Here’s what I’ve thought about this week. Brought to you by the letter “A.”
• Loving. Now that it’s mid-autumn, the leaves on the trees behind our house are at their best. In fact, this year, the wettest year ever on record, the trees look stunning. There are more show-off colors among the leaves–shimmery gold, crimson red; less dreary colors like rusty orange & dried-up grayish brown. Amazing, really, how letting go is so pretty. A lesson for all of us who hold grudges and keep objects long after their usefulness has passed. Move on, people. Let it go.
• Laughing. I’ve always been one to drink whatever alcoholic beverage is set in front of me [the exception being rum which I hate]. I loathe being perceived as fussy. Yet, thinking back about our very social summer, I’ve realized that the parties/dinners/events where I had the most fun were the very ones where I did not drink any wine. At all.
This got me wondering why I even drink the stuff to begin with. I don’t like the taste of wine all that much and it often makes me itch. What I decided is that I drink wine because I have this notion that it is good for me. And I drink wine because I am polite.
My logic– such as it is— goes something like this: in the Bible, Jesus made wine and the party continued. So, by drinking the stuff without complaint I don’t offend Jesus & I’m not a party pooper. In theory, this seems like a win-win. But in practice it just sets me up to do something I don’t really want to do– which is drink wine.
Pity Jesus didn’t turn the water into a fifth of bourbon– or a few bottles of beer. Then I’d have no problem at all.
• Learning. I was watching CNN the other morning. The conversation was about “ambush journalism.” I’d not heard of this term before. It means that through deception and aggressive behavior a journalist inserts himself or herself into a situation hoping to provoke controversy by launching into a series of challenging questions. Apparently, some guy did this with VP Biden earlier this week, and Biden refused to take it. Biden fired back with: “Don’t screw with me. Let’s look at the facts.”
Politics aside, I’m with the VP on this one. Hassling people is not a substitute for journalistic inquiry; it’s just stupid, attention seeking behavior. In fact, it seems to me that if journalists want to continue to have access to our political leaders, then they need to grow up, use some common sense & not engage is such antics. Bad dog, no biscuit.