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WHY? A self analysis

Published September 28, 2022 by Nan Mykel

 

 

I read all of The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Stories of Personal Triumph From the Frontiers of Brain Science by Norman Doidge earlier, and I have a hypothesis about my own recent brain dysfunction:

My dysfunction is age related and involves current–and I mean current things.  It appears I’ve almost totally lost any understanding of how to work cell phones and adapt to apple and Word Press updates and can’t find things,  but appear to still have access to many of the things I learned in life, including my education and curiosity.  I do remember my mother finding it impossible to work her tv, but then she was on her way to Alzheimer’s.  At 87 I figure I’ve avoided Alzheimers, but surprise myself at my unequal limitations.

Yes, I guess I’ve always known that the brain tends to recede to earlier memories, but this seems extreme.  This is what I’m wondering:  (I do still claim ownership` of an  unconscious)…

MAYBE my unconscious (let’s call her Ethel) refuses to let go of my “what if”  tendencies out of loyalty to myself, and since they are more valued by “the real me,”  I’ve traded cognitive space with everyday low-level functioning.  Sounds like an excuse for brain slippage, doesn’t it?  But it’s a real question, a real puzzler and a possible answer.

I’m still not willing to relinquish the real me for how to work a cell phone.  Or maybe I’m just whistling in the wind….or the dark….

 

 

Is This a Parable Or What?

Published September 4, 2017 by Nan Mykel

IS THIS A PARABLE OR WHAT?

It started with a dream all 6 sisters had.

The dream began in a sink disposal.

Nasty, slimy, each landed in a mess

at the bottom of a tall, long wall.

First one tried to scrub away the mess,

spreading the stain, making it worse.

The second painted over the gunk,

denying the contamination.  It still

stank. The third hoisted herself up

the wall and looked over, then screamed

and fell into a big puddle of the stuff.

The fourth ran headlong into the wall

and broke her neck. The fifth jumped

in and covered herself from head to

toe, crowing like a rooster.  The sixth

and last sister sat down and cried.

Then the alarm clock rang and they

all rushed to the shower, except

for the sister with the broken neck.

 

 

 

Nan

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