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Book Review: Arséne Lupin, After Seeing It Omar Sy Style

The common good, or the general welfare, might just become more fully inclusive for all of us with a little help from our new Gentleman Bandit/Burglar, Omar Sy.

  I might even have to erase this review, ahem:

Je suis navrée, mais je n’aimerais pas ce livre. Pas du tout. Depuis le commencement jusqu’à l’arrivée du Sherlock Holmes volé, et là, il devenait encore pire. Au moins pour moi.

and

in English:

I’m sorry, but I really did not like this book, at all.  From the start, up to the arrival of the stolen ‘Sherlock Holmes’ it just got worse, and worse, at least for me.

and write it all over again, from a different point of view!  After all, that is what Adults do, no?

 

So, it turns out that updating a classic series with a new perspective can really put a different spin on things, and maybe even make a difference in this world.

Action Items:

1.) Share two different sources related to the Arséne Lupin series, and to the Holocene Epoch and to the Holocene Calendar.

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

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

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B5, Hakan: Muhafiz/Protector,  Lupin, or La Casa de Papel/Money Heist Reviews

Holistic College Algebra & GED/High School Lesson Plans,

Thoughtful Readers, please consider reading about #ProjectDoBetter.

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

 
 

   Salût ! 

ShiraDest

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Review: La Nuit Des Temps & Social Empathy?

I recall (having read this book NuitTemps   when I was teaching myself French, so definitely needs a re-read) that I did not like the criteria for choosing the lady, and also didn’t really like the plot, but I did love the message: Let’s not ruin our planet, again…

Je me souviens que je n’avais pas aimait les critères pour avoir choisi la femme, ni le scénario, mais, le message, si, j’aime: ne gachent pas la planète, autre fois…

So, my question is this: how can a leader build enough empathy to get people to want to help provide housing for every person, even those not seen as “deserving” yet/anymore?

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Click here to read, if you like:

B5, Hakan: Muhafiz/Protector,  Lupin, or La Casa de Papel/Money Heist Reviews

Holistic High School Lessons,

Thoughtful Readers, if you are on Twitter, please consider following   #Project Do Better  on Twitter.

Shira

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Jour de Silence à Tanger: Tahar Ben Jelloun

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Jour de silence à TangerJour de silence à Tanger by Tahar Ben Jelloun

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a fascinating read, with a beautiful ending. It touched on relationships between generations, races, friends and family. A short yet complex read, very well-written. It is making me re-think the reasons that a person might appear to mistreat those around him, even those upon whom he depends. More than once, I wondered if I may have been unjust toward some of those close to me whom I had expected to ‘see’ or intuitively understand my feelings. Perhaps for some people, it is just not possible, yet those same people can want to understand. For me, this was an impossibility, prior to reading Ben Jalloun. How could a person not understand that his words have power, and that his words can and do indeed do harm? Yet perhaps some simply do not see it, even if they want to. Time for me to learn to be more understanding?

(Too tired but will translate into French soon…)

ShiraDest
1st December, 12015 HE

updated in 12022

I look forward to hearing your opinions, Thoughtful Readers.

We can really  Do Better.

-Shira

Action Prompt:

    Share your thoughts on how to build buy-in create a more equal, or at least less inequitable, society, please.   Guest posts are always welcome.  Writing, by the way, is my personal contribution to Project Do Better.

What would yours be, if you had time?

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B5, Hakan:Muhafiz/The ProtectorLupin, or La Casa De Papel/Money Heist Reviews,

Holistic College Algebra & GED/HiSET Night School Lesson Plans,

           or My Nonfiction  & Historical Fiction Serial Writing

Thoughtful Readers, please consider reading Draft 6, about #ProjectDoBetter.

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BsCs

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Review: Purgatoire Des Innocents, Empathy for Heroic Thieves, and Speaking for Those Who Cannot Speak

Purgatoire des innocentsPurgatoire des innocents by Karine Giébel
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

(English after French…)

Honte d’avoir survécu, haine contre soi même de n’avoir pas su se protéger, envie abandonner. Effrayant, vachement important à lire.

-Addendum:  This book features an unlikely pair of heroes:  two brothers who go from jewelry theft to saving a young girl’s life, at their own horrific expense, as they repair their sins by stopping an even worse person (mostly) from killing an innocent.  But their suffering is not quite enough for a system that lacks empathy.  Here is the original review:

Guilt for surviving, self-hated for being unable to protect yourself, just wanting to give up. Gut-wrenching, horrifically important to read.

Shira HoloceneHuman Era Destinie
2 Septembre, 12015 èH (HE: Universal Holocene Calendar)

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Click here to read, if you like:

B5, Hakan: Muhafiz/Protector,  Lupin, or La Casa de Papel/Money Heist Reviews

Holistic High School Lessons,

Thoughtful Readers, please consider reading about #ProjectDoBetter.

