News Blackout

Aliens could have invaded the planet and I wouldn’t have known.

The entire two weeks of my Alaskan vacation, I did not access the news. Not once. No newspapers, no radio, no streaming media. Nothing. Aliens could have invaded the planet and I wouldn’t have known. Cheeto-head had to fend for himself. The human moral compass no doubt continued to spin erratically in search of true North. I was not subjected to the vertigo that that can cause.

It was pure bliss.

Oh, I was already aware of the stress that news causes me. I knew that not a day goes by without my feeling frustrated, helpless, and outraged because of the things going on in the world. I knew I needed a break.

But as they say, a fish doesn’t know the quality of the water it is in until it jumps out of it. I knew it was bad, but I didn’t expect to feel my blood pressure drop. I felt physically better. More rested. My attitude improved. People didn’t seem to suck nearly as much as they normally do. (Well, most of them, anyway.) It was cleansing.

I’m not saying that we should bury our heads in the sand as a general rule. Our leaders must be held accountable. We must bear witness. We have to strive for change or else society will sink to its lowest common denominator.

But every now and then, it’s nice to be reminded that the earth is going to continue to revolve around the sun with or without my help. It’s good to take time to reassess and revitalize. It’s important to live to fight another day.


An attitude of gratitude is what you need to get along. Read my book!

Author: The View from a Drawbridge

I have been a bridgetender since 2001, and gives me plenty of time to think and observe the world.

4 thoughts on “News Blackout”

  1. Barb, the aliens landed long before you left for Alaska. They just didn’t bother to invade because they could see we were doing a good job of destroying ourselves.

    You mean you missed the flaming hot Cheeto spontaneously combust while refusing to stop, drop and roll? (Nancy, get out the fire hose.) As this unfolds, I find my blood pressure lowering for I see Karma finally pulling the strings. No matter how crazy it gets I have faith in Karmic justice… and of course this helps: 🙂

  2. Not advocating letting Karma do all the work while we sit on the sidelines. Karma needs our help with this one. Given what’s happening to the Kurds right now, Karma’s a little late. Why does everything come back to Putin benefiting from Trump’s actions? What good will impeachment do if he remains in office and continues to damage democracy and this country’s reputation?

    Without people like Colbert keeping me sane through this surreal political nightmare I’d lose hope. Bet you’re wishing you were still on vacation.

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