It's not necessarily the top of the news...
We often think that paradise would be a day where we didn't have to do anything. Lay on a beach and drink margaritas. And in an otherwise productive and busy life, full of purpose and meaning, that might even be true--at least for a couple of weeks. But take away the surrounding work and purpose, and a day with nothing to do suddenly takes on a whole different hue ... especially if that one day stretches out toward the calendar's horizon with no change of status in sight.
Seriously, stop what you're doing and read her work, start with her piece on volunteering.
There have been more than 200 earthquakes on the planet in the last seven days, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
WHAT WE'RE COVERING
Midmorning - Have you heard? There's a recount of the Minnesota Senate race going on. MPR's Mark Zdechlik joins Kerri Miller for a look at the long-running saga. In the second hour, Judy Collins is the guest.
Midday - Have you heard? There's a recount of the Minnesota Senate race going on. Law and election experts join Gary Eichten for a look at the long-running saga. In the second hour, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former president of Finland Martti Ahtisaari speaks live at the National Press Club.
On All Things Considered this afternoon, MPR's Elizabeth Stawicki looks at the Senate recount (you've heard, right?), and Robert Siegel dives into the question of what is "the new normal?"
WHAT I'M DOING?
I'm working on a week's worth of Future Tense episodes as I fill in for Jon Gordon. I'm working on the potential of a Twitter-Google marriage and today I'm also interviewing a U of M prof on an effort at Roosevelt High School where students use digital tools to master "critical media literacy." The U has a good story on it here.
Another "game of chicken" in American airspace.
According to ABC News, yesterday's stolen plane story was an failed "suicide by F-16" attempt.
C'mon, Bob. Stretch those html wings! (g)
Anyway, this makes no sense. He didn't have the "courage" to just kill himself but just shutting off the engine and sitting there but he did have the "courage" to sit there and be shot full of bullets?
I think we're just looking at a sad case of mental illness here.