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Marovato is a family-owned business providing one-pot meals (along with many other delicious products) from the Puglia region of Italy.  The meals are pasta with flavorings and vegetables.  They are vacuum-packed and couldn’t be easier to prepare.  They offer several One-Pot Meal Bundle Packs with three selections for $18.99, or you can purchase the meals separately for $7.99 -$8.99.  Try Cavatelli with Porcini Mushrooms, Fregola with Curry and Raisins, Linguine Puttanesca, Orecchiette with Broccoli, Risotto “Messina” Eggplant & Pea, and many, many more. Just add the salad and Italian bread.


A data analyst, Sam Learner, created the app River Runner It is a wonderful interactive map that follows your (imaginary) raindrop’s path from wherever you drop it on the U.S. map, down rivers and streams to see where it ends up. Join your raindrop as it makes its way to the ocean or other large bodies of water. Choose a place in the contiguous US and the map will carry you along the creeks and rivers that flow from that place until you reach the ocean. You are flying just above your raindrop as if you are a drone so you get a photo-realistic aerial view.  You pass over towns and farms, ponds, streams, and lots more.  It is amazing.


This extra light travel umbrella was a successful Kickstarter project and now gets rave reviews on Amazon.  I hate to add a travel umbrella to my pocketbook because it usually is heavy and takes up too much space.  The Brolly Tube solves both problems.  It weighs only 3 oz. and is 17.5 times stronger than steel and five times lighter.  It is 8.1”H x 1.6” L x 1.6” W.  It dries very quickly after getting wet. It has a WindBrace structure that allows the umbrella to bend upward when the wind is too strong so that the umbrella isn’t damaged.  $18.99.


There are forty-two finalists in the BBC 2021 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards.  The photographs are fabulous and very funny, to include the above yawning baboon.