I'm going to have to stop watching and reading news. Keeping up with current events should be a good thing. Who wants to go around in complete ignorance? On the other hand, oblivion has its own attractions.
I feel like I'm living in a speculative fiction reality. Donald Trump? The man should be a bad joke but he's a serious contender for president of the United States. Pompous, full-of-himself, and uninformed, he wants to lead one of the world's super powers. He is a bigoted misogynist who can see no problem contradicting himself minute to minute. If he wins??? And there are troubling things about Hillary Clinton who seems the better choice.
Climate change is here. The picture is a view of our weather in mid-October. Winter gets here a month early; farmers' swaths lay in the field under snow while in central Canada, the temperature will reach a balmy 27 degrees. At the world level, record-breaking hurricanes and typhoons wreak havoc on islands and coastal areas in their path. Their "cooling down" farther along, triggers flooding.
The middle east is more unstable than ever. War has spread to Yemen, Issis fights to keep Mosul, and in Aleppo children die daily in the bombing. The ordinary people are at the mercy (of which there is none) of fighting governments and those that escape are trapped in the purgatory of giant refugee camps.
On a far smaller scale, but something frightening all the same happened to me at one of the local drugstores. I bought a couple of small items, totaling $4.18. After digging around in my old-lady purse, I gave the young cashier $20.20 (since pennies are done). It took her a calculator, several attempts and the punching in of enough symbols to write the first chapter of a novel, to get the right answer and hand me my $16 change.
I do fear that these are the end times.
I've been writing on and off for years and this is where my more serious pieces will be.