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Bernard Werber, Le Miroir de Cassandre, and Mental Health Care

Well, fans of M. Werber, I hate to say that his book Ants was the only one I can really say I like as a story, but this one, I think, is just as worth the read, for other reasons.  So, here is my review of his take on the ancient Trojan/Greek story of poor Cassandra (and the need for full access by all to all types of health care, including long term therapy and other mental health care):

English review is below…

M’a pris du temps, mais j’ai aimée ce livre, écrit du point de vu (pour la plupart en 1r personne, mais parfois d’un troisieme proche quand ce n’avait pas traitait de la protagoniste) d’une jeune fille autiste qui ce trouve sa place dans le monde. Ce conte de jeunesse la trouve en train de se trouver dans un endroit assez étonnant d’où travailler en sauver le monde. Ce que j’aime le meilleur s’était que ce sont le gens les plus improbable qui fondent ce travail, et que tout l’histoire ce trouve dans un monde ou on est rappelé plusieurs fois de ne pas juger ni un livre ni une personne par son couvre, tellement pestant que se soit. I trouve ce livre particulièrement important à lire pour les chefs et aussi pour le citoyens de tous les pays pour faire penser.

It took me a while, but I really liked this book, written from the PoV (mostly 1st person, but sometimes close third when not the protagonist) of a young autistic woman finding her place in the world. This coming of age story has her finding a rather surprising place from which to work on saving the world. The best part about it is that those doing this work are the absolute least likely people you would expect, and the entire story is set in a world in which we are reminded over and over again not to judge a book, nor a person, however smelly, by coverings. I find this book particularly important for all policy-makers and concerned citizens of any country to read and ponder.

Read, Write, Dream, Walk !

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ShiraDest
March 23rd, 12018 HE

Shira

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Parashat Terumah, and Home, Sweet Tabernacle?

     This week’s Torah portion is Parashat Terumah / פָּרָשַׁת תְּרוּמָה

       This is the 19th  annual  cycle parashah, and the 7th in the book of Sh’mot/Exodus:

Torah Portion: Exodus 25:1-27:19

      This week, everyone will hear about the “Mishkan” aka the Tabernacle.  But literally, miShoKhan (from the root of the word Shochen, or dwells), means “The Thing in which To Dwell” otherwise known as a house.  Ok, or just a home, or a shelter. 

    A place to live.

     So, if the Creator of the Universe needs a place to live, how much more, the rest of us, who need to eat, sleep, and breathe fresh air? 

Parashat Mishpatim was last week…

Action Prompts:

    Share your thoughts on how to build buy-in to keep (sorry, get & keep) all of us housed safely, please.   Writing, by the way, is my personal contribution to Project Do Better

What would yours be, if you had time?

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But By the Grace Of…

So, this was how it felt.

Normal.

Really?

It had taken long enough.

This year, when the doctor had asked those simple questions, it had been less easy to bluff.  This one had actually been watching.  That ready answer, flat and so used to snow balling these people, had actually been caught, called out, and paid attention to.  For once.  The doctor had ignored his answer, asked if he had a plan.  Silly question.  Of course he had a plan.  Since when had he not had one, was the real question.  Enduring the pain was a normal part of life for him.  Ignoring it until it became the annoying wet streaks on his face, shaking his body and tying his guts more tightly than his useless shoe laces.  This didn’t happen too much, anymore.  Mostly going past those tent towns they called encampments these days, feeling the despair of those human beings now denominated by a noun which, a decade ago, had still been an adjective.

Homeless.

No longer called homeless people, now, they were just called homeless.  Not people, merely things.  Things to be avoided, things that had wanted this fate.  Things that were “in their comfort zones.”

Right.

The doctor had been a sharp one, this time.  She had insisted.  As if she’d really wanted to know.  What was his plan, and did he have the tools at hand, ready to carry it out?  He’d been ‘there’ enough to know that this time, he’d better answer with ‘sincerity’ if he wanted to stay out of a pewter cage.  He couldn’t afford a gilded one.  He’d pretended to perk up, injecting some notes into the song he gave her about merely thinking about it, once in a while.  He admitted to the sadness, but who wouldn’t be sad in a world like this?  Happiness was a pill he couldn’t afford.

