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Bravo Parker Palmer. I have been on a 'news fast' for at least a decade. This has been a conscious choice to eliminate all newspapers, tv, radio, internet sources of what is commonly called 'news'. I have instead cultivated a rich meditation practice, deep inner listening and a joy of living that comes from within and from the precious activity of being in relationship with what is. Every so often I feel a bit out of the loop in social situations. However, in over 10 years of this practice, I have come to notice that the world still exists even without my knowing about what the 'news' reports. I am infinitely happier. I do believe we need more of that!