All posts for the month February, 2022


Published February 11, 2022 by Nan Mykel










Image:  Bluebird of Bitterness

As reported in an awesome analysis in the Feb. 23, 2021 issue of Atlantic Magazine by  Robert A. Pape and Keven Ruby,  money appears to have played a bigger role in the insurrectionists of the capitol than anticipated.   I’ve been told a relative of mine says he voted for Trump not because he’s the better man, but to protect his business interests.  Perhaps this means concerns about the future of taxes, regulations, climate change and investment concerns.  I wonder if somehow this reflects the shift in power from humans to corporations.

89 percent of the arrestees have no apparent affiliation with any known militant organization.

“The average age of the arrestees we studied is 40. Two-thirds are 35 or older, and 40 percent are business owners or hold white-collar jobs. Unlike the stereotypical extremist, many of the alleged participants in the Capitol riot have a lot to lose. They work as CEOs, shop owners, doctors, lawyers, IT specialists, and accountants. Strikingly, court documents indicate that only 9 percent are unemployed.”

To think that within the insurrectionists there are folks who are against each other!  Several different groups that hate one target together can produce pretty much hate.  I’ll have to read the article again to see if they tabulated any wealthy people of color.

Obviously I’ve not been on my toes in keeping up with the news.  I do wonder why we haven’t read as much about the business owners or white-collar job holders as the eleven percent militants?    My sick conspiracy theory goes like this:  Maybe the news sources or their editors/publishers also have money concerns (greed?).

I know I’m out on a limb.

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Published February 8, 2022 by Nan Mykel





Has lost her sheep

and can’t tell where to find them.

Leave them alone but

they won’t come home

’cause the non-vegetarian

meateaters have got them…



Sat on a wall

Humpty Trumpty

had a great fall.

All of his  minions

and family too, not

knowing whatever

they should do, just

blogged him down there

with mirror and mike, for

it seems that he was

never all together, and

his fall was in the cards.

Passersby pitied him

but he called them all

names so they left him

down on the ground,

where he can be found

still  playing uncouth

with the truth.



In the treetop

When the wind blows

the cradle will rock.

When the bough breaks

the cradle will fall, so Ma

holds the bough up,

Baby and all.



went up the hill

to fetch a pail of

water.  But the water

had dried up, no

drop in the cup.

Afraid to go home,

they started to roam

and came to a dry creek

bed with little critters

shrunken and bleak.

Jill cried in horror  that

they must go home

and warn that danger is

on the horizon,

and everyone’s life

is at risk.

“Turn down the heat

or we’ll be burned

to a crisp!”






8 Ways to deal with coronavirus/COVID-19 related anxiety & stress

Published February 8, 2022 by Nan Mykel

I usually pick the salt off the caramels, but thought this post useful…

Salted Caramel

The corona virus pandemic has the world in its grip. Lockdown, isolation  and curfew are words  you hear all the time. Routines are disrupted and lives are changing rapidly.

Along with all the actual inconvenience, there is a feeling of panic. While recognising the gravity of the situation, we need to make sure that we don’t succumb to anxiety.

Here are just a few suggestions that are quite simple and that you know already. I have just put them down as a reminder :  

1. Stay in touch with friends.

This seems to be an oxymoron when we are supposed to practise social distancing, but I mean staying in touch via telephone or social media. Logging in to your various groups on Whatsapp or Facebook etc is a good way to stay in touch too. This virtual contact dispels the lonelness  that you can experience while in social distancing…

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Radical Kindness – once again

Published February 7, 2022 by Nan Mykel

Yes, those were the days, my friend….Thanks for reminding us.


Yesterday, I repeated a post called “Build Bridges not Chasms” using a quote from Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. One way to help build bridges comes from another earlier post which quotes someone defining another great American who passed away a few years ago – Mister Rogers. We need to practice radical kindness.

Last week, the excellent documentary called “Would you be my neighbor?” on the life and mission of Mister (Fred) Rogers, won an award from AARP’s Movies for Grown-ups annual ceremony. Morgan Neville, the producer/ director summed up his reflections of Mister Rogers with the words “radical kindness.” He noted we need his wisdom more today than ever.

In the film, Rogers, who was an ordained minister, puppeteer, and musician made it his mission to teach children about how to understand and address their feelings. His shows focused on issues that were previously avoided with children –…

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Published February 7, 2022 by Nan Mykel


No, I haven’t upslid to organized religion,  but I can be touched by metaphor, and I believe that there’s much useful in some of the   stories and metaphors in the New Testament.  so, I just entertained the following fantasy:

Can you imagine Jesus

In a debate with Donald?

How would Donnie put Him down?

For he would, always reaching

For the jugular.  Was

Jesus a Jew?  Oh oh. And What is

The eye of a needle and

Getting into Heaven all



Published February 5, 2022 by Nan Mykel











that which is true or in accordance with fact or reality.

noun: the truth   From <


the world or the state of things as they actually exist, as opposed to an idealistic or notional idea of them.

“he refuses to face reality”


The quality of being honest

Trump’s Got a “hunch”  (he said in the early covid days), that its lethality was exaggerated.

How many failed fact checkers has he?

Trump’s reason not to be honest about Covid19:

“To protect”  (avoid panic)


Save face


HOW DO YOU FEEL about “bending the truth?”  What does it do to a relationship?  Even technically a white lie?

Once I’ve caught someone in a white lie I hold the relationship at arm’s length.  I fail to confront, because I’m not good with spoken words or assertiveness, and I possibly think a dishonest relationship is better than none?  My bad.



Published February 5, 2022 by Nan Mykel

Sure, our dogs love us because we

feed them, brush and hug them

But is that so different than humans?


How come these pets pay more

attention  to  us then, happier to

See us, sadder when we leave?


Maybe because we spend so much

Time in silence with them, making

Eye contact and appreciating.


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