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We Are Being Tested : Callico Jack

Published May 31, 2018 by Nan Mykel
Fascism
Fascist GOP

Excerpted from Callico  Jack’s https://thepsyoflifeblog.com/2018/05/31/the-depth-of-trumps-narcissism-as-told-by-the-ruined-lives-and-carnage-left-in-his-wake/

When we are confronted with evil this profoundly vile that would ignore the pain and death of thousands that would separate families by the hundreds and thousands, then we are called upon to take a stand and a side. The Ol’ Pussy Grabber has the excuse of his life time of malignant narcissism, but we do not. We do not have any other mental illness than apathy. But, the evil is here now, and we must take a blood oath to vote in November to stop it. And, we must call Congress folks and demand that something be done for Puerto Rico and maintaining immigrant families. This shit is now and we are being tested.

Nightmares — one possible solution

Published May 30, 2018 by Nan Mykel

Long ago I worked at a mental health center and a therapist there shared a technique for dealing with nightmares that had worked for some of his clients.  He reported one instance of a victim of a tractor rolling over him resulting in recurring nightmares of the experience.  In another instance a woman had recurring nightmares of learning two of her friends had been shot to death. My friend said that it was possible to change a nightmare while you were dreaming it.  The secret was to make the initial change very small and of little significance.  I subsequently attempted this procedure with a man who complained of a recurring nightmare.  Several sessions later I inquired how his nightmares were and he said he had just done what I suggested and they quit.

R.E.S.P.E.C.T. – A Reblog

Published May 29, 2018 by Nan Mykel

(Almost makes me believe in “possession,” which Webster’s Dictionary describes as “domination by something (as an evil spirit, a passion or an idea)” and “another “a psychological state in which an individual’s normal personality is replaced by another.”) I’m reblogging.

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R.E.S.P.E.C.T. … remember the song by Aretha Franklin?  Well, guess what folks — it needs to be re-released, for far too many have forgotten the word.  One of Donald Trump’s promises during his never-ending campaign was to ‘get rid of’ political correctness.  Now, as I said at the time, political correctness is nothing more or less than respect for others and their feelings.  Is it sometimes taken to extremes?  Maybe, but I would rather err on the side of kindness than not.  Today, two glaring examples of the ugliness Donald Trump has unleashed in the nation came to my attention, and I would like to share them with you, dear friends, just so you don’t forget what Trump has turned this nation into.


Remember how incensed some people, mostly republicans, were when Colin Kaepernick, on 01 September 2016, kneeled during the playing of the national anthem, rather than stand?  Of…

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Flypaper Thoughts – haibun

Published May 29, 2018 by Nan Mykel

FLYPAPER THOUGHTS

Today I could talk straight through until I die and not tell you half

my thoughts and history. None great but I was there and lived it all.  So

much, all the time.  Little things, big feelings—I am an Indian mound full

of artifacts, a wrapped present on Christmas morning, full of surprises.

These atypical thoughts will leave me, but here they are for you to see,

caught on my flypaper.

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Moon casts her shadows

A plop sounds in the old creek

Night birds croon their songs

 

 

 

Good News About the Reader (I Think)

Published May 28, 2018 by Nan Mykel

My helper was over this evening and she showed me that all the blogs I follow ARE on my reader when they post!  When you get to the bottom wait a sec for the arrow thingy to slip back up and this can continue until the end of your list.  (Bethany, take note!)  There are just a few who live in other domains, I think, who can only post via e-mail.  There must be a place where bloggers can request to be on others’ e-mails.  Correct me, gang, if I’m off base.

Update on Create Space

Published May 28, 2018 by Nan Mykel

Mick Rooney writes in The Independent Publisher:  ” Amazon’s self-publishing service, CreateSpace, is laying off staff in its editing, marketing and design division in July because the company is getting out of the business of offering full service options to indie authors. The layoffs will mostly affect customer service positions. Amazon’s long-term plan looks to be to roll the operations of CreateSpace into Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), a DIY platform for self-publishing writers.”

I had a good experience with Create Space in 2014 and 2015 with my two books, but there have been recent complaints about quality, customer service, etc.  Significant staff layoffs while other Amazon endeavors expand must be demoralizing.

 

It Happened Again, Folks …School shooting

Published May 28, 2018 by Nan Mykel

Thanks to jilldennison:

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It wasn’t as widely reported as Parkland or Santa Fe, but there was another school shooting last week, this one in Noblesville, Indiana on Friday.  The shooter was a student who asked for permission to leave the classroom and returned armed with two handguns. This time, nobody died.  Care to know why?  Because the shooter was stopped by the unarmed teacher.  A good guy without a gun stopped a bad guy with a gun.  And that, my friends, explains why you may not have heard about this school shooting – it wasn’t sensationalist enough for the media, since nobody died, and it wasn’t in keeping with the NRA’s motto.jason_seamanThe teacher was 29-year-old Jason Seaman, who is being hailed as a hero.  The shooter entered the classroom and immediately began firing, hitting one female student.  Mr. Seaman sprang into action, charging the shooter and knocking him to the ground.  He…

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What If My Shadow Speaks the Truth?

Published May 27, 2018 by Nan Mykel

It’s perhaps my naive opinion that Trump’s role in The Apprentice’s “You’re Fired”  series contributed to his narcissistic disregard for others’ welfare.  Did I see the other day that he appeared in the tv series for 14 seasons?  Seems like repeating over and over “you’re fired” could get to be habit-forming.

Trump has appeared to have uncovered organized Christian leaders’ preference for following the money instead of Christ.

Efforts to “drain the swamp” of Washington D.C. seems to have backfired, issuing in 44 individuals with ties to Trump or Pence who have acted as registered lobbyists in 2017, according to a Public Citizen analysis.

How can anyone justify the wealthiest convicts serving their sentences in country club settings while conditions for the poor in most for-profit prisons suffer?  I’d prefer all to serve equally. How can that be justified?  I don’t think Trump would have commandeered  more money for-profit prisons if he thought he would have to serve his sentence there.

Decreasing funds for public education appears to be a step in dumbing down the poor  so they won’t know any better than to vote for Trump again.

The elite NRA has the good old country boys under its spell, illustrating how an overlord can pepper the trail all the way to the witches’ house, where the owner can devour and regurgitate them.

UPDATE ON : The Reader–You Probably Knew This; I Didn’t…

Published May 26, 2018 by Nan Mykel

Concerning the following which I posted earlier, I learned that for updates on all the blogs I follow to appear on my Reader (instead of many on e-mail),  I must transition from .com to .org for $99.  Just thought you’d like to know.

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I recently dropped a number of sites I had been following because they hadn’t posted in a long time.  As I dropped well below 300 blogs followed, I discovered that not everyone on my followed list gets listed in my Reader when they post.  If that’s you I apologize. I checked everyone in my reader frequently, while entirely oblivious to others I thought I was actively following.

I wonder how many posts you can follow and they will all be covered via the Reader.

Quote from Channing

Published May 24, 2018 by Nan Mykel

To live content with small means,

to seek elegance rather than luxury,

and refinement rather than fashion,

to be worthy, not respectable,

and wealthy. not rich.

To study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly,

to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart,

to hear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never.

In a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious,

grow up through the common.

This is to be my symphony.

–William Henry Channing

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