Everything you need/want to know about Wordle

Wordle, the Viral Word Game: What Is It, How Do You Play and Tricks to Impress Your Friends Everything you need to know about the online game that has taken the internet by storm The once-a-day word game Wordle was created by Josh Wardle, a New York software engineer who made a prototype in 2013 … Continue reading Everything you need/want to know about Wordle

“How I quit Prime and survived”

How I quit Prime and survived It turns out, one can live in America and not have an Amazon Prime account. Derek Abella By Shira Ovide I quit Prime. And it’s fine. As I noted in Wednesday’s newsletter, this makes me an oddball. Nearly 98 percent of Americans who are members of Amazon’s shopping club … Continue reading “How I quit Prime and survived”

NYT’s WireCutter staff say these are the best things they bought this year (need a gift idea anyone?)

This is such a fun list as it's not what people Think they'd like -- it's what they Know they liked. Moreover, since this is (after all) my blog, I love that several of these are items, or variations of items that I use regularly myself. But I can't help wondering how much these staffers … Continue reading NYT’s WireCutter staff say these are the best things they bought this year (need a gift idea anyone?)

New lifestyles for older people who find new love

http://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/16/well/family/older-singles-living-apart-LAT.html Older Singles Have Found a New Way to Partner Up: Living Apart Fearing that a romantic attachment in later life will lead to full-time caregiving, many couples are choosing commitment without sharing a home. Jill Spoon, 73, has lived in her Manhattan apartment since 1970. She and her partner are among those “living apart together,” … Continue reading New lifestyles for older people who find new love

Packaging designs so clever that they’re impossible to ignore

https://theappear.com/article/fb/111323883/packaging-designs-so-clever-theyre-impossible-to-ignore/ Packaging Designs So Clever Theyre Impossible To IgnoreBy Andrew Parker - November 9, 2021 The world is full of wasted opportunities: pennies on the ground we see but don’t pick up, people we care about but never have the courage to ask out, careers we want to pursue but are too afraid to chase. … Continue reading Packaging designs so clever that they’re impossible to ignore

How employers can get workers back into office

https://www.wsj.com/articles/boss-get-remote-workers-back-office-11635531138?mod=hp_lead_pos7 How Bosses Can Lure Remote Workers Back to the Office Sure, companies can insist. But there are also things they can do that will make employees want to return. By Alexandra SamuelOct. 30, 2021 10:00 am ET There is a magical land where the temperature is always 72 degrees, the Wi-Fi never goes down, and … Continue reading How employers can get workers back into office

A scintilating biography about a pioneer of pottery offers unexpected pleasures

I'm of the generation that still bought and used bone china and silverware. I always marveled at the translucency of a plate. Others in my family still have collections of Wedgwood objects and cameos. How marvelous to find this delightful biography. http://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/24/books/review-radical-potter-josiah-wedgwood-tristram-hunt.html A Transporting and Cozy Biography of a Pottery Pioneer By Alexandra Jacobs Oct. 24, … Continue reading A scintilating biography about a pioneer of pottery offers unexpected pleasures

NY Times crossword puzzles get a workout before publication

http://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/17/insider/taking-the-times-crossword-out-for-a-test-solve.html Taking the Times Crossword Out for a Test Solve The New York Times · by Steven Moity · October 17, 2021 Times Insider A meticulous team reviews the crossword, vetting each clue and answer because “there is no such thing as a neutral word.” Credit...By Jimmy Simpson ByOct. 17, 2021, 5:00 a.m. ET Times Insider explains who we are … Continue reading NY Times crossword puzzles get a workout before publication

Grocery shortages to be expected due to supply chain disruptions arising from COVID

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2021/10/15/grocery-shortage-toilet-paper-coffee-chicken-hard-find/8455259002/ Grocery store shelves bare? These products may be hard to find due to supply chain issues Naomi LudlowUSA TODAYAD0:10SKIPhttps://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.485.1_en.html#goog_287816022https://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.485.1_en.html#goog_1039038476 Can't find what you need at the store again? You're not alone.  As the world reaches the two-year mark of the COVID-19 pandemic, more items are becoming scarce because of a supply chain shortage across the … Continue reading Grocery shortages to be expected due to supply chain disruptions arising from COVID

The great bridge boycott — it’s not a game without intrigue

I played contract bridge often during college. The "cool guys" were the ones sitting at the tables leaning back with a cigarette held lazily, infallibly calling out the right bids and playing the unexpected cards. (yeah, this was awhile ago) I always loved the intellectual challenge and took to it more than chess. So this … Continue reading The great bridge boycott — it’s not a game without intrigue

What U.S. churches say during sermons

What American Christians Hear at Church Drawing on newly ubiquitous online services, Pew has tried to catalogue the subject matter of contemporary sermons. By Casey Cep October 7, 2021 "Now that I have preached about a dozen sermons I find I am repeating myself,” a young minister wrote despairingly in his diary in 1915. He was … Continue reading What U.S. churches say during sermons