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Wondering Wednesdays, Baby Acres, Chapter 1, part II A: Adulthood

This post continues the rough draft of  Chapter 1 of my non-fiction WiP, Baby Acres.  This is the next outline section, chapter 1, section II A.

I think I’ve finally managed to stay within my word count guideline for this section, with 288 words for a 250 plan!  🙂

And once again, by way of disclaimer, the overall goal is now to explain why we need both equ. + justice, & why in 4 phases.  This chapter will transition to a chapter (2-5) for each phase, showing what Phases I-IV could look like as part of a possible roadmap for a fully inclusive society for all of us.  This vision is laid out in the hope that All HumanKind  will eventually have each person’s basic needs  met, without taking anything from anyone, and without violence, intimidation, nor coercion of any kind. 

Chapter One, section II A:

Phase II with respect to Phase I and to the entire project:

(section I. D. was last week…)

II. A.  rough draft:

The Adulthood Challenge, or Phase II, of this project, comes after our #PublicDomainInfrastructure phase, because Adulthood is a process of growing from looking at oneself to seeing the larger set of needs and possibilities in the world.  Travel, developed as one tool during this stage for all young people, rich or poor, leads to growth and builds more democratic thinking, particularly if a wide range of interchanges is facilitated through the learning of different dialects and languages.  Obviously such travel would need to first be made possible through a much larger, safer, and more financially accessible rail network, as developed during the first stage of this project.  International travel can broaden the mind even further, as seen in the example of how Malcolm X became Malcolm Shabazz, growing to understand more through his experience of traveling on the Haj.  Indeed, travel as part of a quest for knowledge has long been understood as a crucial part of coming of age, as navigating new places and solving new problems force growth in unexpected and life-changing ways.

 

  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.  Seeing other ways of living and doing things can do this, and more, can facilitate a greater appreciation for all life on this planet, by seeing how many other cultures appreciate life in ways that our culture does not, yet.  This second stage and some of the tools available or in development to help building new cultural norms will be fully discussed in chapter 3.

— (Next section: Chapter 1, II B …)

I’m continuing to work on wording, obviously, and some ideas for phases III and IV are still not quite  fixed in my mind, so the final version will likely look pretty different from this Rough Draft, and will need updating once I get to the very end.

 

And once again, yeayyy( !!)with regard to audience, I may have at least a couple of comps:  Walden Two meets The War on Poverty: A Civilian Perspective (by Dr.s Jean and Edgar Cahn, 1964).  I know that lots of people consider Skinner’s writing to be stilted, but I like the tilt of most reviewers, in that the idea is that a community should keep trying policies that members agree upon until they find what works for all of them.

As for genre, I’m still wondering:  Non-fiction,   System Change, Causes, maybe even Inspirational, but I doubt it.

Last week’s installment of this series…

 

Action Items:

1.) Consider some ideas you may have on how having the ability to travel, for all of us, could help our society move forward in 45 to 60 years,

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

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

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

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking at LEAST for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write -one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GoodReads button: Stayed on Freedom's Call: Cooperation Between Jewish And African-American Communities In Washington, DC,

Vote, Teach and Learn (PDF Lesson Plans offline) 

and
my Babylon 5 review posts, if you like Science Fiction,
and
a proposed Vision on Wondering Wednesdays: for a kinder world…
   

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil

our year 2021 CE =  12021 HE

(Lesson plans for: Day 1Day 5)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free copies at: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.

Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.

Please leave a review, if you can, on the GoodReads page.

Wondering Wednesdays, Baby Acres, Chapter 1, part 1D: Are We There, Yet??

This post continues the rough draft of  Chapter 1 of my non-fiction WiP, Baby Acres.  This is the next outline section, chapter 1, section ID.

I just realized that this will finish my first outline section, chapter 1, section I (of IV), but it definitely went over 1000 words, which is pretty normal for me on a rough draft.  I’ll still need to look at the transitions and then cut words, later, but I prefer to make sure that I get it all in there at the start.

