Simple Ways

The pile of newspapers is almost a foot deep now. Headlines missed, urgent news passed by, articles not read.

I was gathering the daily newspapers for my vacationing parents, I call them the "daily dose of death and destruction delivered to you doorstep". 

They sit in a recycling bin, ready to be made into more news ready not to read.
Daily the news flows into our lives from papers delivered o our homes, cables connected to visual interfaces and mobile devices where we can connect to everything we don't really need to know.

We struggle to balance the normal life of fun daily routines of meals, children, social activities with the onslaught of bad news from all media venues. I found this constant reminder even at a small local fall fair a few years ago.

The below video I created from the titled song "Simple Ways" from a local band "Bus13". It shows all of the fun activities of a beautiful fall afternoon with children enjoying a seasonal fair, when in the middle if this event was an interesting, yet seemingly out of place demonstration of a beautiful and talented police dog.

Suddenly you go from pumpkin decorating and pie eating contests to showing how this dog can sniff out drugs and take down criminals.

Like the song, I yearn for Simple Ways and Simple Days every day. I focus on my ambit (sphere of influence) and try to bring into it only the information I need to be a better person every day, one day at a time.

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