One of the wonderful benefits of the Internet is the access it allows to a wide range of articles, videos, etc., on many, many subjects. One could spend, for example, an hour a day just reading articles on say the Boston Red Sox, much more than was previously available on one’s local sports page where there might be only a few lines and a box score.
Now that I have more leisure to follow my interests (not only the Red Sox, but as you know from MillersTime, escapes and pleasures, family and friends, local, national and global issues, etc.), I come across numerous articles each week that I never would have seen prior to the advent of the Internet and my own retirement from my professional life.
Some of these articles I mention on the website, and some of you have written that you appreciate these links as you never would have seen the article(s) otherwise. But there are many more ‘articles’ I find and read/watch, etc. that don’t necessarily fit into a blog post.
The thought occurred to me that perhaps once a week, perhaps more irregularly than that, I could simply post links to a half dozen or so articles on a variety of topics, that might have interest for MillersTime readers. I’m not sure if this ‘addition’ to the website will pan out over time nor exactly into what form it may morph. (For example, I might include original writing from folks who want a place to post something they have written.)
As I ‘launch’ this addition, I encourage you to send me links to articles, etc. that you finding of interest to you, and I can consider adding those into the ones I identify. As always, I am interested in points of view that may be different from the ones I often express on the website.
Think broadly, articles can be about any topic at all — parenting, aging, sports, books, films, entertainment, travel, local, national, international issues, etc. Whatever you come across that has particular meaning for you may have interest for other readers too.
You can send me an email (Samesty84@gmail.com) with a link to the article, or you can post the link in the Comment section of the most recent list of “Articles of Interest,” my temporary title for this new feature. But I welcome alternative suggestions as to what to call this part of MillersTime.
For the moment, I will ‘house’ “Articles of Interest” in the Misc section of the website, tho if it seems to take hold, I might add a separate section for it on the website.
For Articles of Interest.1, consider the following:
1. When to Buy a Plane Ticket , an article in NYTimes, Travel Section, April 15 that gives some guidance on when prices may be the best for your future travel.
2. Unsinkable, by Daniel Mendelsohn in the April 16th New Yorker, where in Mendelsohn writes about “Why we can’t let go of the Titantic,” and why we love the good ship and its story.
3. The Internet Is My Religion, a 12-minute talk/video by/of Jim Gilliam at a PDF conference a year ago. I think I posted a link to this earlier, but since I can’t get into all of my archives at the moment, I’m reposting it because I think it is a powerful personal story about humanity connected.
4. Liberals and Conservatives Don’t Just Vote Differently, They Think Differently. Author Chris Mooney is an admitted liberal and a journalist who focuses on science in politics. As I’ve written earlier, I am on a quest to understand why and how good folks can disagree on politics and religion.
5. A Veteran’s Death, the Nation’s Shame, Nicholas Kristoff, NYTimes, April 15. Kristoff writes, “Veterans kill themselves at a rate of one every 80 minutes. More than 6,500 veterans suicides are logged every year – more than the total number of soldiers killed in Afghanistan and Iraq combined since those wars began.”
6. Finally, three related articles on some of the latest research, thinking, and writing on issues of mental illness.
“The Epidemic of Mental Illness – Why,” Part I of a two part series by Marica Angell, M.D. in the NY Review of Books, June 23, 2011. Angell is a Senior Lecturer in Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and former Editor in Chief of The New England Journal of Medicine.
“The Illusions of Pyschiatry,” Part II of Marcia Angell’s NY Review Books articles. Part II was published July 14, 2011.
“The Illusions of Psychiatry’: An Exchange , NY Review of Books, Aug. 18, 2011, where in Angell’s previous two articles are critiqued, and she responds.