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This page lists all updates to the website and general announcements are smaller news items that aren’t long enough to justify a dedicated post. These may be related to general updates on the website or other milestones. They are listed here. For articles in chronological order by date of content see the Posts page. [View Archive]

2023 Q1 (Jan-Feb-Mar)

As of January 2023, the latest content will be listed on this page quarterly.

  • Newsletter Q1 — The newsletter for the first quarter of 2023 is coming out soon. Check back in a few days for availability.
  • Yearly Themed Reports 2023. In 2022, increasingly, posts took the form of longer articles on topics with numerous news stories and resource links in a single post. These were updated as new relevant information became available. [More]

December 2022

As of December 2022, the website content will no longer be listed seasonally, but instead quarterly beginning in 2023. The newsletters will still be distributed seasonally four times a year.

  • Barbara Walters 2022. This page offers some videos honoring the life of Barbara Walters who passed away on Friday, 30 Dec 2022. [View]
  • 2022 Year in Review. This page contains some videos from news agencies, leaders, and companies offering reflections on the year 2022. 30 Dec 2022 [View]
  • Nancy Pelosi News 2022. This page offers some current news about Nancy Pelosi, as well as links to additional reference and reading. 22 Dec 2022 [View]
  • Quick Mind Exercises 2022. This page contains some mind exercises that are quick, easy, and effective. 22 Dec 2022 [View]
  • Global Economy News 2022. This page contains a few curated news stories relating to the global economy. 16 Dec 2022 [View]
  • Digital Currency Report 2022. This document provides general information and a few curated news stories relating to the state of digital currency at the end of 2022. 16 Dec 2022 [View]
  • Women’s Rights News 2022. This is a 2022 year-end report on the state of women’s rights around the world, with a curated selection of stories. 15 Dec 2022 [View]
  • Fusion Energy News 2022. This document provides current information about vision energy. 14 Dec 2022 [View]
  • China-India Relations 2022. In December 2022, tensions between China and India escalated slightly. This page has information on the topic. 13 Dec 2022 [View]
  • World Wedding Traditions 2022. This page provides a sampling of wedding videos from different cultures around the world. 10 Dec 2022 [View]
  • Direct Action Report 2022. This document provides some recent news reports relating to direct action in 2022, and the context for what we are seeing globally. 8 Dec 2022 [View]
  • Ukraine Tech Services 2022. A report on a few Ukraine-based tech companies. 7 Dec 2022 [View]
  • The Grand Lama of Tibetan Buddhism Has Arrived. At over 28,000 feet, Kangchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world. With a view of the mountain, the community of Darjeeling in the Eastern Himalayas is now welcoming the the Grand Lama of Tibetan Buddhism as reported in this video. 5 Dec 2022 [View]
  • Population Report 2022. This document provides some news and information about the state of our global population. 5 Dec 2022 [View]
  • Politics, Religion, and Governance News 2022. This document provides some news reports relating to the topic of governments run by religious groups. 4 Dec 2022 [View]
  • Resources For Life News – Winter 2022. The quarterly news update. 2 Dec 2022 [View]

