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Day 42/67: Five Month GED, “Discrete What?” & Health Terminology (and a Note…)

     (Quick note: Dear Readers, this is nearly the end of my lesson plan series, which I am working to post so that the new Page listing these plans will have fresh links.  Then, we will return to our regularly schedules stories… -Shira)

     Adulting often requires understanding vocabulary, and how certain words have slightly different meanings when applied in a different context.   Countable things, like apples, are discreet items, while being discreet, as the grammar lesson will show, is different.  It is similarly important  to understand such distinctions in other areas, and how health care works, and why the Public Health Services are so important. 

difference_between_anxiety_and_covid-19_symptoms

Here is one of my favorite words that makes a key difference in math, science, health care, and even in English grammar, as the lesson will show!

 Week 11/18
Day 42, Week 11
Grammar: Context and confusing words
Area and the Pythagorean Theorem
Day 42 Exit Ticket
Discreet quantities
Being discreet, as in exercising discretion…

(Day 41Day 43)

Action prompts:

1.)  Explain why you think it is important to understand the different nuances of meanings of a word, aka different connotations, under various circumstances, like the word theory, or discrete?

2.) 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.

    **********************

   Thoughtful Readers, if you are on Twitter, please share our key #Project Do Better  tweets !!:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport

*****************Click these links if you like: Nonfiction, Lesson Plans, or Historical Story

Shira

 

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

(Day 33Day 35)

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 on how adult learning can help us Do Better over the long term, in building both empathy, and our democracy,   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 ( GED/Adult HSE Lesson Plan list) in the present, to

 

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

 

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

 

   and

 

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

 

Peace

 

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

 

Shira

 

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 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.

Minbari Mondays, Confessions and Lamentations, and, “Faith Manages”

      This this week, there is no report from Ranger Mayann.  The Great Machine on Epsilon 3 still has a problem, Houston…

    So, my again short review  this week is that similarity is NOT “required for the exercise of compassion.” 

 

      Thanks to Delenn for that point.

       This episode frighteningly points up the importance of Universal Health Care.

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

 

Last week’s review was of the season 2, episode In the Shadow of Z’ha’dum,

Next week’s review will be Divided Loyalties

-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 (and Beta Readers might help us all, with a Plan…)?

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 17 of 67 plans),

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

story inspires learning  and also even courage, when slaves escape

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.


Continue reading Minbari Mondays, Confessions and Lamentations, and, “Faith Manages”

Ann and Anna, (serial short story, Part 10): Warmth

      …  Parts 9 (Found)8 (Lost), 7 (Rock), 6 (Believe), 5 (Naming), 4 (Home), 3 (Trust), 2 (Hope), and 1 (Nightmares) have posted on previous Sundays…

     The smell of grits pulled me out of the dark place to which I had been dragged by the lightening bugs.  It was a welcome change from that odor of fear in which I had last bathed.  As I opened my eyes, half expecting to see old Mary’s muzzle, instead, I saw only a band of white.  It was evident that I lay upon a bed, softness all around me.  I gave a start, that terrible notion of being back in Virginia taking hold for an instant.

“She’s awake!  Doctor!”

     That was Anna’s voice!  My sweet, courageous Anna!  Then, what I saw was no fevered illusion.  It had been her, in the flesh, if only one of her.  She had indeed come back for me.  I nearly cried with gratitude to the Lord above.  She was safe.  I was safe.  Even old Mary, whom my torpid limbs had endangered, was safe.  And warm!  It was so blessedly warm here.

     Where was here, as a matter of fact?  I turned my head gingerly toward the source of those dulcet tones, wary of the pain I’d felt the last time I’d tried to move.  Now, I felt no pain at all.  I did feel the softest touch, though, upon my face.  The warmth of those fingers was as the kiss of the sun on a cold winter’s morn.  I tried to reach up, but my arm felt like lead.

“Don’t try to move, honey child.”

     That whisper into my ear fed me more than any mana from heaven.  I felt my whole body relax, letting go of the fear and tension of the past days.  But why were my eyes covered?

“I can’t see you.”

      I felt another hand take hold of mine, caressing it tenderly as one would comfort a wounded house cat.

