ELENA'S NEWSLETTER

2020 No. 7

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Last January, when it came to me that 2020 was going to be an unprecedented, historical year, I decided to keep a running list of headlines in order to have something to look back on when it was over (it will be over, right?). Initially I posted the list weekly on Facebook, but when it became too voluminous I created a running blog post and added new headlines to the post every week.

After a while, somewhere around June, I started feeling a genuine resistance to diving into the news to come up with the most important headlines. I came to realize that imbibing so much “news” was amazingly detrimental to my physical and mental health; my healthy instinct was to pull away from it even before I was consciously aware of the negative effect it was having. The news content now is almost 100% negative, traumatic or sensational, and reading it on a consistent basis for a period of time is just not healthy! At a time when most of us are already stressed, constant exposure is not a good thing.

I read a terrific article by Mark Manson recently that addresses exactly that: Why you should quit the news. I won’t go so far as suggesting that we stay away from the news altogether, particularly at this dangerous time for our country, but I do think that limiting exposure to news to a certain time frame or frequency is an excellent idea. Reading the news should not be an all-day affair.

Also, as we become more and more divided by forces that want to do exactly that, I think it's really important to read news from sources other than those you're the most fond of at least occasionally. In my case, I enjoy certain liberal outlets (Vox, Slate, Mother Jones), but I make sure that I read a fair amount from more centrist media (AP, Reuters, Bloomberg, BBC, Business Insider, The Guardian, The Atlantic), and occasionally take a walk slightly to the right (The Hill or The Wall Street Journal), so that get a more objective view of the news. And I post a lot from centrist media on Facebook. I really admire and enjoy good writing and reporting, so I most frequently read media outlets that are known for their outstanding journalism and in-depth investigations, such as The Washington Post and The New York Times. Locally I read the award-winning New York Daily News, but I venture over to the conservative scandal sheet New York Post once in a while to see what's cooking on that side of the aisle. It's good to get a smattering of viewpoints to make sure you don't become blinded by dogma or marketing ploys. It also lets you know what the other side is up to. Well, hang on to your hats, because a wild four-month ride is about to begin on the news circuit!
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TECH TIPS: Moving paragraphs of text in a Word document (or Outlook email or Task). Most people know how to cut or copy and paste text in a Word document. But moving text around can be even easier!
1) Put your cursor anywhere in the paragraph you want to move.
2) Press ALT+Shift with your left hand, and either [ ↑ up arrow] or [ ↓ down arrow] with the right hand to move the paragraph(s) up or down.

If you want to move more than one paragraph simultaneously, select the paragraphs first by pressing CTRL+Shift (left hand) +[ ↓ down arrow (right hand), then proceed to step 2 to move the block.

Note: You can use the ↑ up and ↓ down navigation keys on the numeric keypad with NumLock turned off as an alternative to the isolated navigation keys; this is more comfortable for some users.
Connect! Drop me a line at egreco@elenagreco.com with questions or comments or just to say hi. Let me know what's happening in your corner of the world!
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Newsletter 2020 No. 6

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