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Stories, teasers, and Adulting ed

   The common good, and our imaginations, seem to benefit from stories.  I’ve noticed how story can inspire, encourage, and provide examples.  Our entire world may become more fully inclusive for all of us, if we tell the uplifting stories, perhaps, as tools for building a more just and empathetic society.

   I remember really finding the first season of the show Heroes to be inspiring, especially the character Hiro.  One of his lines in particular got my attention:

Hiro: ‘a hero too scared to use his powers does not deserve them’

  I first saw this back in 2007, and I was struck by the idea.  A character who was innocent, at least at first, kind, stubborn in his convictions, and acting on the good in himself, and others.

  Right about this same time period, there was a disturbance in which I felt obliged to intervene, and will tell that story when it is done.  Until then, I hope that we can all find courage in our shared stories, and help make this world a kinder place for all of us.


-The Brolly Lady, as they called me back in 2007, with the story to come soon, as I continue to work on my own Adulting, and educating myself on how story can help in that process.

 

 

Action Items:

1.) Consider your ideas on the role of story, and of characters in story, in Adulting.

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

3.) Share your thoughts on how our stories 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,

Vote, Teach and Learn (PDF Lesson Plans Offline),

and
my Babylon 5 review posts, if you like Science Fiction,
and
a proposed Vision on Wondering Wednesdays: for a kinder world…
   

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil

our year 2021 CE =  12021 HE

(Day 1  Lesson plan…)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free copies at: 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!

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:

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Sacred Study Saturdays, Torah Portion Judges, or Shoftim, and Community

Parashat Shoftim / פרשת שׁוֹפְטִים

Read in the Diaspora on 14 August 2021 (6 Elul 5781). 

   Please accept my apologies as I am not feeling well this week, so the next few days posts will be rather brief.

I taught a class on Parashat Shoftim and Community with a follow up on  this the next year in last week’s parashah at the DC Beit Midrash, some years ago. 

Given the fact that one is not allowed to live in a place with no court, we are all part of a society in which a system of justice must be looked after.  The existing justice system must become more fully inclusive for all of us.

Action Items:

1.) Search for two different sources related to this week’s section of the Bible, or, if you prefer, 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 GR button:  Stayed on Freedom's Call: Cooperation Between Jewish And African-American Communities In Washington, DC

Vote, Teach and Learn (PDF Lesson Plans offline)

and
my Babylon 5 review posts, if you like Science Fiction,
and
a proposed Vision on Wondering Wednesdays: for a kinder world…
   

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil

our year 2021 CE =  12021 HE

(Lesson plans:  Day 1Day 5)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free copies at: 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.  We’d love to hear about your review here, too, if you do!

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Rosh Chodesh Elul, and reflecting upon the past year

 Today is the first day of the last month of the Hebrew year, and I’ve been reflecting on this past year for some time, now.  Last year was a shock, starting with the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, whom I’d honestly expected (wishful thinking, I know) to live until president Biden could pick her replacement.  After everything else she’d lived through, it seemed unbelievable that she could die at such a crucial moment for all of us.  And then, while most of my fellow Americans helped prevent some worse occurrence, the general election in November was still a bitter disappointment, for me, in my fellow Californians.  Coming to a state where I’d always heard of the progressive and community oriented ways of thinking, of the clean air laws and the Intentional Communities nurtured in this state, I was shocked to find that this was not so.  And this past November, the denial of benefits as employees to ‘gig’ worker drivers was an even more stunning blow.  That, and the other ballot initiative which I’ve forgotten all but the impact, as rather similar to that first denial: these were not the caring people I’d been looking for.  But then, where could they be, in a world like the one we’ve built for ourselves? 

  So, I look back to the words of Toni Morrison, that we need dreamers to dream of new possibilities for shaping our world, new ways of being, ways that move us toward caring for each other, toward making it possible for each and every one of us to have safe and secure shelter, enough nutritious food, clean water, and dignity of work that allows all human beings to contribute, to rest, and to move us all forward as one human race.

R

And I look ahead to the coming 12 months, first with a contentious recall election coming up in California, and then back to the question, ever present, of where is that community of willing workers, united in service to the good of all humanity, where I can both contribute, and be truly included, myself, as well?