“Shh, shh.  Don’t you worry.”  

     How could I worry?  I was too happy to be here, with her by my side.  She must have intuited my thoughts, for she gave my hand a gentle squeeze, before continuing,

 “Your head is bandaged all the way around, to protect you from moving too much.  You took a right good fall from old Mary.”

     My happiness turned instantly to sorrow.  I felt ashamed of my clumsiness, having again thrown our plans into disarray.  My mouth must have turned down, because Anna recognized my shame right away.

“No, no, don’t you even.”  

     My hand got a slightly sharper squeeze, now.  Not painful at all, but enough to know that she felt I was thinking nonsense.  

“That fall was all my fault.”

     Her fault?  But I was the one who’d fallen off of the horse!

     She took both of my hands by those long tapered fingers, shifting to sit up, as nearly as I could tell, directly in front of my propped up head.

 “Now look, Miss Willow.”  

     That formal tone got my attention.

 “I knew that you had never sat such a saddle before in your life, so it was my responsibility to keep you from falling.  I failed.  Had old Mary not answered my calls, we might still be out there looking for you.”

     Her calls?  What calls?  Did she mean to say that the cry of that strange bird had been her, all along?  I set my head slowly to one side, pondering the possibility until a mild ache reminded me not to move.  She must have taken my meaning, for she burst into a laugh so sudden that she let go of both of my hands.

“You mean -do you mean to tell me that you thought my calls to old Mary were some animal  out there in the woods?  Is that what you were trying to say that made you pass out when I found you?”

     I closed my mouth, only just having realized that it was hanging open.  What a fool I was.

“Oh, my dear Willow, I forget how little of the outside world you have seen, trapped in that big old house.  I am sorry, I do not mean to laugh, it’s just that I never even thought of it!”

     Of course, I finally understood.  No bird in the woods could be dangerous.  Just like the lightening bugs.  I’d been delirious.  I hung my head just a little.  Then I felt warm arms around my shoulders, gently hugging me.

“Well, now, you are not to worry.  We’ve arrived safely at our station, and can rest here a few days before going on.  You need time to mend.”  

     She paused, and I felt the bed lighten, as she must have stood up.

 “Doctor H. here is going to have a look at your head.  Don’t be afraid.”  

     I felt her pat my hand, before placing my arm at my side.  Then the bed tilted again, as a heavier weight sat beside me.  A smell of rose water told me that this man was a gentleman of standing.

“Hello, Willow.  Welcome to my home.  I am the Conductor in this town.  My wife is preparing some breakfast, if you can hold a bit of food down, but first I must see to your head.”

     He spoke like a white man accustomed to authority, but kind in it’s use.  His accent was from Maryland, but if Anna trusted him, then so would I.  I opened my mouth to thank him, but he quickly cut me off.

“No, no, don’t try to speak.  You have a serious concussion, and need to save your strength.”

     I felt the bandages unwinding, my head feeling more light, as if a pressure were lifting away.  While the ache grew a bit sharper, the growling of my stomach was beginning to compete quite successfully.  After re-wrapping my head, the doctor pronounced me in good recovery, and withdrew from the room, if the sound of his retreating footsteps and the soft click of a door was any judge.

     I felt Anna sit back down on the bed beside me and take up my hand.

“I can hear your stomach rumbling, so that makes two of us.”

                  I smiled, hearing the mischief in her voice.

 “Dr. H. and his wife are good white folks.  We can rest here, for a while.”

     I recalled dimly that Dr. H. had been meant to meet us with a carriage out there, in the woods.  From there, ‘Joe’ was to have driven us along the road into town.  But that was before we met with the bear, thankfully.  I felt a pity for the poor beast, and a guilty gratitude, as well.  Had it not been for that terrible sacrifice, we might now be sitting in a slave gaol, rather than this warm refuge.  My stomach rumbled, reminding me that I needed to sit up a bit more to eat.  

     Just then, the door opened again, and a smell hit me that I had never in my life expected to enjoy.

       This is the continuation scene in my new historical fiction series  Ann&Anna.  I  hope that this series will move you to learn more ways to help use our history to build new tools.

