Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Time, A Must Read

I crave my delivery of Time magazine like I anticipate my morning coffee. The afternoon it comes to my mailbox is a vacation. I put aside all my house duties and lounge on my couch and read. I read it cover to cover. I get half done by the time my youngest wakes up from his afternoon nap, and then I finish the rest right before I fall asleep at night. I renewed my subscription with a sense of pride and duty. I gladly paid the fee to support quality reporting. I prefer tangible news to virtual.

And this last issues was particularly good. First it feels good to read real reporting, held up to journalistic standards vs. opinions on blogs or from a poorly construction e-mail forward, with little or no fact finding invovled. And so I encourage you to pick this latest issue up. You don't have to agree with all the opinions, but the will get you thinking and conversing for sure.

Points of Interest:

Tony Blair's piece on his time with our last two presidents, Bill and George, was so well written and articulated. He made me proud to be part of our American system. He inspired me to continue to strive for goodness in our government. Go Tony. Impressive.

The cover story on Israel was very interesting especially with the current peace talks. I found myself wanting to book a flight and have coffee with the people interviewed, in Tel Aviv. I guess I'm weak when it comes to beach towns. Sounds nice. Plus the fact that Israel's economy is strong and has not been effected by this last recession/depression. And, they are surrounded by those who are not happy with their location. You can follow this link and read the article on line.

I am always intrigued by politics. I guess that is the "geek" in me. I was a social studies major in college, so it is in my blood. But the article about Obama no longer being Mr. Popular was very interesting especially because of the elections coming up this fall.

And lastly, Gibbs' column was quite good on religion and our political leaders. Did you know that Dwight Eisenhower was raised as a Jehovah Witness? That Taft was Unitarian? I think we all know by now that Jefferson was a deist. Anyway, she posed some good food for thought on the topic of our Presidents and their religions of choice and how comfortable that makes us feel, or not etc.

Let me know if any of you pick up a copy!


heather said...

NPR morning news is to me what coffee in the morning is to other people. I love it! Magazines tend to stack up on me and I don't always get to them, but NPR, it speaks to me while I get ready, every morning, even on the weekends!

BTW, NPR had a very good story on Tony Blair last week. I want to read his book now!

Rebekah said...

Love NPR. Great for long road trips.

Jennifer said...

Loved the Blair piece.

Sherry said...

We subscribe to TIME, though I don't devour it like you describe. Being closer to a conservative than I am to a liberal, I tend to distrust political media reporting. But I fully appreciate the non-political stories and learning about other parts of the world.

Jeremy and Ang said...

You know...I think you and I seriously need to get together sometime. I am very interested in what you have to say about some things because it seems as though we are in agreement, or at least we care about a lot of the same issues. And frankly, coming from the world we both came from, it kind of surprises me. =)

Jen Rouse said...

I love Time too--I've been reading it every week since I started picking up my dad's copy at about age 12 or 13. I can't say that I read it cover to cover like you do, though. I admit--sometimes I skim. I love NPR too, though I tend to listen to it in the evenings while I'm making dinner, not in the mornings while I'm getting ready.

Rebekah said...

Sherry, I'm glad you read it though. I appreciate when readers write editorial comments which bring up uncovered points in various stories. I think it is good when people across the political spectrum read mainstream media and take part in the dialogue. It helps bring balance and makes sure all voices are heard.