Thoughtful Thursdays, Fruit trees, and libraries for kids

Today is January 28th, but starting last night on the 27th, the Birthday of the trees, aka Tu BiShvat began, on the Hebrew calendar.  This day celebrates all fruit-bearing trees, inclusively, just as our society must become more fully inclusive for all of us.  Especially public libraries: they need to be safer places, where kidsContinue reading “Thoughtful Thursdays, Fruit trees, and libraries for kids”

Turkish Tuesdays, Arts/Media and Public Policy, and how Time Banks can help!

When I lived in Izmir, a Turkish TV spot shocked me: it showed an image of an elderly Black man, evidently homeless, sleeping in a stairwell directly beneath a sign that pointed up the stairs and read “White House” followed by the caption “Yorum Yok” or “No Comment.” This was about the same time thatContinue reading “Turkish Tuesdays, Arts/Media and Public Policy, and how Time Banks can help!”

Turkish Tuesdays, Health Care, and Neville Longbottom and Harry as kids with PTSD?

It is interesting to see how different cultures hide the mistreatment of kids.  The Brits seem to be a bit more up front about it, but also more harsh than say, Turks, who adore children. I am being lazy and re-reading HP2 to work on my Turkish reading, instead of continuing to slog through somethingContinue reading “Turkish Tuesdays, Health Care, and Neville Longbottom and Harry as kids with PTSD?”

Sacred Study Saturdays, Adulting Ed., and parents?

Turns out that earlier in this week’s Torah portion is where the fateful dish of lentils is served up in payment of a birthright (Aliyah Rishon, Annual cycle). Did I mention that impulse control is a big part of ‘Adulting,’ and is a skill that helps to be taught from an early age? Is patienceContinue reading “Sacred Study Saturdays, Adulting Ed., and parents?”

Turkish Tuesday, orphans, and magical stories, like the 1001 Nights: which were NOT Turkish…

Orphans like Çilek still deserve protection, especially if they cannot do magic to protect themselves the way Harry Potter does!  But sometimes, a good story can save your life, if you live in a land where stories are currency, and can buy many things.  Turkey, by the way, is not one of the lands whereContinue reading “Turkish Tuesday, orphans, and magical stories, like the 1001 Nights: which were NOT Turkish…”

Turkish Tuesday, orphans, and magic

Orphans like Çilek deserve protection, especially if they cannot do magic to protect themselves the way Harry Potter does! (from free book Invisible Children, KARA:) “In your Child Protection System is there a volunteer program from a local law school that assigns a volunteer attorney to an abused child?  If not, are there adequate publicContinue reading “Turkish Tuesday, orphans, and magic”

Turkish Tuesdays, and going back to what works: reading a book I know by heart

— Here is where I am in my study of written Turkish this week! I’m finding it so difficult to focus on my grammar and vocab study, that I’m re-starting the reading of the 2nd Harry Potter book (with a word of concern for the current controversy, which does not negate the good the authorContinue reading “Turkish Tuesdays, and going back to what works: reading a book I know by heart”

Turkish Tuesdays and language learning by tracking words in TV shows via Twitter

— Here is where I am in my study of spoken Turkish this week, reviewing a bit of the first TV show I became addicted to in Turkish: Sihirli Annem (My Magical Mother).  The original, not the new version from 2011, mind you.  I often write down the words I need to look up, eitherContinue reading “Turkish Tuesdays and language learning by tracking words in TV shows via Twitter”

National Public Libraries: Learning languages to bring books, literacy, and possibility to others: …

The National Library of France, aka La Bibliothèque nationale de France, provides online access to classic books which are in the Public Domain. Assuming that one has access to the internet, and also has a device on which to read the eBook, this can be a huge boost to literacy, and also to hope. HopeContinue reading “National Public Libraries: Learning languages to bring books, literacy, and possibility to others: …”

Turkish Tuesdays in 12020HE (Holocene Era, on the Holocene Calendar)

I try to take a 4-part approach to developing my language skills: Listening Reading Speaking Writing For my listening, I try to watch videos that are more or less at my level of time and energy for looking up words as I watch using Closed Captions for the Hearing Impaired, when possible. Happily, Netflix hasContinue reading “Turkish Tuesdays in 12020HE (Holocene Era, on the Holocene Calendar)”

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