- Reality Check: Practical Tools for Finding the Truth
- Media-Induced Ignorance & How to Neutralize It
- 5 Things You Can Do to Get Positive Political Results in a Soul-Numbing, Negative Media World (w/ links to tools & resources)
- The Truth Finder: 3 Questions & Lots of Links to Help You Distinguish Fact from Fiction
Saturday, September 19, 2020
Sunday, August 23, 2020
Times are tough right now. And we're all struggling to find a little happiness amidst a pandemic, wild and unpredictable weather events, a polarized presidential election, all sorts of nastiness from media talking heads and, sadly, sniping among friends in our social media. So how can we find happiness amidst this chaos?
Strange but true: Scientists believe that happiness is a skill that can be learned... and like any skill, with practice, you can get better and better at it! Check out this three-part series of articles (loaded with links to free stuff!) from the archives and learn how you can learn the skill of being happy. Enjoy!
More Articles About Feeling Good
- Overwhelmed by Angst? “Spit on Your Hands & Get Busy!” (Including a Quick Start Guide to Banishing Angst)
- 5 Reasons Everyone Should Get a Regular "Tune-Up" from a Physical Therapist (1 of 2)
- 5 Specific Steps to Get Your Physical Therapy "Tune-Up" (2 of 2) [worksheet included]
- Exercise Your Right Brain & Improve Your Life with Art Lessons from Artyfactory.com [Video Tour Included]
- A Lesson from the Humble Pelican: Find Your Unique Mission, Then Soar!
Friday, July 24, 2020
Get award-winning movies & TV shows, audio books, graphic novels, & ebooks FREE (no ads!) from your local library.
Your Golden Ticket: A Free Library Card
Libby: The Reading (and Audio Book) App
- Libby App Preview (video)
- Libby Academy YouTube Channel (video collection)
- Libby Audiobooks, Tip & Tricks - Deerfield Library eTutor (video)
- Getting Started with Libby (web page)
Kanopy: Great Movies, Documentaries & Hard-to-Find Films
This is the app for film buffs, self-directed learners and popcorn-on-the-couch movie fans! You can use it on all all of your mobile devices or fire up that big, beautiful TV and stream HD through your Roku app or Chromecast.
The San Francisco Public Library summarizes: "Kanopy is an award-winning, on-demand streaming video platform for public libraries and universities that offers access to more than 30,000 independent and documentary films ─ titles of unique social and cultural value from The Criterion Collection, The Great Courses, Media Education Foundation, and thousands of independent filmmakers." - SF Public Library FAQ
- Kanopy Review (A video overview from Tek411)
- Kanopy: Free Feature Films and Documentaries (video... examples of how to get started & use on different devices from Mobile Public Library)
- Kanopy App Tutorial (how-to video, using Kanopy on a smartphone from Attleboro Public Library)
- Kanopy website (Slick and beautiful! Browse the Kanopy collection here.)
Hoopla: All of the Above, Plus Music, TV Shows & Graphic Novels
From the Hoopla website: "Hoopla is a groundbreaking digital media service offered by your local public library that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics [graphic novels] and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV!"
Think of it this way: Hoopla provides the same categories of media as Libby and Kanopy, plus music, TV shows and graphic novels! What's more, it has a special Kids section with loads of boredom killers for your kids. While it's available via an app on all your portable devices, you can also stream the treasures you find via the Roku app, Chromecast, Fire, Apple TV & other devices.
- Hoopla - The Best FREE Movie & TV Service You Need to Know About (Legal) (video from Cord Cutters News)
- Hoopla Digital YouTube Channel
- Hoopla Tutorials (playlist from Hoopla Digital YouTube channel)
* The number of media items you can borrow in a given period (week, month, etc.) will vary depending on your library's rules and the contract restrictions placed on them by Kanopy or Hoopla. Libby automatically limits your downloads based on your library's rules.
** Don't have a library card?
I hear you! I was raised in the country, far from the many libraries that are easily accessible to us city folk. However, as a country kid I learned, much to my delight, that many nearby cities, counties or even larger state regions allow people to use their libraries free of charge, as neighbors and citizens of those broader areas. What's more, some local college and university libraries have community outreach programs that allow the public to use their services. So... If you don't have a library nearby, do a Google search for "closest public library" and see what you find. It may be worth a bit of a road trip to get hooked up with a shiny new library card and, in turn, one of the free services described here. (But don't forget to call ahead & tell them what you are looking for.) Good luck!
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- Ten Podcasts that Can Challenge You, Irritate You & Deepen Your Understanding of Current Events
- Bored passively consuming content? Feeling anxious? Maybe it's time to create something!