New (helpful) feature for readers who use Amazon

My sister and I are voracious readers, most of them Kindle books bought from Amazon. One thing I do often is search for the remaining books in a series written by a favorite author. Sometimes I also check the author's page to see if there are other earlier or later series by that author. What's … Continue reading New (helpful) feature for readers who use Amazon

Need to self-quarantine? Coastal Maine is the place to be

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/in-coastal-maine-the-perfect-pace-for-self-quarantining/2020/07/30/6fb350f6-cc41-11ea-bc6a-6841b28d9093_story.html? In coastal Maine, the perfect pace for self-quarantining The so-called "Dead Man's Cove" in front of the cabin where the author self-quarantined in New Harbor, Maine. (Pat Nicklin/For The Washington Post) By Walter Nicklin July 31, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. EDT It’s been an annual ritual for longer than I care to admit: summer … Continue reading Need to self-quarantine? Coastal Maine is the place to be

Cruise industry’s tiptoe into reopening already a disaster

When even the professional sports teams trying to perform without live audiences can't stay virus-free despite every effort, what in the world makes the cruise industry believe they can operate safely now? https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/03/two-cruise-ships-hit-by-coronavirus-weeks-after-industry-restarts Two cruise ships hit by coronavirus weeks after industry restarts Outbreaks of Covid-19 recorded on MS Roald Amundsen in Norway and the … Continue reading Cruise industry’s tiptoe into reopening already a disaster

Single-use plastics a big part of the COVID-19 world

Unfortunately the emphasis on protecting ourselves from the virus, often with plastic, has already showed up in downstream waste. We're using disposable masks, gloves, and shopping bags yes -- but going to restaurants will produce even more single use items as nobody will wish to share something that was touched by another. This is a … Continue reading Single-use plastics a big part of the COVID-19 world

16 best pandemic books, fiction and nonfiction

If you're in the mood for reading material set in times similar to these, here's your list. https://bookriot.com/best-pandemic-books/ The 16 Best Pandemic Books, Fiction And Nonfiction Sarah S. Davis Jul 30, 2020 Some people want an escape from the COVID crisis, while others might want to dive in a little deeper to find out more … Continue reading 16 best pandemic books, fiction and nonfiction

Hugo awards announced at online ceremony hosted by George R.R. Martin

Winners of this award are always worth reading. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/aug/01/arkady-martine-wins-hugo-for-best-novel-as-george-rr-martin-hosts-online-ceremony Arkady Martine wins Hugo for best novel, as George RR Martin hosts online ceremony Debut novelist wins world’s top prize in science fiction for A Memory Called Empire, with Jeannette Ng and Neil Gaiman landing other categories ‘An especially sharp honour’ ... Arkady Martine Photograph: Karen … Continue reading Hugo awards announced at online ceremony hosted by George R.R. Martin

Spectacular a cappella concerts weekly from London — 10 for $100

Have listened to the first of these which is sung in space that simply couldn't be bettered for a cappella choral performances. Lest that drive you away, not all of this is spiritually based but all of it makes the hair on my arms stand on end. Beautifully filmed also. Am hoping this first concert … Continue reading Spectacular a cappella concerts weekly from London — 10 for $100

What additional protection does one get from a face shield?

from Washington Post's Coronavirus Update email of July 29, 2020 “What additional protection does a face shield provide if I’m also wearing a mask (e.g., on a plane)?" — Laura in D.C. There hasn't been much research on the benefits of face shields for the general public, but many experts believe they offer at least … Continue reading What additional protection does one get from a face shield?

A highly diverse list of fantasies — only familiar with one

This BookRiot list hits the jackpot. I haven't read any of them and only one looks vaguely familiar. Enjoy. 9 Diverse Fantasy Books That Will Challenge Your Idea of Fantasy Fiction Troy L. Wiggins Jul 22, 2015 Fantasy recommendation lists are characterized by their safety. Curious newcomers to the genre, having enjoyed their sample of … Continue reading A highly diverse list of fantasies — only familiar with one

I am not a spammer

I am having an absolutely dreadful time with Gmail treating my occasional emails to a relatively small group as SPAM. I'm highly offended but left with little choice than to try to shrink the size of the list to a size that's acceptable to Google. I have no recourse. Ironic beyond measure while watching the … Continue reading I am not a spammer

How to be a good friend during these hard times

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/28/smarter-living/coronavirus-how-to-check-in-with-a-friend.html? In a perfect world, when you’re checking in with someone who’s struggling, you’d have your conversation together in a calm, private setting. Phones and devices would be silenced and stashed out of sight. Food and drinks tend to put people at ease, so you’d nosh on snacks or sip a beverage together, too. But … Continue reading How to be a good friend during these hard times