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Published September 25, 2022 by Nan Mykel

A male candidate for Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District once said the US suffered from women’s suffrage and praised an organization trying to repeal the 19th Amendment.  Of course he denies that is his current belief, but you might guess which side of the great divide he is still on.  But we can still vote, so let’s do it!!

A friend recently said that he formerly had some hope that women would get more active and improve the political scene, but that since some of them have been so frequently quoted in the news he had lost hope they would save democracy.  (I earlier promised I would not say their names so as not to increase their fame.) I looked up the stats and it was difficult to quickly understand the results of women voters pro and con Biden.  (Again, ignoring the “T” word.)

We women sure aren’t perfect. In fact, a goodly portion of us have feet of clay (remember all the swooners over Frank Sinatra?)  And there was the woman who, when asked what the last administration had done for her, said, “I don’t know but every time I look at Him I feel warm all over.”

It was in Atlanta during the earlier days of NOW when I attended a large meeting of a re-invigorated women’s movement, possibly of NOW or some similar new  organizational movement.  I had envisioned we would witness a good mutually supportive presentation. After all, aren’t we the warm, caring empathic sex?  But the first two presenters  made what I considered snide, competitive remarks about each other.  I’d forgotten that many of us are easily swayed and have been “trying to be men,”  both at the workplace and “socially.”  A woman may fight for orgasms in print, but then lose herself in the presence of masculinity.  I have also read that many feminists resent transgender women.  Do I sound disillusioned?  I know myself, and how nonassertive I’ve been all my life, but …..

At least a number of women melt around men and surrender their common sense.  Remember all the talk about “dumb blondes?”  I’m sure I’ll regret this post, but the number of vocal women willing to discount the lives of other women  via the abortion issue is truly disheartening.  Have a heart, women!  Have a heart! How could we put the very life of a woman at risk for the uncertain appearance of a possible person, even when it’s  fathered by forcible rape and even if it puts her own life on the line?

It appears that a majority of the MAGA women are racists, and can intellectually ignore the fact that more people of color have abortions than others.  Do they realize that the possible foetus may be a person of color? The vision of a new generation  of children whose mothers didn’t want them gives me chills. i heard one elected woman say the foetus should be allowed to grow up and “maybe cure cancer.”  Surely that’s a “dumb blonde” statement?  Because we’re not strong physically doesn’t mean we have to buy into  being weak-kneed intellectually.

Perhaps we women could profit from meditating regularly on our breath and the light?  What glory an army of potentialized women could do for O Beautiful, For Spacious Skies?


Published August 11, 2022 by Nan Mykel








Republicans in Congress argued that none of these bills are necessary because the right to birth control and the right to same-sex marriage are safe. “In no way, shape or form is access to contraception limited or at risk of being limited,” Rep. Kat Cammack (R-Fla.) said during Thursday’s debate on the birth control bill. “The liberal majority is clearly trying to stoke fears and mislead the American people once again because in their minds stoking fear clearly is the only way that they can win.” (Yahoo News)

“The FBI has gone rogue and is doing the dirty work of a communist regime,” tweeted Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA).

Boebert “In Venezuela, they eat the dogs, and it started because they do not have firearms to protect themselves, to defend themselves against a tyrannical government.”

“We save the babies, we’ll save America,”   Mike Pence told  conservative youth.

At least Bostelman apologized:  So easy to repeat motivated misunderstandings:  A Nebraska state lawmaker apologized on Monday after he publicly cited a persistent but debunked rumor alleging that schools are placing litter boxes in school bathrooms to accommodate children who self-identify as cats. State senator Bruce Bostelman, a conservative Republican, repeated the false claim during a public, televised debate on a bill intended to help school children who have behavioral problems. His comments quickly went viral, with one Twitter video garnering more than 300,000 views as of Monday afternoon, and drew an onslaught of online criticism and ridicule. Bostelman initially said he was “shocked” when he heard stories that children were dressing as cats and dogs while at school, with claims that schools were accommodating them with litter boxes.

Sorry, I can’t handle any more at present…..

Dear God, They’re Dangling Money…

Published August 8, 2022 by Nan Mykel

Per the release, effective from July 20 taxpayers can claim “a dependent personal exemption … in the amount of $3,000 for each unborn child.” Those expecting twins can claim up to $6,000. According to the The Atlanta-Journal Constitution, the new law also “allows expectant mothers to file for child support to cover the costs of pregnancy and delivery,” and requires unborn children to be counted for Georgia’s census records.

Poetry Reblog: Nan

Published August 7, 2022 by Nan Mykel







Dubbed Democracy, it used to be

top of the line, the lead ship at sea,

and on the land it served as well,

until the strains of its death knell fell,


having an underbelly swole

with all the pilfered things they stole

in broad daylight, and on tv!

