Shira Destinie Jones

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Shira Destinie Jones is a published author, community organizer, Voluntary Simplicity adherent, and educator 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 native city of Washington, DC and abroad. She is also a writer of reviews and stories on:

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Shira Destinie Jones I am currently working on a third practice novel, working title: Birthright: Bedsit (was Four For All/Beds For All, still terrible working title, but…moreI am 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)
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.
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"answer to Millie's question on education" (published Dec 25, 2014 08:58AM).
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reblog: Building the Eviction Economy: Speculation, Precarity, and Eviction in Detroit — Urban Affairs Forum

And across the USA, exploitative buyers rent and sell substandard overpriced properties. Solutions: “throttle the supply of homes to bad actors… and … the implementation of tenants’ right to council. However they also suggest the need for municipal governments to enforce rental property registration and inspection requirements”

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We are going to see the King: the hard way! (Religion & Spirituality)
1 chapters   —   updated Jun 25, 2019 04:47PM
Description: A short short (or just short?) take on those left behind in Noah's Flood...
Hubris and Hemlock (Drama)
1 chapters   —   updated Oct 23, 2017 11:04AM
Description: Can friendship save a life? Genre: Women's Fiction, Novella (abt 43k words now...) A rock-climber wants to rescue others, but must first win the battle to save herself. Can a 35 year old former EMT reveal her passion for poison in time to save herself ... from herself? 1995 Baltimore is trying for a rock-climbing para-medic turned gym teacher. Especially when hiding a death wish. When her aviator husband finds out, Nanyehi must choose between fight and flight. My 2nd practice novel... (Note: there are no sexual, violent, nor vulgar themes or scenes in this story, but Wattpad says it is Mature, I suppose due to the presence of suicidality in some of the book? Imho this is Women's Fiction, as it has a strong female protag. who saves herself and has a hopeful ending. -ShiraDest, 5 November, 12015 HE) (Started on 4 November 12015 for the 2015 November 50k word story #SuperCharged #JustWriteIt challenge. Rough Draft done 29November, Posting 2nd draft chapter by chapter now...) Update: 18 September, 12017 HE: I don't think I ever did give much backstory for any of my MCs. As for clarifying the setting, I sat down to edit for setting, and realized that my problem with this practice novel is that it was written for one particular person, which is why I had so much trouble making the place definite at the start. I also thought about Marie's entrance: I'd meant to convey that expected noises were identified, and thus less likely to set off panic.
To Abravanel (Poetry)
1 chapters   —   updated Jan 19, 2016 07:27AM
Description: Very short historical hymn
Cinco Perros (Literature & Fiction)
1 chapters   —   updated Jun 12, 2015 12:42AM
Description: parte de una historia corta possible
Creator, Friend or Foe? -Beginnings (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
1 chapters   —   updated Oct 03, 2014 01:25AM
Description: This work began as a NanoWriMo novel, which is now in its sixth draft. How does one resist overwhelming power? Moving between universes, powerful beings want to uncover their origins. One proposes an experiment: creation of a material universe with a guardian hierarchy to report, but not intervene. When the other defends the rights of these creations, battle lines are drawn, and all begin to taste suffering. Parrying demands with defiance, the creators make and break policy toward their creations as guardians begin to evolve, forcing all to choose sides in what may become a show-down between the creators themselves, with the entire multiverse caught in the middle. Drawing heavily on Jewish midrashim (Rabbinical stories about The Bible), as well as Muslim, Christian, ancient Greek and Native American sources, Beginnings uses the first 6 chapters and 8 verses of the book of B'reishit (Genesis) as scaffolding for this tale where women take the lead as they love, teach and resist. Shira Destinie Jones Landrac MEOW Date: Thursday, June 14. 12014 H.E. (Holocene Era) edit: I've been told that "Creator: Friend or Foe," which I thought was Biblical Science Fiction, is more Spec. Fiction. I am abandoning it to move on, but would appreciate comments for future work derived from the novel. Drafts and rough exctracts are locaed on my personal blog: Peace, ShiraDestinie Universal Date: Tuesday, October 3. 12014 H.E. (Holocene Era)
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Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard
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Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard
"This is my first "popular history." I wouldn't have done it if not for its being a book-club choice.

Except for a few stumbling blocks, the book is eminently readable. First stumbling block: Major star treatment to one too many personages. Good at..." Read more of this review »
Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard
"A book that proves, or at least shows, there can be amazing, transcendent beauty in loss, sadness and pathos. Even those in this well-constructed biographical narrative who are rather deplorable (Guiteau, Conckling, Dr. Doctor Willard Bliss) are h..." Read more of this review »
Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard
"Candice Millard’s biography of James Garfield explores a less well known but meaningful episode in U. S. history. We’ll never know if Garfield would have made the great president everyone felt he would be. But his assassination did have significan..." Read more of this review »
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Good and Mad by Rebecca Traister
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Shira added a status update: "I have been struggling with how to instill hard work without the specter of survival. Is it even possible?"
Yes, I believe it is, by encouraging everyone to contribute what is unique to his or her experience: in short, to contribute (write, paint, draw, sing, compose, recite, build, etc) what comes out of your own experience and what you feel will help all human beings move forward. I think that would motivate
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The Dream of the Poem by Peter Cole
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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.”
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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 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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Luís C. Je suis très heureux pour être votre ami. Je vous souhaite un bon week-end!

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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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