“Dirty Laundry”


I might have stuff on my mind right now, but that’s no reason to be completely silent.  At least that’s what I’ve decided today; we’ll see how long I can maintain.

My brain is a weird place.  I tend to get really focused on stuff, and everything else falls by the wayside.  Then, I feel crappy about not getting the other stuff done.  I suppose everyone has the same problem.  And I suppose you can compare it to the laundry: Sorting thoughts is a bit like sorting the colors from the whites, delicates from regular cycle items.  Of course, I just wash everything in cold water on delicate; it saves a lot of time.

One of the things I have been doing is watching too much news.  Prosecutors dying mysteriously in Argentina.  Planes crashing in Asia.  Terrorists everywhere up to the same old barbarism.  Politicians spewing nonsense left and right.  Measles outbreaks because some parents are stupid.  (Yes, the anti-vaxxers are stupid.  Unless there’s a legitimate medical reason why a child shouldn’t be vaccinated, every one of them should be required by law to get their safe and effective inoculations.  Period.)  It’s all the same paranoia-inducing garbage.  At least I’ve been trying to watch the Newshour on PBS and listen to NPR more instead of local and network news.  Public broadcasting at least gives a more balanced and analytical look at stories.

I’ve also discovered a new podcast (like I needed one of those).  It’s called Invisiblia and it’s really, really awesome.  (And I had to try five times to successfully type the title and create the link without autocorrect changing it to “invisible.”)  The topics are fascinating, the stories are moving, and there’s even a little moment of non-zen at the end of each episode.  According to my Google search, it’s also pretty popular.  Give it a listen if podcasts are your kind of thing.  Or if they’re not.  Invisiblia just might win you over.

That’s about it.  I’m still here, sorting through my thoughts and listening to all sorts of things.  Some of them might even be music.

2 thoughts on ““Dirty Laundry”

  1. I just cancelled my NY Times subscription and watch the local news at a distance — I figure I’d read the articles in my New Yorker and like you tune into PBS News or NPR. The local newscasters I remind myself, are trying to keep themselves employed — and like you said there’s a lot of stuff on there that I just don’t need to be hearing day after day — it’ll make me agoraphobic for goodness sake! Good luck on your path, Mary! I need to check out invisiblia — I’m glad you posted about this…

    • You will love Invisibilia! There’s only a few episodes right now, so it will be easy to catch up.

      The way I figure it, the local news is good for the weather, and that’s about it. The mentality on most TV news broadcasts is still “if it bleeds, it leads.” I get tired of hearing about police involved shootings, home invasion robberies, and teachers being arrested for sex with students (those seem to be most popular in SoCal). It is enough to make you agoraphobic, isn’t it?

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