Shira

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Loup: Nicolas Vanier

Loup(English is below…)

Cette histoire de devenir adulte faisait plaisir à lire. (J’aimerais voir le film de 2009.) Vanier a réussi très tôt de faire sentir l’empathie pour un prédateur qu’il montre tel comme il est, et avec des détails. Il m’a réussi d’étonner, aussi, côte émotionnelle chez les hommes, en montrant qu’il est bien possible qu’an homme aussi peut se sentir abusé sexuellement par une femme, même après avoir fait l’amour volontairement. Jamais trop douce, on sent la dureté des deux mondes, humain tant que lupin, en sentant aussi (pour moi, au moins) connecté avec tous les deux. Du bon boulot émotionnelle et aussi d’un point de vue écolo.
(Si vous avez, les Amies, des corrections pour mon français, j’accepte volontiers…)

This was a very interesting and well-written coming-of-age story. (I’d like to see the 2009 film version.) Vanier manages early on to build reader sympathy for a predator which he show as such, in detail. He also surprised me by showing the shame of a man being willingly taken advantage of sexually by a woman (something I will grudgingly admit to never having believed possible). Never mincing his words, you feel the harshness of both worlds, human and wolf, while also feeling (for me, at least) connected to both. An excellent job emotionally and also from an ecology standpoint.

Originally posted 21 November, 12015 HE

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Babylon 5, Hakan: Muhafiz/Protector,  Lupin, or La Casa de Papel/Money Heist Reviews

Holistic College Algebra & GED/High School Lesson Plans,

Thoughtful Readers, if you are on Twitter, please consider following   #Project Do Better  on Twitter.

Shira

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What would Astérix do about Covid-19? (Learn a language to find out!)

Que ferait-il #Astérix le Galois dans ce periode de cris ? What would Asterix the Gaul do during this time of crisis?

Undoubtedly, he would call upon the esteemed local Druid, Panoramix, to teach
the villagers what to do. And certainly, Panoramix would say:

“Il faut absolument pas fumer, parce que ça agrave beaucoup les maladies respiratoires !”
“‪Absolutely #‎stopsmoking‬, because smoke makes respiratory illnesses much worse!”

Then, the renowned Druid would undoubtedly mix up a batch of his famous Potion Magique as a universal cure for the entire village, to assure the health of all. Of course, the villagers have the forest to hunt sangliers and grow their local organic food, so they don’t need a Universal Basic Income to continue to stay healthy, but we do.

Don’t believe me? Just watch Astérix et Obélix : Mission Cléopâtre -it is worth learning #Français (#French) to watch!

(originally posted in March, 12020 HE, updated in 12022 HE…)

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Click here to read, if you like:

B5, La Casa De Papel/Money Heist, & Lupin & Hakan: Muhafiz/The Protector Reviews

Holistic High School Lessons,

Thoughtful Readers, if you are on Twitter, please consider following   #Project Do Better  on Twitter.

Shira

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Fun with Languages Fridays: Lupin, 1:5

 

                 Fun with Languages Friday is French Fridays with Lupin, Chptr 5 !     Omar Sy style!!

     ***Spoilers!!  ( episode 4 was last week…)

 

   This episode should be called “I Know Everything: about Raul !”

 

 
     They name Lupin’s  son Raúl  because, of course , the son of of Arséne Lupin, in the books is named Raúl. They have a very close connection, but he always lets her down even though he makes up for it stolen jewelry.  He is a gentleman, but not the classic type. So of course we go from Raúl’s conception to the present day with his birthday and then tragedy strikes. This is a very good episode : showing Claire and their son and how closely connected the three of them are in an unconventional way. And of course the festival of Maurice Leblanc on his birthday at the fort from the story of L’aiguille Creuse
    And finally there is a connection with the books in terms of characters: the child of a maid who is wrongly accused of theft ends up stealing jewelry in order to support her in her old age, and as the theft is actually committed the by child, a prodigy, the mother is accused.   
  
   Nice social commentary from that time to ours.
 
(for those who like the commentary (mostly) in French:  (I listened to the story on https://librivox.org/aiguillecreuse-by-maurice-leblanc/ but via the phone app…)

 

page 4
 

4.44%“J’adore le nom du Chen de Fabienne : J’accuse !!”

 
June 12, 2021 –

 

page 5
 

5.56%“Omar Sy seems to take the character of Arsène Lupin up from chaotic neutral to chaotic good.”

 
June 12, 2021 –

 

page 5
 

5.56%“From neutral chaotic, to, as given new background but Omar Sy, good chaotic, Lupin evolves…”

 
June 15, 2021 –

 

 

33.0%“Je commence le 3e chapitre de l’arrestation d’Arsène Lupin commencement du l’évasion d’Arsène Lupin. Il est plutôt beau ce livre maintenant et comme j’ai trouvé un autre lecteur qui est qui me plaît beaucoup mieux que le premier de Libivox.org, ça c’est bien. Toujours rien a voir avec le scénario de Omar Sy, mais je l’attends…”

 
June 24, 2021 –

 

 

36.0%“Donc on a vu l’arrestation d’Arsène Lupin et après ça l’évasion d’Arsène Lupin. Il n’avait pas du tout un coup de suicide mais il a quand même évadé du prison, et ensuite on a vu aussi le coup de fameuse d’ailleurs coup de voyager mystérieus et ensuite on a vu qu’il a vraiment , Arsène Lupin fait àrester un tueur . ça c’est très bien déjà mais maintenant on va écouter la collier de la reine.”

