All posts for the month December, 2022

Shame Shame Shame

Published December 26, 2022 by Nan Mykel

Do you now have to be white and “regular” to be treated like a free American?

Readings from today’s news tells us that Across the country, Republican state lawmakers have focused attention on transgender people and other L.G.B.T.Q. issues by introducing bills that aim to limit what doctors call gender-affirming care, restrict what students are taught in the classroom about gender and sexuality, bar some transgender students from participating in school sports and require students to use restrooms for the gender listed on their original birth certificates.

The Human Rights Campaign said that 344 such bills were introduced across 23 states in 2022. More than 25 of those bills, a majority of which targeted transgender people, became law in 13 states. According to a national survey of nearly 34,000 L.G.B.T.Q. youth conducted in late 2021 by the Trevor Project, a crisis intervention organization, nearly one in five transgender and nonbinary people between the ages of 13 and 24 had attempted suicide in the previous year.”


what happened to me

Published December 23, 2022 by Nan Mykel

Microsoft.  Microsoft happened to me.

It told me I had to change my pin, but it didn’t seem to know I was me, since my password was stored on my computer (unavaila ble).  The ONLY sway I could prove I was me was through my phone number.  They would communicate with me through my phone.  Only I had a new phonde so I  couldn’t tell them, and there was no alternative way to prove who I was.

Somehow  I waas told to communicate  with them through  another hookup (not their term), so I called my daughter in Atlanta long distance to see….   To make a loooong story short, somehow I finally got on, temporarily, but I had to leave it on, which I was  glad to do.  But the next morning there seemed to have been a power bfrake and it was lost again.  I still can’t use my computer (someone said I would have another change the beginning of he New Year, but miraculously my daughte and granddaughter came up for Chr.,istmas and got me  connected via a desktop.

So I may have more than two weeks of e-mails to read and then  hopefully I can get back to this blog again.  (My re-writing my transgender novel was also wiped out, revision-wise.)


Published December 13, 2022 by Nan Mykel

The only thing wrong with elephants is…well, you get my meaning.

The elephant animals themselves, however, are somewhat miraculous creatures.  I quote from Stephen Pinker’s The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language:

The elephant’s trunk is six feet long and one foot thick and contains sixty thousand muscles.  Elephants can use their trunks to uproot trees, stack timber, or carefully place huge logs inj position  when recruited to build bridges.  An elephant can curl its trunk around a pencil and draw characters on letter-size paper.  With the two muscular extensions on the tip, it can remove a thorn, pick up a pin or a dime, uncork a bottle,  slide a bolt off a  cage door and hide it on a ledge, or grip a cup so firmly , without breaking it,  that only another elephant can pull it away.  The tip is sensitive enough for a blindfolded elephant to ascertain the shape and texture of .  In the wild, elephants use their trunks to pull up clumps of grass and tap them against their knees to knock off the drt, to shake coconuts out of palm trees, and to powder their body with dust.  They use their trunks to probe the ground as they walk, avoiding pit traps, and to  dig wells and siphon water from them. Elephants can walk under water on the beds of deep rivers or swim like submarines for miles, using their trunks as snorkels.  They communicate through their trunks by trumpeting, humming, roaring, piping, purring, rumbling, and making a crumpling metal-sound by rapping the trunk against the ground.  The trunk is lined with chemoreceptors that allow the elephant to smell a python hidden in the grass or smell food a mile away….HarperPerennial 1994.

Which brings us to another question:  How did the Democrats get to be a donkey and the other…you know… We can turn to Google for the answer:


Money and Power Versus Armageddon

Published December 12, 2022 by Nan Mykel

Gelles is writing a series of articles about groups working to promote fossil fuels and block climate action.

“No one is saying banks need to stop funding cement production, or shipping, or aviation, right? Those are necessary industries that have a credible [transition] path,” said Cushing of the Sierra Club.

But “fossil fuel producers, whose core business is pulling hydrocarbons out of the ground and burning them, don’t have a credible pathway to do that,” he added. “That’s the hard truth that a lot of financial institutions don’t want to admit out loud.”

Reprinted from E&E News with permission from POLITICO, LLC. Copyright 2021. E&E News provides essential news for energy and environment professionals.     By SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN



Texas’ Climate Threats – States at Risk › texas › Texas currently faces the worst threat from widespread summer drought among the lower 48 states. By 2050, the state is projected to see an increase in severity.  Yet, gambling for their last dollar, Texas is in a state of denial:

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Jason Isaac, director of the Life:Powered initiative of the Texas Public Policy Foundation: “Today, I’m thankful to live a high-carbon lifestyle and wish the rest of the world could too,” he tweeted on Thanksgiving.Credit...Montinique Monroe for The New York Times
Nan says: I still haven’t been able to retrieve the info re some state officials punishing banks that support climate change.  Not  enough time these days.  Share if you have the source?


Published December 11, 2022 by Nan Mykel


I feel like taking a stroll through beauty this morning.  The word has gotten so  tarnished by sexual overtones that the topic has dropped out of serious consideration. Maybe I’m funny (yes, I know I am), but I can go back through–and enjoy, and relax, to memories of what I think of as beauty.  Maybe I’m just talking about memories that filled me up, like experiences of some beauty does.  I remember a dress in the ninth grade. It was of pin corduroy, and was something that might be called magenta and had wrap around buttons down to the waist with a little neck that poked up.  Whatever happened to soft pin corduroy, anyway?