2022 Fall (Sep-Oct-Nov)

  • Democratic Party Leadership Report 2022. This page describes the direction and vision of a renewed Democratic Party after a reset in November 2022, marked by the news on 30 Nov 2022 about Hakeem Jeffries, the new House minority leader, originally from Crown Heights. [View]
  • Hassidic Music Sampling 2022. This page offers a selection of Hassidic celebratory songs. Videos below are in chronological order with the most recent at the top. The purpose of this page is to inform and inspire. 30 Nov 2022 [View]
  • Light in Babylon – Music Review 2022. This page offers a sampling of music from the music team known as Light in Babylon. The group was established in 2010 and originates from Istanbul, Turkey. 29 Nov 2022 [View]
  • Mike Pence — So Help Me God. In So Help Me God by Mike Pence, we get an unfiltered candid look at the former Vice President from one of his greatest critics — himself. This page offers some of the information found on the book’s Amazon page. 26 Nov 2022 [View]
  • Condoleezza Rice News 2022. Condoleezza Rice is an American diplomat and political scientist who is the current director of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. This page provides recent news about her as well as some links to more information. 26 Nov 2022 [View]
  • Ebola News 2022. This document provides some news stories in chronological order with entry headings showing the source and date. 26 Nov 2022 [View]
  • Adrift: America in 100 Charts — Scott Galloway. This page offers information and video interviews relating to Scott Galloway’s new book Adrift: America in 100 Charts. 25 Nov 2022 [View]
  • Glengarry Glen Ross. This page provides links to information about the film Glengarry Glen Ross as well as access to watch the film free on YouTube with ads. 25 Nov 2022 [View]
  • Iran News 2022. This document offers some selected news about Iran as of November 2022. 24 Nov 2022 [View]
  • Healthcare Scarcity News 2022. This document provides some information about improving access to healthcare in rural and underserved urban areas. 24 Nov 2022 [View]
  • Qatar News 2022. This document provides some commentary and recent news about Qatar. 22 Nov 2022 [View]
  • The Rules of Advertising. Marketing with video advertising is a fairly formulaic process. This document lists some commonly agreed upon ‘rules’ of advertising that one sees regularly used by companies. As you’ll see, the list includes some sarcasm. 22 Nov 2022 [View]
  • Lessons from Acoustic Sounds. This document is about things we can learn from a vinyl record manufacturer in Salina, Kansas. 21 Nov 2022 [View]
  • GOP Leadership Report 2022. This document provides links to news and resources related to the rebuilding of the Republican Party under new leadership. 20 Nov 2022 [View]
  • Lebanon Report 2022. This document contains selected news reports about Lebanon in 2022 as well as some past context. 20 Nov 2022 [View]
  • Religion Report 2022. This document provides some commentary and news about the state of world religions. A better understanding of diverse views helps promote more effective interactions between people. 19 Nov 2022 [View]
  • Ukraine War News 2022. This page offers recent news about the war in Ukraine. 19 Sep 2022 [View]
  • Tech Industry Jobs Report 2022. In November 2022, massive tech industry layoffs resulted in many thousands of workers abruptly being without employment. This document provides news reports. 18 Nov 2022 [View]
  • Sleep Report 2022. This document provides information about why and how to get better sleep. 17 Nov 2022 [View]
  • Facebook News 2022. This page provides selected news about Facebook with a focus on the decline of the platform. 17 Nov 2022 [View]
  • Social Media Report 2022. This document provides information about the current state of social media platforms and how they impact society. 17 Nov 2022 [View]
  • COVID Report 2022. This document provides some basic information and reports on the state of COVID heading into the winter months. 12 Nov 2022 [View]
  • Book Report 2022. A short essay on the benefits of books and reading, as well as some book recommendations from some enthusiasts. 8 Nov 2022 [View]
  • Twitter News 2022. 6 Nov 2022 [View]
  • Fall 2022 Newsletter. 30 Oct 2022 [View]
  • Over-The-Counter Hearing Aids 2022 — This page offers recent news about over-the-counter hearing aids, also known as audio sound amplifiers. 28 Oct 2022 [View]
  • Ecosystem Restoration Report 2022 — This document provides recent reports on ecosystem restoration. Additional news and reports may be added to this page as they become available. 24 Oct 2022 [View]
  • Thich Nhat Hanh Reference 2022 — This document offers some recent video documentaries and other resources relating to the life and teachings of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. 23 Oct 2022 [View]
  • Baal Shem Tov Reference 2022 — Rabbi Israel ben Eliezer was born on 25 Aug 1698 in Okopy, Ukraine (at that time Poland). By five years of age, in 1703, he was orphaned. In 1712, he was working as a “gabbai” in the service of the local synagogue. Over time, he became known as the Baal Shem Tov or as the Besht. Today he is regarded as the founder of Hasidic Judaism. 22 Oct 2022 [View]
  • WINTER STORM NEWS. Winter arrived two months early from some this year. On 18 Oct 2022, midwest states were unexpectedly hit with with snow reaching as far south as Kentucky and Tennessee. 19 Oct 2022 [View]
  • VICE NEWS OVERVIEW 2022. This is the 2022 overview report offering a periodic check-in to see how the group is doing. 18 Oct 2022 [View]
  • GLOBAL ECONOMY NEWS 2022. General financial reports as of 2022. 16 Oct 2022 [View]
  • WILDLIFE HABITAT NEWS 2022. This page offers general reports of wildlife habitat news and the condition of various species around the world. 13 Oct 2022 [View]
  • GREEN ENERGY REPORT 2022. A collection of video reports for 2022 on the status of green hydrogen with older materials as well. 18 Sep 2022 [View]
  • GREEN HYDROGEN. A collection of video reports for 2022 on the status of green hydrogen with older materials as well. 15 Sep 2022 [View]
  • RISING SEA LEVELS. A collection of recent and older news stories about rising sea levels. 15 Sep 2022 [View]
  • SMALL-SCALE SOLAR. This is a reference page with videos about solar power and battery power packs. 12 Sep 2022. [View]
  • WILDFIRE NEWS 2022. This is a resource page for news about wildfires. 6 Sep 2022. [View]

2022 Summer (June, July, August)

  • GLOBAL FLOODING NEWS. This is a resource page for news about global flooding. 28 Aug 2022 [View]
  • WATER SCARCITY NEWS. This is a resource page for water scarcity news. 24 Aug 2022 [View]
  • THE GREAT TASK. This is a reference page for The Great Task initiative. 18 Aug 2022 [View]
  • SITE VISITOR MAPS. This post provides a look at site visitor locations as of 8 Aug 2022. [View]
  • GARAGE GYM MOVEMENT. The work-from-home trend and electric bikes have resulted in empty garages that are being converted into home gyms. 8 Aug 2022. [View]
  • BYRNA SELF-DEFENSE. This is an article exploring the topic of non-lethal self defense tools. 6 Aug 2022 [View]
  • NEWSLETTER. The summer newsletter is now available. Posted on 6 Aug 2022 with a post date of 1 Jun 2022. [View]

2022 Spring (March, April, May)

  • SPRING NEWSLETTER. The Spring Newsletter covers March through May news and includes additional writings. Posted on 6 Aug 2022 with a post date of 1 Mar 2022. [View]
  • TAGLINE CHANGE. For many years, the Resources For Life tagline has been “Resources for Better Living.” In April, some variations were tested such as “Live Better” but ultimately by the end of the month the tagline was set to Iowa City | USA without quotes. This is to help distinguish the site from other similarly named entities elsewhere in the world. It should also help anyone searching for this site since they will likely include Iowa City in their search term. (2 May 2022)
  • NEW THEME. The website is now using the Twenty Twenty One developed by WordPress. It is a fast simple theme that supports dark mode. (16 Apr 2022)
  • SITE UPGRADE. In the Spring of 2022, the site is being redesigned. Stay tuned for more details. (15 Apr 2022)

2021 Winter (December through February 2022)

  • News – Winter 2021. A newsletter was sent out on 2 May 2022 covering news for the winter months. [Read]

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