  Part 9 was last Sunday, and Part 11 will be next Sunday.

I look forward to your thoughts.

Shira

Action Prompts:

1.) Share your thoughts on how this story 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: to create a kinder future

 

Peace    

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

( 5 month GED lesson 18 of 67 plans…),

       and Ranger M.’s Babylon 5 review posts, because story inspires learning, and historical stories inspire tool-building, right?  “Of course right!”

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 

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Some Tours are Worth Marching, Part II

      …  Results of an UnSat Plebe’s Cost Benefit Analysis…

     I was  asked about the follow-on effects of last week’s post, and whether I decided to leave Annapolis.   I did not.

   This expedited my decision to fight harder, not bilge out. I never resigned, much to the disappointment of several: I did make some bad decisions about what to study, choosing those menus and extra briefings over my calc and chem, resulting in non-passing grades in those courses (my A’s in English and History were not enough to pull up the rest of my GPA), and the Academic Board, where the Superintendent informed me that I would be involuntarily separated due to issues that included my continuing weight loss, and my Company Officer’s report fearing for my health (who, having threatened to send me to Bethesda Navy Medical, I admitted that I had a history of weight loss, anemia, and amenorea under extreme stress, insisting that I could deal with it).

     But, not resigning, not even looking for the CIR brick (I wonder if that old joke is still part of the Tradition), made a difference.

     On the day I was leaving my company area for the last time, on the stairwell, an upperclassman, the only one I liked or respected, as I recall, stopped me, commented that he respected the hell of a fight I’d put up, asked me if I was part Native American (he was from one of the SWern states), and when I said that I wasn’t sure, but the family legend said yes, he said yes, too, held out his hand to shake mine, and when I said ‘Thank you, Sir, he said, not Sir, and thank you for fighting.’

     That handshake and comment taught me:

“Sometimes you gotta fight, when you’re a man.”

     And he respected me as if I were a man -the first time in my life that I had won such respect.

That mattered.

     I hope that that upperclassman who shook my hand has remained in service, because we need more officers in the Admiralty with fair-minded integrity, if we are to survive these crises we face now.

Shira

I look forward to your thoughts.

Shira

(P.S.:   the handshake and ‘brain-dumping’ C-PTSD symptoms I arrived with, were questions after posting this, and so this post is thanks to comments from part I

S.)

Action Prompts:

1.) Share your thoughts on how this anecdote may encourage out of the box thinking about our military, and might also 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

 

Peace    

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

( 5 month GED lesson 19 of 67 plans…),

  Ranger M.’s Babylon 5 review posts, because story inspires learning.  There is also my historical fiction series  Ann&Anna.  I  hope that these stories will move you to learn more ways to help use our history to build new tools….

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 

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Day 20/67 GED lesson, the power of Zero, and Adulting Education…

Scheduling tasks by breaking large projects into smaller chunks, using a spreadsheet to organize your project from 0 to Finished, and supporting our public infrastructure is all part of  Adulting Education for our modern society as an adult in any democratic nation.

Day 20 Lesson Plan
Scheduling sheets: use a spreadsheet to plan big projects
punctuation
Exponents: Pwrs of Zero and 1, -1
Day20ExitSlips

( Day 19Day 21)

Action Items:

1.)  How would you find out what the three branches of the US government are, besides looking at the PDF of the lesson plan from today?  Any primary sources, and from where?

2.) Share your  ideas with us, and why you think that way,

3.) Write a book, story, blog post or tweet that uses one of the ideas, 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 here if you read it.

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

short narrative nonfiction: Some Tours are Worth Marching

      …  Memories of an UnSat Plebe’s Cost Benefit Analysis…

     I was chopping down the hall after breakfast, almost to my room.  No upperclassmen around.

 

“Miss Jones!”

     Him.  And of course, I’d not had time to memorize that damned menu for tomorrow’s evening meal.

 

“Yes, Sir!”

“Hit a bulkhead!

“Ay, ay, Sir!

     Before I had even gotten to the side of the hall, he was standing there, waiting.  What did this guy do, camp out in his classmate’s room by my door?  F***’in-A!

