Alarms for Medical Devices

I hope doctors, hospital administrators, and medical device manufacturers are paying attention to To Reduce Hospital Noise, Researchers Create Alarms That Whistle and Sing [https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/09/science/alarm-fatigue-hospitals.html]. Yoko Sen, an electronic musician, observed after a hospital stay > “Unnecessary noise is the cruelest absence…

Grover Cleveland

> Since 1980, Sharon Farrell has been the caretaker of the Grover Cleveland Birthplace in Caldwell, N.J., about 20 miles west of Manhattan. > “We’re across the street from the Dunkin’ Donuts. That’s how you find us,” Ms. Farrell said, noting that schoolchildren see photos of the rotund Cleveland…

Unplug: Only $1200

> A German spa hotel will let you cut off all Wi-Fi and cellular signals in your room, so you can live in the moment http://t.co/04NEVz4XoU — Co.Exist (@FastCoExist) July 3, 2015 [https://twitter.com/FastCoExist/status/616877343462834176] I first heard of Villa Stephanie in [an editorial in…

A Nod to Slow Communication

Gregory Doran, artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, in this morning's New York Times [http://nyti.ms/1HhEMBn]. > I don’t do any of the social media. It’s the casual gossip element of it that I’m not interested in. I have very close friends…

Literary Idolatry

The New York Times writes today of the discovery of the bones of Cervantes and the hold that the burial places of famous writers have on people [http://nyti.ms/194H37t]. I'm one of those who have made a number of literary pilgrimages and hope to make a number more—…

Beard on Bread

I was pleased to see Michael Nischan, himself a two-time recipient of the James Beard award, give a shout-out to James Beard in this morning's New York Times [http://nyti.ms/1wP6FtN] > And James Beard’s book Beard on Bread, I go back to constantly. You feel you are reading…

Pico Iyer on Stillness

In Healthy Body, Unhealthy Mind [http://nyti.ms/1vIQFsU], an op-ed at The New York Times, Pico Iyer tells how regular doctor visits prompted him to undertake an exercise program as he aged. He recounts a friend's reaction to his news with this brilliant image > I proudly reported this breakthrough…

Now that's planning ahead

Kate Murphy on Nir Barzilai at The New York Times [http://nyti.ms/1sDsfWk]— > But also there’s evidence that people with Alzheimer’s respond well to music they know. I’m preparing my Alzheimer’s playlist, which will include the first song I remember hearing in English, Tom Jones’…