To Human Kindness, 

 

Action Items:  

1.) What thoughts do you have about the past year, and how we can make the next 12 months better for all human beings?

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  &  for heavens sake: please #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19 (or even for good!)!:
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 (PDF Lesson Plans offline)

and
my Babylon 5 review posts, if you like Science Fiction,
and
a proposed Vision on Wondering Wednesdays: for a kinder world…
   

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil

the year 2021 CE = the year  12021 HE

(Day 1Day 5)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free copies at: 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.

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

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Sacred Study Saturdays on Parashat Re’eh, and debt laws

The common good, or the general welfare, and on-going legal & financial pro-bono education (aka Adulting Education), must become more fully inclusive for all of us.

Dr. King said that,

“True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring. ”

The question is how does such “restructuring” happen?

Following up on my earlier post regarding debt as a problem of financial self-defense, particularly in the case of apartment renters who are forced to live in a lemon or face Breach of Lease, Biblical Law may have something to say about the long term consequences of artificially pushing people into debt (talking about otherwise frugal folks who do not spend profligately).

I respectfully submit that we have had one possible tool in our hands for several thousand years, and it may need to be examined in the context of our present debt crisis -the release of debts, both short term and long term, at different times.  Below is a handout from one of several talks I gave on the relationship between debt and community building, this one from the book of Deuteronomy: DCBM20August_Reeh_Class.

AfterNote: while debts do “expire” at different times in each state and DC according to the type of debt, only two states actually “extinguish” expired debts, and only Maryland prohibits lawsuits being brought against debtors for already expired debts!              Lawmakers in every country need to act to prevent this sort of financial and emotional bullying (in the case of landlords, offering apartments which do not suit, and then reneging on promises to fix issues, while in other cases, offering credit knowing that those who accept are at a relative disadvantage).
In the USA, each state regulates how long one can be sued for a debt, but even then, if the debtor does not know to defend, or is unable for some reason to go to court even if h/she knows, oftentimes creditors sue illegally and win. Now this cannot happen in MD, but of course debtors are still free to harrass up to and beyond the Statute of Limitation (‘expiration’) of the debt.

May we look to our collective good, as one Human Race, and to the potential of each and every Human Being.

Read, Write, Dream, Walk !
ShiraDest

originally posted
June 26th, 12017 HE

So, it turns out that I still believe we need to restructure this edifice, and Baby Acres/Floors is part of that.

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 GR button:  Stayed on Freedom's Call: Cooperation Between Jewish And African-American Communities In Washington, DC,

Vote, Teach and Learn (PDF Lesson Plans offline)

and
my Babylon 5 review posts, if you like Science Fiction,
and
a proposed Vision on Wondering Wednesdays: for a kinder world…
   

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil

the year 2021 CE = the year  12021 HE

(Day 1Day 5)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free copies at: 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.

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

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

Day 38/67 of GED in Five Months, learn like the wind, and Rise vs. Run

 Adulting is about knowing how you learn most effectively, but also about understanding systems, similes, and relationships of change between varying quantities.  Like the price of a main staple, like rice, over time in hours, days, or weeks…

Middle of week 10/18
Day 38, Week 10, Lesson plan
Grammar: using a simile
Math:Slope as ratio of Y:X
Day 38 Exit Tix
(Day 37Day 39)

Action Items:

1.) What do you think is one possible scenario where rice can (or has…) cause riots?

2.) Why might it be important that citizens in a republic understand these possible scenarios?

3.) Write a book, story, blog post or tweet that uses those thoughts, and then, please tell us about it! If you write a book, once it is published please consider donating a copy to your local public library.

4.)  Feel free to answer the exit ticket questions in the comments, or pose any other questions you may have about the lesson, if you wish.

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

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write -one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GR button: Stayed on Freedom's Call: Cooperation Between Jewish And African-American Communities In Washington, DC

Vote, Teach and Learn (PDF Lesson Plan Book)

and
my Babylon 5 review posts, if you like Science Fiction,
and
a proposed Vision on Wondering Wednesdays: for a kinder world…
   

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil

our year 2021 CE =  12021 HE

(Day 1Day 5)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free copies at: 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.