And again, by way of disclaimer, the overall goal is now to explain why we need both equ. + justice, & why in 4 phases.  This chapter will transition to a chapter (2-5) for each phase, showing what Phases I-IV could look like as part of a possible roadmap for a fully inclusive society for all of us.  This vision is laid out in the hope that All HumanKind  will eventually have each person’s basic needs  met, without taking anything from anyone, and without violence, intimidation, nor coercion of any kind. 

Chapter One, section ID:

Phase IV with respect to Phase I and to the entire project:

(section IC was last week…)

ID rough draft:

Chapter 5 will show what the fourth and final stage of this project could look like.  But why, one could ask, must Phase IV come well after Phase I?  Couldn’t we jump straight to the goal, while building increasing support for our  PublicDomainInfrastructure as needed?  To answer that question, we really need to begin at the end, so to speak, with the final goal at the end of the fourth stage of this project being to provide a set of inalienable rights, and connected  responsibilities.

 

The rights would include an acre, or even up to a hectare, of land at birth to each human being, with the GPS coordinates being recorded on each birth certificate as a human  right.  Further, since land is of little use without the knowledge, tools, and work energy to put it to productive use, there would be at least one additional stipulation.  That would be the  xyz of a simple ration of basic food, such as brown rice, local greens, and beans or lentils, enough fresh drinking water, and a basic form of shelter, such as a sturdy bedsit, or a Tiny House.  These rations and rooms would also be “as of right,” as some say, for each and every human being, from birth, and accessible as of the moment the person as a child is able to safely cook an egg unsupervised.

 

Some of the connected responsibilities might include serving, as many Europeans do, in either the defensive services or unarmed civilian sector services such as hospitals or schools.  A commitment to serve a rotation in some form of public service such as local or regional government, for example, could also be a responsibility, if agreed upon by society during this phase.  The crucial point is that getting to this point must also be entirely non-exploitative, non-violent, and non-coercive, if such a society is to be both just and sustainable.  It must be built from the very beginning upon free choice for all, as well as equity and contribution.  But those things do not come unless there is already a sense that there truly is and will be enough for all, and equitable opportunity for all.  Thus, much of the current systemic discrimination must first be demonstrably undone.  The clear changes in our infrastructure, culture, and governance systems as well as outcomes will have to show in absolute terms that society can really be trusted to deliver the inalienable rights as their connected responsibilities are taken up by enough willing citizens.  These changes will neither be easy nor quick, and a certain sequencing will obviously be important, since land availability will depend on openness to new ideas, and yet we cannot have a corresponding opening of borders without more full global development.  This requires both education and tools to be shared far more widely than we see in the world today.  Thus, Phase IV cannot happen without a large amount of preparation, from physical and cultural infrastructure, to education of several kinds, and this takes both time and careful planning.

 

In chapters 2, 3, 4, and 5, we will show the proposed details of what each stage of this project should look like by the end of its fifteen year time frame.  Chapter 6 will lay out some final thoughts on metrics and how one might decide if and how well each phase is progressing at any given point.  Chapters 7-10 will show both suggested pathways to get to each stage, and examples, when available, of previous or current pilots, experiments, or other examples of partial implementation of similar projects or programs.

 

Thus all four parts of PublicDomainInfrastructure are bound together in a crucial knot connecting freedom of speech and freedom of association and worship as integral parts of freedom from fear.   Without first addressing these key issues, little if any progress can be made in other resolving other problems.  This is why these four social infrastructure items (transit, libraries, health care and consumer debt law) that are within our public domain are placed in the first phase, leading directly into Phase II, which we look at next.

— (Next section: Chapter 1, II …)

I’m continuing to work on wording, obviously, and some ideas for phases III and IV are far from fixed in my mind, so the final version will likely look pretty different from this Rgh Draft, and will need updating once I get to the very end.

 

And again, yeayyy( !!)with regard to audience, I may have at least a couple of comps:  Walden Two meets The War on Poverty: A Civilian Perspective (by Dr.s Jean and Edgar Cahn, 1964).  I know that lots of people consider Skinner’s writing to be stilted, but I like the tilt of most reviewers, in that the idea is that a community should keep trying policies that members agree upon until they find what works for all of them.

