This is really stupid. I know. I'm writing these things. And no one will ever see them. It's like talking to the moon.
There is a lot of good reading on line. I'd don't really consider myself a news "junkie," but I do try to be informed. So my first choices for reading are several news web sites. These are the main sites I read, in this order.
State Journal Register. That's my hometown newspaper. They usually only put about 10 to 20 articles on line, so it's a fast read. There's very little photography here. They have a small classified section that I sometimes check out. You won't get a lot of breaking news at the SJ-R since they only update their web site once a day. And, the stories only stay on line for seven days. One of the best things I like about the SJ-R is that the individual stories have absolutely no advertising.
Chicago Tribune. You have to register for this web site to see its full content, but registration is free. This is a pretty good news site for state and local news. Most big stories are updated throughout the day when something new breaks. You can check out opinion columnists like Bob Greene and Eric Zorn. There's a lot of national and world news here, but I usually skip it. They have their Sunday magazine on line, but unfortunately, they really skimp on its content. So, if you're into the magazine, you've got to buy the paper. Also, their articles fall off the web site after seven days.
The New York Times. Again, you have to register, but registration is free. Don't worry, the more you read it, the easier it gets to read. And don't worry, you'll never get fully accustomed to the pompacity. The worst thing about the New York Times is they serve pop-up ads. The best thing about the daily New York Times are the Dining &Wine, Books, and Home & Garden sections. You may not be into these things, but there's some really good reading there. And the creme de la creme of Internet news reading , The New York Times Sunday Magazine. As far as I can tell, it's the whole magazine and nothing is left out or skimped here. Definitely worth checking out. Most of their articles fall to the angel of death after seven days, but some seem to stay on line forever. Haven't figured out their methods yet.
The Washington Post. The Washington Post. Saving the best for last. I really like the way they write here. Lots of good national and world news. If you're into the political scene, this is the source for everything Washington. The Sunday Magazine section is pretty good. But, the best part of this web site is the photography. It can't be beat. Excellent photographers and great commitment to bringing pictures to the world. And, there's no registration and the articles stay on line forever, as far as I can tell.
Yesterday, the Chicago Tribune had an article entitled "Ob-gyns finding that the kindest cut is nature's," by Connie Lauerman. She reviews the trend in episiotomies. Apparently, doctors are using this method less and less for vaginal delivery. That's a very good thing. Quote from the article, "And a study published in the journal Birth last fall showed that of women having vaginal deliveries in a nationally representative sample of hospitals, 64 percent had episiotomies in 1980 compared with 39 percent in 1998." Dr. Sarah Kilpatrick, director of the maternal-fetal medicine division at the University of Illinois-Chicago, is quoted in the article as saying, "midwives never subscribed to ‘the attitude that episiotomy was a good idea.'" When my first child was born in 1983 at Illinois Masonic Hospital in Chicago, I was in their midwife program. This was cutting edge medicine at this time. The midwives had come over here from England and Illinois Masonic basically let them set up shop in the hospital. Being referred to the midwife program was one of the best experiences in my life. It was so much more than just going for exams and having a baby. These midwives were very much into educating the parents on everything from the prenatal process, to the antenatal process, to the postnatal process, which means raising children. They let me design my own birthing process and then they made it happen exactly as I wanted. That was so great. One of the things I wanted was to not have an episiotomy. They taught me exercises to do, so that when the time came for my baby to be born, I was able to have a fully natural delivery. And that means no cut. After she was born, I felt so great. I could have done cartwheels down the hallway. The next time was a totally different experience when my second (and last) child was born. I was told by the nurse at the hospital, that the obstetrician, who I had never met before, gave everybody an episiotomy whether they wanted it or not. I told her, but I don't need one. I won't need one. She said to be prepared, because the doctor will give me one anyway. And he did. After my daughter was born, I went into shock. And after he gave me the stitches, I could barely walk. It was a horrible experience. The one thing I knew I could control was taken away from me by a complete stranger.
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