Mood Swings

From my artistic side.

A little change for you.

I was looking at my 2018 archives. I realized that aside from Mardi Gras and a few second lines, I’ve been doing the same thing over and over and over… and hoping for something different. For almost two months.

In some places that’s the classic definition of insanity.

I don’t think I’m a little crazy, but being a photographer… well, you know. Heh!


Even though this the same kind of wintry picture I’ve been making, I thought that I’d stretch myself out a little bit and get back to a little more artistic way of working.

Before you ask, don’t. I just kept adding and subtracting until I got to a place that expressed my mood at the time. A little deep. A little dark.

How come?

Did you happen to watch the Florida town hall yesterday? The senator — Marco Rubio — got hammered by the kids, by the parents, by the teachers. One parent flat-out told him that he was weak. Yet, he refuses to give up NRA funding because that represent another group. Gun advocates. The representative from the NRA, who shouldn’t have been there at all, doesn’t even want to make minor changes to the laws.


After sleeping on it. I’ve come to this. We need to flip the entire Congress in November. We need to take the power away from the usual suspects in the House and the Senate. Elect new blood that is not yet tainted.

Once that is done, we must repeal the Second Amendment.

That’s radical. It will take a lot of time. The process is long and usually nasty. Sorry, our children’s lives are at stake. Take away the law that the gun folks hide behind and maybe, just maybe, they’ll be safe. Maybe our future will be safe.


If Marco Rubio wants to keep earning the kind of money that he’s used to, about $172,000 a year, I’m sure there’s a management position for him at a hamburger chain out west. He can probably get pretty good health insurance too.


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

7 thoughts on “Mood Swings

  1. Though I understand the draw of the money, I am truly flabbergasted at how ‘cheap’ some of these politicians seem to be willing to sell their souls. I agree with you wholeheartedly on the November ‘flip’. Here’s to change…


  2. Please don’t send Marco Rubio out west…we don’t want him either! But, I get your point and I agree. Based on everything we know about how things don’t change, I’m not very hopeful about a total repeal, but these young people have energized whatever hope we have more than ever before. As one father said today while sitting next to his tearful son (a very articulate student still in shock), “I’m proud of these students. And my generation has let them down.”

    Before I read your post I had already labeled the photo as “ghostly.” I think it fits the mood many of us have been harboring.

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    1. Unfortunately, I only know of one hamburger chain that pays that well for store level managers. In ‘n Out Burger. They are in the west. Heh, heh, heh.

      I follow some of the shooting survivors on Twitter. They are intelligent, articulate and fearless. And, they know how to troll the merchants of death right back.

      I’m going to try to be a little more positive ebause this is a long haul fight. We are going to need some energy.

      I’m a serious baseball fan. Today was the first spring training game of the year. All the Florida based teams came out wearing SD caps (Stoneman – Davis) After the game, the team autographic for auction. The money goes to the kids. Most of the team managers who I admire said something along the lines of, “From me to you, whatever you need. Just ask.”


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