Timely nuggets of information and ideas we want to share with you.
The VOTE mask has two benefits – it will protect COVID from spreading and it will remind people who see it to vote in November. Recent elections show that many Americans have lost sight of how fortunate we are to live in a democracy. In the 2012 and 2016 presidential elections the voter turnout was 54.9% and 55.5% respectively of the voting age population. Make your preferences count by voting on November 3, 2020!
The mask has a double layer of cotton and an insert pocket for additional filter. It has a nose wire and is machine washable. $20.20 each.
ASE subscriber Alison O. told me about Narrative Magazine. Narrative Magazine is a not-for-profit whose mission since 2003 is to ‘advance literature in the digital age by supporting the finest writing talent and encourage reading across generations’. It publishes new literature-fiction, poetry and non-fiction- by celebrated and emerging authors, and it is provided free to readers. They have a $4,000 Narrative Prize they award annually for the best short story, novel excerpt, poem, one-act play, graphic story or work of literary nonfiction published by a new or emerging writer in Narrative. They hold a high school essay contest for ages fifteen to eighteen, and host several other awards. There is something for every reader here.
I am drinking more coffee than usual because our kids quarantining with us love it, can drink it all day and make a delicious morning cup of coffee for me. Here is a new coffee recommendation I recently read about. Amazon’s Go for the Bold Dark Roast and Medium Roast coffee is apparently quite good. The reviewer liked it better than Starbucks and as much as Pete’s, and it’s much cheaper. It comes in ground or whole bean, and in 2 lb. or 12 oz. bags. A 2 lb. bag of ground coffee or whole bean is $15.49. A 12 oz. bag of ground coffee is $5.99. My in-house baristas are choosy about what coffee they drink so I can’t wait to try this one out on them.
VidHug is a site on which friends can create a montage of short video messages to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, graduation – or whatever meaningful event you want to mark. In these challenging times without travel and large gatherings – VidHug is a wonderful gift.
One person sets up and manages the VidHug and invites other to post their video messages. It is easy to contribute a video – click to begin, say what you want to say – review your video contribution – and post it. One VidHug of up to 50 minutes is $15.