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When Bad News Beckons, Take a Nature Break (No, Not That Kind)

Kansas sunset as seen from Lawrence, Kansas (Photo by J. Schafer)

The daily news can make you feel numb. Or angry. Or sad. Or all three. So many unpleasant things seem to happen. And they happen with regularity and alarming speed. Check the web and read about a quadruple murder trial. Look at Twitter and see an explosion. Escape to Facebook and find that a friend has cancer. Whether it's crime, war, natural disasters or unfortunate policy decisions, there's just a lot of negativity in the news. And it can be just as overwhelming for those who produce news content as for those who consume it. What can be done? One idea is to walk away and take a break. Step outside. Breathe fresh air. If you're lucky enough to live in Kansas, take a look at the sky, especially at sunrise and sunset. At night, don't forget to take in the moon - waxing, waning and full of bright light. The Kansas sky often provides a fascinating array of colors and cloud formations. Get lost in them. Soak in the sounds of nature that surround you - a buzzing bee, a barking dog, a chirping bird. Relish in the small wonders that make this planet so vibrant. Marvel at our enormous sky and the endless fields of grain. Take notice of the small and seemingly insignificant signs of life emerging all around us - a blooming flower, a robin's nest, an ant hill. Spring has sprung. So, find a few moments of peace. Then rinse and repeat. - J.


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