on Wikipedia where it turns out everything I might want to know, and somewhat more, is collected). I was away making the Spiritual Exercises and so wasn't watching TV, trolling the webs or even seeing the newspaper. At the time I remember thinking it was strange that so many people were watching this event, and I was not.1 Shortly after I got home, I read the inaugural address, but I didn't do much else to catch up on the news that I had missed.
Fast forward to a year later, when I sat down with my tea and turned to page two of the newspaper to find a photo of a plane in a river. What??! And what was it doing on page two, and why hadn't I heard anything about it on the radio?2 Because it was the anniversary of the event and the entire news cycle had come and gone while I was holed up at Eastern point on retreat. Which was somewhat of a relief, I will admit.
This year I listened to the inaugural address on the radio, and saw it through the eyes of Crash who walked from WJU to the Mall to see it. But as I sit here, on the edge of Lent, it has me wondering what I'm looking for in the news (and despite my abstinence from television, make no mistake about it, I am a news junky), why do I read it? It's clear that the universe will continue to turn whether or not I know about it.
1. I also missed the SuperBowl, but didn't think about that until just this minute.
2. Full disclosure, I don't watch TV3 even when I'm not on a 30-day silent retreat. It not a political or any other kind of statement, I just slowly fell out of the habit about fifteen years ago.
3. Well, I do watch the occasional series on the interwebs. Downton Abbey. Mad Men. Scandal (!)