Monday, March 30, 2015

Institute of Museum and Library Services

Do you enjoy visiting your local libraries and museums?  Did you know that many of the special displays or services you've enjoyed might have been funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)?  "The mission of IMLS is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. We provide leadership through research, policy development, and grant making:"

While you may depend on your local library or museum to enrich your life, they depend on the IMLS to help them do it.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Radio and TV Stations

If your favorite radio station never seems to pause for "station identification," you can likely still identify it by searching on this site provided by the Federal Communications Commission:

You can search for stations within a specific state or city, and near the bottom of the page you can even search for stations located within a certain geographic radius.  The site also offers the same information about FM stations and TV stations. 

Thanks for listening.  We now return you to your regular programming.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

National Institute on Aging

As Bette Davis famously said, "Old age ain't no place for sissies."  Along with white hair and wisdom come the aches and pains of deteriorating biological systems.  Fortunately, the National Institute on Aging has a mission to "discover what may contribute to a healthy old age as well as to understand and address the disease and disability sometimes associated with growing older."  Its site offers health advice and news, statistics, and information about things such as clinical trials:

You can fight the Grim Reaper by staying informed, and always keep in mind Maurice Chevalier's observation that "Old age isn't so bad when you consider the alternative."

Monday, March 9, 2015

Equal Rights Amendment

March is Women's History Month and yesterday was International Women's Day.  So, in honor of those events, let's revisit the history of the Equal Rights Amendment with this essay from the Library of Congress' American Memory site:

If it makes you want to burn your bra, please try to resist the urge.  Good bras aren't cheap.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Highway Statistics

An overabundance of snow this winter has made travel difficult for many people across the country.  If you aren't able to get out onto the highways at the moment, perhaps you'd enjoy reading about them in the Federal Highway Administration's annual publication, Highway Statistics.  It provides statistics on bridges, highway infrastructure, highway travel and travelers, vehicles, motor fuel, conditions and safety, and so on:

When spring finally arrives, you'll be able to hit the road as a much better informed driver.