Rory’s Morning Dawdler — 01/10/23

Rory, the king of questions, also known as the Autistic Composter, has come up with a new series of questions that he calls “The Morning Dawdler.” He poses four questions three times a week, questions he says are “inspired by life, humor, conversations and observations, town life, blog posts, writers, gardening, news stories, television, entertainment, and human curiosity, and so on.”

Here are Rory’s four morning dawdler questions for today.

Can you find the the mistake in this lineup A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H,I,J,K,L,M,N,O,P,Q,R,S,T,U,V,W,X,Y,Z?

  1. This is a trick question and there is no mistake in this lineup, or
  2. Grammatically, the question mark should be after the word “lineup” instead of after the letter Z, or
  3. I’m tired and my eyes are only seeing what my brain expects them to see, which happens to me a lot when I’m proofreading my draft posts.

What old fashioned way of doing things is better than how they are currently done?

Using the written language where people didn’t use emojis or acronyms instead of words to express themselves. I mean seriously, WTF? 🤣 LOL!

Are we consuming too much information and data and is the modern world bad for us?

I think, between 24-hour cable news networks, smartphone newsfeeds, Twitter, and other electronic media sources, we are continually bombarded with information and data, and the biggest problem is with the credibility of much of it. There are too many “sources” that are deliberately spreading misinformation and lies and many people are too lazy to verify that what they’ve read or heard is actually legitimate and factual.

If global warming continues, what will happen in the future?

What future?

WDP — Past, Present, and Future

Do you spend more time thinking about the future or the past? Why?

I don’t live in the past, and there’s nothing I can do in the present that can alter what’s happened in the past. About the only time I give the past much of a thought is when I’m responding to the Throwback Thursday prompts from Lauren and Maggie.

As to the future, mine is relatively short, given my status as an old fart, and there’s not much I can do at this late date that will affect my personal future one way or the other, so why dwell on it?

For me, the only thing to think about is the present, and given that, at the present time I’m starting to feel hungry, I need to think about what to have for dinner.

#WDYS — Ignore At Your Own Peril

It couldn’t be any clearer. Like a glaring neon sign, it’s telling us we need to take definitive action now. Before it’s too late.

The air we breathe. The water we drink. We can no longer take it for granted. We can’t assume that the air will always be fresh and breathable or that the water will be clean and potable. Life cannot survive without breathable air and drinkable water.

Yet we argue whether climate change is a hoax or is real. We refuse to accept that we are destroying our planet, our only home. We are reluctant to invest in clean energy and curtail our use of toxic chemicals and pollutants. We put our heads in the sand and say — or pray — that this, too, shall pass. We believe that the supernatural being that created us will protect us and will not let our planet die. Will not let us perish.

So it will be business as usual. Until it isn’t and life on Earth has been extinguished.

Don’t say you haven’t been warned.

Written for Sadje’s What Do You See prompt.

Before It’s Too Late

The members of the progressive caucus were in lockstep as their chairman began to expatiate on the urgency of dealing with climate change. “We are in the middle of a historic drought,” he said. “Our once plush green fields have turned to arid deserts. We must stop procrastinating or we will continue to have out of control wildfires and other weather extremes that will further exacerbate our climate crisis, which grows more dire with each passing month of inaction.”

“The foregoing comments from my esteemed colleague on the left,” the conservative congressman interrupted, “reflect his empty, liberal rhetoric designed to provide cover for all this hysteria around so-called climate change. Throughout recorded history there have been multiple cyclical weather patterns, yet our planet has survived and humanity has thrived.”

“Sir,” the progressive caucus chairman said, “climate and weather are not the same. Weather refers to short-term atmospheric conditions, while climate refers to long-term and potentially irreversible changes to the weather averaged over an extended period of time.”

“You liberals are bound and determined to destroy our economy by spending billions of dollars to fix a problem that doesn’t exist,” the conservative congressman said. “There have always been incidents of wildfires, massive storms, floods, and earthquakes. Let us not be reactionaries and go off half-cocked.”

“Congressman, you are seventy-five years old. If you can’t do what’s necessary to save our planet for your generation, think about what you can do to save it for your grandchildren’s generation — before it’s too late.”

“That’s their problem, not mine,” the congressman said coldly. “They’ll figure something out.”

“No, congressman, it’s up to us to figure this out before we completely squander our children’s futures. We need to act now or we will have missed this, and possibly the final, opportunity to save our planet.”

Written for these daily prompts from yesterday: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (lockstep), Your Daily Word Prompt (expatiate), Ragtag Daily Prompt (arid), My Vivid Blog (procrastinating), E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (foregoing), Word of the Day Challenge (cover), and The Daily Spur (incident).

Fandango’s Provocative Question #160


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.

My wife and I spent much of the day yesterday with our two grandchildren, both of whom are under two years old. As we were driving home, I asked my wife what kind of world she thought our grandkids will grow up in. She actually started to cry.

This week’s provocative question is…

Do you think, given everything that is going on in the world, that children born these days will have a worse or better life than their parents? Why do you feel that way?

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.