As for genre, I’m still wondering:  Non-fiction,   System Change, Causes, maybe even Inspirational, but I doubt it.

Last week was the tenth installment of this series…

 

Action Items:

1.) Consider some ideas you may have on how having a safe place to fall back on, for every person able to cook an egg safely, could help society move forward in 45 to 60 years,

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

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

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

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking at LEAST for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write -one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GoodReads button: Stayed on Freedom's Call: Cooperation Between Jewish And African-American Communities In Washington, DC,

Vote, Teach and Learn (PDF Lesson Plan Book)

and
my Babylon 5 review posts, if you like Science Fiction,
and
a proposed Vision on Wondering Wednesdays: for a kinder world…
   

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil

our year 2020 CE =  12020 HE

(Day 1Day 5)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free copies at: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.

Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.

Please leave a review, if you can, on the GoodReads page.

Wondering Wednesdays, Baby Acres, Chapter 1, part 1C: Governance & Tools

This post continues the rough draft of  Chapter 1 of my non-fiction WiP, Baby Acres.  This is the next outline section, chapter 1, section IC.

I am posting the 288 words, which was meant to be 250 words, for this section along with some more thoughts on the overall chapter outlining process for the book as a whole.

Yet again, as previously stated, the overall goal is now to explain why we need both equ. + justice, & why in 4 phases.  This chapter will transition to a chapter (2-5) for each phase, showing what Phases I-IV could look like as part of a possible roadmap for a fully inclusive society for all of us.  This vision is laid out in the hope that All HumanKind  will eventually have each person’s basic needs  met, without taking anything from anyone, and without violence, intimidation, nor coercion of any kind. 

Chapter One, section IC:

Phase III with respect to Phase I and to the entire project:

(section IB was last week…)

IC rough draft:

Phase III will build on phases I and II, which help prepare a physical and cultural climate in which Human Rgts and Equity both thrive, and create a virtuous feedback loop to drive further peaceful change.  The three principle goals of Phase III would be to implement a fully universal single payer system of health care, universal free education from pre-k to trade-craft or PhD, and a universal  basic income.  These goals would clearly require coordination across a wide variety of policy and geographic areas in order to prevent in-migration from lesser advantaged places before sufficient development has taken place at the global level.  This brings home the adage that “no one is free until all are free,” to paraphrase the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  If people in all parts of the world are assured of their safety and freedom from want, then greater development for all of, and contribution from all of us, becomes possible.  Many of the tools currently being used, like RCV/IRV, Participatory Budgeting, Citizens Juries, local complementary currencies, and even Cesare Emiliani’s proposed Holocene Era calendar, can help in building new policies and forms of governance based on equal Human Rights.  So can some old tools, like the New Deal era CCC, and the Peace Corps.  Updating old programs for new purposes and times can bring policy in line with good governance objectives while potentially avoiding some of the pitfalls involved in crafting brand new programs from scratch.  The scope of each program can be widened as needed to aid other regions and nations in developing similar benefits as should be visible during Phase III.  Such cooperation, becoming the norm, can lead the way to a relaxing of travel restrictions for many more people, and create pathways toward Phase IV.

— (Next section: Chapter 1, ID…)

I’m continuing to build my detailed section outlines, and then write each section, but I found Phase III much more difficult to outline, probably because I never really had a clear idea of what that stage was supposed to be.  

(JYP, this photo’s for you:)

ChptrI1CPhaseIII

Going back to my earlier posts was annoying, since they are scattered around, but helpful, since it made it obvious to me that essentially I was thinking of what many call “the Good Governance paradigm,” from my PhD days.  It finally hit me that that is what this middle phase is really about: building enough faith in each other and tools (like local complementary currencies) for working together, to get to the fourth and final stage.  For some reason, I found myself hearing (Lionel Richie?) the song The Children are our Future, just after imagining our infrastructure as a Village lifting up kids to Adulthood, which led me to how It takes a Village to Raise a Child, and The Children are Our future, and thus to today’s featured image.  🙂   I hope that that made sense, and that no one considers me too crazy, yet!

