Living with 'Future Shock'

A few month back, my cell phone rang and there was a text message from a friend 700 miles away, saying that Linda had died. For years, she was our picnic table companion during the summer months at the John Brown Farm, a New York State Historic Site, in the town of North Elba.

The news saddened us greatly. In older times the information would have reached us much more slowly, and may have lessened the shock. Alas, nowadays there is no letup in being the recipient of news happening around the world the instant it is taking place.

Especially if you are a news junkie as I am who subscribes to online editions of newspapers like The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Daily...