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Time Passage, and Can Colors & Curves Help Sally Learn Greek?

 

                 How on earth can a Colored dressmaker, specifically our Sally, from 1838, hope to learn Greek?  You may remember her from my historical fantasy WiP whobyfireiwilltmpcover  Who By Fire

         Well, with a lot of hope, determination, and some help from her future, we can imagine some ways.  Starting with colors, and curves.

( Photo is from my Languages wall, removing a note, with explanation and a Janjo Fantoso video link, each week until all notes are done…)   time nouns in Greek  

                    Visual learners will notice right away the curving arrangement of the main 5 notes:  these were taped to my wall, spaced out a bit more, but still connected.  When you see the meanings of these words, you’ll also see why I’ve arranged them this way.  For me, this method helps me to learn the words much faster than other methods.  Note that they are also color coded.  I try to match up the colors of words to go with the tenses as I learn related sets of words.

      The curvature represents the passage of time, as these words go from past, to present, to future.

   I also try to put words into a sentence as soon as I can possibly gather enough words to do so.  This lets you use several different parts of your brain at once, making connections that help you retain and access the words later in a usable context.

    

                 I have a historical fiction with characters facing similar problems to that of our Sally, but in 1855, in my short story series,  tagged Ann&Anna.  I  hope that this series will move you to learn more ways to help use our history to build new tools.

 

I look forward to your thoughts.

Shira

     Dear 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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Action Prompts:

    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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Lesson Day 10/67, Plus: Snow Riots, and Heroes Escaping Gatekeepers…

     This week we revisit an updated Lesson Plan 10 of 67 in our GED/HiSET series, and then, we see how the very first race riot in the USA took place, right in the District of Columbia, and how that relates to gatekeepers, but before that, a quick word about Isaias: 

   We have finally met the hero of Who By Fire: whobyfireiwilltmpcover   I Will, Isaias, an escaped slave, now a fugitive from the law, in 1838.  But, how did he escape?  Well, we can’t let the cat out of the bag entirely, can we?  A hint: it has to do with these riots we mentioned a second ago.

    In reflecting on my time as a tour creator in DC, and wondering how slavery still influences us, today.   I loved giving the first tour of my Underground Railroad and Black History series Singing Community Cooperation tours back in DC, and then writing about them.

Interesting points that I tried to make during my tours, from a fascinating book about DC´s 1st race riot, by Moreley, in his book, Snow-storm in August : Washington City, Francis Scott Key, and the forgotten race riot of 1835, not only puts together a sound context for the Snow Riots, but also draws together strands which began then, and still define, he claims, our politics today.  I found most striking his juxtaposing of property rights and individual vs. community as well as freedom of speech, and whether free speech is applied best for owners (elites) vs. the people (the 99%).

Snow, the almost unrelated star of the event, was in the habit of  placing very attention-getting, and mouth-watering ads to beverly_snow_dni_washington_dc_oct15_1833_p2._-_2  attract customers, and was a manumitted former slave who’d established a very successful Epicurean Eatery in DC, featured in this post’s image above, and described in Morley’s excellent book, which I got from the DC Public Library.

 

With my DC Black-Jewish Walking Tours, I started by melding the Black and Jewish DC histories, which was way too big, and looked at how other groups give their walking tours to try to cut down my tours while keeping the essential, and then shared that information (yes, I was severely criticized by one person, acting as gatekeeper for me, I suppose, without my approval, for not keeping my sources secret, but that goes against my principles), hoping to attract allies and build a cooperative.  

Tying the past to the present:  Do gatekeepers enslave human potential?

In Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation 1838-1839, Frances Ann Kemble points to the reactions of slave owners and overseers in the capacity of gatekeepers, preventing the voices of slaves from being heard.

More generally and in the same vein, Voices of Dissent’s C. Heifetz and Sarah Ariste (magazine article from abt. 2006 now unfindable…), ask in “Voices Without Authority” whether our gatekeepers are preventing us from living up to our values as a society.

I further that question:
Are our gatekeepers, and particularly, those who choose the gatekeepers, preventing humanity from reaching its full potential? For, if we fail to live up to the values we profess as a society, such as freedom for all, or equality before the law, then are we not also limiting the potential contributions of some, and thus failing to achieve all that we could, as a whole?

I realize the need, in certain situations, for gatekeepers. However, when the gatekeepers act on the basis of privilege or perception, rather than on the actual needs of the given situation, they can be counter-productive. They can artificially prevent access, resulting in uneven or misleading outcomes, or in simple outright injustice. This reduces our effectiveness as a society in providing each person the opportunity to contribute fully to the creativity and productivity of the human race, and that, is a shame for all of us.

