I have chosen a path of silence, solitude and simplicity, at least in contrast to a busy, busy, busy existence of others. The news is pretty much turned off; I’m hearing less both audibly and mentally. I have, however, tuned into one of the many free on-line courses that are available. Currently I am listening and watching the Age of Cathedrals, by Yale professor, Howard Bloch. I don’t have to zoom, interact, write a paper, although that could be an option.
(A friend told me about www.corsera.org and I found it from there. Corsera will connect you with all kinds of courses from many universities.)