 

“Miss Jones, did you try to hip-check Mr. O?”

     That fat Firstie I ran into on the way to Morning Meal Formation?  Seriously?  He’s twice my weight!  Actually, almost every upperclassman was twice my weight.  This one probably weighed three of me.  Why on earth would I ever try to hip-check the guy?

 

“No, Sir!”

“He says you tried to hip check him this morning!  What the hell, Miss Jones!”

     Mr. Dizane stared at me with open contempt.  He was Marine Corps option, with muscles on his eyeballs.  I was 105 soaking wet, which was 5 pounds and several weeks below my “allowed” weight.  The day he’d jumped up on the scale with me to shout that I was “screwing up, Miss Jones, you’re not eating, Miss Jones!” was a study in stupidity.  How on earth was 10 minutes in the Wardroom, while hefting tables and singing Anchors, Away, followed immediately, of course, by the Marine Corps anthem, supposed to be enough to eat anything?  Being the only plebe in my company not getting chow packages was a serious problem.

 

“I didn’t see him, Sir.”

“Bullshit, Miss Jones!  Give me a Form 2!”

“But Sir -”

“Are you being a Sea Lawyer, Miss Jones?!  You are not getting Liberty until you graduate from this place!”

     That was it.  I knew he wanted me gone, but this took the cake.  My fist curled around the edge of the demerit form as I pulled it from the lining of my cover, placing it back on my head just so, before handing over the form.

 

“Permission to speak freely, Sir.”

     He’d looked me up and down, taking his own sweet time, my frickin’ study time, to answer.

 

“I bet you want to hit me, don’t you, Miss Jones.  Don’t you?”

     He stepped closer to me, his nose nearly touching my forehead as he looked down at me.  I gritted my teeth harder as I stared straight ahead, forcing myself to un-clench my fists.

 

“Go ahead, Miss Jones, let’s hear this one.”

     By the time he’d stepped back, I was shaking with anger, my jaw nearly locked closed.  I looked him in the eye, imagining him swallowed up by the Atlantic.  I could even smell the salty air beyond the Severn.

 

“Sir, I suggest we take our rifles, and both run the sea wall.  Let’s see who drops in first.”

     Had I just said that?  Oops.

     Cost of “correctly” insulting an upperclassman:

          1. yet another 15 minute full military briefing on the Pheonix II missile system,

           2. blowing yet another calc or chemistry exam, and

            3. likely going to the Ax Boards, if my GPA fell enough.

 

Benefit: the look on his face was priceless.

I look forward to your thoughts.

Shira

(P.S.:  too bad I didn’t think of the new title, or the handshake and ‘brain-dumping’ C-PTSD symptoms I arrived with, until after posting this, and partly thanks to commentors…

S.)

 

Action Prompts:

1.) Share your thoughts on how this anecdote may encourage out of the box thinking about our military, and might also help, or hinder, inclusive thinking.

2.) Write a story, post or tweet that uses those thoughts.  Writing is my personal contribution to Project Do Better.

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

   This, btw, was the first time I’d been given the respect that men generally only give to other men.  The second time was when I lived and worked in Izmir, in 2005, and the third time was when I was a PhD student in Bath.

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 via Stayed on Freedom’s Call,

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

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

 

Peace    

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

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

  Ranger M.’s Babylon 5 review posts, because story inspires learning.  There is also my historical fiction series  Ann&Anna.  I  hope that these stories will move you to learn more ways to help use our history to build new tools….

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.

Shira 

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Wondering Wednesdays, Do Better, Chapter 7, section II: A map for the early years, 1/4

This post is the start of the rough draft of  Chapter 7, section II, part A, for my non-fiction WiP, Do Better, fka Baby Floors/Baby Acres.  

Putting a floor on poverty so that each and every baby born can have a safe childhood.

Outlines for some of chapter 7 will be at the bottom of this post (JYP!).

Once again, by way of disclaimer, the overall goal is now to explain why we need both equ. + justice, & why in 4 phases.  This chapter is part of showing what Phases I-IV could look like as potential roadmap for a fully inclusive society for all of us.  This vision is laid out in the hope that All HumanKind  will eventually have each person’s basic needs  met, without taking anything from anyone, and without violence, intimidation, nor coercion of any kind. 

