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The Denial Channel

I went over to a friend’s house yesterday evening, to pick up a few things for a project we’re working on. When I knocked the door, he called for me to come on in.

He was sitting in his living room, watching his large screen TV. It was showing a woodland scene, with a small brook splashing over rocks, ferns growing through the moss on the ground, the bark of thick tree trunks, and wet leaves blowing in the wind. I stood there for a minute, watching, waiting for the narration to begin. It didn’t.

I realized that there wasn’t going to be any narration. It was just a TV show of natural scenes, on a big screen, high definition. It’s for relaxation, my friend told me. The sounds and sights of natural settings have been shown to lower blood pressure.

I picked up the materials I needed, stepped outside the door, and a was hit by a breeze, carrying yellow-orange leaves from a maple tree across the porch. I walked back home slowly.

1 comment to The Denial Channel

  • ramone

    well, he could have been watching the cable news networks where he would not have been seeing anything about oil spills. then again, he could have been watching “dancing with a cow” on the major networks. he could have taken a walk out in the actual outdoors, but, how relaxing is that?
    he may have chosen wisely.
    what channel was that anyway?

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