Gregorian Date:           Thursday, September, 2020AD 

Holocene Calendar:  Thursday, September, 12020 HE

Action Items:

1.)   Think of how you, personally, have been affected by gatekeepers?  How did you feel about that process?

2.)  Do you know of others who went through similar experiences, and how did that seem, to you?  Did you get to see the process from the other person’s point of view?

3.)  What do you know of other gatekeepers?

4.)  What do you think is the use of gatekeepers, and why? 

originally posted in:

September, 12020 HE


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Shira


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Who By Fire: Meet the Characters: Sally… (συναντήστε την Πρόσωπα: ‘H Sally…)

Our next character from my Work In Progress: Who By Fire: I Will -Book 1, is Sally :

      "I would like to learn the Grecian language, of the Testament of Our Lord, one day."

Our quiet Sally is a free woman of great courage. She will tell us next week of why she wishes to learn Ancient Greek, rather than starting, like Hopkins, from the Beginning with Hebrew.

I am currently outlining the scenes as a historical urban portal fantasy, sub-genre of either suspense or thriller.

Who by Fire: I Will is a historical fantasy novel cycle trilogy, I currently expect.

Working Cover for historical fantasy WiP

Action Prompts in support of empathy and hope that you can take right now:

1.) Share two different reasons to write your own novel, or write your Grandmother‘s story, even if it’s not in novel form.

2.) Write a book, story, blog post, or tweet that uses a bit of that work.

Thoughtful Readers, have you 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?


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B5, Hakan:Muhafiz/The Protector,  Lupin, or La Casa de Papel (Money Heist) reviews

Holistic High School Lessons,

           or Long Range Nonfiction, or Historical Fiction

If you are on Twitter, please consider following   #Project Do Better  on Twitter.

Shira


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Who By Fire: Meet the Hero -I.

This week, we re-introduce our hero, I. His name changes, so we leave the details of that change a mystery, for the moment:

Am I not a man?

Who by Fire: I Will is Book I of a historical fantasy trilogy.

Working Cover for historical fantasy WiP

Action Prompts in support of empathy and hope that you can take right now:

1.) Share two different reasons to write your own novel, or write your story, even if it’s not in novel form.

2.) Write a book, story, blog post, or tweet that uses a bit of that work.

Thoughtful Readers, have you 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?


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B5, Hakan:Muhafiz/The Protector,  Lupin, or La Casa de Papel (Money Heist) reviews

Holistic High School Lessons,

           or Long Range Nonfiction, or Historical Fiction

If you are on Twitter, please consider following   #Project Do Better  on Twitter.

Shira


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Who By Fire: Conocer a La Mujer Secreta / Meet the Secret Lady

This week, we introduce a character Who Must Not Be Named. She speaks Spanish because she was born in Cuba:

Soy una secreta. Soy una mujer libre. Guardo mis secretos, y tambièn los de un otro.

I am a secret. I am a free woman. I keep my secrets, and also those of another.

  • Can you guess whose secret she is keeping?
  • -Shira, on behalf of our Secret Lady…

Who by Fire: I Will is Book I of a historical fantasy trilogy.

Working Cover for historical fantasy WiP

Action Prompts in support of empathy and hope that you can take right now:

1.) Share two different reasons to write your own novel, or write your Grandmother‘s story, even if it’s not in novel form.

2.) Write a book, story, blog post, or tweet that uses a bit of that work.

Thoughtful Readers, have you 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?


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B5, Hakan:Muhafiz/The Protector,  Lupin, or La Casa de Papel (Money Heist) reviews

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Shira


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Who By Fire: Insanlar ile Sohbet Etmek: Lucy / Chat with the Characters: Lucy

Last week, we wondered why Lucy wished to learn Ottoman Turkish. She says:

I am given to understand, from our Jesuit masters, that The Turk is now master of The Holy Land. I know my place, as a slave. Yet and still, I hope one day to make pilgrimage to Jerusalem, and walk in the footsteps of our Lord. Thus, it seems prudent to learn the language of the masters of the land, does it not?

Our quiet Lucy is a woman of great faith. And great audacity.

Lucy, the -Protagonist’s Wife (J. Bell’s The Quadroon: Public Domain image from NYMet…)

Who by Fire: I Will is a historical fantasy novel cycle trilogy, I currently expect.

