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Following blogs is good enough for me now. And for news, most of which is bad anyway, Bill Maher's weekly monologue puts the appropriate spin on things. None of the rest matters, really. I can't do anything about any of it anyway.
So, no longer using Facebook means that just two days a week is quite enough for me to be on the computer. And here I thought I needed a new computer ~ at my new-current rate of usage, my existing system could be my last!
I'm just finishing a terrific book (that I "bought" for the library via ZipBooks), All The Wild That Remains, by David Gessner. It's a review of Edward Abbey's and Wallace Stegner's lives and their love for, writings about and advocacy of The West. I've read both authors previously and loved their works, especially Desert Solitaire by Abbey, and Angle of Repose, Stegner's Pulitzer-winning historical novel. I'll be rereading several of theirs and other authors' books soon as well as some new-to-me authors mentioned in All The Wild That Remains.
I just love reading about people living happily away from our so-called civilized world ~ more and more this is what I consider myself to be doing, by choice. I've actually spent a good deal of time over the last 25+ years reading about such people and their lives, so this trend for my own life is certainly not new. Where I am on the spiral of life now, though, is where I can actualize such thoughts and ideas in my own reality.
I never really wanted to be a part of the rat race, a player in the dominant paradigm. I did it while I had to but it was never a good fit. Being on the edge, on the outside, is where I belong.