Peevish Pen

Ruminations on reading, writing, rural living, retirement, aging—and sometimes cats. And maybe a border collie or other critters.

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Location: Rural Virginia, United States

I'm an elderly retired teacher who writes. Among my books are Ferradiddledumday (Appalachian version of the Rumpelstiltskin story), Stuck (middle grade paranormal novel), Patches on the Same Quilt (novel set in Franklin County, VA), Them That Go (an Appalachian novel), Miracle of the Concrete Jesus & Other Stories, and several Kindle ebooks.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Waste Paper

Reading the Roanoke Times never takes me long. This morning, I only read portions of these two sections:

I didn't read  the "weekend planner" part in the Extra section. I don't plan to go anywhere—especially on a weekend where there'll be lots more traffic than usual. I didn't read much of the main part of the paper because I'd already read a lot of the news online. But I did read some.

The best part of today's paper was Dan Casey's column, "Giving Thanks," on page one. The op-ed page's reprint of Leonard Pitts' Miami Herald column, "After Profound Grief," was pretty good, too. Both stories capture the spirit of Thanksgiving.

I didn't read the rest of the paper. I never read the sports section since I'm not into sports. I won't read the plethora of ads because I don't need anything they're touting, and I have no desire to join the  crowds battling each other for a great deal.

All of those unread ads, which no doubt capture what the season is becoming, will go straight to the recycling box at the dumpster. What a waste.

Meanwhile, I'm thankful that I already have everything I need.


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