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R.E.S.P.E.C.T. – A Reblog

Published May 29, 2018 by Nan Mykel

(Almost makes me believe in “possession,” which Webster’s Dictionary describes as “domination by something (as an evil spirit, a passion or an idea)” and “another “a psychological state in which an individual’s normal personality is replaced by another.”) I’m reblogging.

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R.E.S.P.E.C.T. … remember the song by Aretha Franklin?  Well, guess what folks — it needs to be re-released, for far too many have forgotten the word.  One of Donald Trump’s promises during his never-ending campaign was to ‘get rid of’ political correctness.  Now, as I said at the time, political correctness is nothing more or less than respect for others and their feelings.  Is it sometimes taken to extremes?  Maybe, but I would rather err on the side of kindness than not.  Today, two glaring examples of the ugliness Donald Trump has unleashed in the nation came to my attention, and I would like to share them with you, dear friends, just so you don’t forget what Trump has turned this nation into.


Remember how incensed some people, mostly republicans, were when Colin Kaepernick, on 01 September 2016, kneeled during the playing of the national anthem, rather than stand?  Of…

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Ashen

Published February 24, 2018 by Nan Mykel

Perfect, beautiful! ove it. Great opening line! Good morning.

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It’s about time one sits on top of the ash heap and not buried in it. Ashen, sure. It was hard work digging oneself up and out.

There it was. Stood at the side of the concrete path leading to the toilets for days. I picked it up. Brought it indoors. Still have it, at pride of place on the shelf where such things go. Many years later. A thought trundled into my head, a positive to combat the general habit of malaise. Humility is good but too much … you know the saying. It’s about time.

Only one small chip in the rim. It was in there for what must have been really many years. The block of flats had a coal boiler, even then it was an odd thing. 1995. We bathed in an inch of water often. Often it broke. Often the landlord didn’t bother to buy…

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Wish you were near.

Published December 2, 2017 by Nan Mykel

Loving and lovely.

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If I could turn back the clock and revisit the years

The worry and fears would feature less in our lives

I would hold your hand tightly and cherish the tears

I would be kinder, argue less, smile more and realise

That the memories and moments and having you near

Are worth more than ever as ever-swiftly time flies.

©Alison Jean Hankinson

This is my contribution to the birthday open link night at d’Verse. I am a November birthday. This is about my children, especially my firstborn twin, who is a long way from home and is bravely making her way in the world with no family at her side. When I look back at all the moments I wish there had been more time not less.

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MFA Thesis Exhibition: PERSIST : Reblog

Published June 5, 2017 by Nan Mykel

What a magnificent, definitive purge!!!

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For the last few months, I have been so busy preparing for the MFA visual thesis exhibition. The exhibition is, in short, the culmination of my work in Columbia’s Photo MFA program. I have spent countless hours preparing and putting up the installation of my work, and in true deo fashion I gave myself way too much to do.

Leave it to me to go into a Photo MFA program and come out as a mixed media artist. My pursuit of the question “How do I photograph trauma?” led me to this point, because I figured out that different mediums can convey different things. Photography can be a mediated experience of trauma. Installation could use more than just our sense of sight, but also smell and hearing and touch. Video, found objects, and performance all have roles to play as well, and as a result my final exhibition became a…

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THERE ARE EVEN OTHER KINDS OF CHILD ABUSE…

Published May 5, 2017 by Nan Mykel

“Wildly alone” — so apt! Wish I could do something to help. Blogging and fighting for yourself, as you said, surely demonstrates survivor strength! I’m reblogging.

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img_5960 As a survivor of maternal child abuse and a highly dysfunctional, toxic family, how am I supposed to feel upon seeing everywhere reminders of what I’ve never had?

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Hello!…and a quote

Published January 4, 2017 by Nan Mykel

Sorry I’ve been away so long but it has to do with a trip to my family down south without my own computer, a pinched nerve, forgotten passwords, etc.  My kind brother-in-law has aided me and at least I’m here now…today.

There are many great second had bookstores here in Atlanta, and since I have the opportunity now I’d like to share a quote from one of the books I found. It’s  from  An Unquiet Mind, by Kay Redfield Jamison:

“We all build internal sea walls to keep at bay the sadnesses of life and and the often overwhelming forces within our minds.  In whatever way we do this–through love, work, family, faith, friends, denial, alcohol, drugs, or medication–we build these walls, stone by stone, over a lifetime. One of the most difficult problems is to construct these barriers of such a height and strength that one has a true harbor, a sanctuary  away from crippling turmoil and pain, but yet low enough, and permeable enough, to let in fresh seawater that will fend off the inevitable inclination toward brackishness.” (p 214).  

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