What are the headlines you would write?

News headlines are doing my head in – how about you?

It seems the news these days is dominated with Covid statistics, political wankery, insubordinates not doing the right thing, numbers, percentages, sadness, grief…and the list goes on.

Yes there’s the coverage of the awful situation unfolding in Afghanistan and the odd update of weather behaving badly around the world but that’s about it from my viewpoint.

I’ve actually tried to limit the amount of news I watch/hear, preferring to play my Spotify playlists created for my 60th year, my year of being Bold, lockdown playlists, all including a range of music from over the years, that uplifts and makes me sing out loud at any given moment. It’s OK, no-one can hear me as I’m in my own little bubble, and I’m not bothering anyone except the birds flitting past and the resident kangaroos munching on the dew soaked grass. I’ve also gone down the path of watching old TV shows, sinking into a mire of nostalgia, when I find I have an hour or two to waste spare. You too or is that just me?

As I lay in bed on an (almost) spring morning (sunny, clear skies, outside temp 3 degrees C) I turned to ask the Mathematician,

What would the news headlines be if there was no global pandemic raging?

Well that got me thinking – what headlines would I write?

My world view is understandably narrow at the moment, confined to barracks as we are here in NSW (reminiscent of our colonial beginnings much?), and subjected to my current mood – slowly on the up, you’ll be pleased to know.

So here are a few of my top headlines:

  • Spring blossoms are blooming bringing smiles to faces in Southern Hemisphere
  • Baby lambs are gambolling around the paddocks without a care in the world
  • The snow views on the mountains are well worth the winter weather
  • Nancy Drew books were never this good!
The Nancys - a quirky read
The Nancys – a quirky read
  • Author responds to reader’s tweet
  • Family reunites after 2 years apart
  • Grandparents send daily videos of nursery rhymes to grandchildren so they will be recognised when they finally meet again
  • Exercising over Zoom with friends is great fun
  • Washing gets dry on outside clothesline for first time in months
  • Bloggers stay in touch throughout the year, building on their friendship forged online
  • Writing a blog sustains midlife woman, taking her words to the world
  • Kookaburras start to laugh as she wrote the above line 🙂
  • World continues to revolve with acts of love and kindness that most don’t even notice
  • Magpies swooping indicate a concerned parent watching out for its babies
  • Tree falls in paddock, creating a moment of excitement in the day
Tree falls in paddock
Tree falls in paddock
  • Facebook reunites old friends
  • E-bikes are the best invention ever
  • Daffodils are bobbing their yellow heads to the music blaring from inside the house
  • Getting out of your pyjamas before 10am is now optional
  • The airport scenes in Love Actually are the hope of tomorrow for one sad grandmother
  • Qantas ad brings many undone in these uncertain times – but there is always hope

What about you? What are your headlines?

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please join me in this quest to deliver news headlines in a different way, and with a different mindset.

As always take care out there in the crazy world.

Linking up with Natalie’s #weekendcoffeeshare – a great way to see what others are writing about!

Deb x

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Everyone has a story to tell! Deb is a young-at-heart & active 60+ blogger/retiree, after being made redundant from her 22-year career managing education programs in a men’s correctional centre (jail). She now spends her time reading, blogging, riding her ebike and travelling. Deb was awarded a Bravery Award from the Queen when she was 17 after a tragic accident – a definite life changing moment! She is married with 3 grown-up daughters & has 4 grandchildren. She never imagined being Granny Debs would bring so much joy to her life! You can read more of Deb’s story here

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39 Replies to “What are the headlines you would write?”

    1. Great headline Denyse and capitalisation too, I didn’t think to put mine in capitals :). You are an awesome Grandma and the grandkids are lucky to have you!
      It was a fun post to write, it’s been bubbling away in the copy room for a few days now! Thanks for joining in 🙂

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  1. I avoid the news on TV and online Deb – I read the weekend papers because there’s less sensationalism and less clickbait stuff. I refuse to be dragged down and defeated by all the attention this darn virus is getting. I’m living with the mantra to change what I can, and accept what I can’t – it’s really all about choosing our attitude a lot of the time and not allowing things to defeat us. So I love all your headlines – and the fact that you’re making positive choices to help you through the things you can’t change xx

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    1. Thanks Leanne, I am avoiding a lot, especially the press conferences and it has been a good way of coping. You’re right, it’s all about choosing your attitude and today I enjoyed sharing some of my headlines, which I hope should bring a smile to some faces!


    1. Thanks so much! The Nancys was a fabulous read which I wasn’t expecting to enjoy as much as I did! I’ll read the next one as well. Love your headline too, very upbeat and positive 🙂

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  2. ABC News now has a weekly newsletter called The Brightsider. Edited by Sabra Lane – one of their senior reporters – it’s all feel-good stories from the week. I signed up immediately.

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  3. My fave headlines of all time are from the NT Times. A story about a bloke who got bitten by a moray eel on the reef: When you’re walking on the reef and you feel sharp teeth, that’s a moray. And another by an idiot who had a firework where he shouldn’t have (and was injured as a result): Why I put a cracker up my clacker.

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  4. World continues to revolve with acts of love and kindness that most don’t even notice. That is absolutely the best headline although the nursery rhymes videos is a close second. Of the cuff mine would be
    “A long walk, sunshine and an ice cream cone make for a good day”.

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    1. Thanks BernieLynne, that’s one of my faves too! My husband records himself most days, talking to the grandkids and usually with a nursery rhyme thrown in, they love them 🙂
      I love your headline too!!

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  5. Thanks for this message of hope, Deb. I love the idea that we can all write our own headlines. Here is mine for today: Woman saves lives by donating blood.

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  6. And now I’m sitting here blubbering over a Qantas ad. Thanks so much.

    Seriously, this was a great post. I’ve put myself on a news diet too. It’s nonstop misery, and I’m over it. So much unnecessary suffering and death.

    But this too shall pass, and we’ll get to fly away again.

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  7. Great headlines that made me smile, Debbie. I’m drafting my next publication with the headline “The top 10 fun activities I did this summer” 🙂 Thank you for your #weekendcoffeeshare.

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  8. I haven’t watched the news in forever and guard what I read online as everything is very biased and one sided. I love your headlines. I’ll have to think about it more as I am not good at coming up with things quickly. Love your photos too.

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  9. Hi Deb.
    I am tempted to go off on the news media because (here at least) we have been so et down by these people and their agendas, but that would sort defeat the purpose, so I’m going to respectfully take a pass on trying to find a useful voice and position on this question.

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