She’d put him on the pill, alright.  That bit of paper, to keep away the other bit of paper that would ensure his useful longevity.  Useful to those who liked working in funny farms, that is.  But by the grace of God and Mr. Spock, there go I.   So he took her paper, and he even filled the Rx.  Now, weeks later, the happy pills had begun to do the job she and her brother medics in the ‘healing’ professions had intended.

He no longer felt sad.

And now, he could even walk past the homeless people without crying, just like everyone else.

But it didn’t make the pain go away.

Stay safe,

and I hope we all find love, and good Health Care. -Shira Destinie

Action Items:

1.)  Share your thoughts on the importance of empathy, and how we Human Beings might start to build a more fully inclusive society for all of us, and how we can start to give a damn about each other.  2.) Write a story, post or tweet that uses these thoughts. .

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Thoughtful Thursdays, Stayed on Freedom’s Call page 25, and motherless children

It is crucial that we each help our society to become more fully inclusive for all of us today, and to come and work together, for all of us, right?   Remembering that any one of us could have become a motherless child is part of that, no?

I believe that attention to shared histories, as in DC, may provide part of an answer.  I started a note about that, a few years ago, in my book Stayed on Freedom’s Call:

” … Shalom. Assistance rendered by members of the Hanafi sect to both Ohev Shalom and Tifereth Israel members on various occasions inspires the hope that
neighbors can learn from and work with each other to build longer lasting cooperative structures. Ongoing efforts at cooperation between the Jewish and
Black communities will be discussed in later chapters. Shepherd Park and nearby Takoma, DC are also home to individual Jews of Color, who combine the identities of people born into the African-American community, with
membership, by birth or by choice, in the Jewish community.


African-Americans As Part Of The Jewish Community: On The Inside Looking Out


Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child…” -Negro Spiritual


Some, like facilities manager Steve Ross of Tifereth Israel congregation, see the prime example of Black-Jewish community cooperation embodied in those who are both Black and Jewish.


Individuals, like the author, who maintain a foot in both worlds constitute bridges between the two communities,
but are generally not representative of either community as a whole.   As is often acknowledged by Jewish people of African-American ancestry, to be both Black and Jewish in the USA can be an exercise in otherness, of being accepted, but not fully included. To be at once within the Jewish community, but coming from a place of often profoundly different cultural norms, whilst both nominally
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So, it turns out that I might have needed to explain a bit more about the role or status of converts to Judaism, especially of Black converts, on this page?  I think that we feel the plight of the homeless more keenly than many other people, being motherless in many senses, most of us by definition of changing our spiritual parentage upon choosing that of Abraham.   Some fresh reviews would help me decide that specific.

Page twenty-four was last week…

Action Items:

1.) What are your thoughts on this page?  (You can download the entire book for free via the Archive link below…)

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

3.) Share your thoughts on how continuing empathy-building cooperation might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking.

4.) 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 -one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this

GoodReads button: Stayed on Freedom's Call: Cooperation Between Jewish And African-American Communities In Washington, DC,  Vote, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans offline):

 

Peace     ! שָׁלוֹם

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

(The last GED lesson 67/67 , and the first lesson 1/67…), and

Babylon 5 review posts, and

Baby Acres: a Vision of a Better World (posts listed at bottom of page…)

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.

 

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Thoughtful Thursdays, Stayed on Freedom’s Call page 24, and Neighbors

It is crucial that we each help our society to become more fully inclusive for all of us today, and to come and work together, for all of us, right?   Remembering that neighbors used to know and help each other is part of that, no?