Another memory is the figure of a Chinese lady with a parasol, one foot in the air as observed through a store window.  Perfect! If I hadn’t been poor I would have possessed it.

How can the sweet smell of the countryside after a rain be called beauty?  I don’t know, but it got inside me, too.

I’ve been reading The Ring Road, a poetic sequence, by Jonathan Aldrich, and it’s touching me inside.  Lovely with so many targets responding inside me.  You may think I’m talking about nothing, I don’t know.  It’s impossible really to know what others experience, but it’s a place inside that can be fed by its own sensitivity or some kind of thirst assuaged.  Because of how the word beauty has been abused, it seems to have been overlooked.

Oh–Aldrich just captured it:  our underwater life, p. 45.  And I’m on page 57 now:

Still there is only one

garden  for each of us

whose light falls perfectly.

Although this garden slips

away it is not forgotten.

Thousands of Teens Being Pushed into ROTC

Published December 11, 2022 by Nan Mykel

In high schools across the country, students are being placed in military classes without electing them on their own. “The only word I can think of is ‘indoctrination,’” one parent said…..See today’s NY Times

Or, just preparing the fodder?  Seems MAGA lost but our innards are still infested.  When I get the time I hope to explore what some state officials are doing to punish climate changers (through our banking system).


This happened while I wasn’t blogging:

Published December 8, 2022 by Nan Mykel

Massacres by damaged young men dominate the headlines. But the reality of gun violence in America is etched in sorrow by the ceaseless daily grind of pointless shootings — 2022 will see more than 20,000 Americans dead by gun homicide. And another 24,000+ will have used a gun to kill themselves.

Consider that as I write this, there are over 1,000 Americans alive today who will be shot dead by the time the sun rises on Christmas morning. Dear readers, I hope none of them are you.    —  Written by TheCriticalMind on Daily Kos.

RESPONSE from dogperson       necturus    Dec 06, 2022 at 02:52:03 PM

One very simple response which may not stop crimes nor shootings but should still be instituted at the very least is to treat guns, rifles and the like as we do automobiles.  That means: a) they must be registered.   b) if sold or transferred that must be recorded and new registrations effected  c) Licenses must be obtained.  To get a license one must be of a certain age and prove they understand the law regarding usage and they understand how to use it properly and safely.   Minors under age are not to have access any more than your 9 year old is allowed to drive your car.  d) Gun owners and licenses should require that insurance be obtained. Insurance is there to safeguard any accidents or mishandling and recompense those who suffer harm as a result.  e) Owners who are reckless or negligent may be subject to losing their license. Just as one is subject to losing or having a driver’s license suspended for DWI’s or other incidents whereby driver’s have too violated laws of the road, etc. f) there are limitations on where a gun should be allowed just as one cannot drive their car on someone else’s private property or drive through another’s home.  Thus, weapons should not be allowed in crowded public areas or arenas. (Schools, Theaters, Malls, Office buildings, or on mass transit buses, trains, planes, subways) etc.

If nothing else it puts parents and others are on notice they are responsible for those weapons and securing them from minors or others. They are responsible for harm caused by their weapons and stolen weapons are reported.

For those who claim they have a right and the government cannot take it away well I have had a motor vehicle for my entire adult life and I am no kid.  The state has never moved to take it away.  Perhaps that is because I try to observe the normal rules of behaviors.


The Texas Public Policy Foundation is shaping laws, running influence campaigns and taking legal action in a bid to promote fossil fuels.

Just thought you’d like to know.  New York Times … i PLAN TO DO AN ENTIRE POST ON WHAT MANY STATES ARE DOING TO COUNTER CLIMATE CHANGE, unless another blogger on wordpress does it first…After I make more progress on my nascent novel

[In a separate source, Mr. Kreifels declined an interview but said in a statement that concerns other issues like climate change were “putting politics over profits, and likely reducing shareholder value.”]

(Shame shame, shame, putting anything before profits and reducing shareholder value, even while the world as we know it is progressing on its route to destruction by its own inhabitants.  They say Nero fiddled while Rome burned.  Today, in the United States, we are….)

I EARNED ONE POST–Not really poems

Published December 4, 2022 by Nan Mykel

I’ve decided to reward myself with one post after I finish a portion of my book, and since I’ve completed a new Preface and info for the back cover, I’m claiming my reward…after about a week without a computer because Microsoft changed my pin number and only gave me the choice of telling them my phone number (which I had changed and doesn’t work any more). Since I had forgotten my password, it finally told me to go to a different browser, so I called my daughter in Atlanta to utilize her browser longdistance.  I’m catching a ride to my every other Tuesday poetry writing group –guess when–oh, I’ve gotten silly. As you’ll see in the following:










How can I shrink

even more


If this continues

there’ll be nothing

to bury.



It can paint better









than me so

what’s left ain’t

that much.


Not fair.

Without ethics

It can have more



Has the Intelligent

Designer changed His

mind after all that

Noah’s ark stuff?


A pox on Sodom and

Gomorrah!  We’ve got

Climate Change.

Unless….                                   Nan  12/4/22    * (Prize winner by AI)














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