Warning Signs

My morning ritual is coffee, toast/bagel, read several news sites, email, gradually get ready for the day. Having some jittery feelings about the transition to the new President. There are so many news reports of his political appointments, tweets, and general prophecies of doom, gloom, foreboding, and The Russians. So I need to titrate the amounts of these stories going into my brain to help protect myself. Balance the negative with the positive hopefully. Remember there is positive in the world like my duck and turtle crossing sign. I mean if people are trying to protect the ducks and turtles there has to be some good will out there, right?   🙂

The prompt for today’s post is “warning” supplied by my friend Dan Antion at No Facilities for JustJotItJanuary hosted by Linda G Hill. Featured image via Max Pixel.

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15 thoughts on “Warning Signs

  1. joey

    Much the same. The news is depressing and often outrageous, and people don’t seem to notice? or are paid not to notice? I dunno, whatever, depressing. I hope you enjoyed your bagel 🙂

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  2. Kat

    I agree. I find myself scrolling past posts on Facebook and blocking out the news stories that are predicting eminent doom. It’s better to look for the good in the world.

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  3. M. Oniker

    From what I’ve gathered over the few years of reading your blog, you are by nature much more optimistic about people than I am. 🙂 But yes, duck and turtle crossing signs are um, signs</em> that there is still good in the world. I posted a while back that I've had to really cut back on my news consumption. It is a fine line. You want to stay informed; you want to keep your sanity. Sometimes even skimming the headlines is too much! (And never, ever, ever read FB comments. Not if you want to keep hope alive for any goodness in humanity.) I've had to stop reading some blogs written by real life friends because they have turned into political posts only. I thank goodness that people ARE writing, the news reporters (a few, at least) are hitting the real stories and not just repeating press releases. We need that to keep our country free. It is vitally important. I finally paid money to get the Washington Post online (instead of just reading for free) because they have some very good investigative reporters still doing investigative reporting. I just can't read it now that I bought it! 🙂 😦 The key word in your post? "Balance."

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    1. M. Oniker

      Heh. If you edit that comment (I so wish WP would let us edit our own comments!), and put the > after the </em, it'll get rid of that weird formatting. I am getting really bad at doing that typo!

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    2. Deborah Drucker Post author

      I do get down, angry, and frustrated with what I see as wrongs (like in my Soapbox posts) but I think I do have an optimistic bent. Well, it shows someone is thinking kindly toward turtles and ducks. In England they built a crossing for the frogs. Here we wanted to build one for the Mountain Lions so they wouldn’t risk getting run over on the freeways. 🙂 I know what you mean about negative comments. I have seen really mean and gross comments after a news post, PBS, You Tube. I do agree that it is important to have good jouralism and I very much appreciate the fact checkers and thoughtful, well researched news posts. I like the Washington Post, too. But like we are both saying, sometimes have to limit the amount of it we read to maintain balance.

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