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National Public Libraries: Learning languages to bring books, literacy, and possibility to others: …

The National Library of France, aka La Bibliothèque nationale de France, provides online access to classic books which are in the Public Domain. Assuming that one has access to the internet, and also has a device on which to read the eBook, this can be a huge boost to literacy, and also to hope. Hope for education, and hope for young women, who see a strong and highly intelligent role model in the heroine of 1001 Nights, who weaves stories within stories intriguing enough to save both her life, and the lives of the young women of her kingdom.

Reading novels in general builds empathy, which builds hope, and helps people to pull together in mutual aid.

Books, film, and other forms of media, like comic books, aka graphic novels, and music all have a strong effect on how people view the world. So, here are some Action Items in support of literacy and hope that you can take right now:

1.) Download some public domain version of the 1001 Nights,

2.) Read a page,

3.) Share your thoughts on that page, perhaps as an update on your GoodReads reading,

4.) Write a novel that references a classic book, 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.

Other ideas welcome on how to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness, & #EndMoneyBail, starting with improving these four parts of our good #PublicDomainInfrastructure:

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 #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19 ShiraDest

5 October, 12020 HE

French Friday: Learning languages in a Booth! (Chag Sameach l’Sukkot! Happy Sukkot!!)

I love the stories that were original from the 1001 Nights, and it’s funny how out of theme and out of place the stories added by Antoine Galland sound: they clearly match European hero tropes far more than the ‘story as payment’ tropes in the original frame.

I’m scheduling this post ahead of time, since this coming Shabbat is the start of Sukkot, (aka The Feast of Tabernacles…). That means that most of the coming eight days should be spent eating and studying in a small booth/tabernacle outdoors, hoping that it doesn’t rain!

-This week’s updates, from September 25th to October 1st:

September 25, 2020 – 35.0% “je n’ai pas eu le temps, au jour d’hui, de lire/écouter l’histoire d’Amine, soeur de Zobéîde. Je meurs de savoir pour quoi elle a des cicatrices…

I’ve had no time today for the story of Amine, Zobéïde’s sister. Dying to know why she’s got scars…
(35% LVIII nuit au eBook…)” September 25, 2020 – 37.0% “Zobéïde having finished her story and been rewarded by the Caliph, we now hear the start of Sinbad the Sailor’s 7 voyages, which does not start off nearly as interestingly as the previous stories, imho.” September 25, 2020 – 37.0% “Now I know what bothers me about Sinbad: rich kid wastes his twenties then takes his remaining money, which he was born with, to start a business and has the nerve, the gall, to preach to a poor man that he made his own money himself.” September 29, 2020 – 38.0% “Sinbad sounds like a spoiled rich kid telling a story where he is the hero, rather than the previous stories, which all involved humble people (even when Princes/esses) exchanging stories for their lives.

Prudish (yes slave-owning, as only the upper classes had time & education enough to read novels) French readers demanded the extraction, after about night 65 (at the start of the Sinbad story) of Dinarazad waking..” September 29, 2020 – 44.0% “Sindbad only worries about himself being buried alive, not about his poor wife!!” September 30, 2020 – 44.0% “Chapitre 11, Histoire des trois pommes. En fin terminé avec Sinbad !
Ch. 11, story of the three apples. Finally done with Sinbad’s story.” September 30, 2020 – 48.0% “Now you how each story is building with some innocent person killed, and then the killer repenting of the deed. she is stretching out the stories and the time to give the king time to get over his pain and to understand his Injustice.” October 1, 2020 – 49.0% “Histoire de trois pommes : autre fois, la vie se paye avec une histoire. Cette fois ci d’une presque innocent…
This time of an almost innocent…
The three apples: Again, a life is bought with a story…” October 1, 2020 – 50.0% “99: excellent !! Les Djinn ont changé ent les hommes !;.
Excellent, the genies swapped men!!” October 1, 2020 – 50.0% “99: excellent !! Les Djinn ont changé ent les hommes !;.
Excellent, the genies swapped men!!”

