Oniontown Pastoral: Sabbatical in the Writing Hut

Published November 24, 2020 by Nan Mykel

Very enjoyable post. (Not thinkingclearly again), . Are you related to Colemans of Henry Co., Va.?

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Oniontown Pastoral: Sabbatical in the Writing Hut

On Friday, July 2, 1971, I was almost 10. Evonne Goolagong beat Margaret Court at Wimbledon, and Americans were humming Carole King’s “It’s Too Late,” baby. Richard Nixon and his associates were being tricky in all manner of things from D.C. to the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

Inconspicuous 7-2-71 is neatly painted on the wall in front of me in a chalky white. A normal person would have sanded the board and hit it with polyurethane, but Mr. Tyler, the previous resident of the Coleman house in Erie, Pennsylvania, obviously had good reason for dating the wood rather than burning it. 

In any case, I’m far from normal. It’s not normal to make the walls and floor of your new writing hut out of hardwood scraps from an Amish lumberyard, leftover boards waiting above your garage rafters and tormented barn wood from Conneaut…

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NEXT TO LAST CHAPTER?

Published November 24, 2020 by Nan Mykel

I have a habit of reading the last few pages of novels, so I won’t waste my time building towards a disappointment. This Election 2020 Novella appears to have just shifted from being a tale of tragedy and horror to one worth having followed. Biden just had a televised ceremony in which he let some of his recent cabinet appointees introduce themselves. The inclusion of John Kerry as “Climate Czar” was especially heartwarming, as were the words of everyone else. I haven’t learned yet what prompted Trump to allow the transition to go forward. Maybe it wasn’t his doing–I’ll find out–but I wanted to acknowledge the resurgence of hope for the United States. I really prefer using the word “America,” but recall that we aren’t the entire continent.

Remember Us?

Published November 20, 2020 by Nan Mykel

How did we slide back on the evolutionary scale? As a people, how did we lose our humanity? There’s insufficient space here to say all that needs to be said about love, regard, sincerity, respect, courtesy, mutuality, courage, caring, friendship, trust, the golden rule, fairness, courage, humility, generosity, and oh yes. honesty.

I invite any readers to add missing qualities in today’s world in their replies.

ARIZONA SECRETARY OF STATE SAYS: I have been a social worker for many years and can anticipate this reaction when certain people feel powerless and angry. These actions are utterly abhorrent, especially when directed at my family and my staff. They are a symptom of a deeper problem in our state and country—the consistent and systematic undermining of trust in each other and our democratic process Arizonans deserve to know that elections are safe and secure.

Published November 19, 2020 by Nan Mykel

This does not excuse the perpetrators. Their continued intimidation tactics will not prevent me from performing the duties I swore an oath to do. Our democracy is tested constantly, it continues to prevail, and it will not falter under my watch.

But there are those, including the president, members of Congress and other elected officials, who are perpetuating misinformation and are encouraging others to distrust the election results in a manner that violates the oath of office they took. It is well past time that they stop. Their words and actions have consequences.

Now, I am calling on other leaders in this state, including the governor whose deafening silence has contributed to the growing unrest, to stand up for the truth. When facing unimaginable challenges this election year, Arizonans stepped up. More people are registered to vote in our state than ever before, election participation has been at historic highs, thousands answered the call to work at voting locations during a pandemic, and people made their voices heard.

This should be a time for thanking voters and election workers for their incredible commitment during unprecedented challenges. In that spirit, I offer my gratitude and express my admiration for the Arizonans who inspire trust in our democracy. [Amen]

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Struggling to Keep…

Published November 18, 2020 by Nan Mykel
WISDOM

…MY ENTRIES as noble as possible, without following our president’s example. Therefore, Perhaps for awhile I’ll be downright silly. So you can ignore me, that’s okay. My political focus has already cost me readers in search of escape let’s pretend. (Alas, I ought not bad mouth any straggling readers! I continue self-quarantined.)

WRITE YOU a poem every day?

After the fat lady sings, I say,

And after the ice man cometh

Maybe that path I will runneth.

___

I’d sing to my plants if I could,

But vocal chords no longer sound good.

On the other hand when I burp

The birds tend to answer my chirp.

___

Perhaps my boundaries are loose–

I’m all over the place, forsooth

And Bob’s been reincarnated,

Already inebriated.

___

FROM MY SNAIL MAIL:

Some states having lockdowns and not others is like selecting a spot for pissing in a swimming pool.

Not Over Yet

Published November 11, 2020 by Nan Mykel

At first this story had a honeymoon ending, and I hope but am afraid there are dark days ahead, even though Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won. One of my concerns is that it appears Trump is boxing himself in to even more radical plans. (As though asking that the count be halted when he was ahead weren’t enough). I’m impressed how much planning and work and thinking has gone into Biden and Harris’ transistion already. I hope it will play out to the advantage of democracy.

So, the tale continues until Jan. 20th. And I would be remiss if…

I didn’t congratulate the FBI for preventing the kidnap plot against the governor of Michigan via one or more undercover agents, and I am also grateful to the FBI for the prevention and apprehension of violent attempted disruptors of vote counting in Philadelphia, again by the FBI’s dedication to their jobs during the very time the Attorney General was harshly and very publicly berating them. By the way, the world is continuing to watch democracy in action…? I hope.

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