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Breaking the 24-hour news cycle

I successfully managed to avoid the news for 24 hours, beginning yesterday at 7:30 a.m. Okay, there were moments when I would have to run from the room because Rachel Maddow or Chris Matthews were yelling something – but for the most part, I managed to avoid it.

It took away a lot of unnecessary stress. I figured the news would still be there. One of my friends decided to give me some crap about it. “OH, did you hear about what happened today?” He asked via text.

“Unless it’s personal, don’t tell me until 7:30 a.m. tomorrow. Are you okay?”

“Seriously? Man, you’re going to be in for a real shocker tomorrow,” he said. I then, of course, knew he was full of crap and called him on it.

My sabbatical from all forms of news was extremely refreshing – especially considering that for a number of years I haven’t been able to avoid the news. Yes, the news is important. Yes, we have got to have a good grasp on what is going on in the world – and not just through forwarded emails or pundits on television. But through real research, reading, et cetera.

During my sabbatical, I napped, nannied, sang, laughed, and just enjoyed my day. Today, the news serves as a background – and I managed to hear our President explain why he’s taken single-payer health insurance off the table.

So I’m back. And probably soon I’ll be bitching once again about whatever is getting my goat on that particular day.

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