Wednesday, November 7, 2012

An Early Advent Discipline

Okay, it’s a bit of a stretch, but Advent begins early next month and I thought I’d get a head start plus borrow from Lent and engage in a spiritual discipline.  This is one I am revisiting from Lent 2008: I am giving up television news for Advent – starting now.

I confess:  I am a news junkie, especially a political news junkie.  And television news captivates me, as I hop back and forth from CNN to MSNBC to FoxNews to C-SPAN to Democracy Now! to Al Jazeera in English to BBC and back again, remote ever at hand ready to switch whenever I get too bored or too frustrated with one or the other.

I will still get the news, but I will read it.  My only exception is The Daily Show with Jon Stewart – that is a sacrifice I am not prepared to make.

So to Soledad and Shep, Rachel and Amy and all the rest, I say good-bye for now.  I can’t say it’s been fun.  I’m thinking we just need a break, the chance to ‘see’ other people for awhile.  I’ll be in touch.  Don’t wait up for me.  Jon, see you at 11.


  1. So you're leaving? now that you've got me hooked!?!! AARGH!!!

    I was there with you...I think this is a good thing! lol!

  2. I'm so far behind in reading blogs. I gave up watching the news some time ago. It wasn't a conscious decision, just a process of watching less and less and realizing I was feeling calmer and more peaceful without it. I, too, am a political news junkie, but I seem to be able to digest the written word better than I do broadcast journalism.