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I've finally done sorting through entries in my old LiveJournal. I hope that lessons I've tried to draw from previous ideas, plans and attempts at businesses, cooperatives and community organising can be of use to others. I've tried just a bit to group some entries together from conception to fruition (and often failure, or publication, as the case may have been...) so that a few of my ideas sort of flow-chart a little, or at least show the evolution of how I first day-dreamed, then planned, implemented, and generally failed, but usually wrote up the attempt so that hopefully someone else with a similar idea can learn from my mistakes and go a bit farther than I managed.

As with my DC Black-Jewish Walking Tours, I started by melding the two histories, which was way too big, and looked at how other groups give their walking tours to try to cut down my tours while keeping the essential, and then shared that information (yes, I was severerly criticised by one advisor for not keeping my sources secret, but that goes against my principles), hoping to attract allies and build a cooperative. That did not work as I'd hoped, but I have left the trail of bread-crumbs for others to build on.

2012-08-13 16:49:00
Loved giving 1st Underground Railroad of DC Tour!!
I loved giving the first tour of my Underground Railroad and Black History series Singing Community Cooperation tours here in DC.
2012-08-15 10:07:00
Interesting points in fascinating book on DC´s 1st race riot...
Moreley, in his new book, Snow-storm in August : Washington City, Francis Scott Key, and the forgotten race riot of 1835
not only puts together a sound context for the Snow Riots, but also draws together strands which began then, and still define, he claims, our politics today.
I found most striking his juxtaposing of property rights and individual vs. community as well as freedom of speech, and whether free speech is applied best for owners (elites) vs. the people (the 99%).
Excellent book.

Am I the only leyner who has Negro spirituals running through my mind as I prepare my chanting!!?? Often times I feel like a schitzophrenic, trying to integrate the two major parts of my life, my childhood and ethnic background, recalling summers with Grandma at Mt. Zion UMC, juxtaposed against beautiful nigunim to which I felt little access, on the other side of the mechitza (divider between men and women) in Baltimore.
"Wayfaring Stranger"

2012-12-02 11:15:00
Star Trek and B5 helped my Torah Chanting, come discuss more SF and ethical values, bring a TV! Yesterday's portion had lots of names in it, which I found easier to learn, I argue, because of my experience with words and names in Klingon, and then in Narn and Minbari! Who says Science Fiction is not practical? :-)
Kashering Party immediately upon move-in, kitchen will be kosher pareve-dairy (milchigs ...) : I use soy milk.
First Babylon 5 party to be held on the first Sunday in January, provided a TV arrives before then!
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24 February, 12016 HE
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Originally posted 2012-11-30, so I don't know if they are still around:
Infant-PreKs need cribs:
   I had the opportunity, thanks to Alice Burton, to be able to meet last night with some wonderful people working with vulnerable infants and todlers in DC. The group is called Jubilee Jumpstart:
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19 February, 12016 HE
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2012-10-16 13:44:00
Proposal for Mediterranean Folk and/or Free Form Meditative Dance Classes, DC (was Dance as Prayer)
Shira Destinie Jones
Proposal for Mediterranean Folk Dance Classes
Washington, DC
I originally proposed these classes at the Meditation Center and also at Wesley UMC, the CC Community Center and then at my shul, but none of these places seem to like the idea of a free form meditative dance class that would start off with slow stretching and move to more wavelike dancing, to Segovia or other slow Spanish Guitar music, so I changed it to more energetic dance, which seems to be more popular.   I wish I could find something more meditative, perhaps in a place where dance is understood to be a form of prayer   Now I am giving this idea and proposal away so that perhaps someone else will have luck implementing it..

