 1/67 of High School in 5 months, Geo, and Adulting as on-going education

The Four Freedoms movement starts  with empathy building, which both leads to and requires continuous learning. Today’s Adult Basic Education vocabulary begins with Geo, of Greek origin, meaning Earth.             (“Give me a word, any word…”)

This is a particularly key concept for all of us, who dwell on Earth, to consider regularly, perhaps?

-Lesson Plan for today in PDF format, see syllabus for details.

(Remember that you can always do a harder or easier Khan Academy assignment …)

Take the Grammar PreTest, and then Go at your own pace after getting 100% right on the quiz of your choice!   GrammarBook.com…

Action Items to support Adulting that we can all take right now:

1.) Consider our responsibility to “promote the general welfare” of society:

2.) Share your thoughts here on how High School education starts that process,

3.)   Share your thoughts on how on-going learning, such as learning a language, continues that process, and can also build empathy, and a build a sense of responsibility for helping others learn details like the local laws regarding debt, housing, and local resources for the under-served, like ProBono legal aid.

Dear Readers, any additional ideas toward learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning as part of on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write -one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GR button:

Yassas,   γεια σας!    

ShiraDest

December:  2020 CE = 12020 HE

(Day 67 lesson plan and activities: last, and next: Day 2 Lesson…)

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Thoughtful Thursday becomes Great Greek Wednesdays, a free Greek dance class, and thank you, Tony!

The common good, or the general welfare, must become more fully inclusive for all of us, and should maybe also include Greek folk dance -this just in from a Theban friend of mine on how you can learn and support it:

Since Covid is here, many dance teacher have taken to zoom. This Saturday February 6, 11am pacific time, Kyriakos Moisidis will be conducting a 90 minute worshop from Thessaloniki Greece. He is a great teacher and dancer and very knowledgeable in many areas of Greece especially his Pontic roots. Seminar is free but a small donation would be appreciated at Kypseli.org

Zoom address for workshop is
https://zoom.us/j/99879798930

Thank you, Tony!

So, it turns out that the Pontians are those Greek-speakers who were ‘exchanged’ from the southern Black Sea cities of Trabzon, Samsung, and I’ll look up the third, after Smyrna became Izmir, during the sad ‘population exchange’ between Greece and Turkey.

Please forgive the hurriedness of this post…

Action Items:

1.) Search for two different sources related to the Holocene Epoch and to the Holocene Calendar.

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

3.) Share your thoughts on how a calendar based on the Holocene Epoch might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking,

4.) Write a book, blog post or tweet that uses an alternate calendar, 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 GoodReads button:

   Yassas,   γεια σας!    

ShiraDest

February, 2021 CE = February 12021 HE

(The previous lesson 64/67 published since this post, and the most recent lesson 65/67…)

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…

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

Spanish Sundays goes Greek, St. Anthony’s Day, and contemplation

The common good sometimes requires a pause,  so, Happy St. Anthony’s feast day, to all of my Greek friends -happy Name Day: Tony/Anthony/Antoinette/Antoine/etc!!

Action Items:

1.) Search for two different sources relating the reasons that this person is considered father of monks (at least by the Greeks),

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

3.) Share your thoughts on how knowing this might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking,

4.) Write a book, blog post or tweet that uses those thoughts, and maybe also either the Julian calendar, or some other alternate calendar, 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:

Yassas,   γεια σας!    

ShiraDest

December, 2020 CE = December 12020 HE

(The previous lesson 42/67 published since this post, and the most recent lesson 41/67…)

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

Great Greek Wednesdays, words, and transportation

Transportation is a Greek word?  Transportation is certainly part of modern life, and a part that many people have to spend a great deal of time planning around, if we use mass transit in cities like San Diego, which are both very spread out, and also poorly served in parts of the city where many jobs are located.  Phase I of the Four Freedoms movement includes advocating for safe and widespread mass transit as a means of promoting both safe transport for all and efficient transport of all. 

What other benefits are there to Public Transportation?

Action Items:

1.) Search for two different routes to get to your favorite library via mass transit.

2.) Share the cost of your round trip with us here, please.

3.) Share your thoughts on how you like the public transport in your town,

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. 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:

Yassas,   γεια σας!    

ShiraDest

December, 2020 CE = 12020 HE

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

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

Great Greek Wednesday, Day 1/67 of High School in 5 months, Geo, and Adulting as on-going education

The Four Freedoms movement starts  with empathy building, which both leads to and requires continuous learning. Today’s Adult Basic Education vocabulary begins with Geo, of Greek origin, meaning Earth.             (“Give me a word, any word…”)

This is a particularly key concept for all of us, who dwell on Earth, to consider regularly, perhaps?

-Lesson Plan for today in PDF format, see syllabus for details.

(Remember that you can always do a harder or easier Khan Academy assignment …)

Take the Grammar PreTest, and then Go at your own pace after getting 100% right on the quiz of your choice!   GrammarBook.com…

Action Items to support Adulting that we can all take right now:

1.) Consider our responsibility to “promote the general welfare” of society:

2.) Share your thoughts here on how High School education starts that process,

3.)   Share your thoughts on how on-going learning, such as learning a language, continues that process, and can also build empathy, and a build a sense of responsibility for helping others learn details like the local laws regarding debt, housing, and local resources for the under-served, like ProBono legal aid.

Dear Readers, any additional ideas toward learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning as part of on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write -one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GR button:

Yassas,   γεια σας!    