Oh, right, and I think I’ve finally figured out who my audience might be, or at least a couple of comps:  Walden Two meets The War on Poverty: A Civilian Perspective (by Dr.s Jean and Edgar Cahn, 1964).  I know that lots of people consider Skinner’s writing to be stilted, but I like the tilt of most reviewers, in that the idea is that a community should keep trying policies that members agree upon until they find what works for all of them.

As for genre, apart from the obvious Non-fiction, I’m not sure where this book falls.  System Change, Causes, someone even suggested Inspirational, but I doubt that one.

Last week was the ninth installment of this series…

 

Action Items:

1.) Consider some ideas you may have on how having really good shared infrastructure and tools could help society move forward in 30 to 45 years,

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

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

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

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking at LEAST for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write -one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GoodReads button: Stayed on Freedom's Call: Cooperation Between Jewish And African-American Communities In Washington, DC,

Vote, Teach and Learn (PDF Lesson Plan Book)

and
my Babylon 5 review posts, if you like Science Fiction,
and
a proposed Vision on Wondering Wednesdays: for a kinder world…
   

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil

our year 2020 CE =  12020 HE

(Day 1Day 5)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free copies at: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.

Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.

Please leave a review, if you can, on the GoodReads page.

Thoughtful Thursdays, Stayed on Freedom with the Call of Freedom, and Call vs. Response

Musical calls to action form part of our society’s way of remembering, and of teaching.  

So, how do we each help our society to become more fully inclusive for all of us, and to respond to the call for justice?

I believe that attention to shared musical forms may provide part of an answer.  I started a note about that, a few years ago, in my book Stayed on Freedom’s Call:

“… Prayer and a traditional call and response section of prayer, all the way to the frolicking “Cherie Bim Baum Bim Baum Bim Baum”, Jewish music adapts this
mode of song. Likewise, the familiar spiritual turned freedom song  “Woke up this Morning”   springs instantly to mind as a key example of Call and Response in African-American spiritual music, sung in a variety of settings. That same back and forth structure can also be felt in the slowly building tension of a Klezmer tune, often sharing the same beat pattern as much of the music of the
traditional Negro Spiritual. Rag-time, Jazz, Blues, R & B, and even rock and roll arguably come out of these shared musical structures, interwoven into the fabric of our culture. These shared cultural structures, the challenge of a call used to inspire the ringing response, function both to keep communities together, and to bind them mutually, one to another, in hope and in marching forward.


Shared Strategies: Cooperating To Resist Oppression


“Said Property shall not be sold, conveyed, granted or leased, in whole or in part, to any
Hebrew … or any person or family not of the white race. ”
http://depts.washington.edu/civilr/covenants.htm…


In many ways, shared oppression can be seen as a shared mandate.

Imagine listening, in the summer of the year 1860, to Parashat Re ́eh being read…

 

Page 13″

So, it turns out that I might have needed to give better notes on the shared styles and purposes of the songs mentioned on this page.  Some fresh reviews would help me decide that specific.

Page twelve was last week…

Action Items:

1.) What are your thoughts on musical styles as part of cultural cooperation?

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

3.) Share your thoughts on how continuing empathy-building cooperation might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking.

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

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

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking at least for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write -one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this

GoodReads button: Stayed on Freedom's Call: Cooperation Between Jewish And African-American Communities In Washington, DCVote, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plan Book):

 

Peace     ! שָׁלוֹם

Shira Destinie

April, 2021 CE = April 12021 HE

(The last GED lesson 67/67 , and the first lesson 1/67…), and

Babylon 5 review posts, and

Baby Acres: a Vision of a Better World (posts listed at bottom of page…)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.

Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.

 

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Wondering Wednesdays, Baby Acres, Chapter 1, part 1

This post continues the rough draft of  Chapter 1 of my non-fiction WiP, Baby Acres.  And it now has words!  🙂     I’m posting the first outline section, chapter 1, section IA, warts and all, so please be forgiving here, dear readers.  At the moment it is the best I can do.  This was only meant to be about 250-300 words, but I got a little, well, verbose, at 580 words, I guess.

