I hadn’t really noticed that I had a hearing problem. I just thought most people had given up on speaking clearly. ~Hal Linden

Last month I opined on vision, my own age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), and amazing technological advances in vision research and treatment. It’s obvious to me that one of my other senses is going haywire too. Those of you in my age group (65++) may have a degree of age-related hearing loss, known as presbycusis, or in my case, tinnitus.

If you listened to loud music over a period of time, you are likely to experience some degree…


Once you have an augmented reality display, you don’t need any other form of display. Your smart phone does not need a screen. You don’t need a tablet. You don’t need a TV. You just take the screen with you on your glasses wherever you go. ~Tim Sweeney

I hope that, like me, you are venturing out of your Covid cocoon more often. Perhaps you’ve received your vaccine or need to relieve cabin fever. I’ve recently had my hair cut and made a couple of long-overdue doctor appointments, including my Optometrist.

Are you prone to Zoom-induced eye fatigue? It turns…


The promise of virtual reality has always been enormous. Put on these goggles, go nowhere, and be transported anywhere. It’s the same escapism peddled by drugs, alcohol, sex, and art — throw off the shackles of the mundane through a metaphysical transportation to an altered state. ~Matthew Schnipper

We all need to escape sometimes. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is real for many and has been exacerbated by our prolonged pandemic house arrest. Have you had it with quarantine? Are you an introvert but still miss social interaction? …


Ring out the old, ring in the new, Ring, happy bells, across the snow: The year is going, let him go; Ring out the false, ring in the true. ~Alfred Lord Tennyson

To me, 2021 signifies a fresh start. Regardless of where you are on the political spectrum, we are all about to be offered a Covid-19 vaccine! This is a significant development that promises to help protect us and ease our anxiety. However, we’ll still need to wear masks and keep our social interactions distant.

In this issue, I cover several stories about how and why 2021 will be…


When physical distancing is deemed necessary, social and emotional connectedness is even more critical. ~Karen Niemi, President & CEO (CASEL)

Wishing you and your family a Happy Holiday Season! I hope you are all well. Before this annual recap of my newsletter’s second year, I wanted to thank you all for your support and encouragement. Who knew we’d have such a hunger for optimistic news when I sent out the first issue on January 4, 2019. Many of you have also subsidized labor by buying me a virtual cup of coffee — thanks again!

Please take this very brief anonymous…


Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. ~John Muir

First, a personal note. I hope this finds you well and you are managing your stress level during this challenging time. Fortunately, my family and I are well. I want to apologize for the gap in my monthly post. Our stress level peaked recently because of the pandemic, politics, and because we decided to move after 24 years. It was risky, very stressful, and took up an inordinate amount of my time. We…


Instead of “new normal,” let’s say “strange routine,” “unfamiliar order,” or “temporary setback.”

I hope this email finds you well. With wildfires, hurricanes, and political tribalism piled on top of Covid-19, it’s no wonder we may feel battered and depressed. As your militant optimist, I am hopeful that more and more people will do the right thing and support each other during this Pandemic with its economic consequences.

Last month, I focused on some truly inspirational stories of how ordinary people, not scientists or engineers, helped support Americans during the Pandemic crisis. …


Amidst the tragedy, there is also hope. ~Tane Hunter

Technology can’t solve everything. Yes, I said it. Of course, humans are behind the creation of great technology I’ve been covering in this NEWSletter. This time, however, I’m focusing on some truly inspirational stories of how ordinary people, not scientists or engineers, help support each other during the Covid-19 Pandemic crisis.

Compared to the rest of the world, the US has had the worst response to the Pandemic. It could be even worse without the efforts of immigrants, various religious groups, small businesses, and even single individuals.

In this issue, I…


Today, a group of 20 individuals empowered by the exponential growing technologies of AI and robotics and computers and networks and eventually nanotechnology can do what only nation-states could have done before. ~Peter Diamandis

The GOOD NEWSletter launched way back in BC (Before Covid-19). My goal was to spread the good news about how technology can help to save us from the looming disasters brought about by climate change and the use of fossil fuels: air pollution, water pollution, dwindling food supply, and consequences to our health.

I’ve often covered advances in AI, machine learning, and robotics as our technological…


You can’t rush the science, but when the science points you in the right direction, then you can start rushing. ~Anthony Fauci

It seems like a lifetime ago, but I started covering the Covid-19 pandemic in Issue 29 on February 7. That was the same day that Trump told reporters that the CDC is working with China on the coronavirus. In the interim, I’ve covered advances in testing for and treating Covid-19, and other technologies poised to help us survive this pandemic. It seems like a good time to cover advances in the search for a vaccine.

In this issue…

Rodney B. Murray

e-Learning executive, podcaster, pharmacologist, motorcyclist and militant optimist

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