as a lover of the printed page
i still happily await the arrival
of each sunday’s newspaper
on my doorstep
in spite of
sadly seeing this
far too often.
“every day or two, I strolled to the village to hear some of the gossip which is incessantly going on there,
circulating either from mouth to mouth, or from newspaper to newspaper,
and which, taken in homeopathic doses,
was really as refreshing in its way as the rustle of leaves and the peeping of frogs.”
-henry david thoreau
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After almost 30 years, the historic connection made between the freedom to seek, impart and receive information and the public good remains as relevant as it was at the time of its signing. May 3rd acts as a reminder to governments of the need to respect their commitment to press freedom. It is also a day of reflection among media professionals about issues of press freedom and professional ethics. It is an opportunity to:
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“a free press can, of course, be good or bad,
but, most certainly without freedom,
the press will never be anything but bad.”
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my doormat without a sunday paper on it.
my very kind paper man
told me to just text him if i was ever missing a paper
he would drive over to deliver it
i love the sunday paper and especially the crossword
love throwing open my door on a sunday morning
the paper patiently waiting for me on my door mat
love opening it
with a fresh cup of steaming coffee
and diving in
the day came
when it wasn’t there
i sent a gentle text to my paper man
saying there was no sunday paper waiting for me today
he very quickly responded to say –
that is because today is saturday.
ah, i thought.
en.wikipedia.org › wiki › Sunday
Sunday is the day of the week between Saturday and Monday.
Sunday is a day of rest in most Western countries, and a part of the weekend.
“time flows in strange ways on sundays.”
news spins round and round
dizzy with breaking updates
“when men sow the wind it is rational to expect that they will reap the whirlwind.”
david brinkley delivers the news – a job not for the faint of heart.
“the only way to do news on television is not to be terrified of it.”
photo credit: abc news, 1987
definition: Merriam Webster –
faint of heart
lacking the courage to face something difficult or dangerous
– usually used in the phrase, not for the faint of heart
‘this is a difficult climb that is not for the faint of heart.’
“there is too much bad news to justify complacency
there is too much good news to justify despair.”
image credit: bizjournals, dirk rietschel
“in the case of news, we should always wait for the sacrament of confirmation.”