I have now listened to several stories that were mysteriously edited out of the written version, whose updates on all of my daily reading you can see here, if you are rather bored.

These stories are so well framed for both complication of listening (presumably because people who were in the habit of listening to stories were accustomed to holding many bits of information in their minds at once, which I think we’re forgetting to do, in the modern world).

Some good stories seem to have been left out of the eBook version from Project Guttenberg that I am reading as I listen to the LibreVox/AudioBooks version being narrated. I see that there are illustrated versions that I never noticed, on the PG site, so maybe a few new scans have been made!

So far, most of the stories are stories within stories, which can become a bit complex to keep in mind. This must be how people trained their minds, before Sudoku! I suppose that if one were not sufficiently educated to know of these tales, as my Freedmen and escaped but still technically enslaved WiP characters are, then mere survival was enough to exercise the brain.

I am very very thankful that we have libraries, the internet, Project Gutenberg, and kind people who lend their time and talents to teach us and encourage all of us to learn and to wonder. Please join me in wondering, and in learning to build a more hopeful world.

Books, film, and other forms of media, like comic books, aka graphic novels, and music all have a strong effect on how people view the world. So, here are some Action Items in support of literacy and hope that you can take right now:

1.) Download some public domain version of a classic book, or grab your favorite version of the The Arabian Nights (yes, I know: the 1001 Nights was by Antoine Galland, who made up a few stories and inserted them into older Arabic and Persian stories that may have come from India, but still…) or any other story, in an original language, if possible! 🙂

2.) Read a page,

3.) Share your thoughts on that page, perhaps as an update on your GoodReads reading,

4.) Write a novel that references a classic book, 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.

Other ideas welcome on how to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness, & #EndMoneyBail, starting with improving these four parts of our good #PublicDomainInfrastructure:

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 #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19 ShiraDest

written in September, 12020 HE

HS in 5 Months, Day 20: WiP planning and smart alec exponents, 12020HE, and Happy Sukkot!!

A simple use of spreadsheets (see 2nd column in grid below…) to plan large projects (after Sukkot is over -finish building that sukkah & Chag Sameach!!), like a WorkInProgress, how to be a correct smart alec in math or Social Policy class (see below…):

Day20 Lesson Plan as PDF, March 6, 12019 HE Scheduling example: how to use a spreadsheet to plan big writing project, like a long research paper, or a novel https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/grammar/punctuation-the-comma-and-the-apostrophe/introduction-to-commas/e/punctuating-lists Exponents: Pwrs of Zero and 1, -1 raised to even/odd powers Day20ExitSlips

Lesson Plan, March 6th, 12019 HE

(Holocene Era, the Holocene Calendar)
In our Learning Toolbox:
LearnStorm via Khan Academy (ways to grow your brain…): scheduling tasks by breaking
large projects into smaller chunks, using a spreadsheet to organize your project (see
shiradest.wordpress.com on today’s lesson plan for sample xls sheet…)
Vocabulary:
Copy into your notes, and Mind Map each word:
Reading Comp. Vocab. Grammar Vocabulary Math Vocabulary Test-taking Skills
Separation of powers Essay Writing exponential forms Breaking down into
Separation of church
and state
Essay Writing:
Introductory paragraph
Zero Exponent rules Dividing work into
smaller chunks
Checks and balances Thesis sentence Power of Zero Time management
Separation of powers Supporting sentences Raised to power of 0 scheduling
Branches Rebuttal sentences Zeroeth Power Monitoring progress
authority Transitional sentences Product and Quotient
of Exponents
Keeping track of
progress
6pm:
Write one or two sentences explaining what you think might be the differences between
the Congress and the Supreme Court.