I’ve also realized, or remembered, rather, from my thesis writing, that putting the outline up front and then the verbage, or writing the words, later, is a mess.   It is easier than having a separate spreadsheet for the outline and wordcount (though that process does work better for me when I am writing a novel, perhaps because there are so many more threads to keep track of, and also because I often struggle to hit my initial wordcounts while drafting fiction, so that wordcount tracking in my novel WiP spreadsheet keeps me moving it along, while adherring to potential publisher genre wordcount requirements).

Too bad my current free word processing software is too “light” to expand an outline and recollapse it again by chapter.  So I am doing this all manually.

As previously stated, the overall goal is now to explain why we need both equ. + justice, & why in 4 phases.  This chapter will transition to a chapter (2-5) for each phase, showing what Phases I-IV could look like as part of a possible roadmap for a fully inclusive society for all of us.  This vision is laid out in the hope that All HumanKind  will eventually have each person’s basic needs  met, without taking anything from anyone, and without violence, intimidation, nor coercion of any kind. 

Chapter One, section IA:

Phase I with respect to the entire project, and phases II-IV:

The first stage of this project forms the foundation for all three remaining stages. Phase I
consists of showing the connections between four key parts of our infrastructure, and building enough support for those systems as part of our larger sphere/culture/system/xyzWorld. A lack of health care, public transportation, up-to-date information, and safe community gathering spaces places limits on the freedom of us all. Accessible and safe community information-finding spaces are equally important, and public libraries frequently act as both gathering spaces for community events, and a point of first contact for many members of the most vulnerable communities to find up to date information on health events, voting, and other critical issues.

Both a single payer health care system and good public transit are key to free speech and
association. Lack of guaranteed transportation puts a practical limit on what a person can say due to lack of ability to protect one’s health, since having no car makes trips to doctor’s offices more difficult, or even impossible. Lack of health care and independent transportation can also put the job of a vulnerable worker at risk, leading to fear of job loss or black-listing, based on guilt by association. Those fears can quite effectively limit both freedom of association and freedom of worship, for instance when attending mosque is equated with associating with
terrorists. This underscores the importance of having access to good information, since

“a little knowledge is dangerous.”

currently page 11…

 

Both public transportation and public health care are also interconnected to consumer debt education and public libraries. Lack of current and accurate information on debt laws at the state level, for example, leads to many default judgments on debts which were already time-barred. These default SoL judgments are often strongly skewed toward poorer zip codes

(find blog posts with MD and other state studies…) .

This lack of continuing legal financial education tilts the scales toward further unjust and also unsustainable economic distribution. Public libraries are one key place where up to date information on such critical financial and pub health and safety issues is accessible to even the most vulnerable members of society. These four systems are thus inseparably linked and needed before progress on any other part of society could advance. Together they are called PublicDomainInfrastructure, and their connection to the larger whole will be shown in chapter two.

The higher levels of both empathy and critical thinking skills needed to build support for
PublicDomainInfrastructure can be supported in various ways.

Reaching the 4 Freedoms will require climbing a fairly steep learning curve for many people, and the process of learning both sets of skills could be significantly aided by encouraging people from all walks of life both to learn two or three (hinted at in ch.2, developed in chptr 3) languages, and to travel, when possible.

Travel is also especially helpful to this learning process, but is far less accessible to the majority of people than language learning, which can be done for free online, when one is persistent enough. Language learning is an inexpensive tool for building empathy, as travel could also be, if we were imaginative enough.

Public libraries can help in that task, as well as in learning how to build a habit of continual
individual learning and even group research. Many libraries have multi-lingual staffs, and
reference librarians trained in finding information from around the world. So, they are well-
placed to encourage more on-going individual and community learning in a variety of ways.

— (Next section: Chapter 1, IB…)

I’m continuing to update the outline for the first chapter, and also, I revise old versions of the all of the chapter outlines as I go.  I like to save my work each day as a PDF (doc has been updated with “, and to travel, when possible”…), in addition to backing up the rtf document.  That way I have a snapshot for each stage of the work, and I can also use any editor I want to edit the file, in case of crashes.