1. Justification for classes (Israeli, Greek and Bulgarian dances):
The traditional folk dances of the Greek Islands, the Peloponnese, and the
mainland have long been a means of enduring the hardships of occupation
and loss, as well as celebrating the joys of life. The folk dances of Israel
come out of the Jewish tradition which celebrates the bitter-sweet taste of
life in both the exile from a beloved homeland and the struggles to build a
sense of home in an unstable world. Both of these traditions can be heard
and felt in the sad and then unstoppable strains of traditional Bulgarian
music, mingling the melodies of eastern Europe with the weaving steps of
the Mediterranean Sea in a union of spiritual movement which recalls both
the heartbreak and the excitement of living in a turbulent world.
2. Objective of classes:
a. Folk dance classes will demonstrate the shared spiritual connection via traditional
dance among these three areas, illustrated through dance postures
and leadership roles.
b. Classes will also provide both exercise for the body and exercise for the
mind as we stretch, move, and discuss the meaning of each dance.
c. Students beginning with no background in Mediterranean folk dance will
learn the essential basic steps of all Mediterranean dances, common hand
holds, and variations on common basic “hora” steps, and specific individual
dances including Zemer Atik, Misirlou, and the Tsamiko and for advanced
students, Kalamatianos. The first four classes will cover basics
and Kalamatianos will be taught beginning the second month of classes after
review of each basic dance.
d. Students should all be able to follow and eventually lead each dance.
Opportunities to attend Greek festivals and Klezmer events will be shared
on an ad-hoc basis to encourage practice of dance skills and enjoyment
with groups of experienced dancers in social settings.
3. Resources needed for classes:
a. A cd player with adequate speakers for the space in which classes are held
b. Floor space for approximately 5 to 20 dancers in a circle or semi-circle
c. Water is advisable
d. A white handkerchief is advisable for Greek dances
e. Light clothing is best since after Warm-Up stretches, the dances can become
quite energetic. Cool-down stretches are done after dances are taught
and reviewed at the end of each class.
f. Classes are free (assuming no liability insurance is required on my part).
Shira Destinie Jones, Mediterranean Dance Proposal
4. Potential concerns to be resolved:
a. Since these dances can be quite energetic, all students should take care to
avoid overstressing any joints or back injuries if necessary. Warm-up
stretches are intended to lead up slowly to any energetic dances, but precautions
are also the responsibility of each individual student.
b. Students with learning disabilities or fear or movement will gladly to be
given extra help on an ad hoc basis to help make classes more enjoyable
for them.
5. Accomplishing these objectives should be educational, entertaining, and spiritually
uplifting for students and instructor, as dance is a mixture of movement and
meditation, and also often a form of prayer. In this spirit, these classes are proposed
as a way of bringing the quality of mindfulness to our playful times, and awareness
of the spiritual in our celebration of joy and even the celebration of our sorrows,
as the Rabbis say that all joyful events must also recall a touch of sorrow as
Yassou and L’Chaim
Shira Destine Jones
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23 February, 12016 HE

Your fundamental problem is that you do not really believe that you deserve to have good things happen to you.
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2011-10-27 19:11:00
"The Ghosts of Slave Pens Past!" walking tour of DC -rsvp today!
Join me, licensed DC Tour Guide Shira D. Jones, as we walk past places that recall the Dickensionan horrors of Victorian era jails, but with inmates whose only crime was being born to the wrong mother -a slave.

This unique Black History related tour of downtown DC will focus on places long forgotten, but which should never be forgotten. Dress for the weather and to walk!

Tours on a sliding scale, reply here or email for details.

RSVP early to be discounts!

(This tour drew very little interest...)
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23 February, 12016 HE
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2011-08-08 16:52:00
gender-diffs among Black landowners in Wash. County, 1855... Curious...
I do not have time now, but I am dying to look into why (on p. 127 of Washington at home: An illustrated history of neighborhoods in the nation's capital; second edition, 2010, JHU Press, Kathryn Schneider Smith, ed.)

4 of the 5 black landowners in what is now roughly the Brightwood neighborhood (via the 1855 Washington County assessment listing 31 landowners along the 7th St. Turnpike, opened in 1822, from Rock Creek Church Rd to the District Line

(presumably meaning to what was then Boundary Street, now FL ave., marking the border of the Federal City, aka City of Washington) Line, were women.

No time to delve, must check this wonderful book out again in a few weeks!

(still interesting, and still no time... Must remember to add this comment and book ref. to Slavery Project on WikiTree -anybody have time to take over the Project, please??)
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23 February, 12016 HE
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Hi COMAR newsletter editor,

Here is a bio, just in case you need that.


Shira Destinie Jones is a native Washingtonian, teacher of mathematics, Hebrew and Greek folk dance, and singing enthusiast with 12 years of Unix expertise. She holds a Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Mathematics, a Masters of Philosophy in economic social policy, and is a published poet and author working to help restore the balance of justice in our damaged world.

My update for this year is as follows:

The past year has been a busy one for me. In addition to going back to Bath, England for my graduation ceremony, I have given several energizing talks on "Community Empowerment through Community Currencies" last year. I also published my first book entitled "SHARED MONETARY GOVERNANCE: Exploring Regulatory Frameworks, Participatory Internal Decision-making and Scale in Institutional Access to General and Special Purpose Currencies" and most recently, I have an article being published shortly in the International Journal of Community Currency Research (IJCCR). Apart from these pursuits, my personal endeavors include starting an Interfaith Prayer Calling Circle, hosting several multi-cultural connection events, and starting up work on an idea to plan joint Watch Night events bringing together the Black community with the Jewish community. These personal projects continue while I search for full time employment, so 2011 promises to be a busy year!