 
June 25, 2021 –

 

 

39.0% “Un fils de nom :. Raul !!
Et, bien sûr, vol de collier de la reine !!”

 
June 25, 2021 –

 

 

40.0%“Et aussi le fils d’un parent accusé à tort…”

 
June 25, 2021 –

 

 

41.0% “Et aussi on a l’ancien famille propriétaire qui des années après la collier de la reine de nouveau.

C’est chouette comme ils ont fait la série d’Arsène Lupin avec Omar Sy !”

 
June 26, 2021 –

 

 

41.0%“Adore changes: #OmarSy series!!”

 
June 27, 2021 –

 

 

45.0%“Je suis navré mais l’histoire du coffre-fort et le 7 du cœur ma semble assez proche à une histoire de Sherlock Holmes. même on a les papiers de la navale.”

 
July 3, 2021 –

 

 

46.0% “Miss Nellie, autre fois, dans le château !
Quelle continuité !!”

 
July 7, 2021 –

 

 

47.0%“How would Arsène Lupin deal with idle neighbors smoking under his window at night?”

 
July 19, 2021 – Finished Reading

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     I hope that this review series will move you to learn more ways to help use our history to build new tools.

Part 1, episode 4, was last week, and Part 2, ep 1, Ch. 6,  will post next Friday.

I look forward to your thoughts.

Shira

Action Prompts:

1.) Share your thoughts on how language learning may encourage empathy-building cooperation, and might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking.

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

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

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Narrative and Prose Nonfiction,     

Holistic High School Lessons,

Shira

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French Friday and the 1001 Nuits, on Hoshanah Rabbah, 5781

It is the last non-fullHoliday day (last Chol HaMoed day, but also a half-holiday) of Sukkot, as we leave off celebrating the new year of 5781. And I’m celebrating with chocolate, as I listen to the 1001 Nights/Nuits, in French.

Here is where I am in my study of French this week: I love the original (ok, translated into French) 1001 Nights stories, but find the Euro-additions to be easy to spot, and annoying.  We’ll see about the Alladdin stories when I get there.  So far, I’m at Night 224 in the audio book.

My updates thus far:

October 3, 2020 –
 
52.0%“Chapitre 15, tome 2:. Je suppose qu’un bossu etait un type d’esclave particulier ?”
 
October 6, 2020 –
 
59.0%“Décorations with images of animals?? Ebn Taher, Perse…”
 
October 6, 2020 –
 
69.0%“The story of the Calif’s favorite and the Persian prince is a bit like aa Arabic version of Romeo and Juliet!”
 
October 8, 2020 –
 
69.0%“” contes chois…” I missed this part of the title of my eBook: selected stories, explains why many are missing, vs. what I hear on the audio book. The book skips many interesting stories about Djinn making marriages, Chinese princesses passing for princes, smart and beautiful slaves saving the day.”

 

So, it turns out that …  More on my continuing striving with French next week, friends:

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

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

1.) Search for two different resources to translate the word “Hello” into French.

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

3.) Share your thoughts on how you like each of the resources you found,  perhaps as an update on your GoodReads reading,

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

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

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans)!

ShiraDest

September, 12020 HE

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

– 5 reasons to learn a language

1.) Sihirli Annem: my favorite family TV series -fights racism and class-based prejudice in Turkey,  (as well as Yabanci Damat which promotes Greek-Turkish friendship…),

2.) Corazon Salvaje 1993 for Mexican Spanish,   and

3.) El Ministerio del Tiempo for Castilian Spanish, as a formerly dominant world language, now building awareness of racism, and fighting hatred on both continents.

4.) Astérix for French, because it is the other dominant world language, and shows European ways of thinking (to some extent, from a Gaulois point of view…).

and  5.) The Bible, because Hebrew is quite simple, and even when we do not know the origin of many phrases we use every day, this book set the framework for the way modern Westerners think today, even if it was, ironically, based on Bablyonian sources to a large extent. (later addition: Here is a bit of help for Soprano leyners(chanters) .. Read, Write, Dream, Teach ! ShiraDest, 8 March, 12016 HE)

Read, Write, Dream, Teach !

ShiraDest
27 February, 12016 HE

– Revu/Review: Ma Bible des Huiles Essentielles

Ma Bible Des Huiles EssentiellesMa Bible Des Huiles Essentielles by Danièle Festy

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Huiles Essentielles, huiles végétales qui viennent avec et même les voies d’administration pour chaque maladie ! On ne peut pas terminer de lire ce livre, cars c’est trop bon, trop plein et trop utile !

Essential oils, vegetable oils that go with them, and even the best ways to take each oil for every illness! One can never finish reading this book because it is too good, packed full, and useful!

Read, Write, Run, Teach !

ShiraDest
12 February, 12016 HE

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