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Viewpoint: Magazine Land Made Me Sad
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I spent some time in a Barnes and Noble Bookstore last weekend. I had some time to kill, was on a low budget and, after ordering a giant ice water at the coffee establishment in the building, parked myself in the most comfortable chair I could find and sent a few texts and took care of some emails.

The chair I selected happened to be on the one end of the magazine rack. When I had come to the end of my email and text trail, I still had some time to burn so, still parked in the very soft chair, I decided to take a gander at the covers of the magazines I could see from my perch.

The first magazine I noticed was a Time production with the huge headline called, “The Science of Happiness". I didn’t know there was an actual science to it. If I had only discovered that magazine years ago. Not that I am unhappy most of the time but it sure would have been nice to get a little insight into virtually eliminating unhappiness altogether. The thought made me a little sad.

I noticed a magazine hyping the cover story called, “101 Places to Visit Before You Die". I almost decided to go pick that one up but at the ripe old age of 66 I had only been on a couple of major trips. So, I began to do the math and figured that if I made a major trip every other year, I only had time for 10-15 trips. How would I decide which of the 101 places I needed to visit before I died?

By now I was a little down. I noticed a magazine where the lead story was entitled, “Stop Feeling Like Crap". Okay, it didn’t say crap but this is a family newspaper. I had a large swig of my free ice water and wondered about the situation I was in. Apparently, happiness was a possibility but a pivotal part of it was hinging on being able to see 101 places I couldn’t live without seeing. I did get up and sneak a peek into this publication.

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