A Month of Love #4

Paula Light says, “Let’s celebrate the month of lurve (aka love) by posting one thing we love every day throughout February.

Now the truth is that I’m not really a romantic guy, so I might be hard pressed to come up with 28 objects of love, but I think I should be able to come up with 28 things I like a lot.

Today I’m posting a picture of my favorite kitchen appliance.I love coffee and this little miracle machine grinds up organic, dark roast whole beans and then brews a pot of fresh, delicious coffee for me every morning. What’s not to love?

The Existential Threat

“According to the academic and political literature I’ve been reviewing, our world is in a state of flux like never before in contemporary times,” Richard said. “Given that fact, the outlook for humankind seems rather gloomy.”

“Richard, old chap,” Harold said, failing to conceal his amused expression, “you never tiptoe around your pessimistic and dire visions for the future, do you?”

“And you, my old friend,” Richard said, “seem to always see the glass as half full.”

“That’s because, throughout even the darkest hours of human history, the proverbial half-empty glass never empties completely and humanity somehow manages not only to survive, but to thrive,” Harold said. “There’s a valuable lesson to be learned in that.”

“But this time it’s different, Harold,” Richard said. “Those dark days of the past you refer to were due to man’s inhumanity toward his fellow man. But this time we are not dealing with man’s inhumanity to man, we are dealing with man’s inability to stop systematically destroying our environment and his reluctance to take the necessary steps to save our planet from becoming inhospitable to human life. And while you can run from that, you can’t hide from it, which, unfortunately, is what we are doing when we ignore the existential threat of climate change.”

Written for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (literature), Your Daily Word Prompt (flux), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (given) Word of the Day Challenge (gloomy), Ragtag Daily Prompt (tiptoe), and MMA Storytime (valuable). I also snuck in Paula Light’s “run” theme for her Thursday Inspiration prompt, although this is no Cinderella story. Image Credit: Bruce Rolff / Shutterstock.com.

FOWC with Fandango — Given

FOWCWelcome to February 4, 2021 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “given.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Please check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.