Rory Deals Four Aces

d6aeb5c7-73c1-40f1-9cb5-0ed40604be7aWere I playing poker, I’d love to have been dealt four aces. I’d push all of my chips to the center of the table and, with a huge, shit-eating grin on my face, I’d say “I’m all in.”

But this is not poker. It’s Rory’s The Friday Four, where he poses four thought-provoking questions for us to consider. This week’s four questions are:

1] Do you think our society could exist without laws?

For better or worse, I think we have demonstrated over and over again throughout human history that, in order to avoid anarchy and chaos, society must have laws. Of course, when the leader of the country ignores or breaks said laws (yes, I’m talking to you, Donald Trump), the so-called rule of law loses its meaning.

2] How important is the freedom of speech?

In a free society, freedom of speech is extremely important. But it can also be easily abused by those with evil intent. So there needs to be a balance between allowing people to freely express their opinions without fear of retaliation, and controlling the expression of hate speech or speech that jeopardizes the sanctity and security of a country’s citizens. Remember:ebcd19d0-62e7-4f0a-beea-65d5a39e027d

3] How long do you think humans have left on planet earth?

At the rate we’re going, probably not far into the 22nd century.

4] Using your mind or losing your mind, where is the fine line between madness and creativity?

This seems to beg the question of whether or not there is a strong correlation between an original, creative mind and a troubled one. I tend to think that very creative people sometimes seem to have serious dark sides and suffer from depression and mood swings (i.e., bipolar disorders). But are creativity and madness just two sides of the same coin? Can one exist without the other? I honestly don’t know. I’m not a particularly creative person, but some that I personally know do tend to be high strung, sensitive, and emotional. But madness? Mentally illness? No, I just don’t see that.9dd32475-583a-46e7-987b-a7541ec0def7


FOWC with Fandango — Madness

FOWCWelcome to January 3, 2019 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “madness.”

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. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.

SoCS — MAGA Mania

9EC04BB3-DC3C-4C15-BD8D-E85809524C43Man oh man. Linda G. Hill has given us an interesting Stream of Consciousness Saturday challenge today. She’s asked us to use “ma” as a word or find a word with “ma” in it.

I was going to try to manage this challenge without making mention of the MAGA man himself, Donald Trump, but he’s like a maniacal magnet and I can’t resist his pull. He makes me so mad when I see, hear, or read about him. I honestly believe he is abnormal. You know how he always brags about how smart he his, right? Well, I think he’s an egomaniac who has been so easily manipulated by Vladimir Putin. Trump has managed to seriously damage the stature of our country around the globe.

Okay, before you start to grimace and demand that I stop this dismal declamation, I will cease and desist. I won’t talk about his climate change denial or about his inhumane treatment of migrants at the border. I won’t be discussing this madness being perpetrated by our Commander-in-Chief and how his actions smack of treason.

Maybe I’ll go fix myself a margarita or eat some marijuana-infused gummies in order to maintain my sanity before I become a madman myself.

Enough. I’m finished ranting about Trump. For now, anyway.

In Other Words — Madness

89C6160C-121F-4C9B-BC09-1EF78F9468DBThis is America in the age of Trump

This is crazy

This is scary

This is dangerous

In other words, this is madness

In other wordsThis post was written for the In Other Words prompt from Patricia’s Place. The challenge this week is to write a story or poem of five lines or fewer using the word “madness.” Image credit: Michael Vadon’s Flickr photostream.

#writephoto — Serenity In the Midst of Madness

4217516E-452E-4D41-9B94-1FA7922107B2Michael sat on the wooden bench by the side of the calm stream, hoping to find that, in what is arguably the most bountiful nation on the planet, there was yet a trace of humanity left.

He had been under a tremendous amount of stress since last night, when yet another mass shooting in America took place. It’s not as if there were no warning signs that such a tragedy would occur. This latest one, in Thousand Oaks, California, was the thirteenth mass shooting — where four or more people were shot — in the United States in the twelve days since (and including) the attack at a synagogue in Pittsburgh on October 27th. Thirteen mass shootings in twelve days.

How many more interviews would Michael, an investigator for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, (aka, the ATF), have to conduct with the survivors of these shootings and of the next of kin of those whose lives had been tragically cut short?

Michael sat on the bench by the stream, tears in his eyes and a profound sadness in his heart, wondering if he could ever find any serenity in the midst of all the madness.

Written for Sue Vincent’s Thursday Photo Prompt. Also for these one-word prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (trace), Daily Addictions (bountiful), Scotts Daily Prompt (warning), and Word of the Day Challenge (kin).