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Shira Destinie Jones

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Shira Destinie Jones Bourke Booth Hall Faxio Mayo Manzilla West is a published academic author and an aspiring Historical Fantasy novelist. She has also been a community organizer, Voluntary Simplicity adherent, and educator. She is still working to build strong Public Domain social Infrastructure (#PublicDomainInfrastructure):

1.) Public Transportation, 2.) Public Libraries, 3.) ProBono Legal & Consumer Education particularly around housing issues, & 4.) Universal Health Care. She insists that these 4 parts of our Public Domain social Infrastructure need to be undergirded by adopting a Universal Basic Income for all. She has organized community events such as film discussions, multi-ethnic song events and cooperative presentations in her n

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Shira Destinie Jones Short Answer: Life is School. Ask questions, solve problems, and never be jealous -you do not know what another person has suffered to live that life …moreShort Answer: Life is School. Ask questions, solve problems, and never be jealous -you do not know what another person has suffered to live that life that seems so awesome.
For the long answer, please see my GoodReads Blog post:
"answer to Millie's question on education" (published Dec 25, 2014 08:58AM).
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Shira Destinie Jones I am outlining the scenes for a Historical urban Fantasy, working title: #WhoByFireIWill, which I hope to pitch by the end of the year. Tagline and St…moreI am outlining the scenes for a Historical urban Fantasy, working title: #WhoByFireIWill, which I hope to pitch by the end of the year. Tagline and Story/Logline will happily be given if anyone cares to ask! :-)

Updated Monday, 13 July, 2020, during the Covid-19 early 2nd wave,
From sunny California

I was currently working on a third practice novel, working title: Birthright: Bedsit (was Four For All/Beds For All, still terrible working title, but progressing?).

I've decided to stop working on my third draft of my second practice novel, "Hubris and Hemlock," which I believe is in the genre of Women's Fiction. It can be read in draft form on my Wattpad account (ShiraDest):

orig: 17 March, 12016 HE (updated: 20 September, 12017 HE)(less)
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Day 23 (out of 67) of High School in Five Months, Learning languages, and Adulting in context

If you are a compulsive completer, like I am, you probably found yourself filling in the chart above automatically, in the language of mathematics: perhaps the most universal of all human languages (and maybe of alien languages, if we ever make contact with non-human intelligent life?).

Languages, both external (or, between people, i.e. French) and internal (aka “love languages” for each person), a

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A Long Letter from the Future: Reviews of Babylon 5, from a Minbari Point of View (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
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Description: A Long Letter from the Future Reviews of Babylon 5, from a Minbari Point of View These reviews are from the PoV of a Minbari persona I have created, so I'm not sure into what category they fall. by Shira Destinie Jones ShiraDest is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
#WhoByFireIWill (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
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Description: To save his son, a desperate escaped slave must make a choice, but the price is eternally high.
Four Freedoms Movement 60 year mission (Nonfiction)
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Description: Some ideas I've been pondering on how we could get to a kinder world (I cannot get my pdf to display, so jpg soon to come...)
Who are you? (Poetry)
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Description: The question contains the answer, but four more lines may explain it a bit better. Four short lines...
We are going to see the King: the hard way! (Religion & Spirituality)
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Description: A short short (or just short?) take on those left behind in Noah's Flood...
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Shira Shira said: " This commentary is well-balanced, shows the research, gives clear explainations, and has a set of wonderful pre-face pages. Fascinating to read, and obviously essential to Torah study.
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This is the continuation of our fictional letter (reviewing each film and episode of Babylon 5) that I receive each week from Ranger Mayann.Here is he Read more of this blog post »
The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal by Mikhail Tal
" I haven't had time lately, but I used to, and I agree, it is a fascinating game! ...more "
Shira and 15 other people liked Mir's review of The Complete Polly and the Wolf:
The Complete Polly and the Wolf by Catherine Storr
"Cute, clever, kinda creepy.

My favorite story was the meta one where Wolf has read one of Storr's earlier stories about Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf and decides to write his own story showing that he is the smart one.

The illustrations are not lik" Read more of this review »
Separate and Unequal by Steven M. Gillon
" Once again, I need to remember to copy and paste in the updates I made while reading, at the end of my general review.

Isn't there some way to have Goo
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Trauma And Recovery by Judith Lewis Herman
" Roselle, you don't know how much I appreciate hearing that my review helped you: Thank you so much!

Stay safe,
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Seeking El Dorado by Lawrence Brooks De Graaf
" I need to add all of my reading updates to the review itself, since they do not show up as part of the review unless you go looking for it. "
Shira and 26 other people liked ij's review of Sojourner Truth's Step-Stomp Stride:
Sojourner Truth's Step-Stomp Stride by Andrea Davis Pinkney
"A picture book biography on Sojourner Truth written by Andrea Davis Pinkney and beautifully illustrated by her husband Brian Pinkney.

The biography tags Sojourner Big, Black, and Beautiful. She was a big woman, tall and wore size twelve boots. She was" Read more of this review »
A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende
" Hi, Libre:
(I found your GR through your blog, which I found via Dr. K. E. Garland...)
I love her work, and I love work set in the Guerra Civil, so I s
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A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende
"Given that a. I am not generally a fan of ‘sweeping sagas’ and b. I have never quite made up my mind whether I enjoy Allende’s work, I am not sure why I started reading this. Turns out though, that I enjoyed it very much; we’re taken on an informed, " Read more of this review »
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Mary Renault
“It is better to believe in men too rashly, and regret, than believe too meanly. Men could be more than they are, if they would try for it. He has shown them that.”
Mary Renault, The Persian Boy

Lee Child
“People, Reacher was certain about. Dogs were different. People had freedom of choice. If a man or a woman ran snarling toward him, they did so because they chose to. They were asking for whatever they got. His response was their problem. But dogs were different. No free will. Easily misled. It raised an ethical problem. Shooting a dog because it had been induced to do something unwise was not the sort of thing Reacher wanted to do.”
Lee Child, Die Trying

Carter G. Woodson
“If you can control a man's thinking you do not have to worry about his action. When you determine what a man shall think you do not have to concern yourself about what he will do. If you make a man feel that he is inferior, you do not have to compel him to accept an inferior status, for he will seek it himself. If you make a man think that he is justly an outcast, you do not have to order him to the back door. He will go without being told; and if there is no back door, his very nature will demand one.”
Carter Godwin Woodson, The Mis-Education of the Negro

Frederick Douglass
“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”
Frederick Douglass

Jacqueline Carey
“There's more to clothing than just adornment. It does more than merely change how the world perceives us. It changes how we perceive ourselves.”
Jacqueline Carey, Naamah's Kiss

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Shira Thomas Ray wrote: "Ah.
La reforma del calendario
Wenceslao Segura González


I saw a keyboard, but no calendar.

Thomas Ray Ah.
La reforma del calendario
Wenceslao Segura González


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Shira Jan wrote: "This one made me think of you this morning!


LOL! Thanks, Jan! :-)

Laila Tov!


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Jan Rice This one made me think of you this morning!


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Shira Luís wrote: "Je suis très heureux pour être votre ami. Je vous souhaite un bon week-end!"

Merci ! Moi aussi, je suis heureuse d'être ton amie (on peut ce-tutoyer, n'est pas ?) !

Bon Weekend !

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Shira “Eux c'est nous” Écrit par Daniel Pennac, illustré par Serge Bloch: c'est déjà publié ?

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Shira add 978-84-616-1729-6 some time...

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