It all began as an attempt to force some balance back into
my life. I began carving out 30 minutes
each morning to calmly read the Washington
Post while basking in the quiet early morning hours with a cup of
Java. Well, that was the intent, anyway.
Up until then I caught the paper whenever I could grab a few minutes, while
waiting on kids carpools, or when an especially intriguing front page picture
caught my eye. These days, reading the
paper somehow cannot be used in the same sentence with “calmly” or “basking”—there
is a bit too much angst in the world for me.
Toss in election year politics in our Nation’s capitol and I begin to
wonder if there will be a time when “peace” is trending.
So, in the spirit of competitiveness (YES—I did watch the
Olympics!)—I now have a new game of –“find the inspiration”—while reading the
paper. It is my own odd way of dealing with the disturbing events of the day,
staying in touch with world events, yet still being hopeful when I lay down the
last section of newsprint. My only other
option was to search out the “Comics” section and toss the rest of the
paper. Today I happened upon a great
article early in my read: Baby
boomers embrace vegetarianism, but such diets have risks as well as benefits. An article that blends multiple
interviews, including that of Academy Past President, Sylvia
Escott-Stump ends with “consider talking to a dietitian”. My second part of the “inspiration” moment
was the fact that what I read in hard copy, I can also find online—(both laptop
and mobile). As I have said before—I have
turned into my mother. She still
routinely clips newsprint articles and mails them to me—my version is just a
bit more digital. Enjoy the article and
pass it along— in your favorite format.