6:02 Continue on work from your folder (on Reading/Literature/Science/Social Studies).
7pm: Stand up & Stretch, if you wish…
7:00 to 7:07 Reading Comprehension
7:07 to 7:15 Grammar lecture, using the passage below.
7:15 to 7:25 Math lecture, also using this same passage.
7:25-7:30 We do 1st question/problem from each online worksheet together, then you finish
the online activities from all lectures individually on the classroom computers.
Mathematics work online and/or in books from 7:45 until 8:45.
7:00-7:07: Reading Comprehension & Grammar: Commas in a series/list
Today’s Passage: At the Constitutional Convention, the Framers
decided to separate the powers of government among three
branches—legislative executive and judicial—so that each branch had
to cooperate with the others in order to accomplish policymaking
goals. (Today’s reading comes from
https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/ap-us-government-and-politics/foundations-of-american-democracy/principles-of-american-governme
nt/a/principles-of-american-government-article …)
Where are the missing commas?
Let’s do the first question on commas in lists:
https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/grammar/punctuation-the-comma-and-the-apostrophe/
introduction-to-commas/e/punctuating-lists
7:07 Grammar lecture part1/4: Essay Writing –the intro. Paragraph:
An essay should have at least four paragraphs (¶):
Introductory paragraph with your Thesis Sentence,
Two Body paragraphs,
pros
cons
Conclusion paragraph, summarizing your argument or topic.
(https://www.uvu.edu/writingcenter/docs/handouts/writing_process/basicessayformat.pdf has a nice summary…)
To map out your introductory paragraph, use an outline or a mind map, which
ever you prefer, to show your:
1. Thesis or main idea, which will become your topic sentence
2. Your pro ideas/arguments, which will become one sentence per “pro”
3. The ideas against your argument, a sentence for each “con” to your
thesis,
4. Your transition sentence that glides into your first Body Paragraph.
Let’s outline a Thesis sentence together, then you make an outline to show me at the
end of class or for tomorrow, organizing your thesis sentence.
Notice that when you outline your thesis or topic sentence, you are also outlining your entire
essay at the same time, but as an overview. The details will come in the outline for your body
paragraphs.
7:15 Mathematics Topic: Exponents and Radicals, good friends that go together.
Why would we want to convert between forms of expression? Sometimes a problem
is easier to solve in an equivalent form…
Exponents rules and properties
Rule name Rule Example
Zero rules b
0
= 1 5
0
= 1
0
n
= 0 , for n>0 0
5
= 0
One rules
b
1
= b 5
1
= 5
1
n
= 1 1
5
= 1
Negative
one rule
(-1)5
=
-1
Sources:
https://www.rapidtables.com/math/number/exponent.html
https://www.homeschoolmath.net/teaching/md/division-repeated-subtraction.php
Now, let’s do the online math worksheet problem together:
https://www.khanacademy.org/math/pre-algebra/pre-algebra-exponents-radicals/pre-algebra-exp
onents/e/exponents-in-expressions
7:30
1.) Please do the rest of our online grammar worksheet:
https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/grammar/punctuation-the-comma-and-the-apostrophe/
introduction-to-commas/e/punctuating-lists
and
2.) Please do the remainder of online math worksheet:
https://www.khanacademy.org/math/pre-algebra/pre-algebra-exponents-radicals/pre-algebra-exp
onents/e/exponents-in-expressions
8:40 Exit Questions: 1. Please write one sentence explaining how you can use a chart to
show various forms of the same number.
2. What is an introductory paragraph?
3. What is the sentence that introductory paragraphs generally start
with called?
4. Write in mathematical terms and show: what is the sum of 5 raised
to the zeroth power and 5 raised to the first power?
8:45 Turn in Exit Slip, Dismissal (journal about art, public policy, and checks and balances??)

French Friday: Learning languages to see more…

I’m scheduling this post ahead of time, since this coming Shabbat is Shabbat Shuvah, right before Yom Kippur…).

I am still fascinated by the stories being spun by our heroine: her grace under pressure is amazing! The more I read this set of stories within stories, the more I want to read them!

I’m also still gobsmacked, as I think of the risk people take daily to save lives. Such heroism has always existed, but has still rarely been praised in a woman.

