Read All About It!

As if there weren’t enough things … . Our small-town six-days-a-week morning paper announced yesterday that they will henceforth be a five-days-a-week afternoon paper. How much must we bear, is all I have to say?

I’m not even sure what I will do with an afternoon paper. Will the “news” come to me half a day earlier or half a day later?

Most importantly, I don’t drink coffee in the afternoons. But coffee and newspaper-reading are linked so firmly in my habits … can I face each day’s tidings without caffeine at the ready? Do other people do that? But if I try a cuppa joe at 3:00 p.m., I might as well plan for being up until the succeeding 2:00 a.m., and start some quiet project that won’t disturb the sleeper in the next room.

Maybe I’ll find another small-town daily that still puts out its stuff in the morning and subscribe to that one. Most of what I read in the Montrose Daily News is not of the Holy Cow! variety, anyway. Let me get incensed about what they are doing about the potholes in the roadways of a village in Scotland or Wales. It might be instructive.

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The Times of New York published a piece Tuesday entitled “The Leader We Wish We All Had.” It was all about Dr. Amy Acton’s approach to the coronavirus emergency. (She is the director of the Department of Health for the state of Ohio.) It sounds like she’s doing a remarkable job, and deserves much credit.

But what was most interesting to me was the analytic approach that the article took, parsing out Dr. Acton’s usage of pronouns and what that might have meant to Ohioans listening to her briefings. It’s worth a read.

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On our last walk up at the Black Canyon we saw a weasel. Only for a moment, before he dove between the metal tubes in a cattle grate and disappeared.

Why even mention this? Okay, when was the last time you saw a weasel? See! It’s not an everyday thing, and every viewing is special.

Weasels are not at all like cows, who will stand there stolidly in front of you for hours while you study them in detail. These small creatures are a flash of color and then they are gone. It’s one of the ways you can tell them from cows. If you see something brown, you look away, and when you look back it’s still standing there chewing, it’s not very likely to be a weasel.

Other ways to tell them from cattle are the size differences, wherein a cow might weigh 1300 pounds while the average weasel tips the scales at 2-3 ounces.

And then there is the bit about the mooing.

[One note about the photo above. There is little doubt that the short-tailed weasel is darned cute. But not so cute if you could read his thoughts. He is wondering while looking at you: “Could I drag that thing home if I did bite it?”]

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6 thoughts on “Read All About It!

    • Did your subscription price go down with the reduced service. Mine didn’t. Maybe it’s like the size of a coffee can getting smaller while the cost remains the same. We’re getting a 14 oz. paper now.

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  • Thanks Jon – especially for introducing me to Dr Amy Acton. Made up for not having a newspaper to leaf through as I drink my coffee. Caroline

    On Thu, May 7, 2020 at 2:23 AM Little Home In The Valley wrote:

    > jono55 posted: ” As if there weren’t enough things … . Our small-town > six-days-a-week morning paper announced yesterday that they will henceforth > be a five-days-a-week afternoon paper. How much must we bear, is all I have > to say? I’m not even sure what I will ” >

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  • Jon, Try the “Grand Junction Sentinel” which is delivered in the morning, although only Wed through Sunday. A solid and entertaining paper with some coverage of Montrose.

    BS&T is one of my all-time favorite groups. I have been singing this song to myself for YEARS.

    You could always write a daily morning blog for us all…

    Sarah

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    • I’ll take a look at the Sentinel. I have such a clear memory of listening to BS&T while eating in one of those restaurant/bars that rotate slowly giving you a look at the city. The tune that time was Spinning Wheel.

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