Audiobooks aren't just entertainment — they're essential for the visually impaired

The Library of Congress’s National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled has been producing books on tape (literally, they were on reel to reel) and other formats of audiobooks for the blind and others who have problems reading for decades. Altho many of the books do provide pure pleasure, many of the items … Continue reading Audiobooks aren't just entertainment — they're essential for the visually impaired

What I'm reading now and will be opening soon

Am still forced to spend a great deal of my time at home so reading is an essential pursuit. Have temporarily added HBO to my perennial NetFlix and Amazon Prime. Focusing on the series proprietary to that network. But reading is crucial. On hand from the Kindle Unlimited program: The Secret, Book & Scone Society … Continue reading What I'm reading now and will be opening soon

Things you may not know about kittens

But before I go there, did you know a group of cats is called a glaring. So suitable somehow. 15 Facts About Kittens That Might Surprise Even Long-Time Cat Lovers by Amber King 3 Comments I’m pretty sure it’s a scientific fact that no human being can resist a kitten. Those little toes! The big … Continue reading Things you may not know about kittens

As coronavirus moves toward U.S., our lack of preparation is showing

This is just an example of what the U.S. is not doing to prepare for the scale of contagion that may arrive with coronavirus. As usual with agencies and departments benefiting ordinary people, the budgets have been slashed, the scientific staff has been far more than decimated, and no forethought is being given to disasters … Continue reading As coronavirus moves toward U.S., our lack of preparation is showing

Caffeine and aspirin — the two major drugs that we consume carelessly

https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/books/2020/02/13/caffeine-explained-michael-pollan-audible-audiobook/4746432002/ 5 things we learned about caffeine from Michael Pollan’s new Audible audiobook Chances are you’re a drug addict. It’s OK – most of us are. In fact, about 90% of people in the U.S. ingest your likely drug of choice. That drug, of course, is caffeine, the world’s most popular, most socially accepted psychoactive … Continue reading Caffeine and aspirin — the two major drugs that we consume carelessly

How did the New York Times book list become the measure of success?

This question can be raised in many other field where a single measure has become predominant even where no longer the most relevant. For now (at least), the New York Times lists are decent measures of the overall book market despite not fully accounting for ebooks or for sales at independent booksellers. It's not a … Continue reading How did the New York Times book list become the measure of success?