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Bombers, Tree Cutters and Biden

Published October 3, 2022 by Nan Mykel

The education center after the attack.

Credit…Ebrahim Noroozi/Associated Press

Kabul, Afghanistan — Murder to punish school girls for getting an education?  I can’t imagine it.  Whatever is in the heart of a suicide bomber? Will his god actually reward him for killing school girls?

A suicide attack on Friday at an educational center in Kabul killed at least 19 people, mostly young female students, and wounded at least 27 people.  At least one attacker shot his way into the center and detonated explosives in the latest string of attacks on schools.  For some girls, the move to close schools and the recent string of attacks on education centers have emboldened them to continue their studies however they can — whether applying for visas to study abroad, forming informal study groups among their peers, or taking courses at education centers like Kaaj.  Arezu Hassani, 14, was about to begin ninth grade when the Taliban took over last year and girls’ schools were closed indefinitely. Desperate for any way to continue learning, she began taking mathematics and physics courses at a branch of the Kaaj education center.  She was not at the center on Friday morning, but the attack rattled her parents, who told her that they would no longer allow her to go to classes, fearing for her safety.  “I am so sad,” she said. “I cannot even explain my feelings.”

Many are determined to study no matter what.  “They want to prevent us from getting education, but they cannot,” said Ms. Haidari, a student who witnessed the blast.  “No one can stop us.  We are not going to give up.”  {Updated casualties are 33 killed, 80 wounded.)

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I love my county!  The worst thing about it is that it’s in Ohio:   

Earthlings (that’s us) have removed 33% of our forests.  It has been estimated that if everyone on earth planted one acorn, nut, seed or seedling once a year for the rest of their lives it would take 2,341 years to restore Earth’s forests–if no more trees were destroyed.   Those who care suggest direct seeding, the collecting of acorns and nuts, sorting, then placing them directly in the ground, where they become less accessible to wildlife, improving their odds of survival.  For inquiries regarding the seeding and preparation  contact  athenscountydirectseed@gmail.com and a hotlink can be provided for more specifics. Thanks to Todd Swearingen for the info on direct seeding provided in his letter to the Athens Messenger September 21.


Published September 30, 2022 by Nan Mykel

Keith Wilson

As a former Republican and now independent voter, it saddens me that to be a legitimate Republican, one has to endorse untruthful pronouncements by the losing former president and his sycophants. I don’t mind people espousing conservative ideas, but I do expect them to be truthful. Governing is hard enough when using facts, but nigh impossible when making decisions off lies.

Truth be told, I expected this behavior from the former president as that has long been his modus operandi, but what I am frustrated by is his sycophants who perpetuate untruths, even when they know they are lies. The former president lost the election and cannot prove otherwise even after spending a lot of other people’s money to do so. He also instigated an insurrection against Congress putting people in danger. And, that does not include his mishandling of classified information and alleged financial fraud at his company.We deserve better than those who are purposefully lying to us, regardless of party. Full stop.


Published March 11, 2022 by Nan Mykel

Rep. Madison Cawthorn, R-N.C., called Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky a “thug” at a campaign event over the weekend.

“Remember that Zelensky is a thug,” Cawthorn said in a video obtained by WRAL. “Remember that the Ukrainian government is incredibly corrupt and is incredibly evil and has been pushing woke ideologies.”

I’m curious how those attending the event in Asheville, N.C.  responded.  Does he not know Trump has changed his tune?   Could Cawthorn have been referring to democracy when he referred to woke ideologies?   Mother Jones reports that “Cawthorn’s remarks, which parrot Russian propaganda, were first reported by none other than Karl Rove. In a Wall Street Journal op-ed urging the GOP to stand up for Ukraine, the former senior adviser to George W. Bush called out Cawthorn, along with Ohio senatorial candidate JD Vance, for their anti-Ukraine stances, insisting that neither man was reflective of the Republican Party at large.

Luke Ball, Cawthorn’s communications director, told Newsweek that Cawthorn “was expressing his displeasure at how foreign leaders, including Zelensky, had recently used false propaganda to entice America into becoming involved in an overseas conflict. He supports Ukraine and the Ukrainian president’s efforts to defend their country against Russian aggression, but does not want America drawn into another conflict through emotional manipulation.” (Emphasis mine).

So Cawthorn “supports Ukraine…”  (which is “incredibly evil”).  The federal government wants to discourage Americans volunteering to help Ukraine defend itself so the U.S. isn’t drawn into the war, but Cawthorn’s words appear to be another example of trying to beat around the bush by manipulation.

I am reminded of  Florida’s Republican Senator Rick Scott’s recent 11-point plan, in which he indicated he was against racism, a likely attempt to lure and gain support from non-racists, despite the overall nature of his plan.

I just purchased two books — on manipultion.  One is Invisible Influence, The Hidden Forces That Shape Behavior by Jonah Berger and the other is Get People to Do What You Want, by Gregory Hartley and Maryann Karinch.   The cover of the latter book  also includes the statement, “Includes Tactics on How to Guard Against Manipulation.”  It’s also touted as “How to Use Body Language and Words for Maximum Effect.” So, the book that helps one to avoid being manipulated also helps you to manipulate.

The 1981 Webster ‘s Nrw Collegiate Dictionary gives as a third definition of “manipulate” as to change by artful , unfair or insidious means  esp. to one’s own advantage.

Why do I resent manipulation so much?  The history goes back to parenting, of course, where most everything is manipulation of the child, for better or worse, especially to control the child.  Those most vulnerable to the effects of manipulation would be those with “loose boundaries.”

I look around me, in the USA today, and see a huge PR industry trying to convince me to spend more money and scams trying to steal. Then there is the recent history of presidents who try to affect the public by lying in order “not to panic” us, as though the public has already been dumbed down–as perhaps we have.

In being against manipulation so fervently, I suppose I’m really championing honesty.  What a breath of fresh air that word brings!   Constantly wondering “what’s in it for him?” is not a comfortable lifestyle, and a part of me says “Oh, grow up!”  And am I trying to manipulate you, the reader by writing this blog?  Not for any nefarious gain I am aware of.


Published January 16, 2020 by Nan Mykel

This relates to a dream, a self reflection, memories, connections of past events, wondering, and a resolution to reflect at the end of each day on any lies I’ve told that day, the motivation for them, how many were due to not wanting to hurt the others’ feelings, alternative things I could have said that were truthful, etc.  Perhaps reading Difficult Conversations, a library book I recently checked out,  recent readings on consciousness and the booklet I’m writing for my children and grandchildren called “Stepping Stones to Inside,” two longstanding grudges against likeable people who insulted me in the past, wondering how I limit my relations with others (and always have) by an unwillingness to hurt others.  No need to review the encyclopedic past,  but I am excited about the decision to reflect on my truthtelling at the end of each day, and to see what alternatives I might have utilized, because I am  thirsty for honesty and aware of how I may keep myself from the warming experience of a truthful relationship.  Right now I feel hungry for the truth from a benign person.  Truth from someone whose intention is to hurt me would not be welcome.  It’s an experiment in living that I’m seeking.  And yes, this is motivated by a dream I had and which my unconscious let me remember.  All this may be a little too honest for the reader, so I will resume tomorrow night on my DIARY page.

And if my truth be told, I did not stay on my vegetarian diet.  And oh, one thing I absolutely hate are manipulations.

(Sorry, not my image. Is it yours?)


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