And the stories within stories, which seems to have been left out of the eBook version from Project Guttenberg that I am reading as I listen to the LibreVox/AudioBooks version being narrated. I know that there are many compilations, but I’d have imagined that the Guttenberg version would have been complete. Or perhaps I simply downloaded the first version I saw of this Public Domain work, assuming that there would only be one scanned version: silly me! I’m very glad that the audio version is far more complete! 🙂

So far, the Sultan has decided to give our intrepid lifesaving lady more time to live, but he still doesn’t tell her that! Talk, again, about story-telling, for your supper! Seriously Wow!!

—-This week’s updates:

September 20, 2020 – 30.0% “Chapitre 15, 3me Prince Calendar borgne: ils avait déjà inventéent l’irrigation drip ?? 😄😄

Third one-eyed Prince: They had already invented drip irrigation?? 😄😄” September 21, 2020 – 32.0% “The Calif is about to find out the history of Zobeide, which is the end of volume one, so we’ll be the beginning of volume 2 when we hear her story in the audiobook, but in the written ebook, it continues with the LIVeme night…” September 23, 2020 – 33.0% “Histoire de Zobeide, chez l’audiobook: Tome 2, on commence le 63ieme nuit, mais dans le ebook : 33%, on commence le LVe nuit sans avoir remariées (les deux sœurs aînées).” September 23, 2020 – 34.0% “The Arkenstone!!” September 25, 2020 – 35.0% “je n’ai pas eu le temps, au jour d’hui, de lire/écouter l’histoire d’Amine, soeur de Zobéîde. Je meurs de savoir pour quoi elle a des cicatrices…

I’ve had no time today for the story of Amine, Zobéïde’s sister. Dying to know why she’s got scars…
(35% LVIII nuit au eBook…)

I am very very thankful that we have libraries, the internet, and kind people who lend their time and talents to teach us and encourage all of us to learn and to wonder. Please join me in wondering, and in learning to build a more hopeful world.

Books, film, and other forms of media, like comic books, aka graphic novels, and music all have a strong effect on how people view the world. So, here are some Action Items in support of literacy and hope that you can take right now:

1.) Download some public domain version of a classic book, or grab your favorite version of the The Arabian Nights (yes, I know: the 1001 Nights was by Antoine Galland, who made up a few stories and inserted them into older Arabic and Persian stories that may have come from India, but still…) or any other story, in an original language, if possible! 🙂

2.) Read a page,

3.) Share your thoughts on that page, perhaps as an update on your GoodReads reading,

4.) Write a novel that references a classic book, 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.

Other ideas welcome on how to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness, & #EndMoneyBail, starting with improving these four parts of our good #PublicDomainInfrastructure:

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 #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19 ShiraDest

my First French Friday was 18 September, 12020 HE

( scheduled ahead of time, posts to be connected if Readers would like, so please comment…)

Turkish Tuesday: Reading easy books, and -No money for Medical Bills? You could be jailed… Paran yok mu? Tutsağı olabilir…

First, for my Turkish study progress: referring back to both easy English books in Turkish translation, and watching Turkish TV shows with the CC on (audio and captions in Turkish), as my listening skills get good enough to only have to stop every 10 minutes or so to look up words!  (still pretty tiring, though, to watch, the first time around…)

“ -Ne olacak şimdi peki? ”

Nazlı, Yunanistan’a uygun visa’le olmadan için tutsağı oldu, ama aynı şey bir ABD vatandaşı başına gelebilir…

“ -Well, now what’s going to happen? ”

Popular Turkish TV show Yabanci Damat illustrated intergenerational differences of opinion on the state of Greek-Turkish relations in 2008.  Nazli and Niko, in the end, managed to marry.  But not without a few bumps along the way, of course.

Nazlı is behind bars for arriving in Greece without the proper paperwork, but the same thing can happen to a US citizen in many states for also not having the proper paperwork: debt caused by lack of healthcare, for instance. In both cases, putting a person who has not been convicted of a crime behind bars can result from simply not having enough money to pay medical bills, leading to a worsening spiral of debt which affects us all. The simplest solutions would be to halt the practice of Body Attachment, in the short-term, and enact a Single Payer System of Universal Healthcare in the longer term. The first requires action on a state-by-state basis, at least at the moment. Both short-term and long-term approaches are needed, immediately.

