78% of American voters can cast ballots by mail this fall

This article contains a wonderful map showing which states allow voting by mail aka absentee voting. Do click thru. https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/politics/vote-by-mail-states/? At least 78% of American voters can cast ballots by mail in the fall The coronavirus pandemic is set to change the way millions of Americans can vote in November, as states expand access to … Continue reading 78% of American voters can cast ballots by mail this fall

Useful apps for the older set

https://www.considerable.com/health/aging/best-apps-people-over-fifty/ 10 apps that everyone over 50 should have on their phone Want to change your life for the better? There’s an app for that. byStephanie Thurrott•August 2, 2020 If you want to make a change in your life, chances are there’s an app that can help. Want to see better? Wake up feeling rested? … Continue reading Useful apps for the older set

“Catnip Nation” gliding into our living rooms

This lovely documentary fell into the COVID-19 pit. It's now beginning to be streamed. Keep an eye out. https://katzenworld.co.uk/2020/02/13/catnip-nation-director-tina-traster-talks-about-why-she-made-the-film/ “There are about as many feral cats in the United States as there are pet cats. So that would put them anywhere from 70 to 90 million.” Kathleen O’Malley, Director of TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) Education, NYC Feral … Continue reading “Catnip Nation” gliding into our living rooms

What is the function of Apple’s App Store? Tim Cook answered Congress

https://www.inc.com/jason-aten/apples-ceo-made-this-extraordinary-statement-about-companys-most-controversial-product.html Apple's CEO Made This Extraordinary Statement About the Company's Most Controversial Product Is the App Store a product or a feature? By Jason Aten, Tech columnist@jasonaten Tim Cook, Apple CEO. The biggest tech news this week is the antitrust hearing before Congress that involved the CEOs of four of the largest tech companies in … Continue reading What is the function of Apple’s App Store? Tim Cook answered Congress

Best audiobooks, chosen by authors

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/aug/02/now-youre-talking-the-best-audiobooks-chosen-by-writers Now you're talking! The best audiobooks, chosen by writers Memoirs, mysteries and coming-of-age stories are lifted by a powerful voice – that of a great actor, or the writer in full reveal. Here, 15 artists and critics pick their favourite audiobooks Alex Preston on the rise of the audiobook Sun 2 Aug 2020 04.00 EDT … Continue reading Best audiobooks, chosen by authors

No cat owner will be surprised

I've been sharing my home with two nominally Abyssinian cats, only one of which had the true breed personality. He was my guardian, my companion, my protection. He was always present. He died last month rather suddenly. I knew how important he was to surviving this period -- or thought I did. What a huge … Continue reading No cat owner will be surprised

Will live concerts survive?

Nobody wants to acknowledge the facts, but the economics behind live theater and concerts is going to make future live performances more or less impossible in a time of social distancing. This is just one report of a discussion. https://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/coronavirus-blog/2020/08/01/will-live-music-concerts-survive-the-pandemic-? Will Live Music Concerts Survive the Pandemic? By Lydia Hu New York CityPUBLISHED 6:00 AM ET Aug. … Continue reading Will live concerts survive?

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

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

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