I love when serendipity strikes: like last weekend, when I drove to Dallas with my daughter, Andrea, to celebrate Christmas with my son, Adam, and his wife, Emily. As many of my regular blog followers know, I am a fan of Fox News. Okay, I’m a Fox News junkie. And, my car is equipped with XM Radio, which allows me to feed my habit perhaps more often than I should — admittedly, in true junkie fashion.
However, being of a different political persuasion, Andrea is NOT a fan of Fox News. So, though I clutched the steering wheel with white knuckles through my slow withdrawal, I compromised, and we listened to Christmas music. When we both tired of all the fa-la-la-la-las, we listened to NPR. My jitters simmered a little then — at least it was talk radio.
We listened to the discussions of a variety of topics:
1) “e-polluting”: “The dirty little secret is that when you take [your electronic waste] to a recycler, instead of throwing it in a trashcan, about 80 percent of that material, very quickly, finds itself on a container ship going to a country like China, Nigeria, India, Vietnam, Pakistan — where very dirty things happen to it,” says Jim Puckett, the executive director of the Basel Action Network, which works to keep toxic waste out of the environment.
NPR – What Happens to Electronic Waste
2) An Object of Beauty, by Steve Martin. Yes, that would be the comedian, Steve Martin. I didn’t know he was an author. Well, this interview discussed the second half of his talented life – his life as an author. NPR – Steve Martin Finds his Muse in An Object of Beauty
3) The State of Kids – Highlights Magazine conducted their second annual survey of children between the ages of 5 and 13. The survey asked questions such as:
What do you like best about yourself?
According to the survey, more than twice as many girls than boys named a physical attribute. Hmmm . . .
If you could change one thing in the world, what would you change? Why?
I loved some of the answers provided by the children for this question:
“I would change cigarete factories into candy factories because cigarete factories are very, very bad for you and candy is sooo delishous.”
“I would change the Statue of Liberty to a Godzilla statue because it will be my world.
What new inventions will happen in your lifetime?
Another great answer, perhaps by a future inventor?
“I want to invent a spoon that has 3 parts so you could eat 3 foods at once.”
The honesty and imagination of children is fascinating to me. Read more at: The State of Kids Survey
As you can see, it was quite a medley of interesting subjects, and in the end, Andrea and I averted a political debate. I was happy and Andrea was happy.
I must admit, it does a soul good to de-tox every once in awhile.