Day 28/67 of GED in 5 Months, Equitable Love Triangles, and Adulting Education

The skill of translating ideas into other terms, or of translating mathematical terms into social ideas, is a crucial part of Adult citizenship responsibility,  and is thus part of any democracy movement.   Understanding sets of power relationships is also a crucial part of being an Adult in a democratic society.  Mathematics helps with that, as does reading novels, from your local public librarians list of recommendations!

 Start of week 8/18
Lesson Plan, Day 28

Grammar: write your Introductory Paragraph

and then: Reading… (accessed Sunday, May 9th, 12021 HE)

Three kinds of triangles
Day 28 ExitSlips
(Day 27Day 29)

From the reading, what does this sentence mean to you?

“Women and girls represent half of the world’s population and, therefore, also half of its potential.”

So, since students were using a set of Master the HiSET books in the classroom, if you cannot get an online version of a larger GED/HiSET prep book with a summary of all of the  material tested in the 5 subject areas, please try looking for a set of open High School text books and then cross-reference that with the free practice tests for the GED and HiSET exams.  Back in 2016, I prepared for the Secondary mathematics (middle school and high school level) Praxis exams using online texts books, so I know that a bit of digging will reveal a variety of good open source text books online across grade levels.

Just let me know if you need help finding resources, and I’ll find something.

 

Action Items:

1.) Are love triangles always (or ever) equilateral,  do you think?  How might equality vs. equity relate to gender justice?

2.) Share your  thoughts with us, and why you think them, and

3.) Write a book, story, blog post or tweet that uses those thoughts, and then, please tell us about it! If you write a book, once it is published please consider donating a copy to your local public library.

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:  Stayed on Freedom's Call: Cooperation Between Jewish And African-American Communities In Washington, DC,  

 Teach and Learn (Lesson Plan Book)

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa.

and my Babylon 5 review posts, if you like Science Fiction,
and
a proposed Vision on Wondering Wednesdays: for a kinder world…
   

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MAT, MPhil

our year 2020 CE =  12020 HE

(Day 1Day 5)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free copies at: 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.

 

Minbari Mondays, Signs and Portents, Questions and Context

This is the continuation of our fictional letter (reviewing each film and episode of Babylon 5) that I receive each week from Ranger Mayann.

Here is her 15th report:

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa, Greetings from Tuzanor:

In this report, in your Earth year 2258, on the dates from Wed 3rd – Fri 5th August, 2258, to be precise, it is the second year of operation of the station.  From this  incident will be born the workings in preparation for the next great war, which for you Humans in your dominant culture’s Earth year 2021, is still to come.  You Humans have a word for this: Machiavelian.  It is a word that well describes the forbidden question, asked by one of your people who worked against his own interests and those of us all, even if he did not understand this until it was too late.

And now, Londo Mollari will begin to go down the path of accepting the first of many favors without asking the questions which could have saved us all from such pain, his own people most of all.   For all of their gifts of seeing into the future, the Centauri people, led by their pride and their thirst for renewed glory, continued to misread their visions and to ignore the warnings of the Seers, as Lord Kiro did, and as Londo Mollari did for too long.

Yet, the pain suffered by the Narn under the yoke of Londo’s people, which Mollari would see restored, also played a part in the events to come, and was also fully awakened by the events in this report.  Our own people, in insisting that Commander Sinclair be placed in charge of the station, continued to guard a great secret that also contributed to the pain to come.  Perhaps, had our Grey Council then been more wise, much of what was later to come might have been avoided.  Yet even Satai Delenn was still groping dimly in the darkness at that point, even as she prepared for the great change she would make, to help all of us come together.  At the cost of much pain for herself. 

And Sinclair, showing more of the strategic and tactical skill that he later and earlier (this will become clear next year…) teaches to our people, grows even further in wisdom as he guides Garibaldi, his best resource for ferreting out hidden information, as you Humans would say, and Lt. Commander Ivanova, his best resource for ferreting out hidden enemy fighter craft, and blowing them from the sky.  Wisdom, in choosing and placing people in the positions where they will shine most brightly, and wisdom, in knowing when not to pursue, and when to pursue.

From the city of  Tuzanor, on Minbar

Earth year 2278,

Anla’Shok Mayann

  Addendum to Ranger Mayann’s report, by Shira:  This is where it all begins!!  We finally meet the famous Mr. Morden, one of the most complex and fascinating villains I have ever seen, asking the one question that all Minbari are taught to avoid:

What do you want?