Working Cover for historical fantasy WiP

Action Prompts in support of empathy and hope that you can take right now:

1.) This novel is based in my research into my own family history. Share two different reasons to write your own novel, or to write your family‘s story, even if it’s not in novel form.

2.) Write a book, story, blog post, or tweet that uses a bit of that work.

Thoughtful Readers, have you 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?


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B5, Hakan:Muhafiz/The Protector,  Lupin, or La Casa de Papel (Money Heist) reviews

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           or Long Range Nonfiction, or Historical Fiction

If you are on Twitter, please consider following   #Project Do Better  on Twitter.

Shira


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Who By Fire: Karakterleri ile Tanıştır: Lucy / Meet the Characters: Lucy

Our next character from my Work In Progress: Who By Fire: I Will -Book 1, is Lucy :

I would like to learn the language of the Turk, one day.

Our quiet Lucy is a woman of hope. She will tell us next week of why she wishes to learn Ottoman Turkish.

I am currently outlining the scenes as a historical urban portal fantasy, sub-genre of either suspense or thriller.

Lucy, the -Protagonist’s Wife (J. Bell’s The Quadroon: Public Domain image from NYMet…)

Who by Fire: I Will is a historical fantasy novel cycle trilogy, I currently expect.

Working Cover for historical fantasy WiP

Action Prompts in support of empathy and hope that you can take right now:

1.) Share two different reasons to write your own novel, or write your Grandmother‘s story, even if it’s not in novel form.

2.) Write a book, story, blog post, or tweet that uses a bit of that work.

Thoughtful Readers, have you 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?


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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 High School Lessons,

           or Long Range Nonfiction, or Historical Fiction

If you are on Twitter, please consider following   #Project Do Better  on Twitter.

Shira


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Who By Fire: תכירו את הדמות :Hopkins / Meet the Characters: Hopkins

Our next meeting from my Work In Progress: Who By Fire: I Will -Book 1, is Hopkins :

  M. אני לומד את האלפבית העברי מחברי  

I am learning the Hebrew Alphabet from my friend M.

Our dear Hopkins is a man of very few words. 🙂

Hopkins is a Free Man of Color, eager to learn the language of the Bible, in 1838 Baltimore, and our hero’s particular friend.

I’d planned to start drafting in time to finish 100k words of a 1st draft as part of NaNoWriMo last year, but Do Better took precedence. I’m starting #WhoByFireIWill drafting again, still working out the various character voices.

I am currently outlining the scenes as a historical urban portal fantasy, sub-genre of either suspense or thriller.

I began writing this historical portal fantasy novel in June, 2020, when certain characters would not let me alone, and my ancestors seemed to demand that I write. I can add notes and questions as they arise here, if they will seem interesting to fellow writers, such as my question from 23 September, 12020: was there a public library in 1838 Baltimore, and could Jewish or Colored people use it? -Working in a way to reference a classic, like the 1001 Nights, which would have been known in 1838…

Lucy, the -Protagonist’s Wife (J. Bell’s The Quadroon: Public Domain image from NYMet…)

Who by Fire: I Will is a historical fantasy novel cycle trilogy, I currently expect.

Working Cover for historical fantasy WiP

Tagline:

  “Forever is a very long time.”

Logline:

To save his son, a desperate escaped slave must make a choice, but the price is eternally high.

The hero (aka the Protagonist) is an escaped slave, who dreams of buying his wife Lucy’s freedom and moving North with her and their son.

His particular friend is a Free Person of Color, one of the main characters, devoutly Christian, who teaches at night, and dreams of visiting Damascus as part of his Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, before he dies.

Progressive Jewish abolitionists befriended and struggled beside members of the Black community over the years in the United States, even during the period of chattel slavery.  M. is one such man standing with both Free People of Color, like our hero’s particular teaching friend, and with slaves.

As the work evolves, I may post articles from the point of view of different characters. Let me know if you, Dear Readers, would be interested in such posts, and I shall write them for you!

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

1.) Share two different reasons to write your own novel, or write your Grandmother‘s story, even if it’s not in novel form.

2.) Share your thoughts on how you plan to get started on that writing work,  perhaps with the help of a book on how to write, or as an update on your GoodReads reading,

3.) Write a book, story, blog post, or tweet that uses a bit of that work.

Dear Readers, have you 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?


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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 High School Lessons,

           or Long Range Nonfiction, or Historical Fiction

If you are on Twitter, please consider following   #Project Do Better  on Twitter.

Shira


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Who By Fire: Connaître le Personnage d’M. / Meet the Character M.

