Turkish Tuesdays, New Year, New cultural Frame, Adulting self-education, and a calendar

Some ideas, like our calendar, or like women being business leaders, need repeating: – The previous year, 2016, has shown us that the entire world is in need of change, in particular in the ways that we see, or do not see, one another.  Cultural dominance, as  shown by the use of the Gregorian Calendar,Continue reading “Turkish Tuesdays, New Year, New cultural Frame, Adulting self-education, and a calendar”

Turkish Tuesdays and Dominant culture vs. your health

Here is where cultural change, as well as comprehensive health care for all, would help in regards to the pressure we face to conform, partly shown in minute 9:31 of  episode 20 of my favorite family TV show, Sihirli Annem: – “Her anne gibi…” (“Like every mother…”) When I taught English in Izmir, not aContinue reading “Turkish Tuesdays and Dominant culture vs. your health”

French Fridays: Adulting, and changing the world

How to show role models who do not use makeup, high heels nor ‘math is hard’ ways of thinking ?  Beauty, intelligence, grace: each gift a burden.  Each gift carries a responsibility, and the greater the gift, the heavier the responsibility -but how does one use those gifts for the benefit of humankind? ShiraDest avrilContinue reading “French Fridays: Adulting, and changing the world”

French Fridays: Adulting, et changer le monde

English Mais je ne peux pas m’empêcher de penser en autre chose.  La beauté, l’intelligence, le capacité athlétique, tous des donnes, tous de fardeaux.  Parce que chaque donne, chaque chose censé d’être un “cadeau” est vraiment un fardeau.  Un devoir, un peine.  Chaque don, cadeau ou pouvoir train une responsabilité.   Plus de donnes, plusContinue reading “French Fridays: Adulting, et changer le monde”

Moody Mondays, calendar reform, and Adulting ed

Calendars, culture, and taking responsibility for our own continued learning as adults in a modern democracy (well, republic, actually), are all part of Adulting Education. Understanding how our calendar shapes our ways of thinking is a first step, hopefully, toward accepting the use of the Holocene Calendar as one more tool in our toolbox ofContinue reading “Moody Mondays, calendar reform, and Adulting ed”

Study Saturdays, gullible or not, and what’s belief got to do with change and health, anyway?

Remember how inspiring the slogan “Yes, We Can,” became? It had to do with belief: if you do not believe a thing to be possible, for most people, you will not attempt it (and even those of us who throw ourselves into the breach still do so in the hope that our disbelief is wrong…):Continue reading “Study Saturdays, gullible or not, and what’s belief got to do with change and health, anyway?”

Sacred Study Saturdays,study slacking, and what’s the Bible got to do with change, anyway?

Don’t get me wrong, I am not a true believer, but I find the biblical era and languages fascinating, as well as so ingrained in Western culture that it is important to understand on a more than cursory level. So, I slack off, but I always end up coming back, because I think that understandingContinue reading “Sacred Study Saturdays,study slacking, and what’s the Bible got to do with change, anyway?”

– I am not my government

When I lived in Turkey, in 2005, the US was pushing for Turkey to acknowledge a certain historical event an a way that Turks saw as biased against them.  I had been living in Izmir long enough to speak passable Turkish, and was regularly invited to my neighbors apartments to eat breakfasts, dinners, have coffee,Continue reading “– I am not my government”

– Change the Calendar, Change the World? Really?

Originally posted on Inspiring Critical Thinking and Community via Books, Lessons, and Story:
In my review of a book on Cherokee Women’s Voices, I commented that the change in the calendar, from the traditional East Coast native American way of seeing time, to the Gregorian Calendar, played a large role in cementing the ‘civilization’ plan…

– New Year, New cultural Frame? (with thanks to PM for G. Tepe image…)

The previous year, 2016, has shown us that the entire world is in need of change, in particular in the ways that we see, or do not see, one another.  Cultural dominance, as  shown by the use of the Gregorian Calendar, is something that frames the world-view of all of us who grow up withinContinue reading “– New Year, New cultural Frame? (with thanks to PM for G. Tepe image…)”

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