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How to Help Jackson, MS

   Locals currently have a very small bit of low pressure contaminated running water, apparently, which “Dr. Daniel Edney, a Missouri State Health Officer, advised Jackson residents to boil water for three minutes before use rather than just one minute to be safe, according to Mississippi Today.

Jackson, Miss. water distribution sites:

In response to the water crisis, Jackson is passing out free cases of bottled water as well as tankers of non-potable water, which is not for consumption, but for things like flushing toilets and cleaning.

The City of Jackson recommends directly donating to the Mississippi Rapid Response Coalition’s Water Fund. And, if you are local to the area, you can reach out to rapidresponse@peoplesadvocacyinstitute.com about volunteer opportunities.”

from this article.

Now, for the longer term problem, which that state has created through neglecting public schools, public infrastructure, public transportation, and public health services: as Project Do Better has previously pointed out, massive cooperation must go beyond addressing the emergency situation, and look to the long term hindrances on voting and voice for all citizens of MS.

Shira

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Turkish Tuesdays: Sihirli Annem (My Magical Mother): Jealousy is Not Love…

        Last week we met family and neighbors in the first 15 minutes of Bölüm 1/Episode 1: Turkish Tuesdays: Sihirli Annem (My Magical Mother): Love is Love…

As I noted previously, the Youtube video has CCs in English and Turkish…), and having the Closed Captions available makes it easy to go back and read the words missed in listening, greatly speeding my language learning.  I hope it does the same for you.

   This week, we meet Sadik’s boss, a jealous and unkind man: b1Omur

“…and I will drink with the lovely mother of this useless man being married by Betus!”

He seems perfectly suited for Dudu, even if he is human.  Too bad both Betus and Sadik will have to put up with this asinine boss, for a while, anyway.

One month later, Dudu continues working to separate them, in vain.  She is closely watched by the Fairy President, Perihan

Perihan.

She has been friends with Dudu for centuries, but cannot stand by and allow her to torment people.

Meanwhile, Poor Avni is still watching from next door, and his wife, Suzan, wants him to see a psychiatrist, but he insists that:  b1Deli

“I am not crazy.”

Next week we continue with bolum 1 / episode 1, at 35 minutes into this 1 hour long video: Turkish Tuesdays: Sihirli Annem (My Magical Mother): Things Are NOT Always As They Seem, Avni…  ;

Shira

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Action Items:

1.) Share two different sources related to the Sihirli Annem series, and to the tie ins with interracial marriage and same sex marriage,  to this series.

2.) Share your thoughts on how a TV show might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking,

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

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Holistic College Algebra & GED/High School Lesson Plans,

Thoughtful Readers, please consider reading about #ProjectDoBetter.

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

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Turkish Tuesdays: Sihirli Annem (My Magical Mother): Love is Love…

        Last week we continued with Bölüm 1/Episode 1, introducing the Magical  (step-)Mom: Turkish Tuesdays: Sihirli Annem (My Magical Mother): Betüş! .

As I noted previously, the Youtube video has CCs in English and Turkish…), and having the Closed Captions available makes it easy to go back and read the words missed in listening, greatly speeding my language learning.  I hope it does the same for you.

   Last week, we left off with Betüş at her family home, getting ready for the wedding, which her mother and sister do not want to happen, any more than her new step-kids:  b1DuduEda

Her sister Eda was out with their mother, all morning, why?

“Mom went to get help to stop you from marrying a human man.”

Her father certainly does approve, but is not in any position to say much, as the dis-empowered member of the family (he is a normal human man who’s been turned into a dog by his jealous Fairy wife, Dudu…): b1Taci

“Since you’ve tried everything to to break them up, why don’t you leave them in peace, now?”

And so, over the objections of both families, this Fairy (actually half human, half fairy) Lady and human man will be married, modern Turkish style (not unlike in France, as the civil ceremony seems to have come from):  b1evlendi

And since the neighbors were not invited (which is odd, considering that I was invited to the wedding when the daughter, whom I didn’t even know, of one of my neighbors in Izmir got married..), neighbor Avni spies through the window:  b1Avni…and looks just in time to see Fairy family members doing magic!

Naturally, his wife, Suzan, arrives just in time to see… Nothing! Suzan

“What happened?”

🙂

Next week we continue with bolum 1 / episode 1, at 15 minutes into the hour long video:   ;

Shira

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Action Items:

1.) Share two different sources related to the Sihirli Annem series, and to the tie ins with interracial marriage and same sex marriage,  to this series.

2.) Share your thoughts on how a TV show might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking,

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

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Click here to read, if you like:

B5, Hakan: Muhafiz/The 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

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French Fridays with more Maryse Condé

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Attention-grabbing, informative, saddening, and thought-provoking, this book is worth owning and also learning French to read it. The author has spun in so many different perspectives, but never actually leaves you hanging, except at the end where there is a cliffhanger. From the ancestor worshiping Africans perspective, to the newly converted Islamic Africans perspective, to the despised mixed race children, who don’t get a perspective actually, to a couple of the European slave owners perspectives, she has really done a wonderful job of spinning in various points of view and the cultural descriptions and perspectives are amazing.

