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Helping To Share New Tools is Win-Win

     I just heard from a fellow Manzilla, descended from Emily Manzilla Pinn, and Civil War hero Robert A. Pinn, to become more computer independent!  Since Do Better is not on Amazon (and I’m still sort of open to putting it up there, opinions needed…) due to their refusal to allow FREE as a price, getting the file onto an older Kindle (with no browser) requires transfering the .mobi file (which I can email to anyone needing it) via Calibre, my favorite free ebook s/w.

  While I am quite used to doing this, I found that it is not as simple for others.  So, we walked through it, and now, another (Boomer generation!) person is another tool further empowered!  And it was really wonderful to see her increasing confidence as we talked through the steps over the phone.

  I am so grateful!

Shira Destinie

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Happy Birthday, Anna J. Cooper, & Learning Languages to Dream of Libraries

    Dr. Anna J. Cooper was a strong advocate for education, especially in Washington, DC, and one of the first Black women to earn a PhD.  August 10th is her birthday, and as she fought to make the dreams of Black students possible, we must fight to make all of our collective dreams possible for a safer, kinder world.

Write your dreams, in a language all your own, if you must, and then expand your world by learning two more languages.  With the help of a library, as suggested below, shortly.

My personal dream has always been to save and enrich all lives, and my dream for the world is to see a Tiny House or at least a small well-insulated room with kitchenette and bathroom, with potable water, green vegetables, brown rice and dried beans and solar/windpower with backup pedal power for every man, woman and child over maybe, the age of 10, world wide, free for that person’s use from birth to his/her death with no charge, no questions, and no way to lose that right.

So, I journal in Spanish and Biblical Hebrew, which inspire me to look to examples like Amelia, of El Ministerio del Tiempo, and Ruth, of Biblical fame, as inspirations to persevere.

Spanish has always been my favorite language, especially in the bilingual South West. As an adult education instructor at the Continuing Education division of the San Diego Community College District, that proved helpful.

Every local educational institution has room for improvement, particularly when seen from both faculty and student perspectives. I posed some questions, recently, about ideas for implementing (on a shoestring budget ) projects that would have been helpful to our students when I taught, involving

1.) a small library or study area,
2.) workshops by CA Promise Program graduates,
3.) an on-site nurse paid for by mediCal, and
4.) access to public transportation:

1.) Many of my students told me they didn’t have a quiet place to study.  While I know that space is in very short supply on the North campus, I wonder if a small area, possibly in the multipurpose room when it’s not being used, could be set aside with cubicles or movable small desks and a small movable lending library like the tiny libraries?

2.)   I wonder, on the assumption of course that having graduated and started a new career as a professional with a bachelor’s degree anyone can be found who will have time, if any students having graduated with a bachelor’s degree after getting their first two years of community college paid for through the California promise program or with the San Diego promise program, could be persuaded to come back either as tutors, mentors, or even just to give workshops in the areas in which they got their educations?  Particularly accounting majors or paralegal/pre-law majors who could give small workshops on dealing with debt in California including California statutes of limitations, or financial planning workshops or how to do your own taxes if you only need to do the 1040EZ, etc?  One-on-one tutoring, and also mentoring,  that supportive help, especially for our high school equivalency students, could be both useful and inspiring.  Seeing successfully graduated professionals with a bachelor’s degree who came through the community college system and are willing to spend individual time with them, even if only a couple of hours a week, could make a difference.  Could interns or SCORE volunteers put a program like this together?  Do we track or stay in touch with students who finish the California or San Diego promise program once they finish their bachelor’s degrees?

3.) Many of my students worked two jobs or for other reasons never had time to see a doctor even when they were ill. I wonder if it is possible to pay, through the Medi-Cal system, for a nurse to be on-site, perhaps based out of the office  of each campus, a couple of days/evenings a week?

4.)  One of the biggest problem areas that I saw for my car-free students was that neither the continuing ed, nor the  faculty Union was able to get the transit authority to enforce acceptance of continuing ed student IDs for the monthly bus and rail pass discount.  In planning for post-Covid-19 classes, will we have any resources to address public transportation discount and access issues?

I imagine that some of these ideas may be a little overwhelming, because I understand that time and resources are extremely limited, but once in a while, as others have noted: we do have to dream.