My Work In Progress: Who By Fire: I Will -Book 1, is part of a historical fiction series. I’d been planning to set up a blog for the novel, with each major character posting every so often, but am not sure if there is interest, so I’ll start with just letting a few characters from Who By Fire introduce themselves briefly. Like this:

Bonjour, je m’appelle Martin, ici aux États-Unis , mais j’ai plusiers noms, a vrai dire. Donc, c’est plus facile, je suppose, qu’on m’appelle tout simplement “M.”

Hello, I am called Martin, here in the US, but I have many names, to be honest. So, I suppose it is best if we simply call me “M.”

Our dear M. is a man of few words, in general. 🙂

Progressive Jewish abolitionists befriended and struggled beside members of the Black community over the years in the United States, even during the period of chattel slavery.  M. is one such man standing with both Free People of Color like our hero’s particular friend, and also with enslaved people. Since today is French Fridays, he chose to introduce himself in this language of the world, from 1838.

I’d planned to start drafting in time to finish 100k words of a 1st draft as part of NaNoWriMo last year, but Do Better took precedence. I’m starting #WhoByFireIWill drafting again, still working out the various character voices.

I am currently outlining the scenes as a historical urban portal fantasy, sub-genre of either suspense or thriller.

I began writing this historical portal fantasy novel in June, 2020, when certain characters would not let me alone, and my ancestors seemed to demand that I write. I can add notes and questions as they arise here, if they will seem interesting to fellow writers, such as my question from 23 September, 12020: was there a public library in 1838 Baltimore, and could Jewish or Colored people use it? -Working in a way to reference a classic, like the 1001 Nights, which would have been known in 1838…

Lucy, the -Protagonist’s Wife (J. Bell’s The Quadroon: Public Domain image from NYMet…)

Who by Fire: I Will is a historical fantasy novel cycle trilogy, I currently expect.

Working Cover for historical fantasy WiP

Tagline:

  “Forever is a very long time.”

Logline:

To save his son, a desperate escaped slave must make a choice, but the price is eternally high.

The hero (aka the Protagonist) is an escaped slave, who dreams of buying his wife Lucy’s freedom and moving North with her and their son.

His particular friend is a Free Person of Color, one of the main characters, devoutly Christian, who teaches at night, and dreams of visiting Damascus as part of his Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, before he dies.

Progressive Jewish abolitionists befriended and struggled beside members of the Black community over the years in the United States, even during the period of chattel slavery.  M. is one such man standing with both Free People of Color, like our hero’s particular teaching friend, and with slaves.

As the work evolves, I may post articles from the point of view of different characters. Let me know if you, Dear Readers, would be interested in such posts, and I shall write them for you!

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

1.) Share two different reasons to write your own novel, or write your Grandmother‘s story, even if it’s not in novel form.

2.) Share your thoughts on how you plan to get started on that writing work,  perhaps with the help of a book on how to write, or as an update on your GoodReads reading,

3.) Write a book, story, blog post, or tweet that uses a bit of that work.

Dear Readers, have you 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?


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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 High School Lessons,

           or Long Range Nonfiction, or Historical Fiction

If you are on Twitter, please consider following   #Project Do Better  on Twitter.

Shira


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Writing process: meet the Protagonist -Isaias

This is a note  from the protagonist of my novel in progress, Book I of my historical fantasy series: Who By Fire.  He is answering my question about who his parents are:

(The image above is from W. Commons, as a hover-over should note: Lucy…)

       I am the escaped body servant of a man who is still legally in possession of my person, and of my life.  He may also be in the process of purchasing my wife Lucy, a quadroon.   She is more a parent to me than any person on this earth ever has been.

I never knew my parents , because I was raised by a speculator who, I am told, purchased me as an infant from a “pleasure house” where my mother was a fancy maid.  As it is told, the speculator bought me with the intention of grooming me, as the Fancy Maids are groomed and trained, in order to be sold to a gentleman of quality as his Fancy Boy, some men leaning in that direction.  My current putative owner purchased me and trained me to become his body servant, never once calling me a Fancy.  Nevertheless.  Things are not always what they seem, are they?

Thank you for this response, Isaias.  May you fully win and keep your freedom, and that of your family.

Thoughtful Readers, more will come shortly about the story of Isaias, his wife Lucy, and their son J.

Shira

Action Prompts:

1.) Share your thoughts on how one is affected by being raised without affection, and how historical fiction, and story in general, may encourage empathy-building cooperation, and might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking.

2.) Write a book, story, post or tweet that uses those thoughts, and share it with us, please.

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Shira

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