I fear for the future. The planet upon which we live is exquisite, and perhaps unique in all of the vast universe. But are we doing enough to keep it that way?

We all desire for our children and their children to have a safe place to live, with clean air and potable water. But as a society, we seem to be inexplicably mellow, or even reluctant, when it comes to taking the necessary — and in some cases, difficult — steps to make sure that happens.

There may be some merit to the argument that, through the ages, there have been cycles to changes in the climate. But it can also be argued that, since the Industrial Age, we have been spewing more and more pollutants into the atmosphere and pouring large quantities of toxic chemicals into our streams, rivers, and oceans.

This difference in perspectives has caused significant political tension between those who see changes in our climate as being part of a natural cyclical process and those who believe that the activities of humans has both exacerbated and accelerated what could be irreversible changes to our climate.

I don’t know who is right, but it seems to me that we are witnessing weather events that are stronger and more devastating and more frequent than we have had in decades, if not centuries. We are seeing global temperatures rising at an alarming rate. There are warnings that if the world’s temperatures continue to rise at this pace, the planet may, within a few generations, become inhospitable to many forms of life, including human beings.

To sit back and do nothing, and to potentially put human life in jeopardy, when there are steps we can take to try to address the problem of climate change is, to me, an abomination.*

Written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (exquisite), The Daily Spur (desire), My Vivid Blog (mellow), Your Daily Word Prompt (merit), Fandango’s One Word Challenge (tension), Word of the Day Challenge (generation), and E.M’s Random Word Prompt (abomination).

*Okay, “an abomination” may be too strong a way of putting it, but “abomination” is one of today’s daily prompt words. Otherwise, “irresponsible” would be a better choice.

One-Liner Wednesday — Education

“Education should not be intended to make people comfortable, it is meant to make them think.”

Hanna Holborn Gray, American historian

I wish those Republican lawmakers and conservative parents who insist on banning books and restricting what teachers can discuss in classrooms would think hard about this quote and the purpose of education.

Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #186


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.

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about green burials. These are also referred to as human composting or natural organic reduction. The green burial process involves placing the deceased in an 8ft-long steel box with biodegradable materials such as wood chips and flowers. After 30 to 60 days, the body breaks down into soil that can be returned to relatives.

Green burials are a more environmentally friendly alternative to conventional underground burials and cremations. California recently joined Colorado, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington to legalize the practice.

Given this, my question this week is…

How do you intend to dispose of your physical body after you die? Would you consider a green burial if it were legal where you live?

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.

FOWC with Fandango — Tension


It’s October 19, 2022. Welcome to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (U.S.).

Today’s word is “tension.”

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. Show them some love.