My Last Photo — February ‘23

Brian, aka Bushboy, posted his monthly Last on the Card prompt, where he asks us to…

  • Post the last photo from your camera’s SD card or the last photo from your phone taken in the month of February.
  • No editing — who cares if it is out of focus, not framed as you would like, or the subject matter didn’t cooperate?
  • No explanations needed — just the photo will do.
  • Create a pingback to Brian’s post or link in the comments.
  • Tag “The Last Photo.”

I missed last month’s last photo prompt because I was still pretty out of it after having fallen off a ladder and breaking a hip and my humerus in my shoulder socket. But I didn’t want to miss this month’s prompt, so here’s the last photo I took on my iPhone in February, just before 6 pm on Saturday, February 25th.

I had just sat down at our kitchen table and was getting ready for my wife to put my dinner plate in front of me (because, you know, busted hip and I can’t yet carry a plate from the prep area to the table by myself). I heard my wife say, “Nice sunset” as she put the plate down. I looked towards our west-facing kitchen window and saw the colorful sunset clouds, picked up my iPhone, and snapped the above shot.

February 2023 — Meh!

February 2023 was not a very good month for me. And no, I’m not talking just about my efforts rehab from my busted hip and fractured humerus. That’s been tough and this whole thing knocked me for an unexpected loop by draining my energy in a big way. But what really has me glum is that my blog’s views this month were only 10,620. That happens to be my lowest number of monthly views on my blog since June of 2018, when it received 10,001.

I can easily explain the drop in views. Before I had my accident, I posted almost every day a combo post using my own daily FOWC with Fandango one-word prompt plus one-word prompts from up to five other bloggers, but I’ve given that up since the day of my stupid accident.

I posted my Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge and my Fandango’s Story Starter prompts on Monday and Tuesday mornings, respectively. But Paula Light has taken over FFFC and Jim Adams has been keeping FSS alive, and I really appreciate them doing that until I’m ready to take them back, hopefully sometime later this month.

I religiously responded to Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday prompt, but that, too, fell by the wayside since my injury. I hope to get back to that again soon. And there have been other weekly prompts, like Sadje’s What Do You See, that I normally participated in, but since January I have only done so occasionally.

I also haven’t kept up with a lot of the posts that bloggers I follow have posted, therefore I haven’t commented on other bloggers’ posts as much as I used to.

Oh, and I only posted 101 times this past month, the fewest posts in a month since I posted just 91 in February 2018.

I don’t know if or when I’ll resume blogging at the same pace and with the same regularity I did before I broke my body. But given my lack of energy, I’m doing the best I can and I hope that, as my body heals, my energy will return and I’ll get back to my old form.

Reblog: Why We Gotta Talk About Court Reform–Now!

I took a course in civics in the 9th grade. I learned in that course about the three separate branches of the U.S. government, the executive, the legislative, and the judicial. Each branch had a unique delineation of authority and responsibility, commonly referred to as the separation of powers. Each branch independent of each other, with varied duties and roughly equal.

And then I read Annie’s excellent, well researched piece yesterday about a far-right renegade federal judge who is about to turn everything I learned in my 9th grade civics class topsy-turvy, and how a single wrong-headed individual backed by unenlightened self-interests can destroy the whole separation of powers between the branches of government that our Founding Fathers established in the Constitution of the United States of America.

Please read Annie’s post. This is important.

Photo by Sora Shimazaki on Something is really out of kilter in the land of the free and the home of the brave. You’ve probably heard …

Why We Gotta Talk About Court Reform–Now!

Fandango’s Provocative Question #203


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.

I like to think that I’m in charge of my life and that, for better or worse, the course that my life has taken was established by the decisions — the choices — I’ve made along the way.

I know that there are others who feel pretty much the same way that I do, that our lives are formed by things that are within our control. But I’m sure that others feel very differently, and believe that much of our lives are formed by things that are outside of our control. Perhaps they call it fate or destiny, but the overall course of our lives, they believe, is predetermined.

And that brings me to today’s provocative question.

To what degree have you been able to control the course that your life has taken?

If you choose to participate, you may respond with a comment or write your own post in 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. Note that recently a lot of bloggers have been reporting that pingbacks aren’t working.