“To look at the paper is to raise a seashell to one’s ear and to be overwhelmed by the roar of humanity.”

Today’s weather is the same as yesterday’s. I think I might be caught in a time loop. I wouldn’t mind but I’d prefer to choose the time to loop. This morning started early for me, an unusual event. What was worse was I changed the cat litter, made my bed and took a shower, all before 10. That is far more industrious than I have been in days. I’m not a fan.

Speaking of weather, it was a little foggy this morning. The wind is blowing now and it is chilly. I saw a couple of snow flurries earlier, but only a few. It even looks as if we might have sun. It seems t6o be peeking through, and I think I see a bit of blue.

I have to go out today, the first time in a couple of weeks. My errand list is short.

When I was a kid, I got fifty cents allowance. I thought it was big money. Usually I spent it right away. Sometimes I bought a book which left me with a penny, useful back then. Sometimes I bought a couple of five cent candy bars and put the rest away to spend another day. I still have many of those books. My mother saved them and gave them to me when I bought my house. The pages in many of the books are yellow and brittle. I figure they should be after over sixty years.

I was in Ghana for 27 months. I didn’t have a radio. Nobody had a TV. Ghana has several daily papers, but the news is local. I loved reading those papers. They were a snapshot of Ghana, but everything in those papers was so graphic to me, but not so to the Ghanaians. I remember a front page picture of a dead man, a thief killed by his victim. I also remember my friends the Popps who were actually in a printed ad in one paper. There they were, two white people, clicking glasses while seated at a small table. It was an ad for whiskey.

Most of the time I didn’t know what was happening at home, but that didn’t bother me. I had a lack of curiosity about events so far away. Life at home went on without me, and I didn’t mind. I was living an amazing life.

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4 Comments on ““To look at the paper is to raise a seashell to one’s ear and to be overwhelmed by the roar of humanity.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Today is sunny and a little chilly, 60°, compared to yesterday’s high of 75°. Even I’m surprised to have such warm weather in early February. Next week they are forecasting an polar vortex breakout with the coldest weather of the season. The forecast high temperatures are going to be in the 30° To 35° range.

    Our parents must have been on the same monetary wave length because I got the same amount of money as you did for an allowance. I basically spent it on books, comic books and candy.

    The newspaper industry, in print form, has been dying a lingering death for a very long time. The demise began with the 24 hour news cycle that was pioneered by CNN. People got used to instant news. First on TV and then on the Internet. I still read news stories on my iPad from various sources such as USA Today, but gave up the local newspaper subscription when I realized I didn’t have the time to read all the stories and was throwing away the paper daily. In the late 1980s the afternoon paper, The Dallas Times Herald, bit the dust leaving only the Dallas Morning News. If you think about it, the DFW area of about 6 or 7 million only has two major newspapers with the Ft. Worth Star Telegram.

    Even NYC, which had more then nine or so newspapers when I was in high school only has three today. Unfortunately, with the death of local newspapers the important local issues get overlooked by the public which are the ones that affect our day to day lives and our pocketbooks the most.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      It was cold again today though it was only in the high 30’s but the weather will get warmer the next few days, to the 40’s. I’m okay with that as long as there is no wind.

      You and I spent our allowance in pretty much the same way though I bought books rather than comic books. I was never into comic books.

      I don’t enjoy reading the news on my iPad. I like a real paper. I even get two, The Globe and The Cape Times, and I take a long time to read the paper. I enjoy each paper while sipping on a cup of coffee. When I was young, there were a variety of papers in Boston. One folded in the 50’s. I remember The Boston Traveler. My father loved the Record America, a Hearst paper which folded in 1961. Now there are only two, one decidedly republican in its viewpoint while The Globe is totally democratic. I guess we might be the last of the newspaper generation.

      • Bob Says:

        I may be wrong, but I think the Globe is owned by the New York Times corporation. When I was a a preteen, I started buying paperback books instead of comic books. The thing I like about the iPad is I don’t have to have a reading light because it’s backlit and the variety of stories is infinite. Whatever I have a yen to know is right at my fingertips.

      • katry Says:

        You are correct. The NY Times has owned the Boston Globe since 1993. It was bought for 1.1 billion dollars, a record for a paper.

        I prefer my computer to my iPad only because the iPad has limits, but I do use my iPad every day. I read in bed using it and play some games on it. Recently I have been watching the programs I dvr’d.


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