Photo Challenge — The Melting Moon

360508D2-287E-4920-B3C7-552717CD752E“What’s all the excitement about?” Don asked in his typical guileless manner.

“Look at the moon, you idiot,” Betsy said. “It’s melting!”

Steve stopped strumming his guitar and looked up at the moon. “It’s not melting, it’s dripping.”

“Melting, dripping, whatever,” Betsy said, “something is seriously wrong. The moon doesn’t do that.”

Don googled “melting moon” on his smartphone. It took him to a page that discussed the impact of climate change on Greenland. “There’s a lot of research on the web about melting icebergs and glaciers in Greenland, but nothing about the moon melting.”

“That melting is due to how the human race is acting like a traitor to Mother Earth by denying the truths about climate change,” Betsy said.

“Um, Betsy,” Steve said, “what kind of mushrooms did you use in the beef stew you made for tonight’s campfire dinner?”

Betsy shrugged, “I don’t know,” she admitted. “I found a bunch near the base of a tree in the woods over there.”

“I’ve heard stories about so-called magic mushrooms in this part of the woods, but I thought it was all bullshit,” Steve said.

“Magic mushrooms,” Don said. “That could explain why we’re all seeing the moon melting. It’s a mass hallucination.”

Written for today’s Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Photo Challenge. Photo credit: Also for these daily prompts: Daily Addictions (excitement), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (guileless), Ragtag Daily Prompt (guitar), The Daily Spur (page), Your Daily Word Prompt (research), and Word of the Day Challenge (traitor).

#writephoto — Nuclear Winter

175B1F15-AE11-4B2A-A14E-84EF4BA680A5Back then, almost everyone was concerned about climate change and global warming. Scientists around the world had warned about the potentially catastrophic effects of rising temperatures. Summers were getting hotter, storms stronger. Fires were ravaging the planet’s critical ancient forests, while glaciers were rapidly melting, causing sea levels to rise precipitously.

But world leaders and politicians didn’t listen to the scientists. It was too inconvenient, too burdensome, too expensive to address the threat to our existence that climate change posed. And so we continued to burn fossil fuels and to deforest the planet for development and mining.

As a result of inaction on the part of those in a position to address and reverse the impact of climate change, more frequently and significantly stronger hurricanes and typhoons, propelled by warmer ocean waters, began to pummel islands and coastal regions around the globe. When the President of the United States proposed nuking these massive, devastating storms while they were still out to sea, everyone thought he was making a joke. But he wasn’t. He was deadly serious.

Having effectively taken full control of the American government, Trump, against the advice of the world’s scientific community, unilaterally implemented his insane plan and ordered the military to drop nuclear bombs in the middle of hurricanes, secure in his belief that doing so would break up these storms and save the lands and property in their paths.

Instead, these nuclear explosions churned up and heated up the ocean waters significantly. They also spewed high levels of lethal radiation into the Earth’s atmosphere and polluted most of the planet’s potable water, resulting in the painful deaths of billions of people and of many animals. Fires consumed forests across the globe, and between the smoke from the fires and the atomic clouds that resulted from dozens of nuclear blasts, the planet ultimately was engulfed by thick, gray clouds that choked out the sun, creating what scientists warned would be a nuclear winter.

Dozens of years later, one of the sentries of a small band of human survivors went to the surface to take atmospheric and temperature readings. Amazed by what he saw, he descended quickly down the deep chute and excitedly reported to the elders. “The clouds have parted,” he shouted. “The sun is rising on the horizon.”

This dystopian post was written for this week’s Thursday Photo Prompt from Sue Vincent.

Share Your World — Better Late Than Never


Whoa! Somehow I missed Melanie’s Share Your World post yesterday. Well, better late than never, I suppose.

What would be your solution to the over-population of the earth? Earth has finite resources and humanity seems to be breeding themselves to extinction. Some countries have tried restricting the number of children a couple or a person can have, with little success. So what other viable options are there for reducing the number of people?

I’m not to worried about overpopulation. Given that nobody in a position to do anything about addressing the effects of climate change is doing anything to address climate change, I figure that our planet will be uninhabitable by the end of this century and that human life will cease to exist. Boom, overpopulation problem solved.

What’s invisible but you wish people could see?

Who people really are behind the masks they wear.

What’s the most ridiculous fact you know?

The most ridiculous fact I know is that Donald Trump is actually the President of the United States.

What are the unwritten rules of where you work? If you don’t work (retired or unemployed) what are the unwritten rules you live your life by?

I am retired, and other than paying taxes, paying my bills, going grocery shopping, and looking after our dog and cat, there are no rules, written or unwritten.

How do you feel about putting pineapple on pizza?

The same way I feel about a eating a pastrami sandwich on white bread with lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise. For god’s sake, don’t do it.

Toilet paper, over or under?


What’s the best type of cheese?

Cowgirl Creamery Mt Tam cheese. Mmm.56219A12-222C-49C9-B2E9-7C271B07F98C

Gratitude Question

I’m grateful that I heard back from Akismet about the issue with my comments on other bloggers’ posts going into their spam folder. The reply said, “I’ve made some adjustments that should fix this for your spam problem moving forward.”

Please, folks, let me know if any of my comments are still ending up in your spam folders.

Share Your World — Grim World Edition

Monday means Melanie’s Share Your World prompt, and, as usual, she has given us some provocative questions for us to expose our inner selves to all of you. She did give us a warning, though, that in view of recent events, this week’s Share Your World is rather grim. Let’s see if we can turn some lemons into lemonade. Here we go.

Does life have a reason (meaning)?

I’m going to answer this question with a post I wrote in July 2017, which featured this screenshot from my iPhone.81AC1071-CD21-42C7-BC83-7B15DB976F97

Will the world come to an end by human hands (man’s actions)?

Yes, but not so much due to man’s actions, but more as a result of man’s inaction on climate change.

Will stricter laws make a better world?  Would less strict law make it better?

It’s not a matter of more or less strict laws. It’s about better laws that are more equally enforced, without regard to race, religion, national origin, gender, or financial status.

If death is inevitable, why bother doing anything?

Yes, death is inevitable, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t live the best life we can during the finite time we are alive. 

Are thoughts and prayers useful or a sop for people who wish to pay respect but interact through a virtual venue? Yea or nay – please explain your viewpoint (without rancor) if you would.

I’m sorry for reverting again within the same Share Your World response to a post I previously published, but this recent post of mine pretty much answers this question. And as a visual representation, here’s an image from Rob Israel that sums up my feelings about thought and prayers.8F2CB876-4DCF-4A3D-8EBF-AA62288C76A4


50 Word Thursday — Drowning

F869B00A-0209-4DF2-9749-C6A399548055I should have paid attention when he said, “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.” Instead I sit high atop a hill on my favorite park bench knee deep in water. But he persuaded me that he was right. He denied that climate change was real. He said it was all a hoax from those lefty socialist and the Chinese. He told me not to believe what I saw with my own eyes or heard with my own ears. He said to listen only to him, that he alone could fix it. Now our planet is drowning.

(100 words)

Written for this week’s 50 Word Thursday prompt from Teresa (aka The Haunted Wordsmith). The idea is to use the image above (credit: janrye from Pixabay), along with the lines, “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good,” from J.K. Rowling’s, The Prisoner of Azkaban, and to write a post that must be between 50 and 250 words, in 50 word increments.