So, what can we do about this? Well, several things. To help stop this injustice, at least 4 Action Items spring to mind:
1.)    Please look up Body Attachments, and see if they are legal in your state:
2.)   Please consider sharing that information with your friends, and

then:
3.)   Please read, review, and share Dr. Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow, because “42% of the cases involved black families, despite the fact that only 6% of Carteret’s population is black.” so, it really is about race.

4.)   OR:  Simply search for the term “Statute of Limitations” on Google, or your favorite search engine, to see how states like SC prevent heirs like Ms. Reed from probating their property.  If you have the energy, please share your findings with someone, over FaceBook, Twitter, or the phone.

Please share your ideas for increasing Legal and Financial Literacy and opportunity for ALL of us!

This post is dedicated to my Great Great grandparents Wayne Anthony, murdered for succeeding, and his wife Maude Eleanor West Manzilla, who never gave up her legal suit to clear his name of the suicide charge by the life insurance company, and worked valiantly to keep her family together. Their descendants continue their work.

Quotes for a related post came from a recent ProPublica article co-published with The New Yorker.

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 #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19
ShiraDest

Read, Write, Dream, Walk !


#PublicDomainInfrastructure
ShiraDest

Saturday Spanish: Learning languages to bring harmony, or Windmills?

I’m recently finished reading a book by the Dalai Lama about harmony, or ethics, sort of. Now, I’ve started again on Don Quixote, per recommendation of my favorite TV (or at least of my favorite European Public Television) show, El Ministerio del Tiempo!

–My updates from the past week:

August 29, 2017 – page 2 1.42% “jajaja: Buenisimo!

“a fe mia este libro es bueno!” -si, Alonso tiene razon!

” la razón de la sinrazón que a mi razón se hace, de tal manera mi razón enflaquece, que con razón me quejo de …”

:-)” September 12, 2017 – page 3 2.13% “tuve que buscar
fermosura
y
irse en zaga

… Y ahora he aprendido mas, y he disfrutado de dos paginas mas de este libro, que yo tb (con Alonso de #ElMinisterioDelTiempo ) doy fe es muy bueno! :-)” September 9, 2020 – page 3 2.13% “Estoy empezando desde el principio del libro del ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote dela Mancha. Me sorprende mucho ver qué el prohibido de impreso de este libro sólo había durado 10 años primeramente de la empresa del libro.

I am starting the book from the beginning volume one. I’m really surprised that other people printing the book was only prohibited for the first 10 years from the publication of volume one.” September 9, 2020 – page 3 2.13% “Orlando Furio… Lope de Vega??” September 12, 2020 – page 3 2.13% “Este prólogo me parece interminable…” September 14, 2020 – page 3 2.13% “No aguanto un momento más de este prólogo.
I can’t stand another minute of this prologue! At least in paper books you can skip specific pages more easily! Even the Kindle makes it harder to skip …” September 17, 2020 – page 5 3.55% “Supogo que era costumbre poner versos antes del comienzo de la historia, pero…

I guess it was the custom to put poems before the start of the story, but…
:-(” September 17, 2020 – page 5 3.55% “Sorry, no aguanto lis versos… Cannot take these poems…”

Books, film, and other forms of media, like comic books, aka graphic novels, and music all have a strong effect on how people view the world, giving hope even to the enslaved. So, here are some Action Items in support of literacy and hope that you can take right now:

1.) Download some public domain version of a classic book,

2.) Read a page,

3.) Share your thoughts on that page, perhaps as an update on your GoodReads reading,

4.) Write a novel that references a classic book, 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.

Other ideas welcome on how to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness, & #EndMoneyBail, starting with improving these four parts of our good #PublicDomainInfrastructure:

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 #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19 ShiraDest

scheduled in September of 2020, the year 12020 HE

Saturday Spanish: Learning languages to bring harmony to …

I’m currently finishing a book by the Dalai Lama about harmony, or ethics, sort of. I read it in Spanish because that was what came to hand to read, and I found that I missed Spanish, and still miss dreaming of living in Andalusia. I no longer permit myself to dream that dream, but I do continue to at least try to read in Spanish, to keep up my literacy. So I am starting volume I of Don Quixote, and if you don’t mind the occasional comment in Spanish, please tell me, Dear Readers, so that I know how much of which language (English or Spanish) to use.