Gone is the half belief in he

who’ll take us safely to the shore

while staying steadfast to the core.


The compass nestles in the deep

while those on board remain asleep.

They used to say the earth was round,

that right makes might, but I found

that all I knew I now know not,

and not so sure that we’ll endure,

to make a safe arrival.



Published August 4, 2022 by Nan Mykel

FREEDOM!  Since suddenly getting old, my mind has been invaded by lines of old jingles.  Today I recalled hearing Jane Sapp sing the above mentioned song at an education gathering at Ohio University.  I even recorded it for ACTV.

Then I recalled the nursery rhyme allusion in Ruth Reilly’s poem (2022 Torch Song, my post yesterday).  The connection with freedom?  A winning jingle for the coming election….

There was an old woman who lived in a shoe                                                                                            She had so many children she didn’t know what to do….  

                                             So  SHE VOTED DEMOCRAT!

Thanks to Ruth!

Ruth H. Reilly’s SUMMER 2022 TORCH SONG

Published August 2, 2022 by Nan Mykel

Crickets chirp in the warm August night

My cat stretches across my lap

As I meditate deeply with all my might

To keep my vigorous blood from running out like sap

As men of might–and God forgive them–some women too

Resurrect old laws that would make all women

That old woman who lived in the shoe who

Had so many children she didn’t know what to do.


It sounds so sweet, all those millions of babies.

Not many stop to think–what cost?

The mothers’ lives maybe?  Is it true too…

We can all be good little Nazis following unholy laws to keep our jobs?

Never mind the raped 9 year old little girl, the miscarriage, the ectopic pregnancy–

Her infection now sepsis, her spiking fever.  Don’t touch her.  We’ll all be fired!

We hear about these deaths, and we see with clarity where we are.

We little miss nobodies, not even in charge of our own bodies.

Makes us just itch to light a fire.


Many thanks to good friend Ruth Reilly for sharing her firey torch song with us.

Be Nice to Your Librarian

Published August 1, 2022 by Nan Mykel








Image:  Not Quite Old.com


Should I  have titled this “Shame Shame Shame” or the title I finally used?  My empathy overcame my anger, I guess.

As Claire Moses reports in yesterday’s nytimes,  librarians are being given  grief by those who want to prevent others from reading certain books.  The Proud Boys, ushered in by police, ceremoniously prevented a children’s library story hour earlier, and Moses reported that a librarian in Texas quit after 18 years because she was harassed online. She moved out of state and took a job in tech.  I thought it was the other, non-democratic countries like Russia that put restraints on information.  I reckon it’s the result hof the saboteurs of our previous way of life. Moses doesn’t bring abortion into her discussion, but I do:

Not only is it not enough to make women bear unwanted foetuses, but to control what those foetuses can put into their heads via the written word when/if  the world as we know it still exists and when and if they learn to read (if there are any public schools left).  The future looks grim if our country continues in lock step with our extremist fellow  citizens.  With the burgeoning glut of anticipated babies on the horizon and limited jobs largely due to increasing automation in a tight-fisted  economy,  it ain’t pretty unless there’s a turnaround, and soon.  Can we just pause and look around the bend a minute?

According to the May 2022 Nation, via the PBS News Hour,  81 percent of Mississippi’s abortions,  74 percent of Texas’s abortions, and 72 percent of Louisiana’s abortions were by persons of color.  The new state anti-abortion laws will significantly increase the non-white population of those and other states.   It’s okay by me. Personally, I enjoy an interesting blend of colors in both people and in the new autos.  We could all  survive what may be a  post-covid infection about to end, with a little help from our friends and neighbos.  Please?

Those who pray with nefarious motives reap their just desserts?  Who said that?


Published July 25, 2022 by Nan Mykel

…with the young’un bloggers.  I can’t even keep up with mature Diane Ravitch, who’s only a tad younger, it seems.

I’ve stumbled  recently on an exchange of ideas when viewing Diane and Jill Dennison and Keith Wilson that really gets to the nuts and bolts of things, and from many bloggers on the subject.  Maybe Ned Hanson offers such an offering, too.  Or maybe Word Press thought I just needed a change?  Whatever, I’m convinced that all I can offer at this point is an emotional touchstone.  Feelings I have, although rushed by a November election and the question of my own longevity (smile).  (I smile when I know I’m being a little grimmer than called for).

Maybe over a year ago I asked readers to think of jingles–maybe to old tunes–portraying issues of the political heart (though I was less flowery).  Today, after reading again The Moral Ground by Elie Mystal in The Nation, I put a couple of things together: I would try, myself, to do it tho it  receive rejection and avoidance, even ridicule.  Here I go willingly into that space, having already failed at an  I Am a Woman attempt, which you will never see.:


….Tell me what to do.

