I had to quit watching the news. Something about losing my marbles …
I kept watching the news for evidence of a higher level of discussion, some bridge-building, rational thought, or “liberty and justice for all” responses worthy of “the greatest nation on earth.”
I began to hear the “We just don’t want them … here … now” reason sounding very much like the “ick factor” justifying homophobia and the “we’re just not ready for that … yet” of 1960’s anti-segregationists.
My soul clamors for more calm. I need to breathe more deeply.
Today I begin a 6-week news fast.
I will watch a little Stewart and Colbert. They are humor, people! I could use the laugh. I also will take some time Saturday to pop in on my favorite news blog, but only to catch the FireDogLake book salon with Frances Moore Lappe about Getting A Grip 2: Clarity, Creativity and Courage for the World We Really Want hosted by Christy Hardin Smith.
Today, as I drove around doing pastoral calls, I listened to lots of XM Radio Margaritaville. Tonight, to really unwind, I tuned into AMC and watched the first Nanny McPhee movie. And I blogged this!