Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Another Day

Watching the news has been pretty tough recently hasn't it? I know. There's the unimaginable horror in Japan, the terrible tour bus crash in New York and economic instability in the form of rising gas and grocery prices everywhere. Here in Connecticut we've had a few deadly fires, another soldier killed in Afghanistan and jury selection in the second Cheshire home invasion trial is about to get underway. (I blogged today about that and the amazing costs associated with it at

I'm not complaining, I know it comes with the territory. When you work in news, you work in a world of non-fiction. And, well, Charlie Sheen. It's why I often have a what amounts to a "news blackout" once I leave for the day. Sometimes it's by choice, sometimes it's by children. Mine. They keep me too busy to watch the news. Or they want to watch Phineas and Ferb (which is fabulous by the way -- another topic for another time).

Last week, I wrote about how it felt inappropriate to blog about college basketball on the day of the earthquake and tsunami. It did. But today, I need a distraction. And that needs to be okay. I can't wait for the NCAA Tournament to start for real on Thursday, and for Syracuse to play Friday night. I'm looking forward to going out to dinner with some friends this weekend. And this afternoon, after a nap, maybe I'll take my daughter swimming at the YMCA and make my wife a nice birthday dinner.

A lot of what's happening in the world right now really sucks. We can feel bad about it; we can do something about it, and we can do whatever it takes to make our lives a little happier -- one thing at a time.

Today's Title: The great James Taylor


  1. That's the way we need to take things, Chris. One day at a time. We can feel for those in Japan and those who have relatives and friends there as well. But we do need the distractions - it's the only way to stay somewhat sane with what is going on around us now.

  2. You're totally right Chris. Even in my situation, worrying about family in Japan and the like, the stress is just out of control. A distraction is certainly needed. The NCAAs can't come any sooner.

  3. Perhaps calling it a distraction is a little harsh, I am not sure that enjoying your family and the simpler things in life is a distraction but rather - what we are suppose to do. A child's laugh and the love of family and friends is very theraputic!

  4. Phineas and Ferb is wonderful. No matter how many times I've seen them, I still end up sitting down to watch it with them.

    I've found that cooking with my kids is a great distraction and the end result is usually good. Plus it is a good time to attempt to sing a few Phineas and Ferb songs too.

  5. Thanks for the comments everyone.

    @ESTOccasions, I'm definitely going to have to write a blog about P&F.

    And Mary Ann, by distraction -- you are absolutely right -- I don't mean something taking me away from more important things. I'm using this definition: "that which amuses, entertains, or diverts; amusement; entertainment."

  6. then - that defintion is perfect:)