My review:

“Ayudar a los demas
Helping others, not standing idly by while the blood of your neighbor is shed…” November 6, 2018 – 21.0% “P. 41 ” el odio y la ira nos lleva a perder todo sentido de la proporcion “” November 7, 2018 – 22.0% “Excellent point I’m glad that I did not write the book that a friend asked me to write about 10 years ago, because this is the book I would have written more or less minus the Buddhism.” November 15, 2018 – 25.0% “La empatia = sentir y compartir/experimentar los sentidos de los demas.” November 15, 2018 – 33.0% “Arg : natura. = Viv., -> compassion…” November 15, 2018 – 34.0% “on page 77 he speaks of tierra pura, pure earth or new earth, or heaven, but he neglects the idea of places like Valhalla, the Viking warrior paradise…” November 16, 2018 – 38.0% “Que es la lujuria?” February 18, 2019 – 86.0% “”…compasiôn… nos acerca a la felicidad” -pero demasiado nos da pena, tb. (como cuando lloro por los pordioseros frente al metro…)

“compassion… leads us to happiness” -but too much also harms us
(as when I cry because of the homeless in front of the Metro…)” February 26, 2019 – 86.0% “”si va mas alla del hecho de afrontar la injusticia, si se …”

“disociar entre acto y agente…”” July 20, 2020 – 86.0% “Perdí mis notas, pero creo que decía que comportamientarse de manera ética ahora el sufrimiento psyjologica.”

Este libro, por supuesto, es bien pensado, pero bastante evidente. Me costó mucho trabajo leer lo que leí, y en fin, no lo pude terminar.

This book was well-thought-out, of course, but, pretty obvious. I had a very difficult time getting into it, and finally I had to give up.

Books, film, and other forms of media, like comic books, aka graphic novels, and music all have a strong effect on how people view the world. So, here are some Action Items in support of literacy and hope that you can take right now:

1.) Download some public domain version of a classic book,

2.) Read a page,

3.) Share your thoughts on that page, perhaps as an update on your GoodReads reading,

4.) Write a novel that references a classic book, tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical (slavery era Baltimore) fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. Once published, donate one or more copies to your local public library, as I intend to do.

Other ideas welcome on how to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness, & #EndMoneyBail, starting with improving these four parts of our good #PublicDomainInfrastructure:

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 #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19 ShiraDest

September, 12020 HE

French Friday: Learning languages to see beyond yourself, and Action Items…

I’m scheduling another related post ahead of time, since next coming Shabbat is Rosh HaShannah…). I just wanted to get my French Fridays started.

(Interested fellow book worms can click on my 1001 N. link below for current updates on my reading status, as I read one of the printed Public Domain versions of Antoine G.’s original French version of the stories while listening to the LibreVox audio version, which so far is a great deal more complete than what I’d initially thought to be the Gutenberg project’s scan of the printed version! …)

I have always been fascinated by the stories of the Near East, the Middle East, the Fertile Crescent, and especially around the Mediterranean. I love the stories of the 1001 Nights, and listening (though the versions I’m finding seem to be pretty different, with some versions leaving out entire stories, like the famous talking head!) to the web spun by our heroine under pressure is incredible!

I’m absolutely gobsmacked, as I read, of the willingness to potentially sacrifice her own life, taking the risk in order to save all of them, even if it is ‘just fiction,’ it is still very real. I believe that because we see people risk their lives each day IRL, as they now say in the Internet Age, to save other people they have never met. Such heroism has always existed, but rarely been praised in a woman.

