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Getting Old is For the Birds…or something…

Published July 23, 2022 by Nan Mykel
Hundreds of drivers in Athens, Ohio pass this tree on Ohio University land daily, and if it's noticed it's to see if it's fallen yet. For years this state of affairs has continued. One day it won't be there any more, and neither will we.

Richland Ave. and 682 intersection


I don’t do jabberwok

I don’t do jive

If I don’t do rap

I’m hardly alive.

That tree, it’s me

But no longer thrive(s).


Reduced to talking to myself, eh?

What shall I say?

Waving at you from this post,

while putting jam on my toast.

Ouch, a


I know.

I JUST GOT A NOTE from my internet provider.  It’s 27 pages long (!!!), about the new “agreement.”

Tempted to quit,

Throwing a fit

No way


If I don’t see you agin

Say hi to my friends.

Written in my petticoat

on a slow boat

to the edge of the world,

sail unfurled.

Gotta run

It’s been fun….

Very Short Quotes

Published February 6, 2020 by Nan Mykel

I’m not okay, you’re not okay, and that’s okay. — Sheldon Kopp

We wish we were otherwise, and that is our hell, our resistance to Life. — Stephen and Ondrea Levine, Who Dies?

I have found out who I am and I have no intention of impersonating anyone else. —  George Sheehan, Running and Being

Kinda Preachy?

Published April 3, 2018 by Nan Mykel

While continuing my discard trip through ages of hoarding the written word, I’m about to discard the following, but cheating and saving it here:

The majority of people are born with one head, two arms and two legs. They have two eyes, two ears, one nose and mouth.  But there across-the-board similarities appear to stop. (Of course they stopped with the first sentence in some who have had to struggle from birth with physical differences).

Inside, however, great differences can and do exist. Our nighttime dreams are unique to us, as are our combination of innate temperaments, our perceptions, intellectual potential, educational and family environments, and our genes. (Scientists have even identified a gene for “happiness.”)

It is natural to assume that most of us are as alike inside as outside. We begin to feel different soon after exposure to other children, however.  Temperamental differences are one example. With age, some children learn to hide their unique differences; differences which appear unique to themselves; differences which are viewed negatively by others.

Become aware of your feelings as you read the following: cross-eyed, epileptic, club-footed, hare-lipped, retarded, crippled, senile, pock-marked, abused, victim, bow-legged, leper, old nag, brain-damaged, psychotic, neurotic… I wonder if the feelings differ if you’re inside one of these categories or outside.  Probably not, because we soak up society’s perception of us. You think, therefore I am.

Eric Berne developed the concept of life scripting, in which people assume the scripts and characteristics that others expect from them, early in life. Some people start out physically and mentally healthy, but along the way are shamed into dis-ease.*

When we feel diminished, we are diminished. When we feel shame, we are shamed. The carpet of our life rolls out until the ragged end unless we can somehow intercept its path.

*Of course, our parents play a big role in this




Published December 20, 2017 by Nan Mykel

I attempt poetry, but I never have really gotten into photography. That doesn’t mean that I’m not moved–straight to the gut–by some graphic art (does that cover photography as well as the other kind of art?) –my memory–  Some photographs, and what they can do with them, is utterly miraculous. It’s like a finger through the skin touching my heart.  I received this one in the mail recently–don’t know the photographer–but I’d just like to share:

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