I believe that attention to shared histories, as in DC, may provide part of an answer.  I started a note about that, a few years ago, in my book Stayed on Freedom’s Call:

” … encouraged to stay longer than it would have due to the presence of the two 16th Street institutions. As Marvin Caplan was inspired by the music of the Black church, and Rabbi Abramowitz and members of Tifereth Israel inspired by the complementing music of the Jewish soul, they marched with Dr. King to create a hopeful and more just world for people of all creeds and colors. So, too, other faith groups came to the neighborhood of Shepherd park in the early 1960 ́s, drawn by its integrated and community-minded character, inspired by the example of Marvin Caplan and Tifereth Israel, now an egalitarian conservative synagogue whose members continue to uphold its tradition of cooperating with the community around it to work for justice.

WES/Fabrangen and Hanafi Muslims: Liberal Jews and Neighbors of Color re-forming alliances

Do you know your story?” -Simon to John in Lopez play “The Whipping Man”

The Washington Ethical Society (WES), looking to build its new home in the early 1960 ́s, chose Shepherd Park, just one block north of Tifereth Israel Congregation. The WES hosts the Fabrangen Havurah, an egalitarian Jewish institution, also committed to social justice.

The presence of these allies anchors Shepherd Park as both integrated, and retaining a strong sense of social justice. Longer-time members of both Tifereth Israel and the WES recall the presence in the 1970s of the Hanafi Muslim neighbors, next door to Ohev
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So, it turns out that I might have needed to explain a bit more about the role of T.I., and the famous board meeting, on this page?  Some fresh reviews would help me decide that specific.

Page twenty-three was last week…

Action Items:

1.) What are your thoughts on this page?  (You can download the entire book for free via the Archive link below…)

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

3.) Share your thoughts on how continuing empathy-building cooperation might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking.

4.) 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 -one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this

GoodReads button: Stayed on Freedom's Call: Cooperation Between Jewish And African-American Communities In Washington, DC,  Vote, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans offline):

 

Peace     ! שָׁלוֹם

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

(The last GED lesson 67/67 , and the first lesson 1/67…), and

Babylon 5 review posts, and

Baby Acres: a Vision of a Better World (posts listed at bottom of page…)

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.

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Thoughtful Thursdays, Stayed on Freedom’s Call page 23, and Blockbusting

It is crucial that we each help our society to become more fully inclusive for all of us today, and to come and work together, for all of us, right? 

Especially where housing is concerned.

I believe that attention to shared histories, as in DC, may provide part of an answer.  I started a note about that, a few years ago, in my book Stayed on Freedom’s Call:

” … given person really was. White residents of the Capital felt that they knew both how to identify and what to expect from colored residents. He now found that those same misconceptions were being used by unethical real estate agents and speculators, now known as Block Busters, to frighten White home owners into selling cheaply, profiting on their fear of the unknown after over 70 years of nearly complete separation of races and classes in the District of Columbia.

Ironically, similar unethical practices had created much of this segregation in
the District near the turn of the century. While there were formally organized groups working to make legal changes, the social changes were more difficult to fight. Marvin Caplan ́s now famous accomplishment in creating Neighbor ́s, Inc, won recognition from the Kennedy administration, and the respect of those at Tifereth Israel conservative synagogue who worked with him and with Rabbi Nathan “Buddy” Abramowitz.

Tifereth Israel, voting to stay in the neighborhood on upper 16th street, NW after an apparently tumultuous Board Meeting, was instrumental in anchoring the neighborhood of Shepherd Park as an integrated neighborhood, with the determination of members to work together with their colored neighbors for positive social change. The presence of those young families from Tifereth Israel in turn, quite likely kept families from her “sister synagogue” the orthodox Ohev Shalom across the street, in the neighborhood as well.

The nearby minyan (a small independent prayer group) at a neighborhood apartment complex also continued to meet, possibly
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So, it turns out that I might have needed to explain a bit more about the role of T.I., and the famous board meeting, on this page?  Some fresh reviews would help me decide that specific.