ShiraDest

December:  2020 CE = 12020 HE

(Day 67 lesson plan and activities: last, and next: Day 2 Lesson…)

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

Teaching Greek folk dance on Great Greek Wednesdays, and Health Care

Both connection, interpersonal and inter-generational, as well as movement, from a strictly health related point of view, are necessary for our well-being.  How about doing that connecting and moving in a cultural context that helps us appreciate our neighbors, and our wider connection to the rest of the human race?

 

This JuneChurchCampClassesTaughtPlans is my lesson plan from the All-Church camp held in June, 1-3rd, up in the mountain camp called DeBenneville Pines, north of San Diego, CA.  I wanted to teach Greek Folk Dance, and I also responded to a request for someone to teach on Family History, thus also fulfulling my duty via WikiTree to connect others to our Human Family Tree.

Shira

 Misirlou, it turns out, was really a tsiftiteli that someone decided to choreograph as a line/circle dance, and in the Greek community, that dance is actually not well liked.  I also later learned more about the famous “over the cliff dance,” which no one actually knows what dance was used, as it is more likely that there was no dance at all, but the story remains a moving one, rather similar, from a woman’s point of view, to that of the end of the siege of Massada.

Yassas,   γεια σας!   

Action Items in support of connection that you can take right now:

1.) Think of a context in which you have taught, or would like to teach, something for free in your local community.

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

3.) Share your reasons, if you would like to, for teaching for free.

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

Dear Readers, any additional ideas toward learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning as part of on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind

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

Stayed on Freedom's Call: Cooperation Between Jewish And African-American Communities In Washington, DC, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans)!

ShiraDest

NaNoWriMo 2020 CE

November, 2020 CE = 12020 HE

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

Great Greek Wednesdays, emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual self-care, and Health Care For All

I think most will agree that most of us do not take proper care to care for ourselves on each of the four levels that I can think of: emotionally, mentally or intellectually, physically and spiritually. But that makes me stop and think: what on earth or in heaven above exactly is spiritual health? Come to think of it, What is spirituality, and why do I care? Four reasons:

A woman came up to me, after a Zembekiko at a Greek festival in the Boston area, and asked me
‘What do you feel when you dance?’ -I had to ask her what she meant; she explained that I seemed to be in another world, as if I were having a spiritual experience, when I danced.
Upon reflection, I had to admit that she was right -the beautiful music of the Mediterranean, the Balkans, even of those wild places where men danced with swords in hand, or like Zorba, gone mad with grief -those mournful yet insistent strains pulled me into some place where life existed. A place, maybe the only place, where I felt alive.

For me, spirituality seems to be that thing that gives meaning to life, a reason to keep going day after day, eating, breathing. Why bother? Because there is beauty in this world, and each person has a particular way of looking at it -a distinctive way of seeing the world.

For me, writing makes me understand and remember how it felt to be alive, throwing myself into the air, reaching into the clouds, stretching into the breeze. When the words overwhelm me, refusing to leave me alone, writing them down is the only escape.
But then, they demand to be pondered.
The emotional work always follows the meaning -is it possible to be happy, and why does that matter? Action matters. But thoughts and feelings affect actions.

So I use four criteria to order my days:

1. An action that gives meaning to my life: either dance or write each day,
2. A thought that adds to my emotional stability each day, either comprehending my reasons for feeling/behaving a certain way, or meditation on some feeling and the causes behind that feeling, leading to a decision on how to classify and use that feeling in the future.
3. A physical action that furthers my goals for reaching my body’s fullest potential (running a marathon, for example), and
4. An action that furthers my goals for developing my fullest personal intellectual potential (reading a certain number of pages in Turkish, for example).

For me, these four things represent my personal responsibility to reach my fullest potential as a human being, spiritually (if that exists), emotionally, physically and intellectually. Now, I wonder if and how I can help others do the same?
Shira “Holocene/Human Era” Destinie
20 August, 12015 HE
BretagneCurrent Location: A world that should be safe for ALL
Current Music: Imagine -John Lennon
20.8.12015 èH )

Yassas,   γεια σας!    

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

1.) Reflect, please, upon your definition of ‘spirituality’.

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

3.) Share your thoughts on how  we can translate those thoughts into good for all of us,

4.) Write a 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.   Please share with us.

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

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

Stayed on Freedom's Call: Cooperation Between Jewish And African-American Communities In Washington, DC, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans)!

ShiraDest

NaNoWriMo 2020 CE

November, 2020 CE = 12020 HE

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

Since my definition is already above, here is my first idea for translating it into good for us all:

One way may be a study of Childrens Right’s as Human Rights in Popular Culture:

1. Astérix en Hispanie (le quatorzième album de la série)
et Astérix : Le Domaine des dieux
2. Sihirli Annem (esp. ep. 45 or 46?)
3. Harry Potter

With focus = ways that these shows empower kids to collaborate in preventing the abuse of others, and showing/understanding how this aid affects future adults ?

Happy ‘Oxi Day, on Great Greek Wednesday!

Today is ‘Oxi day, the day the Greeks rejected the Italian ultimatum :

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

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

1.) Search for two different sources to explain the event called Ohi/’Oxi Day, in Greece.

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

 

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

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

Stayed on Freedom's Call: Cooperation Between Jewish And African-American Communities In Washington, DC, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans)!

 

ShiraDest

Preptober for NaNoWriMo 2020 CE

October, 2020 CE = 12020 HE

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