October 6-12 is National Newspaper Week, and I'm glad to be a subscriber and supporter of a local newspaper.
It's mind-boggling to think of all the work involved in getting a daily newspaper out from start to finish, delivered to subscribers boxes in the wee hours of the morning. Not only do newspapers provide news, they also provide jobs.
I rarely have time to sit and watch the news on TV, so getting up at 5 a.m., retrieving my paper from the box while the coffee is brewing and sitting down to the kitchen table is my "quiet" time to read and reflect on what's going on locally and across the nation. Watching news is one thing; you hear it and it's gone in 30 minutes. But reading it is another. Visually taking in the words helps the brain commit more to memory, plus you learn some new words to update your vocabulary. It's good exercise for your mind and keeps it from getting "rusty."
After you read the paper do not, I repeat, do not toss it into the garbage pail to add to the endless pile of trash. Instead, recycle it or use it for other purposes, such as lining bird cages, wrapping gifts, wrapping fragile items to be stored or cutting out articles to keep or share. One that I use a lot is to spread the newspaper on the table and empty a pot of hot boiled shrimp on it to cool. That way you can peel and eat and catch up on the news all at the same time.
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