Page twenty-two was last week…

Action Items:

1.) What are your thoughts on this page?  (You can download the entire book for free via the Archive link below…)

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

3.) Share your thoughts on how continuing empathy-building cooperation might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking.

4.) 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 -one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this

GoodReads button: Stayed on Freedom's Call: Cooperation Between Jewish And African-American Communities In Washington, DC,  Vote, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans offline):

 

Peace     ! שָׁלוֹם

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

(The last GED lesson 67/67 , and the first lesson 1/67…), and

Babylon 5 review posts (online, offline: B5EpsThr15), and

Baby Acres: a Vision of a Better World (posts listed at bottom of page…)

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.

 

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Thoughtful Thursdays: emotional self-defense as both ‘adulting’ education and health care

While irresponsible landlords exploiting vulnerable adults and thus leaving them prey to false allies certainly falls under my definition taking advantage of of emotional and mental health vulnerabilities, which universal health care with extended mental health care provisions would prevent (to some extent), it is also an issue of legal and financial self-education, which is part of so-called Adulting, I think.

Adults can be abused by other adults in a variety of ways, especially when they are in need of friends or allies, and want to believe that the hand of friendship being extended is a true friend, rather than an abuser in disguise.  But childhood trauma, even ‘treated’ via superficial therapy, the kind designed to get people out of acute crisis and back into any job available as quickly as possible, deprives many of the tools needed to defend themselves against this type of predator. This is especially true for adults dealing with PTSD or C-PTSD, which has various stages and can be cyclical, with anniversaries being especially difficult periods.

I attempted to give voice to one woman’s cry for help a few years ago in a post that read:

Another reason we need a Universal Basic Income is that when one is desperately trying to use one’s savings to write and publish, and has rented an expensive apartment using one’s Life Savings as collateral, telling the management up front about smoke allergies and PTSD with need for quiet, then when the management refuses to respond to multiple documented noise and smoke issues in the apartment, that is effectively
renting an unlivable apartment
which is unethical:

exploitative landlords

So that they then get exploited by unscrupulous or simply narcissistic “allies” offering solutions that they use to abuse the vulnerable even further.

If you explain the problem, ask for help to find therapy and work, and then you are told “I will be your doctor,” and “All I want is your trust,” never believe them.
You may learn the hard way, in three miserable abused years.

And later write a NaNoWriMo novel if you marry when under duress about it.

 

So, it turns out that writing is both expressive and healing, and when used to learn from past mistakes, can also be self-educational, but the tools for that self-care and education still need to be provided, along with a safety net.  More on my continuing striving for justice next time, friends:

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

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

1.) Search for two different resources to provide tools for women being abused.

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
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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…)

By: Brieanna Smith, Spring 2019 HeLP Legal Services Clinic Intern I observed landlord-tenant mediation recently and had a conversation with an attorney representing landlords; we talked specifically about pro se tenants who were lower income. Landlords’ attorneys are aware that tenants on Section 8 will lose their housing voucher if they get evicted. Attorneys will […]

via Access Through the Lens of Housing — Georgia State Law Clinical Programs

Review of a Young Adult book on Slavery still relevant today: Chains, by Laurie Halse Anderson

Chains (Seeds of America, #1)Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am so glad I spotted (#Coverlove!) this book in the library, my second read by wonderfully supportive author Laurie Halse Anderson. This first person, past tense Young Adult historical coming of age novel was amazing! Halse Anderson does an excellent job of distinguishing indentured servitude from slavery from hired service while characterizing the main characters quickly and effectively. An excellent and poignant reference to the Memphis Garbage Workers’ Strike via a slave father’s sale is just one of the many places in this work that moves to tears, both of terror and of joy, in the end. Please read this one, as I know I shall, again and again.

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
ShiraDest

April, 12019 HE

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I found this book after seeing Dr. King’s response to the question, during the Memphis garbage workers’ strike, of what it would take to prevent or call off his Poor People’s March on Washington: the answer was to implement the recommendations in this report.

via Review of a book worth buying: Separate and Unequal