2018 Prep: Find an Intelligent Objective News Source

Find an Intelligent Objective News Source


These days, keeping up with the news devolves into stifling an aneurism. But ahhhhh! One news-obsessed team oozes intelligence, sophisticated humor, and objectivity.

Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes

The Daily Skimm 🤗

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Cocooned information holds no value for me. Nor do I patronize echo chambers. That duality dramatically dwindles desirable options. But persistent googling gifted what has emerged as a riveting resource: The Daily Skimm eMail newsletter.

My initial regret: this eMail arrives during my “mid-day” time, around 9a Eastern. So I compromised, adding a mini routine around 9:30 each morning. By that time I’ve


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DarbyKlan / DarbyK
Lil pointy-head cockatiel
  • conquered my one-hour #5amWritingClub Twitter session,
  • smoked a quickie walk/run ’round the hood,
  • restored my yes I’m human appearance, and
  • completed a couple of solid work hours.

Translation: treeeeeeat time! The Daily Skimm makes for fine company, buoyed by Mr. DarbyK on my shoulder, coffee, and yummy e.g. homemade peanut butter cracker sandwiches. 😀


Savor the Flavor: An Excerpt as Example

What to say when you get a $284 billion electric bill…

Seems just a little high. Earlier this week, UN Ambassador Nikki Haley said she negotiated down the UN’s budget by $285 million.

Reminder: the US is the single biggest contributor to the UN’s bank account, paying more than 20% of its operating budget. Another reminder: last week, the UN voted overwhelmingly to cast shade on the US’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Haley was not down with that shade. Now, she’s slashed hundreds of millions from the UN’s budget. Unclear if the budget cut is related to the vote. But Haley hinted more cuts may be coming in the future as a way of “protecting our interests.” Message received.


Daily Skimm Options

The companion iOS app offers a free trial. Thereafter, SaaS kicks in, at $3 a month or $20 annually.

The (free) newsletter (using my 33mail.com eMail address) ensures equal access via my ChromeBook, Android Nexus6P, and Apple devices.



Oh, how I love a 3fer: taking a break, relishing the first meal of the day, and discovering wazzup. Because of this newsletter, a mini morning routine ensures I move away from my desk AND eat breakfast. Lemme tell ya → turns out, taking time saves time throughout the day. My brain remains in Rice Krispies mode (snap, crackle, pop!) much longer, pushing the mental soggy corn flakes vibe into the late afternoon hours.

I’ve been on the net since the pre-browser days of the 90’s. We’re talking Archie, Veronica, WAIS, Gopher, FTP, and Prodigy/CompuServe as the premier means of acquiring and sharing electronic information. Read: 20+ years. Folks, this is the only time I’ve publicly recommended an eMail newsletter. ‘Nuff said.

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Call to Action

Thought: while aiming your 2018 arrows high, please don’t forget about self-care time, EVERY day! For what it’s worth, I devoted a bullet journal page to three timeline variations of my “ideal” day, reflecting: rip roarin’ energy, runnin’ outta air, and why am I here. Each includes this mini morning routine.

What’s your chill? Part of your routine? If not, why not? 😉

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