I have one of those “smart” phones.

A couple of things:

1. I have one of those “smart” phones because son-and-heir and his mom thought it would be a wonderful Christmas present for me a couple of years ago. It wasn’t until the Visa bill came that I discovered they had charged it to my credit card.

2. The reason it is called a “smart” phone is that it really is smarter than you are. Fact is, even after two years, son-and-heir stops by the house on his way to work to turn on my “smart” phone for me.

With all of that, go with me Friday morning to Jack’s at Lenlock for a rare “grease” fix, a gravy-egg-biscuit platter. It’s to die for, but if you eat too many of them you come up with clogged arteries, cholesterol off the charts, and a date with the undertaker. At least that’s what Barry’s mom tells me.

All of which means the only time I get a Jack’s gravy-egg-biscuit platter is when I can slip out of the house before Barry’s mom wakes up.

I have my “smart” phone on the table when Debbie Henderson, a sweet lady, puts my gravy-egg-biscuit platter on the table, I ask if she’ll turn on my “smart” phone for me.

She does ... but walks away sort of shaking her head.

I find my way to the browser. At the top of the news is:

“Five Things to Know for Your New Day — Friday, April 18.”

Sounded like a guide to a good new day, but guess what I got.

1. Missing plane

2. South Korea Ferry

3. Kansas City Shooter

4. Ukraine Crisis

5. Nobel Laureate Death

The missing plane is Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that vanished into the Indian Ocean a month ago. Next came the ferry sinking which, as of Friday, had 28 dead and 270, mostly teenagers, missing. On this side of the world, Kansas City police had arrested a man whose sport was shooting at people on the interstate. On the other side of the world was the Ukraine where half the country wants to return to Russia and the other half says no way.

That one is deadly, too. People are getting shot to death over there.

Don’t get me wrong here.

I’m not making light of a missing airplane or a ferry or an idiot who uses innocent people for target practice.

What I am saying is the news we mostly “use” is depressing. Friday, it sure put a pain on my egg-gravy-biscuit. A gray and dreary day hanging out in Jack’s parking lot sort of fit “Five Things to Know for Your (my) New Day.”

It occurred to me that the Internet news has joined TV and the print media in ambulance chasing. No good news today.

On the way back to the house, I slipped Anne Murray into the stereo and searched for her “No Good News Today.” And wondered what the day would be like if ...

“Nobody robbed a liquor store on the lower part of town,

“Nobody OD'ed, nobody burned a single buildin' down,

“Nobody fired a shot in anger, nobody had to die in vain,

“We sure could use a little good news today.”

There had to be some good news out there somewhere and an idle thought sort of lifted me up a wee bit.

I was out driving on a Good Friday heading for an Easter Morning, both commemorative of about as good a news as this old world has ever seen. I found “The Old Rugged Cross” on another CD.

Felt better.

The fact son-and-heir had probably paid his mom half the Visa charge and she never told me, well, it didn’t seem all that important.

Have a good day and don’t go to sleep on the pastor’s story of life eternal and how to get there.

Which really is good news ...

George Smith can be reached at 256-239-5286 or email: gsmith731@gmail.com