(Btw, I must remember to ask JYP about acks, since anon. blog…)

Last week was the seventh installment of this series…

 

Action Items:

1.) Consider some ideas you may have on how having safe and far-reaching public transit, universal health care, free local legal and financial classes, and great libraries could society change in 15 years,

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

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

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

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking at LEAST for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write -one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GoodReads button:

Stayed on Freedom's Call: Cooperation Between Jewish And African-American Communities In Washington, DC,

 

Vote, Teach and Learn (PDF Lesson Plan Book)

and
my Babylon 5 review posts, if you like Science Fiction,
and
a proposed Vision on Wondering Wednesdays: for a kinder world…
   

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil

our year 2020 CE =  12020 HE

(Day 1Day 5)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free copies at: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.

Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.

Please leave a review, if you can, on the GoodReads page.

StayedOnFreedomsCallGoodReads

Thoughtful Thursdays, Stayed on Freedom with the Call of Freedom, and music

Music is also a crucial part of a person’s health.  

So, how do we each help our society to become more fully inclusive for all of us, and to understand how very connected we all are?

I believe that attention to shared musical styles may provide part of an answer.  I started a note about that, a few years ago, on page twelve of my book Stayed on Freedom’s Call:

Shared Musical Styles: Call And Response

“I will sing to the Lord, for He has triumphed gloriously;
Horse and driver He has hurled into the sea.
2 The Lord is my strength and might;
He is become my deliverance.
This is my God and I will enshrine Him;
The God of my father, and I will exalt Him.
3 The Lord, the Warrior —
Lord is His name!”
-from the JPS Tanakh Exodus 15:1-3

From the celebratory “Song of the Sea” quoted above, sung each morning
at daily prayers to this day in the Orthodox and Conservative Jewish
movements, to the hauntingly beautiful strains of Drok Yikra, Freedom will be
Proclaimed, (Inside Cover) sung most famously on the Sabbath day by the Jews
of Yemen, Jewish liturgical song has long expressed the human yearning for
freedom. This yearning is shared in the well-known music of traditional Negro
Spirituals, often adapted by the Civil Rights movement as Freedom Songs,
replacing words to fit the situation. Both Jewish and African-American music
show this need to be free, and share other similarities.
Much Jewish liturgical music takes the form of Call and Response, both
in and outside of the sanctuary. From the Barchu, to Ldor va Dor, the Call to…

 

Page 12″

So, it turns out that I might have needed to explain some more of the prayers and traditions mentioned on this page.  Some fresh reviews would help me decide that specific.

Page eleven was last week…

Action Items:

1.) What are your thoughts on music as part of cultural change?

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

3.) Share your thoughts on how continuing empathy-building cooperation might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking.

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

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

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking at least for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write -one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this

GoodReads button: Stayed on Freedom's Call: Cooperation Between Jewish And African-American Communities In Washington, DCVote, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plan Book):

 

Peace     ! שָׁלוֹם

Shira Destinie

April, 2021 CE = April 12021 HE

(The last GED lesson 67/67 , and the first lesson 1/67…), and

Babylon 5 review posts, and

Baby Acres: a Vision of a Better World (posts listed at bottom of page…)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.

Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.

 

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Shira Destinie Jones by ShiraDest is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Wondering Wednesdays, Baby Acres, Chapter 1, part 1

This post begins the rough draft of  Chapter 1 of my non-fiction WiP, Baby Acres.     The overall goal is now to explain why we need both equ. + justice, & why in 4 phases.  This chapter will transition to a chapter (2-5) for each phase, showing what Phases I-IV could look like as part of a possible roadmap for a fully inclusive society for all of us.  This vision is laid out in the hope that All HumanKind  will eventually have each person’s basic needs  met, without taking anything from anyone, and without violence, intimidation, nor coercion of any kind. 

Chapter I

I’m still updating the detailed outline for the first chapter, as I revise several versions of the other chapter outlines.  Sorry I have no new words yet.

Last week was the sixth installment of this series…

 

Action Items:

1.) Consider some ideas you may have on how society could look in 80 years,

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

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

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

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking at LEAST for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write -one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GoodReads button:

Stayed on Freedom's Call: Cooperation Between Jewish And African-American Communities In Washington, DC,

 

Vote, Teach and Learn (PDF Lesson Plan Book)

and
my Babylon 5 review posts, if you like Science Fiction,
and
a proposed Vision on Wondering Wednesdays: for a kinder world…
   

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil

our year 2020 CE =  12020 HE

(Day 1Day 5)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free copies at: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.

Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.

Please leave a review, if you can, on the GoodReads page.

Thoughtful Thursdays, Stayed on Freedom with the Call of Freedom, and Transportation for “contraband” people?

Libraries and buses are also an intimately connected and crucial part of a community health care network, for many of us.  

So, how do we each help our society to become more fully inclusive for all of us, and to give more money for mass transit as part of Public Health Care?

I believe that attention to shared and connected community institutions and systems, like Public Transportation and Public Health Care, may provide part of an answer.  I started a note about that, a few years ago, on page eleven of my book Stayed on Freedom’s Call:

“… observant Jews?  They were barely accepted themselves in this Southern city,
where the community felt obliged to petition for permission to purchase a house
of worship, despite the existence of St. John ́s and other prominent Christian
houses of worship. What fear and guilt may have gone through the minds of
those hearing the words of Parashat Ki Tetzei, Deuteronomy 23:16,
commanding that a slave running away from a harsh master must be allowed to
live wherever he wished, and not oppressed? Here in Washington, DC, the
compensated emancipation, which conditionally freed slaves nine months
before the Emancipation Proclamation, left many slaves waiting for freedom,
continuing to hope for a Moses of their own, as Harriet Tubman was sometimes
called. The well known comparison actually went both ways, as Negro slaves
identified with the plight of the Hebrews enslaved in Egypt, and many Jewish
families in Mississippi and other areas of the South controlled by General Grant
́s troops experienced a homelessness similar to their recently enslaved
contemporaries.

   Runaway slaves crossing Union lines were known as
contrabands, considered to be confiscated contraband property of war.   While
Jews were being expelled from their homes in areas occupied by General Grant’s troops, people of color like Harriet and Louisa Jacobs in the Federal City and
surrounding areas, worked to inspire hope and provide housing for the many
contrabands pouring in to the Capital from the South, an ironic twist of fate in
the history of these two oppressed peoples.

History was not all they shared.

 

Page 11″

So, it turns out that page 10 might have done better with this image toward the bottom, even if it is early in the first chapter?  The Fugitive Slave Act is mentioned on that page, but the consequences are on this page (page 11).

Some fresh reviews would help me decide that specific.

Page ten was last week…

Action Items:

1.) What are your thoughts on the function of trains and buses as part of the community health care system?

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

3.) Share your thoughts on how continuing empathy-building cooperation might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking.

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

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

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking at least for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write -one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this

GoodReads button: Stayed on Freedom's Call: Cooperation Between Jewish And African-American Communities In Washington, DCVote, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plan Book):

 

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa.   Yassas,   γεια σας!    Salût !  Nos vemos!  Görüşürüz!     ! שָׁלוֹם

ShiraDest

April, 2021 CE = April 12021 HE

(The last GED lesson 67/67 , and the first lesson 1/67…), and

Babylon 5 review posts, and

Baby Acres: a Vision of a Better World (posts listed at bottom of page…)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.

Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.

 

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Shira Destinie Jones by ShiraDest is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Wondering Wednesdays, Baby Acres, and The Two Whys…

This post begins the rough draft of the first Chapter of my current non-fiction WiP, Baby Acres: Making Society Suck Less in 60 Years.     The overall goal is now to explain why we need both equ. + justice, & why in 4 phases.  This chapter will transition to a chapter (2-5) for each phase, showing what Phases I-IV might look like as part of a possible roadmap for a fully inclusive society for all of us.  This vision is laid out in the hope that All HumanKind  will eventually have each person’s basic needs  met, without taking anything from anyone, and without violence, intimidation, nor coercion of any kind. 

Chapter I (part 0): why and why

This week I am very tired, and working on getting updating the chapter outlines from their initial 2019 form. 

 

Next week I will continue with the rough draft of the start of my first chapter.  Here is the semi-detailed chapter 1 outline. I tried to use this as the post featured image, but WP kept rejecting it, so I hope that the medical debt image was a decent tie-in of two of the #PublicDomainInfrastructure items.

