Two inside pages of our main section today were filled with national and international news guaranteed to give you the whimwhams.
There was a report on the Muslim men allegedly behind the car bomb attacks in London and Glasgow. And another story on Iran training Hezbollah fighters. A very sad story on a young man who killed himself because he'd been raped at a party and another priest sex abuse story.
Spiritual writer Marianne Williamson talks about the anguish that people feel now because of the news. She wonders if things would be better if people would talk more about them in real ways.
In The Gift of Change she writes:
On the level of everyday conversation, we conspire with each other to pretend that things are basically okay, not because we think they are but because we have no way of talking together about these deeper layers of experience. "We accidentally bombed a school today and fifty children died." How do we feel about that? Uh-oh, we don't go there..
So here's the headed-into-the-holiday question for you: How do we discuss the free-floating anxiety about the world's news in deeper ways? Blog lines are open.
Photo of Edvard Munch painting "The Scream" via AP