by AB Plum aka Barbara Plum
of 4 and 6, I spent every Saturday night with either my grandmother or my
cousins. I loved stayovers at both places because reading the Sunday newspapers
occupied us from seven to bedtime at nine on Saturday!
myself turning more and more to other sources for news or ideas to satisfy my “fix”. In addition to news magazines, books, NPR, and PBS, I read select
articles and op-ed pieces online.
weekly TED app and
newspaper and inhaling the smell of ink and paper is offset by the great
graphics nearly every outstanding speaker brings to her seven to twenty-minute
talk. The visuals bring back happy memories of lying on my stomach as a
four-five-six-year-old on Saturday evenings and devouring the comics. There were enough “funnies” to carry over to Sunday after church.
disappeared. Dr. Morgan still runs in
my local paper, but Mary Worth got
axed some years ago.
for millions of young girls on the cusp of grasping the idea women could have
careers? Brenda and Little Orphan Annie ended in 2011—Annie despite the
phenomenal Broadway hit.
childhood. Red runs daily in some
newspapers, but since it appears only on Sundays for me, it is not addictive.
my dates to 1 hour weekly. Otherwise, I could spend a full day—as I did long ago every Sunday reading my newspaper—listening to TED talks on every topic
imaginable and many subjects beyond my imagination.
history, interpersonal relations, math, brain research, business, education,
economics, technology, creativity insights delivered by often humorous but always
informed speakers open up a world rarely explored by newspapers.
get the day’s headlines. And probably not yesterday’s current events either.
So, I’m not ready to cancel my newspaper subscription.