Saturday, February 27, 2016

FOUND! POWERFUL COMMENTS OF THE WEEK


“Read It. Inwardly Digest It.” Today I continue this theme, begun February 16, 2016 post (see it below.) I focus on internet reading

The real problem before the internet reader: 'way TOO MUCH AVAILABLE on the internet! without considering piling on print publications and television too.

I don’t have time for it all. I’m a retiree! After all, retirees are very busy people! True, I don't have to commute anymore. But I do spend about 100 minutes a day on health and exercise, up to seven hours on financial markets (more on that in a week or two) and some homeowner chores. Anyhow: if I don’t have time, what about the employed or the full-time homemaker. 

Retiree, homemaker, employee. We all have one question about our reading: what can I cut out? Within the daily landslide of news and so-called news, how can I quickly find the nuggets of information I need?

Today, I refer you to a few select golden nuggets I’ve sifted out of the earthy flow of news and trivia posting as news this past week. Perhaps these samples will help you focus on the gold.

First, from Sojourners website: "It's embarrassing. . . ."  to be an evangelical this election season. The title summarizes the message but read at the link for the full text. https://sojo.net/articles/it-s-embarrassing-be-evangelical-election

The Sojourners site is the most important internet source of prophetic Gospel judgement.  Step 1: visit the site. Step 2: supply your email address. Step 3: read the email to decide whether or not to follow the link. 

Here's another of their sources: https://sojo.net/articles/weekly-wrap-22616Sojourner's quick read on key articles of the week.
               
 Second, some Methodist commentary on Donald Trump. Los Angeles Area Bishop Minerva Carcaño and Sister Simone Campbell courageously speak truth. Bishop Carcaño is the first Hispanic in the episcopal office of The United Methodist Church (UMC). I found the initial reference in the UMC weekly news digest. The digest updates you on religious events in USA, Europe and Africa.  To use that resource: Step 1: subscribe to the UMC weekly digest here: http://www.umc.org/news-and-media/weekly-digest. Step 2: read what you want. Disregard the rest.

I use the New York Times but limit myself to the New York Times home page. Use it as the best index to global news available on the internet. When you find a story you want, don't click on it but identify the key words. Then go to an internet search page, enter the key words, and you're likely to discover a free, non-subscription fee source for the same news. 

I'm not watching much TV. Generally too disgusting, too time consuming, and the program editors control what I see.

As a reader, my most common question is: what can I cut out? Second question: will this source substantially help or change my life?  

Now I've divulged about half of my technique for avoiding getting buried in the landslide of news. I'll get into the second half with more quick tips in a week or two. Please return weekly.

Good and quick reads to you!

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