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

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

Cuddling with your partner has the same positive impact as cuddling with your cat or dog

I'm vastly amused by this article given the huge body of material out showing the positive benefits of owning a cat or dog. Both of those animals do many things to please or entertain, but certainly one of them is to cuddle occasionally. With all the research showing how that benefits their human companions, how … Continue reading Cuddling with your partner has the same positive impact as cuddling with your cat or dog

How much sleep do you need? And can you catch up on the weekend?

This article doesn't contain much that's new but it's always good to be reminded of the obvious -- adults need to sleep 7-9 hours a night, sleeping less than 5 hours a night makes you less effective, and you can't catch up on lost sleep by sleeping in -- but it's well presented and a … Continue reading How much sleep do you need? And can you catch up on the weekend?