October- Nothing but blueSo far, it’s a day of recovery after another week in the newspaper biz.

Check Twitter for what’s on my radar: that cyclone approaching India, for one thing. And I am still moved by this story about Malala Yousafzai in the Washington Post, particularly her words: “I am proud to be a girl, and I know that girls can change the world.” The White House moved this photograph of her meeting with the Obamas on Oc.t 11.

I’m having trouble paying attention to the rhetorical back-and-forth in Washington. Jay Carney used the word “constructive” after the president and speaker spoke on the phone Friday. That seemed to have resonance for all of a few hours. John Harwood said on a recent Gwen Ifill show on PBS that the brinkmanship and pouting would go on right up to Oct. 17. I guess I’ll take a deep breath today and try to start taking it seriously again tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the iPhone shot in the upper left hand corner is what I’m seeing in my unfocused gaze from home in the hills: nothing but blue.

And now, I think I’ll take some time to read some Alice Munro.

Cooper, after our morning stroll, is already stretched out for a Saturday nap.


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