And the stories within stories, which seems to have been left out of the eBook version from Project Guttenberg that I am reading as I listen to the LibreVox/AudioBooks version being narrated. I know that there are many compilations, but I’d have imagined that the Guttenberg version would have been complete. Or perhaps I simply downloaded the first version I saw of this Public Domain work, assuming that there would only be one scanned version: silly me! I’m very glad that the audio version is far more complete! 🙂

So far, the Sultan has decided to give our intrepid lifesaving lady one month to live, but he doesn’t tell her that! Talk about singing, or rather story-telling, for your supper! Wow!!

-This week’s updates:

September 10, 2020 – 16.0% “Le 50ieme nuit, au LibreVox, c’est le XLIe nuit dans le livre écrit. J’ai hâte de savoir demain si la princesse va se marier avec le Prince singe…
50th night in audiobook is 41st night in e-book. I am dying to know whether or not the princess will marry the prince ape…” September 9, 2020 – 16.0% “Le 49eme nuit, dans le livre audio, c’est le XLe nuit , a 23%, dans le livre Kindle, ce que manque l’histoire de l’ennui meurtrier qui a fait le maître derviche se jeter dans le puits.” September 9, 2020 – 15.0% “Le singe qu’écrit…
Thé ape that writes…” September 8, 2020 – 15.0% “”et il l’a baissa aux yeux.”
And he kissed her on the eyes. Just as Greeks still do today!” September 7, 2020 – 14.0% “Uh oh: yet another underground palace?
Autre Palais souterrain ?” September 6, 2020 – 13.0% “50 cavaliers : ça ne semble pas du tout bien…
50 bandits : that doesn’t look good at all for the Prince and the ambassador to India…” September 6, 2020 – 13.0% “L’histoire des trois Calenders c’est le 23e nuit dans le livre, mais, dans le livre audio c’est le 30ème nuit.” September 6, 2020 – 13.0% “Again, the written version has edited out parts of the audio book, so I am hearing descriptions of beautiful ladies and dropped baskets that the e-book left out. Glad I decided to listen to the audio version of the book.” September 5, 2020 – page 19 8.19% “Il me manque dans la version écrit de cette tome, l’histoire du roi grec et du médecin du Bain, mais l’histoire est lu dans la version de livre Vox! je croyais que toutes les versions de l’histoire originaires en français c’etait la même.” September 5, 2020 – page 19 8.19% “”La nécessité donne de l’esprit.”. Cette phrase est nouvelle pour moi. Voilà j’ai appris ce soir.” September 4, 2020 – page 19 8.19% “De plaindre au fortune et prier au Dieu. Intéressant…

Reminds me of the trial at Auschwitz where God was found guilty of violating his contract with his chosen people, and then those who conducted the trial said ‘okay it’s time for the evening prayers.'” September 4, 2020 – page 19 8.19% “Mais, c’est pas possible ça ! Comme laisse-t-il, retenir l’histoire du 3e vieillard, le sultan ?” September 4, 2020 – page 19 8.19% “Bravo, le sang froid de !Shéhérazade !
Excellent grâce under pressure, Shéhérazade !”

I am very very thankful that we have libraries, the internet, and kind people who lend their time and talents to teach us and encourage all of us to learn and to wonder. Please join me in wondering, and in learning to build a more hopeful world.

Books, film, and other forms of media, like comic books, aka graphic novels, and music all have a strong effect on how people view the world. So, here are some Action Items in support of literacy and hope that you can take right now:

1.) Download some public domain version of a classic book, or grab your favorite version of the The Arabian Nights (yes, I know: the 1001 Nights was by some French guy who made up a few stories and inserted them into older Arabic and Persian stories that may have come from India, but still…) or any other story, in an original language, if possible! 🙂

2.) Read a page,

3.) Share your thoughts on that page, perhaps as an update on your GoodReads reading,

4.) Write a novel that references a classic book, 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.

Other ideas welcome on how to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness, & #EndMoneyBail, starting with improving these four parts of our good #PublicDomainInfrastructure:

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 #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19 ShiraDest

my First French Friday, 18 September, 12020 HE

(but scheduled on Sunday, 6 September, almost a week ahead of time…)

Astérix: Learn a language to bring freedom to others: Phase I…

In Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra, the Druid Panoramix, of that unconquerable village shared with Astérix the Gaul, came away with a scroll from the Library of Alexandria. Could it have contained what we see in the image above? Unlike Queen Cleopatra, we do not have to speak ten languages, but studying at least two or three can help widening one’s perspective. Or simply communicating with fellow workers.

