Confession: I have a love-hate relationship with the news. Don’t get me wrong, I like being kept abreast of the goings-on, but I also dislike being subjected to other peoples’ woes. The news is replete with murder, rape, corruption, lies, scandal, and other misgivings that don’t agree with my mission in life (see The Quest for Beauty). I am a mother who has broken down to tears numerous times reading stories about child abuse, kidnapping, and parents who murder their own children. I can’t handle it.
On the other hand, I love reading quirky news articles. Like the story of the elderly woman who protected her elderly husband during a moose attack in Alaska. Way to go Grandma, you kick ass! Or the crime report of the wife charged with assault for beating her husband with a wooden spoon because he whistled “Jingle Bells” too much. Well, he’s annoying and totally deserved it.
Montanans have been especially privy to the grandiose saga of the young woman, Jordan Graham, who killed her husband just days after their wedding by pushing him over a cliff in Glacier National Park last summer. This story has perplexed thousands, inspired a multitude of imaginary scenarios, and emphasized the tragedy and the comedy of news. I hate it. I love it.
Your non-news-worthy friend, Barbie