Fantastic Source for COVID “State of Play”

If you like to stay on top of the facts and details about the state of our battle against COVID, and like an emphasis on logic and science, here is a fantastic resource. Dr. Jordan Shlain, a San Francisco-based physician, has been writing a series of "Dispatches" about COVID and what is happening on the front lines. You … Read more

Echo Show Experiences – Mom and Daughter

We're now on day two of having Echo Show up and running at my home in Minnesota, and my Mom's home in Texas. Initially, I was concerned that I would have to walk my decidedly not-techie sister-in-law through setting up Alexa on someome's phone in order to take advantage of the bluetooth setup aspects. Thankfully, … Read more

Amazon Echo Show: What I Use it For

About a year ago, my wife and I were on a Facetime call with my son and his family who are far away in Tennessee.  Two grandsons crowded to be seen on the iPhone screen while the third grandson sat on his dad's lap. Due to the close quarters, when the little fellow lept up excitedly … Read more

Best Video Call Technology

Now that we are all “sheltering in place”, finding ways to interact virtually with people from our homes has rocketed up people’s priority list. We have had quite a few emails now from people wanting to know the best way to have video calls with their family and friends. Here are some thoughts to help … Read more

Groceries in the time of COVID: Ideas?

Because of the "stay at home order", my project at this time is helping to get groceries to residents in our community who live alone, do not drive, and are not tech savvy.  It is surprising how many are in this group. Currently I'm placing their orders on my account. The order is delivered to me, … Read more

Hang out with friends, even if they’re miles away

At my startup, we started using free virtual office software called Pragli ( It's awesome because it makes us feel like we're working from the same room, even though we are miles apart. This got me thinking — why can't seniors use Pragli as a free tool to hang out with friends, even when they're not in … Read more

Power out

Whenmpower is out there is no phone, email , text on iPhone or home phone. What to do in emergency?

Guided Travels in VR (virtual reality)

I recently experienced the Oculus Quest virtual reality (VR) headset. The quality of the VR experience is superb, fully immersive. It is easy to use for a retired techie like myself, but will be challenging for someone who is not familiar with it  (there are so many older adults who didn't work in "the tech … Read more

Challenge: finding a bra that works

Better Bra for Older Women

For plus size older women, it is impossible to find a bra that is easy to put on (ie front-closing, preferably a sturdy zipper rather than hooks), has cap sleeves so that straps do not create constant shoulder abrasions, is cut high to actually offer support to the whole breast, has good back support, and … Read more