Clearing the mind; the cure for TMOYMS is found outdoors
An afternoon hiking North Percy Peak in Stark, which overlooks Christine Lake and the Forest Society-conserved Kauffman Forest, does wonders as a cure for information overload. (COURTESY/BRENDA CHARPENTIER)
An afternoon hiking North Percy Peak in Stark, which overlooks Christine Lake and the Forest Society-conserved Kauffman Forest, does wonders as a cure for information overload.BRENDA CHARPENTIER
The malady manifests itself in various ways, all of which make you look like an idiot. It's driving away from the Dunkin' Donuts drive-thru without waiting for your change. It's putting a box of rice away in the refrigerator. It's throwing a stick of butter into the microwave to soften it without realizing that if you leave the paper on it and hit "high," you might wind up dealing with a little kitchen fire.
Just to be clear, this is not early-onset dementia. My absent-mindedness comes and goes as the stress amount varies, and for the most part, I'm perfectly calm and safe to be around.
While the TV news anchor is bombarding us with horrible headlines, a completely different news feed is crawling along the bottom of the screen with more information. The Internet is littered with blinking ads and distracting pop-ups and enticements to click on stories about "Five foods you should NEVER eat" or "Celebrities who have killed people." Add that to the frustration of trying - and usually failing - to remember passwords, and it's a wonder we don't all just throw our gadgets to the floor and stomp on them.
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