6/24/10

You are so lucky...

I didn't publish my original post. I'm so glad I didn't. It was all politics and one thing I've learned is to never discuss religion or politics with my friends. That's how we can all stay friends.

So, with that topic off the table, I'm looking around for a topic that would be just as rousing, just as exciting, just as open for comment and opinion. And, I'm finding nothing.

I'm sickened by what's going on in the Gulf of Mexico. I can say that without being political. I'm sick of war and infighting and mean people and murders. I'm bored with people being rude to one another. Sick of watching them zip through traffic with absolute disregard to the safety of others. Disgusted by those that would harm children or the elderly or animals or anybody else that can't defend themselves.

And, I'm trying to turn my thoughts to more pleasant things.

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I want to think about what wonderful things are happening to Betty White. Can you believe the success she's having?

I want to think about yellow cake with white icing and toasted coconut. And, sweet custard chocolate pie with meringue.

I want to think about beautiful fabrics and how they can be combined into lovely works of quilt art.

I want to think about the potential for my daughter to be president...or at least a really successful dentist.

I want to think about new cars and new car smells and roadtrips to exotic and wonderful places.

I want new carpet. I want new clothes. I want more time to do the things that are important to me.

I want to make home made icecream with fresh peaches.

I want to eat more vegetarian meals.

I want it to be cool enough to leave the windows open for the breeze, and I want to reupholster my wing back chair.

I want everyone to be happy.

Somebody send me the magic lamp. I think I'm ready to make my three wishes now.

Lane

12 comments:

Becky said...

I simply can't watch the news anymore. I read all the major outlets on the net...cause when they pi$$ me off I can quit reading and go on to another story. I can't even tell what is the truth anymore with everyone's spin on things. I'm ready for the happy juice too!! Somehow it seems like everything is unraveling....and it ain't a raggedy quilt either!! If you find the lamp send it on to me after you are done!

Michelle said...

Before I got to the end of your post, I was going to recommend that you stop watching the news. I have. I don't miss it, and I'm a lot less distressed. Besides, the news isn't objective; the newscasters don't give "just the facts ma'am." They word everything in such a way to rile people up and make us feel insecure and like we're only two steps away from disaster.

I do scan the headlines on my computer, and if I find information that I feel I need to know to make an informed decision in the voting booth, then I read it. But I certainly don't need to read 9 people's, usually inflammatory opinion about some issue. (I mean are the media people going to put anyone in their stories who feel that things are okay? No!)

Okay, Lane, you've got me ranting. You mentioned a pet peeve of mine. Now, I'm going to go think about flowers.

oldbatt said...

Doesn't it seem like they (news media) also make everything SOOO dramatic? I was watching an old motorcycle show with DH and it was from 1971 when Steve McQueen would ride his motorcylce every Sunday and it talked about those guys riding because it was so much fun, soaking off casts of a broken leg because they wanted to ride, riding even after they broke their nose in a crash and finished the race. No drama, no sponsors, no big money, only the love of riding. I try and listen to a lot of radio and CD's instead of watching all the drama on tv - besides I get more done that way. Best, Lisa

Sequana said...

I'll join the chorus. Just stop watching, or listening. Pick up a headline from the puter somewhere, and try to find a decent place to get the real story. Altho, that is even getting more difficult all the time.

"Watching" the news on TV is like only reading the Op-Ed pages in a newspaper.

BlueRidge Boomer said...

I'm with the herd....don't watch the news anymore....life is more enjoyable now...

Enjoy

quiltfool said...

Unfortunately, unpleasantness doesn't wait for the 6 o'clock news. I'm trying to distract myself with "raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, doorbells and sleighbells and warm woolen mittens...". lw

Barb H said...

I only rarely watch the "news" on tv--only when I want to be entertained by the shock jocks. I get my news from National Public Radio--I have it on as much of the day as I can get reception. It's about the only place to get factual news about the US as well as the rest of the world.
Now, on to the horticultual news...

Quilting in My Pyjamas said...

I want to make a list like yours...

Maybe if we all focus on the kind of world we do want and act accordingly change will be possible. Surely there are enough of us to turn this mess around?

Shirleymac said...

Ack, I don't know how to answer this without ranting. I've typed it 5 times now and had to start over. I love Mrs PJ's suggestion but I'm not so sure there are enough good people in the world anymore. But I still make sure to compliment at least one person a day (sincerely) cause I hope that by doing that they will feel good and smile at another person. I don't watch the news or read the paper. I have been watching Anderson Cooper cause I want to keep current on what's happening in the Gulf. Makes me sick too. What makes me sicker is that other companies are still out there doing the same thing. I cancelled my Chevron credit card and buy only from Petro Canada. I think we need a new source of power for our vehicles but until there is one I'm glad I can support a company that still drills on land and doesn't destroy our oceans.

How ironic, my special word to publish this post is "fooked". Think that says it all *LOL*

Lisa said...

I too don't listen to the news much - check in at cnn.com once in a while to make sure the world is still there (outside of my world that is). Ok....so here's something noncontroversial to think about but it's been bugging me. Does anybody remember chocolate macaroon cakes? Made in a Bundt pan, you ended up with a chocolate cake with a ring of coconut cream running through the middle, little bit of glaze for frosting. They were wonderful! I want one! Can't find a recipe, a box mix, a anything! Waaaaa. :) Lisa

Cynthia L. said...

Not big on TV news, don't really listen to the radio, only scan the newspaper. I like to keep my hands and mind busy in the garden, in quilting and other crafts. That way I can create some beauty in this world. I keep my family close and we stay happy that way. I make sure I do one act of random kindness every day and hope it plays forward.

Lance, great post, as always.

lw said...

Lane, I'd like to see the original post, but you're right that this may not be the best forum.
I've been reading a lot of alternative news sites and independent news sites. Googling "Most censored news" gets some really interesting results. A lot of the network news is manufactured to get a response out of us by the corporations, and I don't trust it anymore.

Mrs. Pyjamas has it right-- makes lists like this one, and change the world by expecting better things and bringing better things to it.

Mmmm...yellow cake with white icing and toasted, crispy coconut...