Phone data on social distancing

In a world where just about everything is traceable, it does not come as a surprise that Americans’ cell phones are now a great way to track who is self-isolating and social distancing. Unacast, a company that collects and analyzes phone GPS location data, just revealed its “Social Distancing Scoreboard” that shows which residents around … [Read more…]

Virtual field trips to take online

We’ve all been spending a lot of time at home lately, and for some, this new reality is tougher than others. After two weeks you may have already binged every Netflix show that piqued your interest and are desperately looking for new sources of entertainment — especially if you have kids. The Caroline County Public … [Read more…]

Puerto Rico virtual experiences

If a trip to Puerto Rico was on your spring break itinerary, those plans were probably derailed thanks to the coronavirus outbreak. Even though you can’t visit Puerto Rico in person, however, that doesn’t mean you can’t take a virtual trip. It’s no replacement for the real thing, but it might be just enough to … [Read more…]

Impact of virtual drinking trend

Life changed slowly in the beginning of 2020, and then all at once when the realities of COVID-19 set in. Restaurants and bars that were filled in February were shuttered until further notice by mid-March. Thousands of hospitality workers lost their jobs, and small-business owners had to make the tough decision to stay open for … [Read more…]

12 books by black authors to read

Just when the Black Travel Movement was gaining so much speed, we now all find ourselves confined to our houses. While the onset of COVID-19 has put the entire world on the no-fly list, we don’t have to pass this time idly. Instead, we can use these weeks we’ll be grounded to absorb the work … [Read more…]

Best online language-learning tools

As most of us have been ordered to stay home to help control the spread of COVID-19, we’re all looking for ways to pass the time and learn new skills from the confines of our own houses. Because we will travel again when this is all over, and because speaking a foreign language is an … [Read more…]

National parks closing for COVID-19

To combat the spread of coronavirus and encourage social distancing, many national parks are closing to the public or modifying their operations, including Yellowstone and Grand Teton. Although, thanks to their sizes, parks might seem somewhat safer than other public gathering places, they attract large numbers of visitors, which poses a health risk. View this … [Read more…]

Wales national forest project

Wales is embarking on an ambitious ecological program to create a large national forest, extending across the entire country. The initiative, led by First Minister Mark Drakeford, would connect existing protected woodland with large-scale tree-planting projects, with the aim of restoring biodiversity loss, fighting climate change, and protecting the local community. The forests would store … [Read more…]

Museums release coloring books

If you’re feeling restless during the coronavirus lockdown, there’s one fun way to keep you busy that does not require any particular craft skills: coloring. Hundreds of libraries and museums have released coloring books based on their popular book collections, available for free download. Since 2016 the New York Academy of Medicine invited libraries, cultural … [Read more…]

Great American Takeout Tuesdays

Though everyone in America is feeling the strain of the COVID-19 crisis, few industries have been negatively impacted on the same scale as the restaurant industry. Just a few weeks ago, our nation was experiencing a renaissance of fresh food and local chefs, but now nearly all have seen their dining rooms shut down in … [Read more…]