We cancelled our satellite TV and settled for a cheap antennae from Amazon…at a cost of about $15. We get Oregon Public Broadcasting and the basic network stations. We can also watch Prime movies from Amazon, thanks to a Firestick. But what it all boils down to is a lot of dark, ugly stuff. (I do like Bones, but who can eat dinner and watch the characters pick the meat from a skeleton?)
Think about it? How many cop movies can we watch on TV? Luther, Hawaii 5-0, Lethal Weapon, Blue Bloods, Special Victims Unit, NCIS, NCIS Los Angeles, NCIS New Orleans…all featuring corpses in various stages of decay. Gruesome is what it is. And too much of a good thing. (Don’t get me wrong. I’m still a Mark Harmon fan, and I’ve watched every episode of NCIS. And what’s not to like about Blue Bloods?)
But there are times when I want to watch something calming, soothing, quiet and reassuring, something that relaxes me, something without a hint of political bias. That’s when I watch Cooking With Martha. She is unhurried, and in good humor. I sit back, sip a cup of coffee and let the tension of the day slip away while Martha teaches us how to make scrumptious meals in her calm, soothing voice.
(I’m never tempted to duplicate any of the dishes she makes, but I can peel garlic just like Martha. Put the corms in a quart jar with a lid, and then shake them. Magic is what it is.)
I don’t know if there is a moral to this story, but for me it’s important to escape from time to time the constant barrage of ugly brought to us via TV and the main stream media. (I’ll save my rant about the current crop of popular books for later.)