Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage

Ernest Shackleton was an Anglo-Irish Antarctic explorer who planned to cross the Antarctic from sea-to-sea, and instead he and his crew of 28 men became trapped in pack ice. I just finished listening to Endurance by Alfred Lansing and read by Tim Pigott-Smith. This author retells the story of the incredible voyage of these men through extreme weather conditions over a period of 21 months during which none perished.

Recommendation: Fall of Civilizations

For the last few weeks I have been listening religiously to the Fall of Civilizations Podcast which I discovered also has this same podcast in a YouTube video version. I’m likely to go back and watch all these videos when I have a chance, because the story Paul Cooper (@PaulMMCooper) tells is clear, detailed and illustrated with relevant pictures of artifacts, and readings from the period and from the people who discovered the ruins. I explain here why this is such a great podcast.

The Expanse Book Series – A Long Slog to Nowhere

I just finished Leviathan Falls, the last (9th) book in The Expanse Series by James S.A. Corey. Each book in the Series kept my attention, though my interest in continuing reading the series lessened with each book. I’m glad that I read and finished the series, and certainly enjoyed the process, considering my inability to put each book down while reading it.

A Recommendation: Use GoodRX for low cost prescriptions

What’s going on with prescriptions? I have saved more than $100 for each of two prescriptions in the past couple weeks using GoodRX. I usually have obtained my prescriptions at a nearby CVS; however, recently I discovered that prices at CVS with insurance coverage are more than 10X the price I get using GoodRX at pharmacies located at nearby grocery stores which are not using my insurance coverage at all! How can this be?

A Novel Perspective of World History

I just finished listening to the Audible version of The Silk Roads: A New History of the World by Peter Frankopan. The author gave me much more than simply another world history. He provided a perspective of world history that considers Central Asia at the center rather than the usual focus on Western Europe. This blog mentions some of my insights as a result of reading this book.