FDR’s Four Freedoms, particularly freedom from fear, are echoed in this funny, but informative French film. From fear of being fed to Sacred Crocodiles to fear of losing face, languages and learning play a key role in this film, as in our real world today. Languages and libraries can also play a key role in moving us from our current world situation to one in which every human being is free from fear. Here is one proposal for how I hope we could move on, from #publicdomaininfrastructure as phase I, to phase IV’s #freeRoomAndRice for every person.

Phase I, already coming into motion, involves both humanizing all people in the eyes of one another, and building up existing infrastructure that contribute most directly to our long-term democratic institutions. The arts and media have been effective, historically, in sculpting ways of seeing the world, and in bearing witness to events. This is important for building empathy. Films like Astérix..Cléopatre, books like the Harry Potter series, and TV series like Babylon 5 all help. But our institutions also need support, in order to support us over the long haul.

Events over the last four years have shown us all the importance of 1.) both public education and also of adult education in the local community, as well as ongoing availability of 2.) free legal and financial advice. These sets of needs all come together in 3.) the institution of the Public Library system, as does one other: 4.) the public health system. Public health relies heavily on the assumption that both basic health education and current information are accessible to the entire population. Thus, all four parts of our infrastructure: transport, libraries and early education, adult continuing education (especially free financial and legal), and access to health care, impact all of us at all income levels. So, the hashtag #publicdomaininfrastructure was created to pull together those specific issues as a way to focus on a reduced set of areas that could have a higher impact on the lives of many people. In doing so, energy and time are freed up to allow more constructive solution sets to be created to all of our problems. Once transportation and knowledge are established in support of general health, ways of funding our remaining critical policy needs can be found, starting with reducing the needless and crushing collections burden many face for medical and student debt. Once reduced, these burdens then allow time and energy for more apprenticeships, tutoring, and ways of educating ourselves that allow for far more cooperation and community building.

Phase II can then begin to lay the groundwork for new ways of seeing ourselves and our responsibilities toward one another. More to come on Phase II soon (in about 10 years or so)…

More ways of supporting the requisite empathy, which must exist first in order for our society to care enough to pull together in mutual aid, include books, film, and other forms of media, like comic books, aka graphic novels, and music. All of these media have a strong effect on ways that people view the world, and so, here are some Action Items in support of #PublicDomainInfrastructure that artists can take over the next ten years or so:

1.) Write a novel that both 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.

2.) Write blog posts pointing folks to non-profits that offer pro Bono legal aid and free financial education for those most needing it, such as The Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation, in South Carolina.

3.) Draw or caligraph something helpful on your COVID-19 face mask, in favor of Universal Health Care.

4.) Write songs or music that get people thinking about public transportation, like the song ‘Walkin to New Orleans’ by Fats Domino

Other ideas welcome on how to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness, & #EndMoneyBail, starting with improving these four parts of our good #PublicDomainInfrastructure:

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 #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19 ShiraDest

September, 12020 HE

Learn a language, lose yourself in someone’s love, like little Çilek

A lack of affection in our lives can be both an emotional and physical health risk, especially for people who come from traumatic families of origin. But, until that adoptive family or “intentional family” comes along, maybe even a bit of imaginary parental love can help. Watching shows that show love from characters who become family, like the love of Betüş for little orphan Çilek when they adopt her, can help.

The love and safe affection of close friends can also help heal the wounds left by childhood abuse. Family can be created. You don’t even have to be a Fairy to navigate the landmines: real love is enough (although public transportation also helps for navigating the roadways!).

If you know someone without family, please try to show some love and affection: it could make a big difference.

For all of us.

Let’s #EndPoverty , #EndHomelessness ,& #EndMoneyBail starting by improving these four parts of our good #PublicDomainInfrastructure:
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 #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19
ShiraDest

April, 12020 HE