My Last Photo — August ‘21

Brian, aka Bushboy, posted his monthly prompt that asks us to…
  1. Post the last photo from our camera’s SD card or the last photo from our phone taken in August.
  2. No editing — who cares if it is out of focus, not framed as you would like, or the subject matter didn’t cooperate?
  3. No explanations needed — just the photo will do.
  4. Create a pingback to Brian’s post or link in the comments.
  5. Tag “The Last Photo.”

So here’s the last photo I took on my iPhone in August.As I did last month, I took this photo specifically for this prompt. We have this interesting — weird, perhaps — carved piece in our living room. I’m not sure where we got it. A gift? An inheritance? And I don’t know who or what that is in this little work of art. Some cultural or mythical figure, perhaps. If any of you know, please enlighten me.

Anyway, I decided that it is a strange enough piece that it would make an interesting photo for Brian’s prompt.

#WDYS — Greed is Good

“I call it ‘Three rich old white dudes,’” Derek said. “What do you think of my latest wall art creation, Greg?”

“Those are the Monopoly men posing like those three monkeys, one who sees no evil, one who hears no evil, and one who speaks no evil,” Greg said.

“Right, but it’s more than just that,” Derek said. “It speaks to the greed that has overtaken America. The dude on the left is feeling guilty about his wealth. He’s surrounded by poverty. He’s experiencing paranoia and is shielding his eyes in order to not see the poor people he’s displaced with his luxury hotels and condominiums.”

“Okay,” Greg said. “And what about the one in the middle?”

“The guy in the center thinks the criticism being levied at his unbridled greed is not fair and he’s covering his ears so he can’t hear what he considers to be their supercilious chatter,” Derek explained.

“And the guy with his hands over his mouth?” Greg asked.

“Ah, he feels so much anguish that he’s suffering from myocarditis, and has been having chest pains, abnormal heartbeat, and shortness of breath,” Derek said.

“So he’s going to change his ways and be less greedy and cutthroat?” Greg asked.

“That’s the dark, some might even say macabre, aspect of my wall art,” Derek said. “Despite the guilt, the denials, and the adverse health effects, these three rich old white dudes still believe that greed is good. They’ll keep praying to the money gods, unable to see, hear, or speak the evil.

Written for Sadje’s What Do You See prompt. Photo credit: B P Miller at Unsplash. Also for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (paranoia), My Vivid Blog (fair), Word of the Day Challenge (supercilious), Your Daily Word Prompt (anguish), Ragtag Daily Prompt (myocarditis), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (macabre).

Fandango’s Provocative Question #133


Welcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.

By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

On Sunday, for my Who Won the Week post, I designated “evolution” as the week’s winner because, for the first time, more than half of American adults surveyed said that they believe that modern humans developed from earlier species of animals. But at the same time, around 40% of American adults ascribe to a strictly creationist view of human origins, believing that God created them in their present form within roughly the past 10,000 years.

The study suggested that education, specifically having a college degree, is one of strongest factors leading to the acceptance of evolution. It also identified religious fundamentalism as the strongest factor leading to the rejection of evolution.

So with this in mind, my provocative question this week is this…

Do you believe that modern human beings, Homo sapiens, evolved between 150,000 to 200,000 years ago from earlier species? Or do you believe that God created humans in their present form within the past 10,000 years? Or, if you believe something else, what is it?

If you choose to participate, write a post with your response to the question. Once you are done, tag your post with #FPQ and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments. But remember to check to confirm that your pingback or your link shows up in the comments.