Ranger Mayann, as a Minbari, refuses even to pronounce those words, yet claims that one should always follow the “calling of your heart.”  What is that, if not what you want?  So why refuse to ask that question?  Why fall back on duty, on obedience, and on faith, rather than using reason to illuminate the path?

But they are right in that what you want cannot be, must not ever be, the whole story.  The darkness in each of us wants only what it wants, rather than the ‘higher good,’ as some people call it.  And that is something that each person must take into account.  I want to eat that chocolate lava cake, but if I do, there will be a price down the line, both in terms of lasting “a lifetime on the hips” and also of a temporary setback to my immune system.   As someone whose family has a very very strong history of diabetes, I also know that the price I could eventually pay for too much lava cake includes an embarrassingly preventable death.  So, I abstain, except for one day per week, giving me the chance to celebrate my good fortune of being able to afford and enjoy the taste and smell of chocolate, while using self discipline, as the Minbari teach, to keep my duty to society and my honor, for I do not know for certain that this chocolate has not been picked by enslaved children far from where I live, clean.

Oh, and not to forget, of course, excellent fighter pilot and leadership skills by Lt. Susan Commander Ivanova!!  🙂  Later on, those skills will have grown to outstanding levels, and enable her to pull off near military miracles, at great personal cost.

And I love the way so many breadcrumbs are laid down now, starting a trail that we almost can’t even see, yet.  For Sinclair, for Londo, for G’Kar, for Delenn, and even for Ivanova, it all starts here.   Each of their paths now lies before them, and each has stepped onto that path definitively as of the end of this episode, even if we the readers, er, sorry, viewers, cannot see those paths and much less to where the paths lead: yet!

We also see the crucial importance of context, in this episode.  Yes, the station will indeed be destroyed at some time in the future, but only the context can tell us if it will be a good thing, or a bad thing.  A key Adulting skill.

And, G’Kar, be careful what you wish for…

And, just when you thought it was all getting perhaps a wee bit too heavy, here comes one of the funniest moments in the first season!

That was part of Ranger Mayann’s letter on the history of the Babylon Project. It can be seen from another point of view by watching the Babylon 5 Season 1, Episode 13, which I most highly recommend seeing, at least twice!

See Ranger Mayann’s report from last week on means and interpretations…

To see all of her reports as an on-going PDF version: B5EpsThr10.

-Shira

Action Items:

1.)  Share your thoughts on the many possible forms of discomfort that a question can provoke, but why that question should be asked anyway, if you will, and then

2.) 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.

3.) Write a 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 CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
ReadWrite -one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GoodReads button:  , Vote, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plan Book)

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa.

and my Babylon 5 review posts, if you like Science Fiction,
and
a proposed Vision on Wondering Wednesdays: for a kinder world…
   

Shira Destinie A. Jones, BsC, MAT, MPhil

our year 2020 CE =  12020 HE

(Day 1Day 5)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free copies at: 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 by ShiraDest is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Continue reading Minbari Mondays, Signs and Portents, Questions and Context

Pledge to Stand up for Human Rights

With just one click:

https://standup4humanrights.org/en/promote.html

 

Thanks to Patty for this heads up.

Shira

Action Items:

1.) Read the text,

2.) Click I Will, 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
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Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa.   Yassas,   γεια σας!    Salût !  Nos vemos!  Görüşürüz!     ! שָׁלוֹם

ShiraDest

The year 2021 CE = Our year 12021 HE

(The last lesson 67/67 , and the first lesson 1/67…), all of my Babylon 5 reviews,

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.

Wondering Wednesdays, Baby Acres, Chapter 1, part 1

This post continues the rough draft of  Chapter 1 of my non-fiction WiP, Baby Acres.  And it now has words!  🙂     I’m posting the first outline section, chapter 1, section IA, warts and all, so please be forgiving here, dear readers.  At the moment it is the best I can do.  This was only meant to be about 250-300 words, but I got a little, well, verbose, at 580 words, I guess.