(Chapter 7 Introduction was last week…)

 

Chapter 7 II. A.  :

II. A (1238/1000 wds).

1. (308/250 wds)

The beginning years of Phase I, for public health service concerns, will doubtless be challenging, in the light of American society’s current levels of polarization and even health related lack of and sometimes active disinformation.  A timeline for the education and advocacy needed to build enough support for a far more robust public health system could even run as long as the generation currently in charge of funding the system nationwide.  Since many seem to lack a working memory of the case of Typhoid Mary, whose failure to understand and believe the nature of her illness and how she passed it on to others, it is now very clear that education matters.  The lack of recall and understanding of the 1918 H1N1 global flu pandemic reminds us that history, also, matters.  It also shows us that we need far wider education in both history and in science.  Both of these cases also present strong arguments for accepting the ACA’s medicaid expansion in all states and territories of the US.  Education around the role of neighborhood health clinics in relieving pressure on hospitals, and in increasing preventative care can also happen both formally, via workshops, and informally.  Education and advocacy for birth control at local clinics can also help show how both safety, such as HIV prevention, and teenage pregnancy prevention, make strides for society both in the short term and over the long term.  Finally, having nurses and psychiatrists in all neighborhood health clinics close enough by to be of immediate assistance can also lower the pressure on the 911 system, police, and ambulance services, and even libraries, where librarians now can administer anti-overdose medications, as well as homeless shelters, providing a place for residents of shelters to easily access a regular health services provider, and thus helping all of society, in the long term and even short term.

 

 

2. (259/250 wds)

Setting milestones and metrics for public health clinic and service related issues, without the input of local communities, is an uncertain gamble, at best.  Nevertheless, a first attempt will be made, here, to suggest some potential metrics and milestones for the consideration of communities, as this phase develops.  First, simple number of requests by local residents for a new health clinic, or for upgrades to their neighborhood clinics, can be one metric.  Specific items, like PPE and free condom requests sent to clinics and Public Health Service officials from local communities may be another set of metrics to gather and asses, or at least publish and review, at this early stage of the project.  Requests for and data regarding more nurses and other staff at each of the neighborhood health clinics in an area may make a good start at understanding the current situation, and where to direct efforts from there, in each neighborhood.  Likewise, studying the number of already documented requests for clinical services in local communities, while amplifying and extending those requests for services, both by republishing and also through other means of spreading the word about the need  and ways to fill that need, can get started during this early period.  Finally, showing the benefits of added nurses in schools, libraries, and especially perhaps in neighborhoods known to be “food deserts” which will thus be particularly vulnerable, makes a start, and the number of reports and articles on this topic can be counted and assessed as part of the initial growth in this movement’s start-up stages.

 

 

3. (340/250 wds)

Tools and activities within reach of every person, of however limited means, require community input and engagement building at this early stage.  Some obvious tools, at first glance, for education could be social media outlets.  The reach and ability to publicize needed community information should not be neglected, thus press releases, tweets, FB posts and shares, and LinkedIn articles can be utilized to amplify the educational work of these early stages of this project, especially at this starting point of building a network from the ground up.  Blogs and other outlets can pair with letters to the editor of local and national newspapers, as conditions warrant, to raise awareness of the public health needs of communities, and to advocate on their behalf.  One idea may be, during the first 6 months, a “one tweet per day for health” campaign, to be taken up by 1-5 enthusiastic volunteers to start the ball rolling.  Another related idea is a possible “1 walk away” drive to get 2-4 people, at first, walking together, or separately, discussing, tweeting and explaining the benefits of walking for both personal health, and community social spaces as well as public health benefits.  In the first year, getting from 1-10 articles published, anywhere from LinkedIn, to Medium, to blogs, to the NYT, and reposted and shared widely, advocating the benefits of local health clinics and sponsoring local Walk Together times, would be a very good start.  Within the first 2-5 years, having 2 dozen shares per month of articles and personal or community testimonials showing why we need more nurses in our neighborhoods might be good progress.  By the midpoint, 7 years, of this first phase of our overall project, a goal of reaching at least 30 tweets, shares on FaceBook and blogs, LinkedIn articles etc, per month, explaining the need and advocating for more staffing and funding for local health clinics seems a reasonably doable accomplishment.  Simple shares of articles, walking and talking, and sharing a smile for public health, are tools within the reach of nearly every person in society.

