The Lorax – #unless

The Lorax isn’t just about trees. It’s about the interconnectedness of nature. It’s also about the tragedy of the commons. 

The Lorax isn’t straight up against industry, but rather against unrestrained and inconsiderate industry. 

Today’s piece will be a diptych, so find out tomorrow!

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,

Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.

-Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

Pangolin Panacea – #unless

Day 3 prompt: Pangolins


Pangolins have been a favorite of mine since childhood, but some species are hunted because of a superstition that claims their scales, dried and ground up, can cure nervousness or other ailments. 

Many animals face extinction due to a combination of high demand for traditional ‘medicine’ and an inability to farm them efficiently.

While some of these animals might have some medicinal value, usually it is quite dubious and the demand is met with poaching dwindling populations. 

Taking medical advice from a pangolin is probably as effective as killing them for medicine. Plus who wouldn’t want such a cute doctor hanging around?

Revenge of the Bees – #unless

Day 2 of April’s drawing-a-day challenge. 

Today’s prompt: a honey bee spraying chemicals:


While feeding the world’s growing population is important, some of the modern farming practices are not always benign to the environment. Ironically, some of the pesticides we use to help protect crops may be contributors in honey bee deaths, an insect we rely on to fertilize many of our crops. 

Beware the Siren Call – #unless

Prompt #1 – Trump frolicking like a nymph

What better April Fools’ Day prompt can I get than the fool in chief who believes climate change is a Chinese plot and that ‘clean coal’ is actually is worth falling further behind in the renewable energy race. 

Sweet dreams are made of these

Tell me lies, tell me sweet little lies.


If you’d like to suggest a prompt for my April drawing-a-day challenge, please add it in the comments! This month’s theme is Earth Day. 

Memento Mori – Memento Homo

Victory fills our souls while defeat brings us low. Both can make us lose a broader perspective.

Staying strong under loss can be difficult. But the best of us will move past defeat and keep trying. As the Romans grew into an empire, they were often foolhardy and ran straight into defeat. The kind of disaster which would humiliate other nations into surrender did not phase them, but fueled their need to try again.

Staying humble when victorious is even more difficult. For narcissists it is a downright impossible break of character. But the wiser of the Roman leadership knew they needed to maintain perspective. They would have a slave standing behind them, whispering ‘you are only human’ during pomp filled triumphs. 

A kill joy for some. But a good reminder for those in position to elevate themselves to gods!