July 28, 2015

When News is Slow


When News is Slow

by Dan Roberts
Someone once said, “No news is good news.” And, as I tend to do with most bromides, I probably nodded sagaciously in agreement. But wait . . .
What if I’m waiting for news of my lost cat? Or the end of a storm? Or of a ground breaking discovery? Is no news good news then?
A news drought predictably returns every year at this time. Where do researchers go in the summer? Surely they aren’t taking time off to go fishing. Is that fair? I don’t get time off from my visual impairment.
Maybe it has something to do with the cycle of medical conventions, which occur in the spring and fall. Researchers time their reports to coincide with those high visibility media events, leaving us to weather the drought until the next season.
So how does a blog writer like me handle this? I guess I could start quoting National Enquirer. There’s always news there. Or we could all find something else to do for a little while. Like fishing.
Or, if drowning worms is against your nature, here are some other ideas for keeping busy when the news is slow:

  • Listen to National Public Radio.
  • Listen to a book on tape.
  • While listening to that tape, do a little exercising.
  • Attend a concert, a lecture, a book reading, etc.
  • Start a garden (indoors or out).
  • Take a class in water aerobics.
  • Become active in your church or a local club.
  • Record your life history for your children and grandchildren.
  • Bake a cake, and invite a friend to share it with you.
  • Go for a walk with a pet (yours or anyone else’s).
  • Do large-print word search puzzles and crosswords.
  • Do a jigsaw puzzle.
  • Call someone you haven’t talked to in a long time.
  • Go fishing anyway. Just let someone else bait the hook.

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