Some possible action items that you can take right now include:
1.) Call your local City Council members, and ask them to increase library funding,
2.) Donate to ProPublica for probono legal and financial education for all,

or, please share your ideas for improving local libraries and education!

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

original version first posted on August 10th, 12020 HE

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We can Do Better Wednesdays, & Taking My Courage in Both Hands…

    Here’s a saying from the French “Prendre le couage de/dans mes deux mains…” or as we might have said a few years ago, to “take my courage in hand” and do something scary, like sending the Project Do Better book link to folks like ONE DC, or Yuval N. Harari.

    I really wish I had others to work on this with.

But these bits of paper on my desk are driving me crazy, so I guess I’ll just have to try.

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More Flexibility for Women, Please, on Day 21/67

      No thoughts on  Day 21 of my 67 night-school class set of lesson plans for GED/HiSet learners.
   A local non-profit helps incubate local businesses for women, like this set of businesses, which formed a cooperative to share a store space while setting up their businesses and learning how to keep their books, etc at the Women Empowered coop a few years ago.  They also mentioned that sometimes working together also required a good deal of empathy to keep relations smooth between them, while running different businesses out of the same small space.
    Keep working on building new neural pathways by learning languages, or music, or something to help build empathy, as these ladies did in San Diego, please.
    Sorry, I am so tired.
Shira

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We can Do Better Wednesdays, & the CCC for Modern Adulthood?

       How a new CCC and even a new Serving Adulthood cadre helps us all.  Updating the original mandate from that of the Roosevelt administration, to a modern setting, can help: eleanor_roosevelt_at_civilian_conservation_corps_camp_in_yosemite2c_california_-_nara_-_196548 Excerpt from the old chapter 8, now chapter 7:

Meeting and interacting with other cultures from a living and working point of view also provides a vastly different experience from that of tourism, and facilitates freedom of thought, freedom of worship, and new ideas for fuller interaction in governance mechanisms at all levels, by challenging received ideas.

Who would be interested in leading leading this challenge, do you imagine?

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Do Better Wednesdays, & An American Salt March?

    A tool building related prompt from chapter 8, if we could find something as useful to do as making salt in defiance of an oppressive and economically fundamental law: 

“Pilgrimage for empathy and Human Rights across the USA”

Who would be interested in leading such a march, do you imagine, or maybe just starting a walking group in your area?

  And walking is a harmonious tool for keeping both the body and the mind sound, or making it sound if it is not.

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Do Better Wednesdays, Books for the Library Prompt

    A resource prompt from chapter 7: 

“I just requested a book purchase for my local library as part of #ProjectDoBetter!”

What books have you recently donated or requested for purchase at the library?

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We can Do Better Wednesdays, & A Cure for Loneliness?

    A question from (the now removed) chapter 6: 

From food pantries to our own food, steps can be designed to build in that way,
also, as networks of volunteers design systems of daily food distribution, starting with
individuals, and working up to entire towns and cities, so that no one is ever forgotten, left out,
or entirely alone.

What ways can you think of to ensure that no one is ever left out?

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Other Important Rulings are Being Forgotten…

    This topic, which is getting even less attention than the overturning of Miranda v. AZ ’66, may be nearly as important, over the long run (since the horrific state of affairs recently codified will be continued over the next generations by these rulings not being discussed as much):

“We have never previously held what the court holds today, namely that a state must use state funds” to finance private religious schools.

In her dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor pointed out that : “Today the court leads us to a place where separation of church and state becomes a constitutional violation.

from:  NPR.

   And  I keep trying to work, remembering Toni Morrison’s admonition that this is the time when the artist goes to work, and toni_morrison_2008-2 not to succumb to this world’s malevolence.
    I look forward to your impressions, Thoughtful Readers.
Shira

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Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

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Why Long Term Thinking is Crucial, on Day 17/67

               All I can think of as I schedule this is “the faith that the dark past has taught us” and the need for  far better education of various types, on this 17th Lesson Plan Day.   (Lift Every Voice and Sing)
Especially in this country.
   And remembering Toni Morrison’s admonition toni_morrison_2008-2 not to succumb to this world’s malevolence.
    I look forward to your impressions, Thoughtful Readers.
Shira

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Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

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