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Published May 15, 2023 by Nan Mykel

“Let them eat cake” is the most famous quote attributed to Marie-Antoinette, the queen of France during the French Revolution. As the story goes, it was the queen’s response upon being told that her starving peasant subjects had no bread. Because cake is more expensive than bread, the anecdote has been cited as an example of Marie-Antoinette’s obliviousness to the conditions and daily lives of ordinary people. But did she ever actually utter those words? Probably not.  From <https://www.britannica.com/story/did-marie-antoinette-really-say-let-them-eat-cake>HOWEVER, obviously the anecdote matched the feelings of many or it would not have trickled down to us.

The quote came to mind when reading about the jazza-ma-tazz of splurges in a number of high-rises, as revealed and commented upon by  The Nation earlier this year:  “Absurdly opulent offices defy the market’s gloom.” …Or would that  be deny  the market’s gloom?

“Take a look inside the most expensive home in the country, a penthouse in New York City’s Central Park Tower that is listed at $250 million.”  While you’re at it you might like a nice purse at $10,200 dollars.  You don’t have to bother with the battle against the homeless in downtown San Francisco or the  attempt by the poor in New York to ban evictions (The Nation, April 2023).  It all depends on where you look, where your attention is drawn, your own backyard.

If you look at the salaries of those lucky enough to have found a job, then the increase per hour might seem encouraging.  On the other hand, if you’re looking at the homeless and others without work and impoverished education who  compete with burgeoning technology,  the situation is alarming/horrifying/sobering/grim.  Free counseling from A.I. will never make up the shortfall.

Does every American have a right to a job?  Since might makes right, it’s questionable in practice.  Certainly the statement is  not popular with most of the wealthy.  The vision, however, is that a federal job guarantee could be transformational for our country.  “The concept is about much more than just providing work and an income for people who are unemployed, as important as that is. A job guarantee will help us rebuild our country, go a long way toward ending economic insecurity, improve mental health, and create a stronger sense of community.  It will create a much healthier and happier America.”  Perhaps you guessed that the words are from Bernie Sanders in The Nation March, 2023.  (Of course, undoing the Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling which changed corporations  into people  and permitted the massive buying of elections.  One corporation against Mr. or Mrs. John Q. Public?  Unspeakable and destructive, as we’re seeing and feeling it today.


Gun deaths among American children rose 50 percent between 2019 and 2021, from 1,732 to 2,590, according to a report by the Pew Research Center.  Gun deaths among all Americans rose 23 percent during that period.  Male castration fears continue to rule in most states, at the cost of neighbors’ lives.

In many states will forced childbirth not replace them, population-wise?  Excuse my bitterness.  I’m not sure but I may have homeschooled if my young’uns were school age now.


Why don’t conservatives want children to be upset about the world they live in?  A 63-year old psychology teacher in Florida gave his 11th and 12th grade students an assignment to write their own obituary in order to inspire reflection on how they want to move forward with their lives.  A super idea, in my opinion. Did his assignment result in more mature students able to contribute to our world?  Are you kidding?  He was fired. (The Week April 21, 2023)


I USED TO CARE guest poem

Published August 15, 2022 by Nan Mykel

I used to care
When I was young
Innocent, perhaps naïve.
There was a future
To be secured and enriched
For my family
For the world.
I voted, confident it counted,
Marched, protested, and was seen,
Wrote letters, and believed they were read,
Debated, and was heard.
I witnessed change
With civil rights
Clean water and air
The end of an ugly war
Even a ban on assault rifles.

More extinctions
Extensive clearing of rainforests

More guns
More fossil fuels being burned
More voter suppression
Government dysfunction
Expansive partisan division and violence
More corporate greed
Widening gap between rich and poor
More rights stripped away.
I used to care
When I was young,
Innocent, perhaps naïve.
Now…only tears.

Thank you Thomas Shostak for permossion to share this poem

If you don’t believe can you still pray?

Published August 6, 2022 by Nan Mykel


I know, I know…it depends on what or who you pray to.  But somewhere there’s got to be some rectifying  solution, doesn’t there?  I know, no one ever said life was fair, but really!

I’ve been wishing that I still believed, that I had something to pray to.  I came back from atheism to agnosticism, because I don’t really “know” anything.  This morning when I took last night’s remaining coffee from my cup I spied an old fulgurite on my bedside table, and realized what a symbol—no, relic– of power that innate piece of melted silica was.  (I knew that fulgurite is a piece of fossilized lightning strike).  If anything symbolized–and even was–power, it resided in that blackened fossil.  Maybe if I prayed to it my prayers would at least be noted?  Nonsense, I knew, but I was moved to look it up on Google, anyhow.

Imagine my surprise when I looked it up on Google and read FULGURITE MEANINGS:  Manifestation of one’s higher purpose, enhancement of prayer, kundalini awakening, purification, sudden awakening  Chakras: All   Element: Storm    Zodiac Signs: Virgo, Gemini    Number: 6

Fulgurite Crystal Healing Properties

Fulgurites are a powerful high vibration stone for manifesting one’s visions through the power of prayer. They are stones of purification, releasing habits which no longer serve, helping to open and clear the psychic and intuitive senses in order to connect with Divine energy. It activates the Kundalini energies, arousing creativity, sexuality and inner power. It is an initiator of spiritual transformation grounding the Light body and manifesting one’s higher purpose through channeling Divine energy into the world.

From <https://feelcrystals.com.au/product-category/crystal-meanings/fulgurite/>

Heavy, huh?  But I still can’t cotton to the idea of God being an old, old, old man (?) surveying a worldwide playing field.  Perhaps a universe wide one?    Christians are right, everyone else in the world is wrong?  How convenient for them.  During the former president’s reign I marveled at how Christian evangelicals could put up with his unspeakable behavior, all apparently  motivated their thirst for power.  Has it not started to pay off?  Personally, I don’t care who your God is.  I’m happy for you to have one.

Forcing religion on anyone is not my cup of tea.  I’m even more resistant to Christianity since Marjorie Taylor Greene, Republican Representative from Georgia,  touted that the  Republican Party should conform to Christianity to make it easier to identify with and sway Christian voters.  I strongly resist any attempts to “sway” my judgment.  From <https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/24325815/posts/179764> (Besides, they would be hypocrites if they did).

WANTING TO BELIEVE — On the farm, at five, I remember both realizing and regretting that no one else could share my experience,  that each of us is separate.  I still regret it.

As a youth, at bedtime, I would sometimes hold one arm up in the air for minutes.   Any involuntary movement of my arm might be by God.  Nan  3/28/2022

Well, I’m certainly not going to pray to my fossil, but it sure is a  great symbol of power.  I’ll hang onto it for awhile, just in case…


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