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Rainbows among my clouds

Parker Knox
Published: Thursday, June 26th, 2014

There are days when the first mistake I make in the morning is turning on the television set. That can be depressing, even on a gorgeous summer morning.
The same is undoubtedly true when it comes to Facebook and any other social media to which one is addicted. Many of the things some of my “friends” post are downright sickening, if not incorrect, stupid, disheartening and irresponsible.
But I might be missing something, you know?
Nevertheless, on the day on which I was required to write this column, already two days later than it should have been composed, I sat down, not knowing the topic on which I was going to expound.  I suspected the topic was going to be a negative one.
But just when I was sick and tired of seeing any more about Kim Kardashian's latest marriage made in heaven to one of the creepiest creeps on the planet . . . . . just when I was sick and tired of hearing any more about LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant still playing a totally unwatchable winter sport in May . . . . . just when I was sick and tired of seeing TV commercials about how wonderful some among our current crop of politicians are and realizing this is only the primary election . . . . . just when I was sick and tired of reading the gut-wrenching stories about the victims of another senseless shooting by a kid taught by his society that the best and fastest solution to any problem is with a gun, legal or otherwise . . . . . just when I was sick and tired of driving peacefully down a small-city street among a bunch of idiots weaving from lane to lane and back, just to get to the next red stoplight 10 seconds before I do . . . . . just when I was about to spoil your day with a column about these and other topics, I decided to flip over to Facebook first.
There, leaping off my screen, was a two-minute video of McKayla Marso and three of her Minneapolis students performing onstage at their school’s gala.  “I wish the sky would rain down roses,” they sang.
I played it again and again.

There are days when the first mistake I make in the morning is turning on the television set. That can be depressing, even on a gorgeous summer morning.

The same is undoubtedly true when it comes to Facebook and any other social media to which one is addicted. Many of the things some of my “friends” post are downright sickening, if not incorrect, stupid, disheartening and irresponsible.

But I might be missing something, you know?

Nevertheless, on the day on which I was required to write this column, already two days later than it should have been composed, I sat down, not knowing the topic on which I was going to expound.  I suspected the topic was going to be a negative one.

But just when I was sick and tired of seeing any more about Kim Kardashian's latest marriage made in heaven to one of the creepiest creeps on the planet . . . . . just when I was sick and tired of hearing any more about LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant still playing a totally unwatchable winter sport in May . . . . . just when I was sick and tired of seeing TV commercials about how wonderful some among our current crop of politicians are and realizing this is only the primary election . . . . . just when I was sick and tired of reading the gut-wrenching stories about the victims of another senseless shooting by a kid taught by his society that the best and fastest solution to any problem is with a gun, legal or otherwise . . . . . just when I was sick and tired of driving peacefully down a small-city street among a bunch of idiots weaving from lane to lane and back, just to get to the next red stoplight 10 seconds before I do . . . . . just when I was about to spoil your day with a column about these and other topics, I decided to flip over to Facebook first.

There, leaping off my screen, was a two-minute video of McKayla Marso and three of her Minneapolis students performing onstage at their school’s gala.  “I wish the sky would rain down roses,” they sang.

I played it again and again.

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