 

 

4. (313/250 wds)

Of all of the suggested actions above, for helping to bring these efforts to fruition, perhaps both the easiest practical, and the most potent symbolic, action that any person can take, is to share a smile on the street.  If the overall goal of this entire project is to help move us as a society toward empathy, human dignity, and contribution, the easiest thing, yet also the most difficult thing, sometimes, that one can do for another human being is to acknowledge the human dignity of the other, with a nod, a friendly wave, or a smile.  Walking, alone or with others, is also both a practical health activity, and a powerful symbol of standing and walking together, as when Rabbi Abr. Josh. Heschel said, he felt like his legs were praying.  This solidarity can also be shown quickly through an easy retweet of an article, which can add up over time, assuming that the articles are of high educational quality.  Posts on LinkedIn may be taken more seriously than over other social media, and can perhaps generate more thoughtful discussion and advocacy for adding nurses and clinics to neighborhoods in more communities.  Other tools may include creating drawings, stories, comics, and film, book, or TV show reviews with the theme of “Sharing is Caring,” while incorporating the walk together and share a smile ideas as tools within a tool, in this case.  Any idea that can generate discussion of the need for a clinic on every corner moves us closer to the larger society also beginning to advocate for these needed changes on behalf of those who are less able to advocate for themselves: the most vulnerable in our society.  Getting everyone involved in a specific activity can help build community engagement, and should certainly increase the discussion around community education in public health.  Just remember Typhoid Mary, and then, the 1918 global pandemic.

 

 

— (Next Wednesday: Chapter 7, section II. B.     …  )

 

I’m considering this Rough Draft as the block of clay from which my book will eventually emerge, obviously, and some ideas for phases III and IV are still becoming more  fixed in my mind as I write, so the final version will likely look pretty different from this Rough Draft, and will need updating once I get to the very end.

 

   🙂

Chapter 7 ch 7 first cut outline outlines

 

And with regard to comps for  audience

Walden Two meets The War on Poverty: A Civilian Perspective (by Dr.s Jean and Edgar Cahn, 1964). 

I know that lots of people consider Skinner’s writing to be stilted, but I like the tilt of most reviewers, in that the idea is that a community should keep trying policies that members agree upon until they find what works for all of them.

Category is clearly   Non-fiction.

  I’m leaning toward Social Sciences, and Inspirational, for shelving label.

Action Prompts:

1.) Consider sharing some ideas you may have on how our society can solve homelessness and child abuse, starting right now,

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

   Thoughtful 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 16 of 67 plans),

   and  Babylon 5 review posts, from a Minbari Ranger’s perspective: story inspires problem solving, and historical fiction encourages learning about how women fleeing slavery solved their problems…

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 19/67 GED lessons, more radicals, and Adulting Education…

Making charts, working through complex lower mathematics, and writing about it in a journal all hone the skills of problem-solving and critical thinking, skills as essential for being a competent citizen in our modern society (with public infrastructure that needs support) as of being an adult in any democratic nation.

Day 19
Grammar: Caps Review, Intro. to Essay Writing
Math: Exponents ARE Radical!!
Day19ExitSlips
( Day 18Day 20)

Action Prompts:

1.)  Sourcing information: What sources might help you find the relationship between exponents and radicals?  Any primary sources, and from where?  Other ideas?

2.)   Write a book, story, blog post or tweet that uses one of the ideas, 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, 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??

In Service,

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.

Day 18/67, Five Month GED, radicals, and health

Would universal health care be radical an idea, like exponents, which are indeed, quite radical?  In the inverse, that is.

Day 18 Lesson plan
Capitalizing (Use CHROME browser for this site)
Exponents, part 2
The Radical Square Root!!
Day 18 ExitSlips

( Day 17Day 19)

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, :and

how a historical fiction short series can inspire learning…

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa.

Peace.

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.