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Great Distraction

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Last night, despite the hefty drama of flashing lightning and booming thunder, Cyndie and I tuned out the horrors of war on the other side of the world and the wild weather locally to immerse ourselves in the opening episodes of a two-year-old streaming television series. It is both intelligent and funny and oh so refreshing.

We have missed another real-time popularity spike of a series that everyone was talking about. It doesn’t matter which one. Our rural connection limitations leave us out of the loop with current events. We have our moments of excited fanaticism after the fact, on our own. The world has already said everything there is to be said about the shows by the time we get around to watching.

We laughed and binged our way through four episodes and only stopped because real life couldn’t be put off any longer. I feel profoundly grateful that artists produce shows like this for our entertainment and enlightenment.

As much as it pains me to know the victims of the ongoing war in the real world don’t have the luxury of taking a break from it all, my health requires I clear my head of the atrocities as often as possible.

We experienced a new tree down across one of our trails yesterday before the big storms had even arrived.

I walked around to get a different angle and discovered the hole created by the toppled trunk was completely full of standing water.

It’s no surprise the dead tree no longer had a firm enough grip on the earth to remain standing.

Feels a little like a metaphor for a lot of aspects of life these days. Too bad our trees can’t take a break and watch a popular streaming television series every so often to escape the hazards of surviving everything the universe dishes up day after day.

I’m on my own today while Cyndie is visiting in the Cities, so I will have to delay further binging until she returns home. I hope to delve into more great distraction as soon as I can talk her into it after she gets back.

It will fuel my reserves of love so I have all the more to beam toward Ukrainians wherever they are in the world or at home under military assault.

It’s a mystery, even as I do it. Thinking of all the people of Ukraine and escaping from endless news about them, both at the same time.

Imagining peace…



Written by johnwhays

April 13, 2022 at 6:00 am

9 Responses

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  1. ok, John, you know you have to name the series, right? We are always looking for the really good, uplifting ones. Please share! And thanks, always, for sharing your all your thoughts and insights.


    April 13, 2022 at 10:53 pm

    • Oh, I really prefer not to say but it’s got witty pokes at cultural differences between two countries that are similar but different, fun wordplay, great performances by well-cast actors, involves a sport I love, doesn’t filter the vulgar language of real life, has been honored with multiple awards, stars one of the original developers, Jason Sudeikis and the title starts with Ted and ends with Lasso. A guy who oozes positivity despite all the negative copiously heaped upon him.
      If you guys are two of the six or seven others left in the world who have yet to check it out, I add my recommendation along with all the others who have been hooked by its charm.


      April 14, 2022 at 9:32 am

      • I had never heard of it, but it IS funny and even reveals some aspects not addressed, otherwise:-)

        Ian Rowcliffe

        April 14, 2022 at 10:34 am

      • I assume you have better insight than us in this case. Glad you see the humor.


        April 14, 2022 at 10:40 am

      • 👍👍👍


        April 14, 2022 at 10:44 am

  2. I agree with you in that even I need a break from the news sometimes. Thanks for sharing!

    Feel free to read some of my blogs 🙂


    April 13, 2022 at 8:44 am

  3. I share you repugnance at what those in Ukraine are being subjected to as those selling arms line their pockets re- arming EU and so many other countries. And solutions have been put on the table like neutrality Austrian style and the ‘Golden Bridge’ solution that would help both sides recover from the ‘pandemic’ which would be in most of our interests in the short term and long term. But, no, now we have a new ‘distraction’ to fuel the pockets of the war mongers and displaced Ukrainians to look after – the lucky ones:-) . I guess the power elites who run things should be held accountable, but they have their ways of rationalising their behaviour and making their actions look inevitable. Who knows if certain television series aren’t a small part of it:-) That said, what can we do? Do what we can, tend what we can, plant what we can – commiserate with our dear friends, when we aren’t crying our hearts out in total despair. Well, at least we still have our sense of indignation…

    Ian Rowcliffe

    April 13, 2022 at 8:36 am

    • Thank you, Ian. If only the combined outrage of the world had more timely and precise influence and could save people from more suffering.


      April 14, 2022 at 9:36 am

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