WSJ’s The Download

On Saturday The Wall St. Journal interviews a celebrity about his or her smartphone use. Here are my responses:

  • Favorite podcasts: The Loftus Part and John Batcherlor
  • App I wish someone would invent: a script reader so that it could sift through aspiring writers’ work so more people could get consideration for publication.
  • Most-recent phone call: from an applicant for Census work
  • Favorite emoji’s: I don’t have a favorite. I use GIFs more.
  • Times when you stay off my phone: when I’m driving, watching TV, cooking, cleaning, much of the day actually.
  • Favorite Instagram filter: normal. I avoid changing my photos.
  • Favorite picture in my Instagram feed: The ones of St. Alphonsus or St. John Cantius churches at Christmas.
  • Battery percentage at which I feel compelled to charge my phone: 5%.
  • Last app checked at night and first app checked in the morning: Last at night is YouTube and the first in the morning is usually YouVersion.
  • Essential travel app: IHG Hotels, but I’m not dependent on it.
  • Favorite finess app: None.
  • Favorite text of the week: I can’t say since I don’t want to incriminate anyone. I only use text on my work phone.

Sculpture Saturday


At a work camp during the Cultural Revolution, Shandong Province, China

Saturday Sculpture is hosted by the Mind over Memory blogger, I’ve chosen
To join in, what you need to do is:

  • Share a photo of a sculpture
  • Link to Mind over Memory’s post for Saturday Sculpture.

It’s a fun challenge. Give it a try. To see more sculptures, click here.

Sepia Saturday


Time for this week’s Sepia Saturday post and a time to take a look back in history. Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers to share images and posts of bygone days. This week we’re inspired to find photos based on the photo above, photos that show healthcare workers.

nurses 1918 stretcher

Source LOC, Washington, DC, 1918

Above Red Cross nurses in Washington, DC

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Internet  Archives, p 607 of Industrial Medicine and Surgery, 1919

walter reed

LOC, nurse working in Walter Reed Hospital’s Influenza Ward, 1918

can't ride trolley

LOC, Seattle, circa 1918

No mask, no streetcar. In Seattle during the Spanish flu one had to have a face mask if you wanted to get on a streetcar.


Compulsory mask – State Library of New South Wales, 1919

The Flickr Commons entry has this note:

The skull and crossbones on the mask was a joke, not part of the mask as issued, in an attempt to halt the disease. 12,000 died in Australia and between 20-100 million around the world, more than were killed in the War

flu fighters

LOC, Flu Fighters, Montenegro, 1918

Healthcare workers with the American Red Cross. They went to Montenegro to care for small pox and typhus patients. Then the Spanish Flu broke out and brought them more patients.