I’ve also realized, or remembered, rather, from my thesis writing, that putting the outline up front and then the verbage, or writing the words, later, is a mess.   It is easier than having a separate spreadsheet for the outline and wordcount (though that process does work better for me when I am writing a novel, perhaps because there are so many more threads to keep track of, and also because I often struggle to hit my initial wordcounts while drafting fiction, so that wordcount tracking in my novel WiP spreadsheet keeps me moving it along, while adherring to potential publisher genre wordcount requirements).

Too bad my current free word processing software is too “light” to expand an outline and recollapse it again by chapter.  So I am doing this all manually.

As previously stated, the overall goal is now to explain why we need both equ. + justice, & why in 4 phases.  This chapter will transition to a chapter (2-5) for each phase, showing what Phases I-IV could look like as part of a possible 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 One, section IA:

Phase I with respect to the entire project, and phases II-IV:

The first stage of this project forms the foundation for all three remaining stages. Phase I
consists of showing the connections between four key parts of our infrastructure, and building enough support for those systems as part of our larger sphere/culture/system/xyzWorld. A lack of health care, public transportation, up-to-date information, and safe community gathering spaces places limits on the freedom of us all. Accessible and safe community information-finding spaces are equally important, and public libraries frequently act as both gathering spaces for community events, and a point of first contact for many members of the most vulnerable communities to find up to date information on health events, voting, and other critical issues.

Both a single payer health care system and good public transit are key to free speech and
association. Lack of guaranteed transportation puts a practical limit on what a person can say due to lack of ability to protect one’s health, since having no car makes trips to doctor’s offices more difficult, or even impossible. Lack of health care and independent transportation can also put the job of a vulnerable worker at risk, leading to fear of job loss or black-listing, based on guilt by association. Those fears can quite effectively limit both freedom of association and freedom of worship, for instance when attending mosque is equated with associating with
terrorists. This underscores the importance of having access to good information, since

“a little knowledge is dangerous.”

currently page 11…

 

Both public transportation and public health care are also interconnected to consumer debt education and public libraries. Lack of current and accurate information on debt laws at the state level, for example, leads to many default judgments on debts which were already time-barred. These default SoL judgments are often strongly skewed toward poorer zip codes

(find blog posts with MD and other state studies…) .

This lack of continuing legal financial education tilts the scales toward further unjust and also unsustainable economic distribution. Public libraries are one key place where up to date information on such critical financial and pub health and safety issues is accessible to even the most vulnerable members of society. These four systems are thus inseparably linked and needed before progress on any other part of society could advance. Together they are called PublicDomainInfrastructure, and their connection to the larger whole will be shown in chapter two.

The higher levels of both empathy and critical thinking skills needed to build support for
PublicDomainInfrastructure can be supported in various ways.

Reaching the 4 Freedoms will require climbing a fairly steep learning curve for many people, and the process of learning both sets of skills could be significantly aided by encouraging people from all walks of life both to learn two or three (hinted at in ch.2, developed in chptr 3) languages, and to travel, when possible.

Travel is also especially helpful to this learning process, but is far less accessible to the majority of people than language learning, which can be done for free online, when one is persistent enough. Language learning is an inexpensive tool for building empathy, as travel could also be, if we were imaginative enough.

Public libraries can help in that task, as well as in learning how to build a habit of continual
individual learning and even group research. Many libraries have multi-lingual staffs, and
reference librarians trained in finding information from around the world. So, they are well-
placed to encourage more on-going individual and community learning in a variety of ways.

— (Next section: Chapter 1, IB…)

I’m continuing to update the outline for the first chapter, and also, I revise old versions of the all of the chapter outlines as I go.  I like to save my work each day as a PDF (doc has been updated with “, and to travel, when possible”…), in addition to backing up the rtf document.  That way I have a snapshot for each stage of the work, and I can also use any editor I want to edit the file, in case of crashes.

(Btw, I must remember to ask JYP about acks, since anon. blog…)

Last week was the seventh installment of this series…

 

Action Items:

1.) Consider some ideas you may have on how having safe and far-reaching public transit, universal health care, free local legal and financial classes, and great libraries could society change in 15 years,

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

3.) Write a story, post or tweet that uses those sources and your 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 (PDF Lesson Plan Book)

and
my Babylon 5 review posts, if you like Science Fiction,
and
a proposed Vision on Wondering Wednesdays: for a kinder world…
   

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil

our year 2020 CE =  12020 HE

(Day 1Day 5)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free copies at: 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.