I wear masks for others.

Do you?


I don’t invade your heart of hearts

nor presume to know your pain.

Look into my eyes and see

another human same as thee.


Those who swallow others’ lies

and betray the Golden Rule

do not attend to their still voice

when push comes around to shove.


Painful decisions require clear-eyed guts

not your state’s grotesque intrusions.

Does your God favor laws that plot

to  make me suffer their invasion?


Out out, damned spot I say–

Let the freedom of our people

rule the day.





Published July 24, 2022 by Nan Mykel



Rape is horrifying and messy, and sometimes it’s easier to disbelieve that it happens at all. But that option isn’t open to victims of rape and sexual assault.

Denying rape means believing that victims are lying. It means denying their humanity and worth. And it’s a denial that has been made far too easy by thousands of years of habit.


From <https://www.vox.com/2016/5/1/11538748/believe-rape-victims>




Published July 6, 2022 by Nan Mykel

Christians Against Christian Nationalism campaign  was formed “to provide resources about Christian  nationalism and how it distorts Christianity and harms our neighbors. Earlier this year, BJC worked with secular partners at the Freedom From Religion Foundation to publish a comprehensive report on Christian nationalism and its role in the Jan. 6 attack. This project, which serves as a resource for lawmakers and the general public, includes the most complete record to date of how Christian nationalism helped fuel the insurrection.

Dismantling Christian nationalism starts with questioning assumptions and myths that underlie common statements, like “America is a Christian nation.” We can affirm a productive role for religion — including but not limited to Christianity — in our public square without providing Christianity or Christians a place of privilege in our laws and policy.

The constitutional framers protected religious freedom by balancing two guarantees in the First Amendment: the free exercise of religion and the prohibition against its establishment by the government.

These values are being challenged in this election year by politicians and other leaders. Doug Mastriano, the GOP’s gubernatorial nominee in Pennsylvania, participated in the “Stop the Steal” rally on Jan. 6 and has been subpoenaed by the Select Committee. He also has repeatedly blended religion and government in his public speeches, saying at one point: “We’re going to bring the state back to righteousness, this is our day, our hour to take our state back and renew the blessings of America.”

This kind of language — harking back to some idealized “time in America” — is one way that racism and white supremacy become coded into Christian nationalism. Violent extremists, such as the insurrectionists at the Capitol and more recently the shooter at the Tops supermarket in Buffalo, use Christian language and symbols in conjunction with overtly racist rantings in attempts to cloak their actions in respectability and divine authority.

The Christianity they summon and the Jesus they imagine — a white, muscular figure who seeks and wields political power — is not only not present in the Gospels, it is refuted by the Gospels.

The tumultuous events of 2020 have called the question about where we white Christians stand on white supremacy. History is recording a roll call vote that requires us to declare our position.

At this time of reckoning, we can remain loyal to our heritage and ancestors through defensiveness and inaction. Or we can rededicate ourselves to the work of handing down a healthier faith and country to our children and our children’s children. But we can’t do both.

My hope is that enough of us will awaken from the fevered nightmare of white supremacy and finally choose a future in which we work shoulder to shoulder with our Black and brown brothers and sisters to achieve the promise of a multi-racial, multi-religious America.

This post was adapted from the afterword in the paperback edition of White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American ChristianityCopyright © 2021 by Robert P. Jones.


From another bailiwick we find Elie Mystal in the May 2022 Nation urging we take off our gloves (or is it put them on?) in opposing SCOTUS’ overturning of Roe v. Wade:

We now live in a country where the government cannot force you to wear a mask on a plane during a pandemic but can force you to carry a pregnancy to term against your will.  It is a country where the government won’t ban certain kinds of assault rifles but will ban certain kinds of  medical care….

Mystal, who is an attorney and the justice correspondent at The Nation, where he writes about the courts,  suggests [urges] that we drop “choice” as our rallying cry against our loss of rights.  “Choice” was a rational argument, but it is insufficient as a fighting posture. “I am done ceding the moral space to Christian fundamentalists.  Forced birth–literally commandeering a person’s womb and forcing threm to incubate cells against their will–is evil and barbaric and cannot be compelled by a legitimate government….The fundamentalist program will have to be opposed–and opposed vehemently–through policy, the courts, and moral  suasion”.

Mystal urges Democrats to learn how to fight the moral battles: Perhaps it’s time for Democrats to stop trying to compromise with the Christian fundamentalists who have taken control of uteruses that don’t belong to them and start trying to fight them.


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