I actually read this set by French author Maryse Condé out of order, and it worked really well.

Last week, I reviewed Tome 2, which I actually read first, and preferred.

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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.

Shira

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French Fridays with Maryse Condé

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Wow : encroyable! Des la premiere fois qu’on voit un homme blanc jusqu’au consequences malhuereux d’influence d’eux, on lit en larmes…

From the first time that we see a white man until the unfortunate consequences of their influence one reads , in tears.

Unfortunately, I gave this book to someone who wanted to learn French a few years ago, so now I’ll have to get it again from the library to tell you what had me so moved, so many times, by this book.  It felt like it should have been Tome 1, segou1 but I think it turns out to be Tome 2 in her series on the African empire as it fell to Islam as used by other powers on one side, and the Europeans on the other, at pretty much the same time.  Both adversaries also used the Roman Divide and Conquer rule to tremendous effect.  Sadly.

On the good side, this book introduced me to the French author Maryse Condé from Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe.  She really should have gotten that Nobel Prize in 2019!!

   I never knew that France had a prefecture in the Carib.  I still recall the shock of hearing a Breton exclaim in surprise how the Africans (actually, they are French citizens, just as much as those who live ‘in the Hexagon’ whether considered so or not…) of the island of La Reunion spoke French without the usual African accent.  When I asked if they were French citizens, answers varied.  That was before I made the mistake of asking about the Algerian war.  Now I understand how France sees The Hexagon as a world apart…

Next week, we’ll look at the other Tome.

Shira

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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.

Shira

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French Fridays Book Review: Ne Lâche pas Ma Main, Racism vs. Health Care, and Empathy

Can racism be diminished by building Social Empathy, do you think?

This is the review of a book I read in 2015, set on the French island (in the Indian Ocean) of la Réunion. The English is first, and then the French.

This book showed me how reading novels can build both empathy and understanding as part of new knowledge placed in context.

Ne lâche pas ma mainNe lâche pas ma main by Michel Bussi

Busssi shows us a world within another world ; that of people of color and the prejudices which the tourists do not see. He describes the island so well that you feel as if you were there, and finishes with a final word so moving it demands thought, and even an immediate re-read. (Also may go well with Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment, perhaps.

Shira HoloceneHuman Era Destinie
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BUSSI nous montre le monde dans un autre monde, celle de gens de couleur et les préjuges invisibles aux touristes. Il décrit l’île si bien qu’on se sent la-ba même, et fini la dernier mot si jaillissant qu’on ne peut pas s’arrêter de y penser, et même le relire tout de suite.

24,8,12 015 èH( ère Holocène ou ère Humaine)
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I really hope that this book is available in English, for those who cannot read it in French.  Please read it, and share!

   Salût !  

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

1.) Share two different sources to check out this book (the Open Library, for example),

2.)  Share your thoughts on how you like this book, after reading, or while reading it,

4.) Write a book, story, blog post or tweet that uses those thoughts.

French Fridays, and One Lesson from Lupin, Ch. 10 (P2e5) about Authority

 

                 Fun with Languages Friday  (mostly in English this week!): Lupin #10 !

  The lesson in this last episode:   The police are not always corrupt or incompetent.  No authorities are either bad nor good, but must be judged individually, based upon their actions, as should we all.

     Like Ganimard, in the original stories, Guédira is reasonably intelligent, reasonably competent, and a good man, who wants to do the right thing.   

       French Fridays with Lupin, Omar Sy style, presents the last episode of Part 2, and the incredible finale:

 
 
    La musique va parfaitment avec le drame !
    The concert is perfectly matched to the action!
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   Et, en fin, les polices ne sont ni incompetents ni corrumpus !  Merci !!
   And, at last, police who are neither incompetent nor on the take!  Thank you!!
 
 
  Il a, en fin, fait tomber Pellegrini  !!    He has finally brought down Pellegrini!!
 
   Or at least, so it seems…

 

       
 
 

Chapter 9 aka Part 2, episode 4, was last week.

I look forward to Part 3 (if I have access to Netflix, still…) and 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 book, story, post or tweet that uses those thoughts.

 

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Science Fiction/Fantasy Shows,  Lupin, or Money Heist

Holistic High School Lessons,

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Shira

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Debt Remission for Justice in Repairing Black History?

The judicial system considered most of my ancestors to be legal property. As a descendant of slaves, I look at various ways to handle inter-generational wealth, or the lack thereof, and I wonder how to adjust our need for Truth, Reconciliation and restitution to take into account the realities of the various levels of access to resources that different groups of people had (or didn’t have). Racism had its effects, and debt-build up did too, for all poor people.

