“If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re mis-informed.”

Today is dark with a gray sky. The humidity is high but not unbearable as there is a slight breeze, and a breeze is welcomed however small. The paper says rain with thunder and lightning. I am already looking to it. I love storms, and we do need the rain. This morning I have a doctor’s appointment for a wound check and yesterday the physical therapist signed off on me. That means I can now drive. I can be part of the world again.

All the windows and doors are opened, but I don’t hear anything, a random bird now and then but that’s all. I wonder where everyone is. This small street has kids, lots of kids: eight of them under seven years old, and I don’t even hear them. Not even a dog is barking which is also unusual. Maybe my invitation to wherever everyone has gone got lost in the mail.

It seems strange not to be traveling this summer. The last two summers I went back to Ghana, and if I had the money, I’d go again. I plan on austerity being my life style for the next year so I can save enough to go to Ghana again. Even after 40 years away, it seemed like home, and that connection is even greater after having been back a second time. Most interesting of all was meeting my former students many of whom are now retired and in their early 60’s. They refused to call me anything but madam or Ms. Ryan. I was and still am their teacher.

In the summer of 1969, I trained in Ghana to be a Peace Corps volunteer from June until early September. We had no phones, no televisions and no computers so we knew nothing of what was happening in the world. Letters from home were newsy but only about the family. One place where I stayed during training had a radio, and we listened to Voice of America and the moon landing. That was it for the entire summer. I, who used to read the paper every day, didn’t even care. None of us did. At night, we played cards and drank a few beers (I had coke-hate beer) at the local spots and the wide world never intruded. We didn’t even notice. All of us were too busy learning a new language and learning to live in a culture so different from our own.

Now I read two papers, am on my computer every day, carry my cell phone everywhere and watch news on TV. Sometimes I am very sorry I am so connected. The world at large intrudes on my life. Every bad thing that happens is blasted everywhere all the time, often the whole day on TV. I watch and am saddened by so much tragedy. Sometimes I long for that summer when I knew so little of what was happening in the world. I was blissful and ignorant.

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10 Comments on ““If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re mis-informed.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Wonderful weather here today, slightly warmer but with a stronger and cooler breeze. Tomorrow it’ll change towards cooler again and we might or might not get some rain. Already the day after that it will turn towards warmer again. Windows are open all over the cottage because I’ve put in more mosquito nets today 🙂

    I read at least two newspapers on line and sometimes I check what the New York Times has to say. But still I do try to stay away from my computer and the internet as much as possible.

    I hope the appointment went well!

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      The humidity is worse and still no rain. I wish it would come. I’m looking forward to it.

      I still like print newspapers and read two every day. If something happens, like at the Marathon, I turn on TV for up-to-date information.

      I need to go back in 2 weeks. The incision isn’t progressing as much as they’d like.

      Have a wonderful evening!

      • olof1 Says:

        I do reed my old home town paper every day too, except for Sundays because I live to far from town so they don’t want to deliver it to me 🙂

        Can it be the heat that stops the progress? Heat usually give problems when wounds heals.

        I just bought a science fiction movie called Cloud Atlas, do You know if it’s something good? We have very much the same taste in movies 🙂
        Christer.

      • katry Says:

        Christer,
        It could be the heat or maybe I’m a slow healer!

        I read the book Cloud Atlas and found it complicated so I didn’t see the movie. It didn’t get great reviews because, I think, the book did explain more which was missing from the movie and made it a bit confusing.

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    It’s quiet here, too. And blessedly cool at last. I had to pull a blanket over me early this morning because the windows were open and I was freezing.

    I regularly read the town paper that comes Monday through Friday. It only has town news, the police log, the obits and the town sports. If I didn’t listen to the morning news, I wouldn’t know what was happening anywhere else. Some days that is no bad thing.
    I do scan the New York Times online for interesting things but I’m not religious about it.

    It’s a do-nothing day for me. There are a couple of screw ups remaining to be unscrewed but nothing huge. I can knit or read. Or not. 🙂

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      It was a nice cool morning then it rained a little around 4, and now the weather is so humid it is awful. I haven’t had my house air on all day, but I wish it was on now. I did turn on the one in my bedroom so it will be cool for sleeping.

      I like my two newspapers. I get state, national and international from the Globe and local from the Cape Times.

      I went to my appointment, took a shower, made my bed nd did little else. I am tired so this will be an early night.

      I hope your evening is pleasant and cool!

  3. Birgit Says:

    Our local newspaper became a waste of time and money, I canceled the subscription years ago, but our public radio is quite good if you pick the right program and I don’t want to miss it. On vacation in Denmark it was fun to guess the radio news, their language is too strange to understand more than a few words.
    I’m sorry to read that your healing takes more time than expected.
    Your songs will fit tomorrow, no clouds today.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      Our local paper has great local news as well as events which I really like to see. Other summers I’d choose a few fun things to do and hit some farmer’s markets. When this mess is all over, I’ll do it again. Tomorrow night I am going to my first play of the season. So far I have missed three.

      No clouds for you but we’ve had them all day.

  4. Bob Says:

    Can you guess the weather today in North Texas? If you said hot and dry, then you would be correct. I don’t need the newspaper to tell me the weather. As a matter of fact I don’t need it at all.

    We used to have two daily newspapers in Dallas, but for many years we are down to only one paper. When the subscription rate went to over $300 a year we canceled. The online edition was not that much cheaper.

    Between USA today, which is free on the internet, local TV news, and national TV news I can still keep well informed.

    My iPad has replaced so many things including my morning newspaper. Newspapers across the country are cutting their news staffs and even the number of days they publish. The New Orleans Times Picayune was a newspaper that printed daily from its founding in 1837 and in 2012 decided to only print a paper edition three days a week. This lasted for almost a year. This year they added a tabloid version and went back to daily publishing something. Maybe the printed newspaper isn’t dead yet.

  5. Coleen Burnett Says:

    Somewhere there is a picture of me. probably no more than four years old, lying on the floor at our house in West Long Branch, reading the comics. I think I was only looking at the pictures…

    I’m sitting here thinking what a well-informed family I grew up in. My dad would bring home as many as FIVE papers – – the Asbury Park Press, the Red Bank Daily Register, NY Daily News, Newark NJ Star Ledger, and NY Journal American. Of those,.the Press, Star Ledger, and Daily News are the only ones left. I even worked as a stringer for the Press when I got out of college…

    The papers that are still around have done so much firing of good writers that their journalistic integrity is no more. It’s sad.

    If I want to know what is going on, I go on the internet…

    Waving from Jersey,

    Coleen


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