Green Day

Deep in the garden.

Very Green.

When everything is in the last phases of autumn where you live, you can count on me to make it better. I can show you how we in the subtropical south see things. Trust me. I’m not laughing at anybody. I’d rather have some real cold weather. I know. Be careful what you wish for. You might just get it.

A young artist friend of mine travelled to Michigan with her long time boyfriend. They are staying with his family. She saw snow for the first time. Ever. She’s a Louisiana lady. She was so delighted. She made me smile.

Oh. I’m back at the ageist wars. There is some guy who calls himself Father Monk. He wrote this long screed (Do we still use that word?) condemning Boomers on Facebook. He exempted some of us. If we protested during the Vietnam War we were good. If we lived our lives in certain ways of which he approved, we were exempted.

How funny.

Like we need his approval. I couldn’t help myself. I replied, closing with my new hashtag, #OKKid. He didn’t like that.

Oh well.

After I did that, I blocked him and everybody who came after him to attack me. These folks forget that we are old, we likely hurt in some way which makes us grouchy, and we have a lot of experience.We learned something in “our” war. Guerrilla tactics work.

Seriously. This is just fun for me. I’m not sure about them

Doesn’t matter.

Published by Ray Laskowitz

I am a visual storyteller. I've been making pictures for some 40 years. I travel the world in search of the right image. in the right light at the right time. You can reach me by phone at 505.280.4686, or by email at or For a quick look at my work please go to

4 thoughts on “Green Day

  1. Wow (the photo AND the ageist war). Just wow. Sorry you got hit with a screed. Love the word, hate the behavior.

    But I’ll say more…it has lately occurred to me that our society treats youth like a virtue. It’s not. It’s a characteristic that everyone has until they don’t. And neither does age correlate with wisdom. Kindness and respect is the oil that should take the friction out of generational differences, and screeding generalizations at folks like Father Monk apparently did solves absolutely nothing. Maybe he got a few hundred likes from people who didn’t really stop to think that he was talking about human beings… good for you for blocking him.

    (Did you notice I made screed into a verb? It makes me smile.)


    1. Thank you. I’ve been dealing with this OKBoomer nonsense for a couple of weeks. In the real world I just read that some young woman said that in a city council meeting and was booed and heckled so badly that she left the meeting in tears. It’s a real thing.

      Wait until you get to be my age, when you understand what Black folks mean be “being invisible.” In other words, if I go someplace marginally youthful I’m ignored. HUH? As Kathy Bates once said in a movie, “I have more money than you and I’m better insured.”

      And, I never think of myself all wise and knowing about anything except for the two things that I really work at. And, one is about the business of music, not making music.

      Father Monk has a pretty big following… on Facebook. Maybe I should take social media more seriously than I do because it really helps both of us with our work, but I just can’t. It’s just more people screaming from the safety of their home. He is one of them.

      I just think it’s one more polarized issue. And, at the heart of it it’s just ageist.

      “Sto[ verbing nouns” – Lisa to Bart Simpson. 🙂

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      1. Yep, you said it, just one more polarized issue, and ageist, too.

        I agree with Lisa Simpson, for the most part…I hate “friended” as a verb. But I’m tickled with “screeding”. It’s a word that sounds like what it means, an onomatopoeia. Especially if you say it in a screechy voice. 😆 There’s a LOT of screeding going on these days.


      2. Screeding is so close to stupidity that your use makes sense. BTW, Father Nathan has 185,000 followers and 5,000 friends. He is a defrocked priest. Now he is married and has two kids. Near as I can tell, everything is broken.

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