The people who want to keep masking: ‘It’s like an invisibility cloak’ | US news | The Guardian

More than a year into the pandemic, some people prefer to keep wearing their face mask – even outdoors in public

Julia Carrie Wong in San Francisco @juliacarriew, Mon 10 May 2021 06.00 EDT

Women wear face masks and sunglasses outdoors in public. Some are reluctant to give up the face covering. Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters

She’s been fully vaccinated for three weeks, but Francesca, a 46-year-old professor, does not plan to abandon the face mask that she’s come to view as a kind of “invisibility cloak” just yet.

“Maybe it’s because I’m a New Yorker or maybe it’s because I always feel like I have to present my best self to the world, but it has been such a relief to feel anonymous,” she said. “It’s like having a force field around me that says ‘don’t see me’.”

Source: The people who want to keep masking: ‘It’s like an invisibility cloak’ | US news | The Guardian

Motherhood and the Military | Library of Congress

Photo by Keira Burton on Pexels.com

Title: Motherhood and the Military

Summary: The Motherhood in the Military panel discussion, sponsored by the Veterans History Project, explores the dual roles of mother and soldier through the personal experiences of four service connected women.

This event encourages women veterans to contribute their oral histories to the national collections of the Library of Congress.

Event Date May 06, 2021, Running Time 1 hours 4 minutes 33 seconds Online Format, video image

Citation: (2021) Motherhood and the Military. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/webcast-9783/.

Source: Motherhood and the Military | Library of Congress

Click & Grow 25 Indoor Garden Brings Growing Into Your Kitchen

By John Biggs, Tuesday 5:30PM

Photo: Click & Grow

Click & Grow 25 is the latest project by former orchestra conductor Mattias Lepp who felt that the idea of indoor gardens—essentially, a farmer’s market in a box—would be just the tool for staving off future food shortages.

His company, founded in 2009, raised $11 million in 2018 to develop new materials and hardware technologies for indoor gardens.

Now, he and the Click & Grow team are taking the tools they used to build large-scale gardens and bringing them into the home.

Source: Click & Grow 25 Indoor Garden Brings Growing Into Your Kitchen

Still on track at 50: Amtrak celebrates a half-century of operation – The Washington Post

By Justin Franz May 7, 2021 at 5:00 a.m. PDT

Amtrak’s Empire Builder crosses the Two Medicine River near East Glacier Park, Mont. The mountains of Glacier National Park loom in the distance. (Justin Franz/For The Washngton Post)

There are faster ways for me to get to Portland, Ore., or Seattle from my home in Montana’s Flathead Valley, not far from Glacier National Park.

Alaska Airlines offers multiple flights a day to either city that can get me there in less time than it would take to watch the in-flight movie.

But if I have the time to spare, I will take Amtrak.

Source: Still on track at 50: Amtrak celebrates a half-century of operation – The Washington Post

Hydroponic Gardening Offers a Space-Saving Way to Grow Your Own Food | WIRED

Lia Picard Gear, 05.08.2021 07:00 AM

Today’s home kits are stylish, smart, and easier to use than ever. Here’s how to get started.

Courtesy of Rise Gardens

We all became homesteaders during the pandemic.

The inability to leave home and disruptions to the food supply chain led a lot people to plant gardens to grow their own food.

Upon flexing their green thumbs, though, many found that gardening comes with its own set of issues, from vermin to seasonal shifts.

But what if there was a way to bypass those vexations? Say hello to home hydroponics.

Source: Hydroponic Gardening Offers a Space-Saving Way to Grow Your Own Food | WIRED

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