For a lot of us the days of actual newspapers are gone. Now I have a News Feed on my iPad that I pick up each morning that has a list of about a dozen news sources from around the world that I quickly browse and take the time to retain some points of interest.
That’s because I have a group of friends that I meet with about three mornings a week at my Cafe O, and the topics of the day are discussed. One friend is a smart business woman who knows what is going on in the world of finance and in world governments. I learn a lot from her and often wish she was my mother. (Of course she is only nine years older than I so…)
Another friend understands politics and at least one point discussed is the world political situation. She is the one who helped me understand right, left and everything else in between.
Another friend is an artist who sees through a prism of shape and colour, and is the first to introduce topics of fun and joy. I am not sure exactly what I contribute – oh yes I do, humour. And there is lots of laughter most days.
We discuss moral, and ethical issues, women, age, and anything else locally that catches our attention. Coffee time ranges from one to one and half hours. A little less, maybe an hour and fifteen.
I miss reading and holding the paper. Doing the crossword and sudoku. It doesn’t feel the same on a screen. And of course I would have to read 10 papers to glean even a little of what I do now.
But now I easily decide what I won’t read:
Interest rates – a yes
Canadian provincial and federal news – a yes
You can retire abroad for less than $2000 a month – a hard no
The 7 most underrated cities in Canada/USA/the world – I don’t care
Hailey/ Justin Bieber seem nice enough but no thanks
US politics – you bet
Elon Musk -please I just quit Twitter –
King Charles lll et al – nah
So even though I miss the paper in print I do like having options.
And with friends like mine I have to make a reasonable show of some intelligence and knowledge. I should have said before, that while none of us agrees with the other very often it is always a positive-minded respectful conversation.
So from North of 43, this very lucky girl bids you adieu.
Chris G Nov 2nd ‘22