Last week was the fifth (end of Introduction section Rough Draft…) installment of this series…

(Note to JYP: I’ve been using and expanding this high level chapter outline  until this post, as I’ve finally filled out the chapter 1 outline, realizing that I was trying to pack too much into chapter one! 

Thank you for your feedback: it has really been helping me! –

Shira)

Action Items:

1.) Search for two different sources related to FDR’s Four Freedoms speech, and compare it to Ike’s ‘Cross of Iron‘ speech (I wonder how many people were old enough to remember his touchstone reference to the 1896 Cross of Gold speech…),

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

3.) Share your thoughts on how your ideas could affect a society that might be built, in 50-100 years.

4.) Write a story, post or tweet that uses those sources and your thoughts.

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

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking at LEAST for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write -one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GoodReads button:

Stayed on Freedom's Call: Cooperation Between Jewish And African-American Communities In Washington, DC,

 

Vote, Teach and Learn (PDF Lesson Plan Book)

and
my Babylon 5 review posts, if you like Science Fiction,
and
a proposed Vision on Wondering Wednesdays: for a kinder world…
   

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil

our year 2020 CE =  12020 HE

(Day 1Day 5)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free copies at: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.

Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.

Please leave a review, if you can, on the GoodReads page.

StayedOnFreedomsCallGoodReads

Thoughtful Thursdays, Stayed on Freedom with the Call of Freedom, and Public Health Care

Libraries are even part of the community health care network, in many neighborhoods.  

So, how do we each help our society to become more fully inclusive for all of us, and to give more money for Public Health Care?

I believe that attention to shared and connected community institutions, like Public Health Clinics, may provide part of an answer.  I started a note about that, a few years ago, on page ten of my book Stayed on Freedom’s Call:

“… Georgetown businessman Moses Zachariah Booth in 1865, and the Nash and
Mayo families from Virginia at the turn of the 20th century, so Jewish
businessmen and families trickled into the city before and, poured in during the
Civil War, as with Cantor Lansburgh from Baltimore in 1860, and the Small
family at the turn of the 20th century. Thus there are multiple parallels in the
ways that the Jewish and Black communities, both enslaved as well as free
people of color, had to cope with life in a country where neither was recognized
as fully equal by the White majority.
By the time the first Hebrew Congregation in Washington City is
organizing in 1852, thus present at least as early as 1850, slave coffles are still
passing at night down 7 th Street. The groans of slaves from the nearby DC City
Jail, long used as a federally subsidized slave pen, still echo from the corner of
4 th and G, St., NW, where the first Jewish residents might have passed going
about their day. Those sounds may have been particularly poignant in 1851, as
the Fugitive Slave Act came in to effect. The Act stopped the slave coffles, but
in exchange, required the active participation of all free citizens in the
apprehension and return of runaway slaves. As they listened to the Torah being
read in private homes, in store fronts along 7 th street, or even in SouthWest, near
the Wharf, the destination of those enchained human beings, did they recall
those sounds of suffering? What conflicts might this have raised in the minds of…
10

Page 10″

So, it turns out that those connections may not have been quite as clear as I’d hoped?

Some fresh reviews would help me decide that specific.

Page nine was last week…

Action Items:

1.) What are your thoughts on the function of libraries as part of the community health care system?

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

3.) Share your thoughts on how continuing empathy-building cooperation might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking.

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

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

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking at least for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write -one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this

GoodReads button: Stayed on Freedom's Call: Cooperation Between Jewish And African-American Communities In Washington, DCVote, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plan Book)!

 

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa.   Yassas,   γεια σας!    Salût !  Nos vemos!  Görüşürüz!     ! שָׁלוֹם

ShiraDest

April, 2021 CE = April 12021 HE

(The last GED lesson 67/67 , and the first lesson 1/67…), and Babylon 5 review posts, and Baby Acres: a Vision of a Better World (posts listed at bottom of page…)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.

Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.

Free copies are available at https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…

Creative Commons License
Shira Destinie Jones by ShiraDest is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.