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TREASURE HUNT

Published November 18, 2018 by Nan Mykel

My local library has a “free” section, fed by discarded library books and donations. Sometimes the books appear to come from the estates of learned people.  When I see a gem I grab it and someone I know gets a marvelous (tho used) Christmas present.  I recently came across two such volumes,  Animal Behavior, edited by Thomas Eisner and Edward O. Wilson, containing readings from Scientific America,  and–oh drat, I’ve already wrapped it for Christmas–a book of the complete campaigns of World War II, a reference book extraordinaire.

Then I realize that some of the best gems that stand out in my mind were those I ran into during graduate school, and I’ve never seen them surpassed. Why do we discount writings because of  an earlier copyright date?  I haven’t heard the insightful material discussed as well as in Your Perfect Right  by   Robert Alberti and Michael C. Emmons  c. 1970 and When Anger Hurts; Quieting the Storm Within by Matthew McKay.

In looking up the above sources I discovered that it’s more productive to Google by just the name of the book instead of Amazon. In my explorations I saw one used copy for $1 plus $5 shipping, and I was reminded to ponder over the practice of occasionally offering a $1 paperback for $101.37.  What shenanigans are folks up to?

[Sorry for the partial repeat of this–I earlier posted it halfway through, then forgot to save].

Another Borrowed Snippet…

Published November 18, 2018 by Nan Mykel

From Filosofa’s site>:

Donald Trump draped the Medal of Freedom around the neck of Ms. Miriam Adelson, the wife of Sheldon Adelson, the Las Vegas casino magnate who donated some $30 million to Trump’s campaign toward the end of 2016.  Frankly, I think she should be stripped of this medal, for instead of promoting freedom, she and her husband have contributed to robbing the citizens of this nation of their freedom.

Item From Mother Jones

Published November 17, 2018 by Nan Mykel

“Senator, Why Are You Being Arrested?”

Georgia’s Nikema Williams wasn’t even part of Tuesday’s Capitol protest, but state police hauled her off to jail anyway.

Sen. Nikema Williams (D-Atlanta) is arrested by capitol police during a protest over election ballot counts in the rotunda of the state capitol building Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, in Atlanta. John Bazemore/AP Photo

The morning of Tuesday, November 13, started out like many others for Nikema Williams. The Democratic state senator, who since 2017 has represented a diverse district covering a broad swath of Atlanta, showed up to work at the Georgia State Capitol for a special legislative session. A few hours later, the day became one she’ll never forget. “I keep replaying this in my mind over and over,” she told me. “Never did I imagine my day was going to end in jail.”

 Continued in Mother Jones

New Roommate, Reblogged Poem Fragment by lifelessons – a blog by Judy Dykstra-Brown

Published November 17, 2018 by Nan Mykel

Love it!

lifelessons - a blog by Judy Dykstra-Brown

New Roommate, Chapter 2

I have the need to be alone, to hide away, sequester,
but my roommate never leaves the room! She’s somewhat of a nester.
She seems to be ensconced here with her creepy boyfriend Lester,
and my irritation’s turned into a boil about to fester.
I may not make it to the end of the next semester
when I can find a roommate who is less of a rester.
She can be a talker or messy or a jester.
She can use my makeup, wear my clothes or gripe and pester.
In fact, I will take anyone short of a child molester,
so long as she’s a roamer—a gad-about, a quester!!!!

See Chapter 1 HERE.

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2018/11/16/sequester/

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I Didn’t Realize This About the Pittsburgh Visit

Published November 16, 2018 by Nan Mykel

“President Trump, you are not welcome in Pittsburgh until you fully denounce white nationalism”, the letter reads. “Our Jewish community is not the only group you have targeted. You have also deliberately undermined the safety of people of color, Muslims, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities”.

  • Clark Mindock, independent.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHILE SITTING IN THE DARK TONIGHT

Published November 15, 2018 by Nan Mykel

When I was in graduate school I read The Symbolic and the Real  by Ira Progoff  (McGraw-Hill, 1963), and it had a tremendous effect on me, and I think was  responsible for my becoming  friends with my unconscious–or psyche, as he would call it.

Before that, in beginning therapy, I recall being asked about my fantasies, whereupon I said I never had fantasies. I came to understand that I had them, but didn’t take notice or recognize them.  When I read Progoff, I came to recognize that deeper than fantasies were images.  Progoff describes this process as follows:

“In the method of twilight imaging,  the individual relaxes, closes his eyes, and permits himself to observe and describe the flow of imagery that flows upon the screen of his mind’s eye.  This flow, which is the faculty of the image-making process of the psyche, is kaleidoscopic.  It simply moves on, presenting itself in one form after another.  Its energy is not integrated, but moves with no  cohering principle, until a pattern is formed  by the formless flow of the imagery itself.  This is the “pure” process of the psyche.  To the degree that it is not induced by any selfconscious attitudes, the pattern that is formed and dramatized is an authentic expression of the psyche and reflects what is taking place at its unobservable levels.  The free flow of imagery thus becomes a channel by which the inarticulate depths of the person can communicate to consciousness the problems and the aspirations involved in reaching a fuller integration.” (p. 92)

Earlier this evening, while sitting in the dark after Spectrum had turned itself off,  An image came to me of  a giant walking past my  patio window. I only imaged his huge feet tromping by,  mashing things underfoot, and I was reminded of him stalking from the hurricanes of the southeast to the wildfires of the west coast.  (How ethnocentric–I am  largely ignorant of the details of the earthquakes and tsunamis and plane crashes abroad).

I reflected on the image of the giant stalking the land and climate change, and realized that prior to language there were silent images which issued from the protoplasm of the ancients.  And then I found Progoff’s book on my shelf after turning on the light, and came to my computer to share.

 

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