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A little known fact about me: I'm a comic strip junkie....

From the daily comics in the paper, to the daily comics on my Google homepage, to the stack of well-read book collections by my bedside....not a day goes by that I don't unwind to some light humor. And with the state of the world always dwelling on the bad in life, it's sometimes easy to forget that life also provides happiness--- though, most of the time you actually have to hunt for the happiness.

Comics provide not only a means of escape for me, but, there is a surprising amount of current events, news, and even history alluded to in these succinct illustrations. I never have to watch television or read the "news" part of the newspaper to know what's going on. I just flip to my comic strips and there in a few, humorous frames, I learn all I need to know to stay marginally informed.

I figure, with all the bias in news reporting, we're all marginally informed to begin with....why not choose to be marginally informed and be entertained at the same time.

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