They do the hard work for you

Is e-mail becoming obsolete? Some believe that, but there are e-mail newsletters that continue to do the hard work of curation for us. Here are a few I have been enjoying recently:

Everything Changes from the Awl— the theme changes, the frequency changes. You never know what to expect. This week there is a list of “tiny kindnesses” that people noticed. Here are a couple:



Make Your Point — to improve your vocabulary. I posted about this in January.

The Daily Pnut — a daily update of important news, curated for you, from sites like BBC, NYT, the Atlantic,

Elevator Grooves — the name here is still “Sweet Chili” but it’s now called “Elevator Grooves” and is from the Daily Pnut people, a weekly collection of songs you may not have heard. A couple of weeks ago I found some great Cuban music I didn’t know about thanks to them, and was reminded about how perfect for this time of year the Buena Vista Social Club is. The same day I was playing their music again, after forgetting about them for years, this documentary happened to be on TV. Kismet.

If you love animals…

The Dodo is a website “for animal people”. If you love animals, you’ll find videos in three different categories: pets, farm animals, and wild animals.

Here’s the video I saw on Twitter yesterday that made me want to visit the site:

And speaking of shelter dogs, there’s a TV show on in the US called “Downward Dog”. Here’s the trailer. We can’t watch the series on the ABC site over here because of annoying international rights agreements, but maybe it’ll show up on Netflix Japan or Hulu Japan, if you’re using either of those to stream TV and movies.

Teach your children well

Here’s a good story about educational videos and programs, and why it’s important to find out what your audience needs and wants. This story includes an article, an audio clip with transcript, and a few short videos.

“When Elmo And Big Bird Talk To Refugees”

(from NPR, 5/5/17)

The goal of this new Sesame Street content is to

‘ “bolster children’s resiliency” as well as improve their language, math and early reading skills.’

And to help children think about inclusivity and in

“understanding that they have big feelings and that there are things they can do to manage those feelings or emotions.”

This makes me think of a folk song from 1969 or 1970: “Teach Your Children” by Crosby, Stills and Nash. Here’s a live version. (lyrics)