The ability to build up wealth and pass that on to one’s children requires a fair judicial system that allows one to both build and keep wealth, and then to keep that wealth within a family group safely. Unlike, say, Tulsa, OK in 1921, or many other cases of murder for Black wealth. In studying the book of Deuteronomy, ch. 15, I noticed that the Bible also has much to say about helping people build and keep their wealth.

First, a fair judicial system is a must.

Second, debts cannot be allowed to build up too far for too long.


An interesting repetition in Devarim 15:8 -openly open your hand to him.


Why the redundancy? There are two sides to giving a loan:


1. Short term financial help
2. long term community responsibility to
         a. help the person make a sustainable living
         b. create equitable structures that prevent neediness.


Loan forgiveness and lending are short term solutions.


Structural equity is the long term solution

1. interest free, egalitarian equitable structure
2. interconnect various communities
3. since a person can donate time and withdraw that time later, it gives along term
incentive for each person to contribute to the community and have that time valued and
recognized by the community.

4. over time this strengthens individuals and communities.


Thus lending is short term, while long term structural fairness is also needed.


(from 2012…)
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So, it turns out that

1.) debt forgiveness is an old idea, and

2.) a fair judicial system is related to debt, both short and long-term, and both need to be considered together as part of an inter-related justice system.  Today, the criminal justice system adds to the debt of many people who were incarcerated rather than educated, and even more people, White and Black, suffer from lack of learning via default judgements on Expired Debts (debts past their Statutes of Limitations, or SoL), and medical or health-care related debt (another reason that Europe has higher upward mobility than the USA).

More on my continuing striving with justice, both judicial and economic, next time:

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

Action Item   in support of freedom for all that you can take right now:

 Write a blog post or tweet that discusses racism, connecting what you can see of the history of debt to that racism.

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Beauty as a liability

       While most people I meet are a bit more tactful, one person I met in 2012 back in DC, from Europe, remarked upon seeing me that “God must have made mixed race people more beautiful so they wouldn’t be rejected.”   Once I got over the shock of her lack of manners, as we hadn’t even introduced ourselves, I tried to explain to her that I am not mixed, but Black, aka African American, these days, although it says “Colored” on my birth certificate.  She refused to hear that, insisting that I could not possibly be Black, insisting that I could be from Greece, or Italy, or any part of the Mediterranean, like her.  I chalked it up to her culture, and turned the subject to her publications, which then took up the rest of our meeting (no, she never asked me about my works).  So, I wrote this poem as I pondered that meeting, and wondered how we could ever build a world that can work to the benefit of us all.

This is in a page of my Ideas Notebook that missed this poem in the corner, being covered by a sticky note (page 5…).

Beauty

A blessing, and not a curse?

Really the head, and not the tail?

Has G-d made us the in-betweens, the rejected,

beautiful for a good reason, not for our torment?

Not for us to languish in ironic solitude

Cut off by the miserable jealousy of the “pure bloods?”

Can this beauty really bring peace,

and not death?

 

    I find at least some solace in hoping that the work we all post on our blogs may make it out, eventually, to show how cooperation and long term empathetic thinking may change our society to one of kindness.

Action Questions:

1.) What, do you imagine, can we do to eliminate prejudice from our society?

2.) How would you share this idea?

Action Prompts:

1.) Share your thoughts on how we can build empathy in our society today

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

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Click here to read, if you like:

Science Fiction/Fantasy Shows,  Lupin, or Money Heist

Holistic High School Lessons,

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

Shira

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French Fridays, and One Lesson Lupin, Ch. 8 Teaches us about Black History

 

                 Fun with Languages Friday  (Spoilers left untranslated !): Lupin #8 (P2e3) !

French Fridays with Lupin, Omar Sy style!

   This episode should be called “Inter-generational Revenge… “

 

    Lesson:  Racism matters, and history matters: repair your damage…

Why would he allow Juliet to play with him like that when he knows she’s a player? 

 

 
Oui, il vise la fille.   …  Yup, he’s targeting the girl.
 
And I suppose there’s no better way to get a teenager to do something then to prohibit the teenager from doing it.

 

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But he can’t actually be doing this for her reasons.
 
Et en visant la fille parce que le père a visé son fils il va la faire croire qu’il est tout prêt il est prêt à tout pour elle pour qu’elle soit prête à tout pour lui.
 
And he is not obsessed with her father, her father is an outright racist.
Oh, so he had to gain her confidence in order to get her to talk to her mother, who knows where the bodies are and they get her to tell the police where the bodies are.
 
Yup, all that for a coffee!
 
I wonder if she knows yet that her father has been stealing from her foundation.
 
I love how they keep going back to that same Pier on the Seine where he was being treated badly by the kids the loosest kids and now you see that racism being not exactly undone but partly in this kiss at that same place.  Very well done.
 
        
 
 
 

Chapter 7 aka Part 2, episode 2,  was last week, and then

        Part 2, ep. 4 , aka Ch. 9,  will post next week.

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.

 

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Click here to read, if you like:

Science Fiction/Fantasy Shows, or Lupin

Holistic High School Lessons,

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

Shira

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