I have a confession to make; I am a news junkie. As my mind awakes in the morning and consciousness returns, the first thing I do is turn on the news. Half awake and semi-reclined I check in on what’s happening in the world. During the day, I check in every few hours; in the car I listen to talk radio, if there is a big story unfolding, the TV is on, either as background music or with me planted in front with some knitting. But I’ve just about had it with the wall to wall coverage of John Mark Karr and his connection, however strangely, with the murder of JonBenet Ramsey. Did you know, for instance, that there was a major plane crash in Russia in the last several hours? Did you know that today is a major day on the Muslim calendar, and being heralded by some as a doomsday? Probably not…..but we know what Karr had for breakfast this morning. Geesh.
What is it that draws us to this sort of sensational news? Is it our own rather average or hum drum lives that yearn for a juicy crime story? Is it the case itself, that the murder of a little girl almost 10 years ago still has the power of a train wreck—-we hate to see the carnage but can’t seem to look away? Is it our overload with war and fighting and terrorism that has spawned our hunger for diversion? I don’t know. But here I sit, unable to divert my attention. I know I just need to push the button, but something in me wants to know all there is to know.
In knitting news, I’m working my way up the hand of the second mitten, and should get that finished up sometime today. The sock gained only a couple rows yesterday, but might get some attention later on today. The shawl is on hold until after the mitten, as is Alex’s cardi.
And so, I think I’ll find the televisions off button and get on with some knitting. What has captured your attention today?