Published July 2, 2022 by Nan Mykel




…To get the worms of hate out of me   My time spent blogging to a handful of “members of the choir”  makes  no difference in the long or short run, only spreads “aint it awful” messages.  But being too light hearted seems disrespectful to the times, like telling jokes on the guillotine.  I have nothing new to add, only filling the trough in a slaughterhouse.

How can one think of one’s thoughts as melodramatic in the current situation?  Or swallow helplessness? …. A terrified 10-year old child in Ohio is denied an abortion after rape. Seven Proud Boys invade Indiana library to prevent childrfen’s story hour…. Surely I cannot end this post without a hopeful suggestion?

Please share a hopeful suggestion, in addition to “vote,” which as I understand it has been made much more difficult in a number of states.  When you’re a zillionaire how much more can you want?  Helpful suggestions will be treasured.  And don’t spread misinformation:  vaccines DO contain foetal cells, but not from children, as Clarence Thomas says.

P.S. Easily influenced, I just finished reading Mary Gordon’s early book Final Payments, which I do NOT recommend in these times.  Please do not reblog me….


Published July 1, 2022 by Nan Mykel

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ALLONS ENFANTS DE LA PATRIE, but I wasn’t sure what the whole song said.  I looked it up and saw only the first line was really appropriate, but the beat and vigor were and are a pick-me-up!

All in response to the nytimes news that New York is fighting back!  I hadn’t thought there was any place left to move, but if I were a tad younger I like to hope I would hit the road:

The big news is that New York just passed a law to prohibit hand guns in subways, buses, parks, hospitals, day cares, Times Square and private property unless the property owner expressly okays it. The state legislature also initiated the move to protect abortion rights, but the process will require time.  Do read the original article.

From <https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/01/nyregion/ny-guns-abortion-supreme-court.html?campaign_id=60&emc=edit_na_20220701&instance_id=0&nl=breaking-news&ref=cta&regi_id=92821497&segment_id=97449&user_id=808aa8374858aa0bb61eef25d704e6b0>


My birthright — fauxcroft

Published July 1, 2022 by Nan Mykel

Being free is my birthright Free will is our true might, I am not about to surrender it I will never give it up and submit, To do that would be an absurdity There’s nothing you can offer to buy from me, It’s the final bastion of my authenticity It defines my individuality, And shines […]

My birthright — fauxcroft

I Couldn’t Say It Better, so…

Published July 1, 2022 by Nan Mykel

The court’s most immediately lethal decisionremains Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturned Roe v. Wade. But do not let Dobbs distract from the onslaught that followed it. If anyone still doubted that the Supreme Court served as the nation’s chief policymaking institution after Dobbs, Thursday should put that to rest. The court is ruthlessly efficient, putting our gridlocked Congress to shame with its speedy and definitive resolution of the most pressing issues facing the country today. It does not require hourslong hearings or endless negotiations to operate. The six-justice conservative majority chooses which conflicts to prioritize, takes up cases that present them, then picks a winner, nearly always for the benefit of the conservative movement and the Republican Party.


Consider the issues that SCOTUS has resolved this term—the first full term with a 6–3 conservative supermajority. The constitutional right to abortion: gone. States’ ability to limit guns in public: gone. Tribal sovereignty against state intrusion: gone. Effective constraints around separation of church and state: gone. The bar on prayer in public schools: gone. Effective enforcement of Miranda warnings: gone. The ability to sue violent border agents: gone. The Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases at power plants: gone. Vast areas of the law, established over the course of decades, washed away by a court over a few months.


From Nan: Sorry I’m not good at reblogging.  Visit  dianeravitch posted on Diane Ravitch’s blogMark Joseph Stern: The Most Hopeless Day of SCOTUS Term?

San Francisco Pride Message and Video

Published July 1, 2022 by Nan Mykel


Melanie Nathan, Executive Director of African Human Rights Coalition

I’d like to refer you to Melanie Nathan’s San Francisco PRIDE posting of a rousing introduction by Melanie to a video greeting from the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, Dr. Filippo Grandi.  Melanie wrote:
“No one should be attacked by their government, their neighbor, church, doctor, teacher, parent, sibling, friend, for being LGBTQI+. Yet this happens all over the world – even in America and worse yet – in the over 70 countries that call ALL LGBTQI+ people, criminals.”

Check it out.








Published June 30, 2022 by Nan Mykel





What could be worse than reversing the ROE v WADE DECISION or limiting the power of the ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY  to manage carbon emissions in the face of increasing worldwide climate change;  regulating the runaway internet; and  worker safety?

You got it:  dismantling SOCIAL SECURITY and MEDICARE…..

More than ever we need to make sure we’re aware of any new voting  regulations in our state and prepare for them.

The Smell of the Dragon

Published June 29, 2022 by Nan Mykel







During a long interchange of thoughtful comments and replies on a recent blog, the author says, “To be frank, my former party has one primary mission that they try to mask – give more money to rich people and help them keep it. This is the key reason for conservative judges to side with companies in liability lawsuits. Everything else is ancillary to that purpose. A key ruling by SCOTUS last week made it easier for companies to escape liability.”

Nan says, “My brain can no longer embrace the many-faceted fascade of the political dragon, but can recognize and smell it.”

Walking. Bring out your Dead!

Published June 28, 2022 by Nan Mykel

OMG yes!

Live & Learn

It all started with an article Susan sent me. This one or something like it: 10-second balance test could predict longevity. “The inability to stand on one leg for 10 seconds in mid to later life is linked to a near doubling in the risk of death from any cause within the next 10 years, according to research published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.”

I try to ignore it. Put it out of mind. Impossible.

So, it’s 4 am, yesterday morning, and I’m standing in the bathroom, trying to balance on my left foot. Counting down 10-9-8-7-6… I reach for the counter.  You have got to be kidding.

I go at it again.  Whispering the count down, 10-9-8-7… I reach for the counter again. OMG. I can’t do it.

I pause, inhale, and while balancing on my right foot, I reach down for my sock and put…

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Is This a Joke? If So, Not A Very Funny One!!!

Published June 27, 2022 by Nan Mykel

Have you contacted the right authorities?

lifelessons - a blog by Judy Dykstra-Brown

I received this email today. If meant as a joke, not the least bit funny. If not a joke, scary as Hell:  I received this in an email. How can it even be legal to put such a threatening message on the Internet? SICK SICK SICK!!!!!

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Published June 27, 2022 by Nan Mykel

It’s easy to distance oneself from our elected officials, even those who share our interests.  There’s such a great distance between us, and at least I am usually in my cold political brain when I think about them.  In fact, I’ve become so used to being lied to that I have become somewhat jaundiced about everyone and everything.

So an article in the Morning New York Times on Sunday belatedly touched an empathic part of me when  I read Ian Prasad Philbrick’s story “In the Room.”  He interviewed Times colleague and reporter Emily Cochrane  who was trapped in the upper gallery of the House chamber during the January 6 attack.  She recalled the period when “all of a sudden the people in front of me started moving again, climbing over chairs and bannisters so I did the same.”

The article describes those who sit in the back of the chamber during testimony and how many  who experienced the Januay 6 attack have a mutual support network.  For more insight, see the article:

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