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My Emotions This Week

Published August 27, 2022 by Nan Mykel

Image: artfido.com   Johnson Tsang

 

 

DISMAY — For two months now China has been enduring a prolonged heat wave.  The New Scientist reported that hundreds of places have reported temperatures of more than 40°C (104°F), and many records have been broken. Subway stations have set up rest areas where people can recover from the heat.  On 18 August, the temperature in Chongqing in Sichuan province reached 45°C (113°F).

APPRECIATION —  Finished reading an enjoyable and exceptionally well-written book, Entwined, by Joyce Wallace Scott, whose Down Syndrome twin sister spent more than three decades in a state institution.

FRUSTRATION — Having spent more than fifty dollars on a new bird feeder, two days have passed and not a single bird has visited to peck at the new,  easy-to-reach bird seed.

ENJOYMENT —  Spent time at a local thrift store with super wonderful, unusual items, including an illustrated book of myths.

EMBARASSED  — to realize that my state of residence is so reactionary, especially in the areas of abortion, gun control, gerrymandering and public schools.

WORRIED — A Trojan virus tried to invade my computer but I knew what to do: unplug the computer immediately.  Then I had to wrangle a bit to get my computer and phone working again.

RESOLVED — To continue working on my 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle, which I’ve been working on for a good two weeks now.

CHAGRINED —  I read the truth about Woodrow Wilson and the extreme censorship he condoned by his segregationist postmaster, the former Rep. Albert Sidney Burleson who, in the era of World War I,  declared certain newspapers and other publications “undeliverable,” and confiscated them.  A Justice Department special agent seized one periodical from the Wells Fargo Express company.  An early version of the Espionage Act  allowed Burleson to declare 44 American periodicals entirely “unmailable,” followed later by an additional 30 more. The in-depth article, “The Censor,”  is by Adam Hochschild in the current Mother Jones.  I had always thought well of Wilson.

 

 

Random Musings From My Bell Jar

Published April 10, 2020 by Nan Mykel

On cable there’s a view of the pandemic lowering barriers between people, of experiencing us all as co-inhabitants of Earth, as individuals making sacrifices to help others.  Then there’s the announcement that the U.S. will try and interfere with Iran’s efforts to get help with their pandemic.  I guess it’s our puzzling mix of values,  and questionable ability to compartmentalize.

Now, hunkered down in my bell jar, images, metaphors  and clumps of emotions are set loose.  I remember for some reason The Emperor’s New Clothes and the Boy Who Cried Wolf, and vulnerability posed by my own emotions. I distrust my emotions at this time.

They carry too much weight on my judgment.  I can’t stand to watch the frequently repeated footage about the abused pets, and I notice with dismay the repeated footage that says everyone has the right to caring and respect just because they’re…human?  And then footage about China’s “wet markets” with live meat animals.

Our appreciation for postal workers, firemen, health care providers and those willing to help during this pandemic is widespread, yet from a different perspective we dehumanize those in Iran suffering also in the pandemic.  And the American woman who attacked an Asian woman with an umbrella…

Perspective depends upon where one is standing.  Warning: Do not read both pro Left and pro Right blogs at the same time!  It’s too hard on the emotions, and too crazifying.

P.S. I HAVE AN IDEA:

Why don’t folks fact-check BEFORE they make statements, not after?

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

 

 

Craving

Published July 4, 2017 by Nan Mykel

Some people crave sex,

some tobacco or opiods.

I crave sweets. a hex

bad for health and knees

Who’s gonna win–

me or me?

I fell off the wagon

went out to dinner

Yes, I’m a sinner.

It must be my reptile

brain hungering.

It’s ten o’clock

I’m half crocked

with desire.  I write

in my blog instead.

So far…

 

 

Today I’m Feeling…

Published March 25, 2017 by Nan Mykel

I’m still a newbie but I’d to see if I can do something interesting on my blog.  I know that images speak louder than words, and I’m wondering if anyone–on Saturdays–(today)– would be good enough to post a photo on my site,  I guess under COMMENT,  that pictures how you’re feeling right now, along with the word for the feeling.  I’ll start in the morning. I’ll experiment and see if I can move your response to a better viewing space. Nan (I’m feeling shy and hopeful right now).

SATURDAY  3/25/17   — Nan

MOLDY

See  the seventh light face from the left, third from the bottom?  I’m feeling moldy, crowded, pressured, stuck and sorry for myself.

 

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