I tend to be a few beats behind when it comes to current events.
I also tend to understate things like "the number of beats behind I am", when it comes to current events.
And when it comes to current events in regions where civil unrest is a way of life? I'm not just a few beats behind, I'm at a Mexican restaurant trying to play the polka with a mariachi band.
Who can keep up with all of these angry people? So much ire and uprising. So many leaders with names I can't pronounce, being ousted and instated, and ousted again. So many regimes and militants and sects.
What's a nice girl from Connecticut to do?
Well, such a girl might consider making passionate digital love to reading The Skimm, a free e-mail service that was brought to my attention by one of my favorite bloggers, and fellow Virgos, The Communicatrix. Described as "The daily newsletter that simplifies the headlines for the educated professional who knows enough to know she needs more", The Skimm will send you one delightfully succinct email each morning--with a punchy round up of the key news stories of the day--explained with intelligence, style and charm. It's like The Daily Candy, but with Egyptians.
I love the idea and the execution of the Skimm so much, I went back to the archives to get the skinny on some older news items that had danced around the periphery of my consciousness but never really made a home there.
It's just good information--presented in a simple and entertaining way--and I wanted to share it with you. Just in case.