From the Manzilla side of the Family,

Peace, Love, and Community-Cooperation!!



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Journal Article: ‘A Theoretical Framework for Shared MonetaryGovernance’ International Journalof CommunityCurrency Research 15(A) ISSN 13259547, 2011.
Book: “Shared Monetary Governance”, ISBN978-3-639-26780-8, VDM Publishing, August, 2010.
Thesis: May 2010, Department of Social Policy, University of Bath, United Kingdom.
Poem: “Lost in a Rose”, Concrete Wolf Poetry Quarterly Issue Number 2. 2001
Classes and Talks or PRESENTATIONS by SHIR
Dvar Tikkun (social justice related talk): “TakomaTime”, 17 Dec. 2010, TLS, Washington, DC.
Class presented for adults: “Mishnah Gittin and Community Empowerment via LocalCurrencies“Mifnei Tikkun Ha-Olam"”, DC Beit Midrash,16 August 2010, JCC Washington, DC.
Talk: Re´eh -“Time Banks: Loan Remission Step Two”, Adas Israel Traditional Egalitarian Minyan,7 August 2010, Washington, DC.
Presentation: "Community Empowerment through LocalCurrencies" at The Bell, July 2010, Bath,UK.
Presentation: "Green Money and Community Empowerment:Local Currencies as a project ofTikkun Olam", AdasIsrael 2010 Tikkun Leil Shavuot , May 18th-19th, DC.
Presentation: “La Gobernanza Compartida del Dinero”, por la RedCreativa, 2009, Puerto Morelos,Quintana Roo, Mexico.
Presentation: “Shared Monetary Governance” Poster at 2008Heterodox Economics Conference,Cambridge, UK.

(I hadn't realized how much I did how quickly in DC: no wonder I was exhausted in 3.5 years...)

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8 March, 12016 HE

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heartwarming all from Vvalk to see how I was doing, (it is nice, for me anyway, to have a friend check on me, as it makes me feel cared-for in a way I have rarely felt in my life, which I really appreciate and treasure) I set off this morning from the SW waterfront headed to the Tidal Basin to get another look at the FDR memorial, which I really like.  On the way, I kept passing a meter man, joking with him that I really was not following him.  Then I saw a Honduran couple having trouble with their parking meter, so waited and translated for them with the nice parking meter man I had just passed twice.  :-)   It was really nice to be able to help out folks and have fun meeting them as well.   <br /><br />And yes, those of you who have already told me so, feel free to add, 'I told you so' again, but I am indeed beginning to understand that there may in fact not be any coincidences in the Universe, and can finally also begin to trust in Her.  This is not as scary for me as it once was, happily enough.<br /><br />Then, I arrived at the FDR memorial, had a very nice time re-exploring the site and getting a private tour, because at 3pm there was no one but me waiting for the nice Park Ranger to give the tour.  It was interesting to hear his perspective, as he complained several times about the decision to leave out FDR's 'day that will live in infamy' quote, and more complaints of leaving off the 'trademark' mink stole from the Eleanor Roosevelt statue.  Personally I think it was wise to avoid unneccesary controversy.  The site focusses on FDR's inclusive quotes, and his efforts to alleviate the suffering of the unemployed and destitute.  I think the memorial does a good job in highlighting the misfortunes of Depression and War that FDR had to deal with in leading the USA at that time, and does a good job despite overlooking his internment of Japanese-Americans and his dubious handling of Pearl Harbour.  These were all things which he may have felt he was forced to do, and unfortunately, it is not without cause that they say that no BoyScout can be President.  :-(  Who knows, perhaps we can help forge a world where a completely  ethical man can succeed as a leader, but I think that that war forced everyone (even Einstein) to make unhappy, even ugly compromises.<br /><br />---edit the following day:<br />I forgot to mention that I also sent to see the George Mason memorial on the way off of the Tidal Basin, and was a bit confused by his apparent anti-slavery stance, while being a Virginia plantation owner...<br />--<br /><br />In the vein of building a better world, as I walked home, a different Park Ranger encouraged me to go visit the Mall at night, saying that all of the monuments are lighted and the city is beautiful.  I do recall the beauty of the city lights at night, something I have always admired.
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22 February, 12016 HE

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